Kamy Wicoff shares her tips from the trenches as she continues
to work on her new novel Wishful Thinking
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I’m not new to writing, but I am brand-new to being an author. It’s a word I’ve longed to claim my whole life, and this September, I did, with She Writes Press's publication of my memoir, Her Beautiful Brain.
I understood—and my freelance publicist gently worked with me on this—that as a non-famous, first time book author, it did not make sense to attempt to book what you’d call a tour with a capital T. So I decided to start out with one big, morale-boosting hometown event: a launch reading at Elliott Bay Book Company, the Seattle bookstore I’ve loved since I was a girl. All summer long, I spread the word, and on September 7 at 3 p.m., people…Continue
So . . . you wrote a book from the comfort of your fuzzy bunny slippers and your beautiful, well-lit room with a view. Now that it’s time to put your hard-earned words out into the world, it’s time to think of things like platform building and publicity. I’m sure that you’d much rather upload a photo of Kate Middleton and call it a day so you can catch up on the months of sleep you've missed out on without a thought to how you look. The truth, though, is that you need an author photo. Correction: you need a great author photo.
The quality of your author photo may seem insignificant, but I can assure you that the face you put on your work matters. Much like an incredible cover image can be the decision between someone picking up your book or not, your author photo also gives potential readers a visual to attach to your book. If your author photo looks blurry and unprofessional, they might assume that the work inside was also left unpolished.
If you’re not sure…Continue
This is probably the best time in history to be a writer. There are so many options for writers seeking to publish their work. They can go the "traditional" route via an agent, the small press route where you submit (usually) directly to the editor or publisher, the self- publishing route where you do everything yourself (with little or no outside help), or there's the "hybrid" route that takes bits and pieces from all of the above.
But regardless of the route you take, if your aim is to publish or be published, you will have to concern yourself with the business of publishing.
While there is nothing wrong with getting your work published for your own sense of accomplishment, publishing is a business, and with it comes everything that being in business…Continue
For the past few months, our distributor (Ingram) has been encouraging She Writes Press to price our e-books above $9.99. Because we are distributed by Ingram, we will not be penalized by Amazon for pricing above this price point, and publishers experimenting with higher e-book prices are reporting that sales aren’t dropping when they’re publishing e-books at $12.99, or $14.99, or even at $16.99 for a $16.99 paperback. Interesting.
At She Writes Press we’re going to start experimenting with higher price points for e-books this spring. Pricing your e-book at exactly what your print book is priced at is called “parity pricing,” and it’s something that gets bandied about a lot by bigger publishers. I’ve …Continue
Five Different Genre and Ten Books To Give Away Dec 21 - 31: You have a chance to win a fantasy, cozy mystery, mystery/suspense, historical/romance, and non-fiction. These books are family friendly and have received wonderful reviews. We are giving books and e-books away.
There is little argument about it; technology has revolutionized the way that healthcare is provided and accessed across the United States. From the increasing popularity of search engines for checking symptoms and diagnoses, and researching and ordering medications, to the ways in which patient information is stored and shared, the internet is playing a huge role in America’s healthcare system.
The internet is the most significant innovation…
Thanks to the Goodreads Reading Challenge widget, it's easy for me to take a survey of my year in books. Before i joined Goodreads, i kept a reading journal of what i had read and what i thought of the books, so this is an end-of-year tradition going back maybe ten years or more. And, really, I'll probably finish at least two more books before the end of 2014 but i'll add those into the post later if i do finish them and decide i want to do so.
For now though, my top five…
Over the past two years, I have been working on establishing my identity as an emerging female writer. Some of the challenges have been professional - submitting my first manuscript, receiving letters of rejection, and learning to meet the tough deadlines set by Trust Essays - one of the most competitive writing companies I have ever worked for.…
Monday Muse listens to 'Forever: The Love Poems of Pablo Neruda', as interpreted by Ute Lemper:
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