Kamy Wicoff shares her tips from the trenches as she promotes her
new novel Wishful Thinking, out this April
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Publishing has never been easier than it is these days, and it's because of the growing popularity (and acceptance) of self publishing. But just because things have gotten easier, it doesn’t mean things have gotten better.
There’s still a lot of subpar work being produced and published. Sometimes it’s the author’s lack of writing skill that is to blame, but sometimes the failure comes during the production process.
Generally speaking, the process when it comes to publishing is: write, edit, proof, publish—where the last part consists of things like cover, typesetting, etc. But a lot of times I have encountered authors who have some deadline, which they have set for whatever reason, and they simply must get their book out by then. Usually it’s a date where the author wants…Continue
Typically when I read for fun, I read fiction. I have always been this way. I love information, so it seems like I should be naturally drawn to nonfiction, but that’s never been the case. I like the idea of made-up worlds, and I like that things generally work out in a positive way in those worlds. Nonfiction is not always so positive because, well, it’s real, and you can often predict the ending. That said, I’ve recently been reading two memoirs, which is new for me. Correction: I’m reading one and listening to another. For reading, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl. For listening, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. I recommend both for either listening or reading, though Amy’s audiobook includes guest appearances (no Tina Fey yet) and is really not to be missed. …Continue
1. Your Amazon ranking has nothing to do with sales. Although many authors are obsessed with it and like to send out mass e-mails to friends and family when the number drops, unfortunately, all your ranking means is that people are looking at your page. While it might be argued that sales will inevitably rise due to more page views, the direct connection between ranking and actual sales is zero. It’s not that your ranking is meaningless; it just doesn’t mean your book is on its way to bestseller status.
2. Amazon employs scarcity tactics to get readers to buy books, and the impact on authors is that they think their books are constantly out of stock when they’re not! If you see something on Amazon that reads—“Only 3 left in stock - order soon”—fear not. It’s not true. It’s…Continue
I'm still swooning. On February 10th, I was one of eighty-some-odd authors who had the great good fortune to appear at the American Booksellers Association's Annual Winter Institute. That evening, I tucked into the table that had been prepared for me and, seated next to a stack of my galleys, watched as the doors to the massive hotel ballroom opened and the coolest people in the world came pouring in: independent booksellers.
If you love books, could you love anyone more? If you are a writer, could you need anyone more?
These are not the indifferent, I-might-as-well-be-selling-toaster-ovens employees of Barnes & Noble…Continue
Today's short is the trailer for a recently recommended film, 'Decoding Annie Parker', which relates the true story of Annie Parker, a three-time cancer survivor and one of the first women in Canada to be tested for the BRCA-1 breast cancer gene. Parker was involved in the work of research scientist Dr. Mary-Claire King to establish breast cancer's genetic link. Parker's sister and mother both died from the disease.…
Good morning everyone! It's a sunny Saturday morning…
Finishing Line Press recently published my first chapbook, A Green Bough, available at Flpbookstore@aol.com. Below is a sample poem from the book:
AT THE POND
You open me to the…
Give yourself some credit. Credit for the things you do well. Yes, I’m talking to you- don’t look behind you. We all have things we’re good at. But how often do we say something like “oh that, it’s no big deal, anybody can do that, and then we go on to say how wonderfully talented somebody else is. We seem to…
As I drove down the road, the puzzled feeling remained. I was mentally going over the math. Over and over again. Always the same answer. I knew I would have to go back. I didn’t want to. We were finally on our way home. I was tired. The children were tired. You know what happens to tired children. I don’t really have to explain that here do I? But I knew them well. Hadn’t I been their closest companion since birth. They would realize that this…
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