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Small Publishers and Independent Authors

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Twitter Roll Call! Please share your twitter handle with us!

Started by Jan Fischer Wade. Last reply by Kathleen Kaska on Saturday. 129 Replies

Please share your twitter handle as a comment so we can find each other!…Continue

Why did you decide to work with a small or independent press?

Started by Stephanie Bird. Last reply by Stephanie Bird on Thursday. 2 Replies

In this conversation it would be interesting if you also answered any one of the following questions:Did you have an agent or did you represent your own work to these publishers?What is the most…Continue

Tags: literary, agents, publishing, presses, small

Book Clubs

Started by Kayann Short, Ph.D.. Last reply by Darlene Deluca Apr 5. 3 Replies

Does anyone have suggestions for connecting with book club or library organizations that recommend books to their member clubs? Can anyone share book club contacts to whom an author or publisher…Continue

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How many distribution channels do people use?

Started by JF Garrard. Last reply by Shelley Buck Mar 30. 12 Replies

Hi everyone, I'm new and will be publishing 3 books in 2014.Looking at distribution channels: Amazon Kindle, Amazone Createspace, Ingram Spark and Smashwords.Can I use all of them and will I get into…Continue

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Comment by Olga Godim on April 13, 2014 at 5:33pm

Interview with Beatrice, the squirrel. She is a witch's familiar from my new collection of urban fantasy short stories "Squirrel of Magic".

Beatrice is telepathic. She needs a human telepath to translate her words into speech.    

Comment by Olga Godim on April 6, 2014 at 10:21pm

About self-promotion - a call for interviews.

On my blog I'm running a series of mini-interviews with leading characters of published fantasy fiction. One character per book. Any sub-genre of fantasy is accepted. If you are interested and have a published fantasy story, please contact me at olgagodim<at>gmail<dot>com.

Each character should answer three questions:

1. Tell me about yourself—name, profession, home, family, the usual.
2. What happened, so you ended up in this crazy adventure the novel talks about?
3. This question is up to the writer who created you.

In addition to the character’s answers, I would need the following:

  • The author’s name
  • The novel’s title (if it’s part of a series, then the sequence #)
  • Genre, subgenre
  • The cover picture
  • The author’s media links (website, facebook, etc)
  • The buy links for the book

I post the interviews on the first-come basis, once a week, on Sunday/Monday. I’ll let you know about the post date in advance.

Comment by Gueh Yanting, Claudine on April 6, 2014 at 8:47pm

Very good advice from all. I especially like Karen's: 

"it might be making lists of books whose readers might enjoy your book, and posting those; it might be finding (available, rights-released) photos that remind you of your characters and pinning them on Pinterest -- whatever doesn't feel like drudgery."

I suppose as soon as we find a way to enjoy what we talk about (in sharing other books and then a bit of ours), it wouldn't feel quite so awkward and draining. I haven't read 'The Rise of the Machines' but I'll be sure to check it out now. Thanks for the recommendation, Niki!

Comment by Niki Tulk on April 5, 2014 at 8:53pm

I hear y'all! I am half way through a very instructive and encouraging (and easy to read) book on all this by Kirsten Lamb, called "The Rise of the Machines" about staying human amidst all the pressure to have a digital platform ... would be very interested in discussing its take on all this with any who read the book?

Comment by Lea Schizas on April 5, 2014 at 5:25pm

Darlene, promotion can suck the living daylights out of authors. Best thing is to have either a daily schedule for promo or dedicate one day a week and write the rest of the days. I do promo for my authors but then I switch out of internet to concentrate on galleys and other areas that need my attention, otherwise you'll find you spend more time in social networks (which is important in order for readers to get to know you) and less time on your craft.

Also remember that nowadays there are so many books out there that everyone is swimming for attention. Readers are bombarded with 0.99specials, free offerings, etc. The million dollar question to figure out is "How can I make my book stand apart from all the rest?" Promo/marketing isn't easy, takes time to establish yourself as a writer (some say 2-3 years to begin having a following) but always keep your writing passion close by because that is what will continue to motivate and push you forward.

Comment by Darlene Deluca on April 5, 2014 at 1:57pm

Promotion is exhausting. And, yes, I'm tired of it, just coming off of a four-day new release blitz. I really had to take a couple of days and let it go. Keeping up with all the sites/blogs/Facebook pages plus Goodreads and Twitter is constant. And for very few results. That being said . . . even though it feels like I'm spinning my wheels, I think a little progress is being made. Just finished a Goodreads giveaway yesterday and had 745 entries. The book before that had 355 entries. Baby steps. Try to make friends and engage/interact with people in ways that don't seem like straight promotion.

Comment by Rossandra White on April 5, 2014 at 1:05pm

YES! P.Allen Jones, I'm totally exhausted with self-promotion. My memoir Loveyoubye launch is on Thursday and just when I think I'm getting somewhere, there's a whole other layer of stuff I hadn't even thought of to do. <Sigh>

Comment by Olga Godim on April 5, 2014 at 12:58pm

Self-promotion is certainly exhausting and time consuming. I don't know if I enjoy any aspect of it, especially its seeming uselessness. No matter what I do, nobody is interested in my books. I know I'm doing something wrong but not sure what. I'd like to try a promo company for my new book. It comes out in May. Anyone knows of a good online company?

Comment by Karen A. Wyle on April 5, 2014 at 12:52pm

I'm not in the mood for much self-promotion these days -- but I just read a good common-sense article about how to start up again after a break, and it emphasized a point also applicable here: do the kind of promotion you actually enjoy. It might be putting bits of one's WIP on Facebook or a blog; it might be making lists of books whose readers might enjoy your book, and posting those; it might be finding (available, rights-released) photos that remind you of your characters and pinning them on Pinterest -- whatever doesn't feel like drudgery.

Comment by P.Allen Jones on April 5, 2014 at 12:44pm
Is anybody else sick of self promotion?

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