Fiona writes: Over the past few two days more than twenty thousand people have downloaded my new novel The Most Beautiful Thing. They were going like hotcakes. Every few seconds I could click on…Continue
Kimberly Reid is author of the Langdon Prep YA mystery series, featuring a high school girl named Chanti Evans, who's mom is an undercover copy. Book 2, Creeping With the Enemy, is out this week. Since I'm writing an advice book for writers, I've been asking…Continue
When it comes to writing, “crap” is subjective. Can you believe some of the crap being published today? Who would…Continue
A couple months ago, I received an email from a woman who had heard me speak at an event out on the West Coast. She had recently self-published a short story as an e-book, and she said that even though she knew I was extremely busy, she was hoping I would give it a read.
The short story was available on Amazon for just $.99, so I bought it for my Kindle. Then, I replied to her email and told her I'd purchased it and was looking forward to reading it.
I never heard from her…Continue
Today people all around the world will be blogging about their most beautiful things, in celebration of the release of my new novel…Continue
Writing a nonfiction book proposal is critical to getting a nonfiction book deal. Your book proposal is a tool. The work it does is invaluable in that it helps your editor and agent sell your work.
The chain of events goes like this: You send your proposal to an agent, who, upon signing you, uses that proposal to shop your book to an editor. Your editor uses that proposal to sell…Continue
Sarah Glazer examines the legend of female rule and finds some problems.Continue
Added by State of the Art on April 20, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments
Great Group Reads! That is how I found this group --I was searching for book recommendations for my book club, and I joined. I'd like to recommend the WNBA to others. No, it's not women's basketball, (though I'm a NY Liberty fan!), it's a long-established group of women interested/working in the business of publishing (not necessarily writers, though there does seem to be several group) -- the Women's National Book Association.
There are multiple chapters. …Continue
I love writing a haiku when I am stressed over my writing. Why? These days, I write novels and screenplays-- and sometimes, it all gets overwhelming. Just so many words, pages of them (I print everything out so I literally do I piles of pages around my desk). But here's the thing, some days I need to focus on the small not the big. On the syllable and not the sentence. I need to re-charge my writing. I do so by writing a…Continue
Added by Caroline Bock on April 18, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Book trailers are tricky. I wasn't planning to have one at first -- at least, the publisher was not going to produce one for my debut young adult novel -- LIE. Then a few weeks before publication in the summer of 2011, my editor called me and asked, a bit sheepishly, if I would consider making a trailer. To be very specific: this meant for me to produce a trailer. She even said that it could be very basic -- just something on video -- me…Continue
Think global, act local -- this environmentally-friendly axiom can also be a way to think of your public relations effort for your book. And by local, I mean hyper-local. Get your community talking about your book and knowing you as an author.
The ideal would be to have your local bookstore work with you on launch event for your book. However, in lieu of a local bookstore being willing to have you talk and…Continue
As you begin a novel, you may have an idea where you're going, but you probably don't know the exact route you'll take to get there. I've written three complete novels, and in only one of them did I (loosely) adhere to an outline. I've found that plot lines often take on a life of their own, and when that happens it's best to follow them to see what happens.
This freewheeling approach can work well, but not always, and sometimes it can lead you to a dead end. If that happens,…Continue
Above my desk:
Writing is easy… just a matter of staring at blank page until your forehead bleeds-- Gene Fowler.
Gene Fowler was a screenwriter during the Golden Era of Hollywood. Today, we’d have to modify his quote to read “staring at a blank screen.” But the idea is the same. We struggle as writers. The screen stays blank. We wish for blood. Worse yet, we have no one else to commiserate with except other writers (thank goodness for she writes). We obsess. I obsessed…Continue
Larger books than this post have been written about effective book marketing strategies. But since I'm a brand and marketing consultant by profession, many believe I have some sort of mystic edge when it comes to promotion.
I don't. I just apply some common sense principles about "who is my audience?" and "who will care about this book?" and go from there.
The book world we all know is its own unique animal. Sort of like an ostrich, which seems to defy the laws of nature. Large…Continue
Sometimes all you have to do is ask. For some of us this isn’t easy. I suspect I take on more than I have to not only because I don’t know how to say no – that’s a blog for another day – but because I don’t know how to ask for help. This comes in part of having been let down and left hanging at times in the past. But it’s probably, as well, a result of my working class background, of never having had anything handed to me.
I also knew though that with no money and fewer reserves, if I…Continue
I remember submitting an article once to a writer’s site in which I spoke about my school visits and my work with my youth writing programme, the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. I remember it was rejected on the premise that they were concerned with publishing pieces that showed writers how to profit from their writing. And while it’s true that I have yet to cash in big on my writing, I feel like my involvement as an advocate of the…Continue
When my memoir, The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community and Coming Home to the Body, was in its just-about final, final, final draft, a friend who had recently read it told me to cut the part where I kind of diss a family member. As soon as she suggested this, a chord stuck through the core of me. I knew she was right, and I also knew how much I didn't ever want to use my writing to counter negative family dynamics in this way, and more to the point, how I wasn't…Continue
After being Kansas poet laureate for over two years (2007-2009), I came away with many ideas about the importance of poetry to a region. Some were unexpected. Among them are the following:
Poetry promotes the most profound literacy.
We all know the oft-repeated bad news: the publishing world, which was always going to hell in a handbasket, is now rushing down the mountain on steroids. Translation: there's little opportunity or money to be had when it comes to getting big publishers to promote their writers, send them on tour, and pick up the tab. I remember a friend of mine, who has written nine bestsellers, telling me that in the good old days, she actually had a credit card from her publisher that she could use to…Continue