Authors dream of finding their book on sale in bookstores. It's something to brag about, and rightly so! Authors should feel proud to see their work on sale. There's a sense of pride that something you created has made it into the marketplace for others to enjoy.
But what if your titles can't be found in a bookstore? Is that really a bad thing?
It took me a very long time to go from starting out with a dream of getting a book published to actually seeing my first on the shelf-twelve years on and off, to be exact. Now that it’s happened, I look back on how little I knew versus how much I thought I knew, and I wanted to share…Continue
Hi everybody! I just wanted to connect with anyone who will be at AWP next week in Chicago. (For those of you who don't know, AWP stands for Associated Writers' Programs, and every year the meeting features lots of…Continue
Don’t bother to enter those contests. No one ever wins. Because I did and I have the book to prove it!
The contest was sponsored by Writer’s Digest and Abbott Press and was called #Pitch2Win Writing and Publishing Contest. I discovered it on Twitter, and it sounded simple enough - in a single tweet of 140 characters or less, pitch your novel.…
“Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune…”
Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road
Here is your main take-away from this post:
Serious writers should strive NOT to be junk peddlers. Self-published/Indie authors have the worst reputations for being junk peddlers.
If you're going to make a business of your writing, it's very important that you do your part to change that perception. Do your best to make your writing worth someone's time and…Continue
Public speaking is a wonderful way to get the word out about your book. However, you'd be surprised at how much advanced planning is involved in setting up even the smallest of events. Coordinating with a local book club or business group could take months, and major conferences select their speakers up to a year in advance!
If you want to secure speaking…Continue
There are many articles on the web about what not to do if you want to get published, but there are fewer telling you what to do. I hope this article will help you in your quest to find a publisher that is right for you and your manuscript.
Last week when I blogged about my decision to republish a book that went out of print, I promised to follow up with a post outlining the various steps required to release a book in an e-version and print-on-demand (POD) format. Jayme Johnson, a publishing consultant, handled that process for me so I…Continue
When I first started trying to get my work published, I was intimidated by the many different guidelines various places required. From subject matter to word count and…Continue
If you're big on book promotion, chances are there may be days when you feel guilty about it. Worst, fellow authors may be contributing to your guilt. I've read about situations where authors get annoyed with other authors for being heavy promoters.
However, what is the one thing I notice about the heavy promoters? They're successful at what they do. Their books sell, and they get a steady stream…Continue
Upfront, let me tell you I love this guy: Joe Konrath, self-publishing wizard, in-your-face blogger of all things useful to the writer in the age of e-books. Read his column.
But read this first.
He writes here about how he does a lot of publicity and rarely sees any spike in his book sales from it. The reason? He has become…Continue
Added by Laura Brennan on February 18, 2012 at 12:06pm — No Comments
The topic of promoting oneself brings to mind several aspects and related personalities of the past. There must be a huge ego thing with politicians for their self promotions which is not denied and which is a way of life for them. It could also be true for rock stars and others in the entertainment business. In the writing and publishing business, just look at the giants from the large presses and literature world. Where are the centers? They are: New York City,…Continue
Submitting your writing is kind of like applying to all the best colleges and then waiting on pins and needles for six or more…
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” –Kurt VonnegutContinue
It’s our sixth day together, meaning it's time for the last two points of my ten-point Memoir Manifesto. Ready to wrap things up, She Writers? I suspect you are. You’ve got work to do.
Make your argument
Every piece of non-fiction is an argument. Maybe your argument is simply, "life is better when you garden,"…Continue