When my debut novel was published by She Writes Press in 2013, the publishing was new to me. I made a bunch of mistakes. I had a few successes. My second book, a memoir, will launch in May of 2017. I know more now than I did for Book 1. It seems like a good time to reflect on a few of the biggest lessons I learned.
First of all, why should you listen to me, an unknown author, tell you how to sell your book on Kindle? A little more than a year ago, I was a semi-retired professor of U.S. Women’s history who, besides a few academic articles, had never published a thing. What I did have was a manuscript of an historical mystery I had written 20 years earlier, based on my…Continue
I’ve learned a lot since the spring of 2013 when my debut novel got published. Sure, there were the normal things like learning about the process of getting a book ready for launch and all of the post-launch procedures for helping the book to succeed. Though I don’t feel anywhere near…Continue
I’ve been thinking a lot about ratings lately. I’ve been a reader my whole life and with the advent of Amazon and Goodreads I joined the throngs and have sometimes posted my opinion about books I’ve read. Mostly I’ve posted reviews for books I love, hoping that others will find them too, hoping that they’ll be thrilled I let them know about this particular find. Is there anything more fun than sharing a discovery of a great restaurant, movie, or book? …Continue
Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on September 7, 2013 at 12:21pm — No Comments
The past few weeks have been wild and crazy—mostly in a good way, but not without a bump or two. Maybe one big bump, when I’m honest. I’ve had good news, really good news, more good news, too-good-to-be-true news, oops-reality check news, and some of the best news of all.
My book launch for Fire & Water was back in March. Frankly, I’m still flying high off of that—quite a…Continue
Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on August 29, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
On a sunny February afternoon in 2013, a big brown UPS truck pulled up in front of my house. My husband and I…Continue
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For all the speedy change happening to the publishing industry, I rarely hear anyone speculate that publishers’ royalty statements will leap in frequency. So what’s a girl to do if she wants to know how her book is selling? The answer used to be: stare at your Amazon ranking, that curious but meaningless statistic. But these days, you can do better. …
Hi Authors! For my second post, here is a list of 14 book review blogs (some geared towards YA and fantasy), which collectively have over 50,000 followers! I researched about 500 book blogs and these were the ones with the most followers and current activity. Try to contact these sites first to review your new or upcoming release for some widespread exposure! …Continue
When I first began to work on IF I BRING YOU ROSES, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of my ambition. I recall how I stood in the middle of my office surrounded by all the books that I loved. How could I ever hope to achieve what Anton Chekhov, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald had? I was a mere mortal. I couldn’t think of how to start so I prayed—for guidance to research and learn all that I needed to know to tell my story and—for the talent to…Continue
Jill Bryant is a freelance writer and editor who also writes nonfiction books for children and book reviews for Quill & Quire. She is the author of Dazzling Women Designers, Backyard Circus, Making Shadow Puppets, Amazing Women Athletes, and many others. She freelances for Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and several other publishers. Visit her site at http://jillbryant.ca/…
In preparing for the February, 2012 release of my YA contemporary romantic fantasy VEILED VIRTUES by Muse It Up Publishing, I created a marketing plan that I would like to share, and if it is beneficial to anyone, please comment! Also, if you have other ideas, please let us know by sharing via a comment. Many of these are free!!! Over the next few months, I will be posting more detailed information on many of the points below, so please friend / follow me to get the latest…Continue
Countdown to Publication—Week Five
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not the sitter.” Oscar Wilde
I am five weeks away from the publication of my debut novel IF I BRING YOU ROSES and I am…Continue
Available now on She Writes Radio, editor Alexandra Shelley (editor of Kathryn Stockett's "The Help") and literary agent Eleanor Jackson discussing revision, publishing, and how to know when a book is 'finished'. Listen to the whole show here!
If you're looking for tools and experts to help you with editing your project or your agent search, be…Continue
Added by Isabel Farhi on June 20, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments
She Writes amigas, I have a confession to make: I had a crisis of faith. It began with a question, sneaking up on me while I was doing something as ordinary…Continue
At this year's BEA conference, the talk was all e. Ebooks, epub, e-everything. And it got me to thinking. She Writes has an amazingly engaged, talented community, an authentic voice, and an audience. Maybe we should think about doing some publishing ourselves.
However when I began to look at all the available…Continue
My publicist, Lauren Cerand, recently shared with me an email I sent her back in 2005 when we were first working together on PR. She asked me to put together a wish-list that would serve as our working goals. With…Continue
It has occurred to me, SheWriters, that I haven’t even told you anything about my new novel, SILVER SPARROW. And this dovetails perfectly into my challenge for this week—How to talk about my book. It’s a tricky proposition. I want something punchy that people can remember, but I also want to do justice to my project. When someone asks me "What's Your Book About?" I could answer…Continue