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Behind the Book: Four Big Lessons I Learned Between Book 1 and Book 2

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.



Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on September 1, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

7 Tips on How To Sell Books on Kindle

This post was originally published on March 11, 2014.

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…


Added by M. Louisa Locke on August 24, 2016 at 4:00pm — 31 Comments

Seven Life-lessons I Learned by Creating an Audiobook

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…


Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on August 29, 2014 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

Rated X: How Do You Feel About Book Reviews?

            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? …


Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on September 7, 2013 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Perspective on Good News/Bad News in the Book World

            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…


Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on August 29, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

[Behind the Book] An Author’s Dream-Come-True Moments

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

~Gloria Steinem


On a sunny February afternoon in 2013, a big brown UPS truck pulled up in front of my house. My husband and I…


Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on July 18, 2013 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Please share your publishing experience! Self-pub? Indie/Small Pub? Traditional? Print-on-Demand?

Many writers are curious about the different publishing routes, and want to hear actual stories and experiences.  PLEASE share with us!

  • If you self pubbed or did print-on-demand (POD), how much did it cost? What service did you use? (some listed below)
  • What about those of you who went with an indie or small publisher? What's your cut?
  • Strictly an E-publisher? What's your cut?
  • Who went the traditional route?  And your cut of the sales?
  • Did you…

Added by Jan Fischer Wade on October 14, 2011 at 6:00am — 21 Comments

Fun With Numbers: The Author's Guide to Free Sales Data

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. …


Added by Sarah Pinneo on September 12, 2011 at 4:21am — 10 Comments

Book Review Blogs with Massive Followers!

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! …


Added by Jan Fischer Wade on July 29, 2011 at 7:30am — 40 Comments

I Followed Beckett To My Dream

            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…


Added by Marisel Vera on July 27, 2011 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Apples from Women" by Jill Bryant

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…


Added by Niranjana Iyer on July 27, 2011 at 6:58am — 1 Comment

AUTHORS: SAMPLE MARKETING PLAN - lots of great info - many free ideas!!!

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…


Added by Jan Fischer Wade on July 26, 2011 at 7:00am — 49 Comments

Taking Off My Clothes In Public

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…


Added by Marisel Vera on June 29, 2011 at 12:30pm — 15 Comments

She Writes Radio: An Editor (Who Helped 'The Help') and an Agent Talk About Revision

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…


Added by Isabel Farhi on June 20, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments

Forgive Me, For I Have Doubted

Countdown to Publication Blog -- Week 7.

 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…


Added by Marisel Vera on June 15, 2011 at 6:30pm — 48 Comments

I'm Thinking of Self-Publishing. Whaddya Think? (And Help!)

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…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 10, 2011 at 1:30pm — 123 Comments

Your Life, Your Rules, Your Values, Your Success

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…


Added by Tayari Jones on May 25, 2011 at 2:30am — 26 Comments

You Can't Do It Alone: Asking for and Receiving Help


There is no way that you can successfully publish a novel without help.  Even if you publish with a traditional publisher and are assigned a publicist, she will have lots of books to work on and cannot make your book her reason for living. Further, if you self-publish or work with a very small press, you may feel like you are completely on your own. But the thing is, you’re… Continue

Added by Tayari Jones on May 18, 2011 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

So What's Your Book About: Learning To Talk About My Own Work

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…


Added by Tayari Jones on May 4, 2011 at 4:30am — 48 Comments

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