By Sherrie Wilkolaski
The Cannes Film Festival is world-renown to both the film industry and indie film buffs. Held in Cannes, France every year since 1946, it is the most glamorous invitation-only, film festival one could hope to attend. It is for film professionals and press…
Added by Sherrie Wilkolaski on May 1, 2013 at 6:00am —
by Sherrie Wilkolaski
Professional golfers rely on their golf caddies, like authors should rely on their book publicists. You don’t have to be a fan of the sport to appreciate what goes into a great game of golf. It is a mental game, blended with the same repetitive training that every writer experiences,…
Added by Sherrie Wilkolaski on April 1, 2013 at 6:00am —
I've spent the last few days working on a marketing plan for my latest book, Walking Woman: Step-by-Step to a Healthier Heart. It's been hard, picky work. Each author has his or her idea of marketing and these ideas have to fit the market and the genre. Since my book is a health guide, the first step of my marketing plan was to identify health organizations that… Continue
Added by Harriet Hodgson on March 18, 2013 at 6:59am —
by Sherrie Wilkolaski
A marketing tool all authors need to utilize to market and promote their books is the author interview. It’s quite simple to create and the investment of 30 minutes or less will go a long way to produce a tool that can be used time and again, both on and offline. If you’re interested in treating yourself to one of the most valuable… Continue
Added by Sherrie Wilkolaski on February 1, 2013 at 6:00am —
by Sherrie Wilkolaski
Original version of this article published in Ms. Wilkolaski’s monthly column “Author’s Guide to Publishing” in IFWTWA’s “Press Pass”.
The holidays are upon us and thoughts of sugarplums and holiday cocktails are much more fun to dream about than worrying about what you’ll be doing in the New Year… Continue
Added by Sherrie Wilkolaski on January 1, 2013 at 6:00am —
Yesterday I read a great article in the Jan/Feb issue of Poets & Writers. It is the inspiration issue and it was phenomenal. I spent all day yesterday reading it. The article I want to focus on is “Inner Space: Clearing Some Room for Inspiration” by Frank Bures. In the article he talks about spending less time online in order to create room for inspiration. He cites a University of California study that showed “in 2008 Americans consumed thirty-four gigabytes of information per day, the… Continue
Added by Brandi Ballard on December 22, 2011 at 11:00am —
Thought I would share my latest rejection letter.
Dear Brandi Ballard,
Thank you for entering “Title” in the 30 Below Contest. We were grateful for the opportunity to read and consider your work, and we regret that your entry was not one of our winners or finalists this time.
An announcement of the winning stories will soon go out to the magazine’s readership, and in January we will publish the winning stories. In… Continue
Added by Brandi Ballard on December 6, 2011 at 11:00am —
Recently, I read a really terrible short story. I mean really bad. To be fair, everyone writes crap when they start out. It is called paying your dues. The trick is to know when your writing is terrible. I’ve been writing since I was twelve. I had years of writing absolute garbage. As a writer, you read more and you write more and you start to improve. That’s just how it works. Consequently, I think this is where most people get discouraged and give up writing.
Sometimes I still write… Continue
Added by Brandi Ballard on November 25, 2011 at 11:00am —
Pikes Peak (Image by Beverly and Pack)
Yesterday, I returned home from the North Carolina Writers’ NetworkFall Conference. I have to say, I had a better time there than at AWP in Denver a few years… Continue
Added by Brandi Ballard on November 21, 2011 at 11:00am —
As part of the Fall Literary Festival at USC, Junot Diaz did a public reading and a master class with the MFA students. He is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and… Continue
Added by Brandi Ballard on November 9, 2011 at 11:00am —
On Thursday, I went down to Claflin University to present a panel and reading at their 10th annual Claflin University Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Post-secondary Institutions. Man that’s a long name. Anyhow, it was my first panel and I was fortunate to be presenting alongside some very talented students from USC. Like I do with all presentations, I write everything out I want to say. I ended up skipping a ton of it because it was just too… Continue
Added by Brandi Ballard on October 29, 2011 at 11:00am —
I just sent off a submission to Narrative Magazines’ Thirty Below Story Contest. The entry fee was $20. This is the first time I have ever paid for a submission. I don’t mind though as it is a contest with cash prizes. Entrants also get three months of backstage access to Narrative Magazine. Very cool. I really like that they include something extra. My last few submissions have resulted in rejections so here is hoping this one goes… Continue
Added by Brandi Ballard on October 24, 2011 at 11:00am —
At the beginning of the year, I submitted to the Norman Mailer 4-Year College Writing Award for Creative Nonfiction. Last week, I received this rejection from them. It’s a bit of a bummer because I will not be able to enter the contest again. The email came in on my cell-phone and I had to keep scrolling through trying to figure out if I won.
October 13, 2011
Dear Brandi Ballard,
Thank you for…
Added by Brandi Ballard on October 20, 2011 at 11:00am —
I should be updating my marketing plan. Those galleys will be done before I know it, then the blurb final requests (any pub'd memoir writers out there who want to blurb my book?), then the ARCs, the publicist calls, radio interviews, etc. will happen. It's dominoes, and I've been thinking on it so hard and taking notes, but it's floating in my head and on scraps of paper.
I should be working on my marketing plan because on Saturday we're getting pumpkins, and Sunday is… Continue
Added by Amanda Rose Adams on October 12, 2011 at 3:04pm —
Added by Brandi Ballard on September 29, 2011 at 11:00am —
Here’s a rejection for a research paper I recently received. Thought I’d share. Changes are italicized. Figured it would be rude to put somebody’s name out there.
Dear Sigma Tau Delta Member:
Thank you for your submission to “The Sigma Tau Delta Review: Journal of Critical Writing.” As always, we had a high number of quality submissions, which made the editorial selection that much more difficult.
At this time we are unable to publish your work. We hope, though, that you… Continue
Added by Brandi Ballard on September 22, 2011 at 11:00am —
As I have confessed here a number of times, I haven’t always been able to write. Well, I’ve always been able to write, I just didn’t have any confidence in my writing abilities. When I was working in the corporate world, if I was required to write a letter, I would procrastinate for days until I made myself sit down at my computer and write.
Added by Lanita Moss on August 31, 2011 at 5:30am —
In 1924, two men, Mr. Mallory and Mr. Irvine set out with a group on the second expedition of Mount Everest. The Mount Everest. The really tall mountain, 29, 029 feet tall to be exact. It’s part of the Himalaya mountain range along the border of Nepal and Tibet, in case you wondered. The goal of these men was to achieve the first ascent. Seems like a rather lofty goal (pun totally intended), don’t you think? They set out completely prepared, at least 1924 prepared. All of their… Continue
Added by Lissa Litka on June 9, 2011 at 4:32pm —
Today I had one of those come-to-insert-higher-power-of-choice moments. It started as a slight scolding from someone who is looking out for me in more than one way (which I deserved), twisted and turned into "I've been where you are" stories, and ended on a positive, action-oriented note.
"Help me help… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on March 2, 2011 at 9:18pm —
Reposted from the Writerly Habit
If you are like me, you have several novel ideas that ended up in a folder somewhere; lost and never written. When my sister suggested we write a genre novel together one of my old ideas came to mind. I got out the sample chapters and the two of us were able to use them and write an outline in a couple of hours. We are going to have to figure out how to co-author. Right now, we are going to… Continue
Added by Brandi Ballard on March 2, 2011 at 8:11pm —