• Marketing,  Publishing

    Five MORE Things to Consider When Choosing A Publisher With The Same Care As Jane Austen Heroine Choose A Husband

    It's the age old story. You have so many hopes and dreams. You have all these wonderful stories to tell. You know that it will take an attachment, a proposal and perhaps a big commitment to make you moderately rich and a teensy bit famous. So you, the perfect Lizzie Bennet, who will only writes for love, not necessarily £10,000 a year, will be happy just to attach yourself with a publisher who respects you.

  • Marketing,  Publishing

    Top 5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Publisher (With The Same Care As A Jane Austen Heroine Chose A Husband)

    Fortunately for you, your access to publishers on the internet is an inviting a prospect as a town full of regimental soldiers to a 16-year-old girl. But if you don't have a benefactor such as the much-lauded Lady Catherine de Burgh, or your family's connections are little more than a barrister uncle in Cheapside, you're going to have to figure it out on your own.

  • Marketing,  Publishing

    Five Tips To Weed Out Writing Predators

    Sadly, as 10 Minute Novelists has become more and more well known, we’ve learned how to spot these the hard way. We do have a screening process, trying to keep the riff-raff out, but it's not perfect. There are members here who are taking deliberate steps to find "clients" through our Facebook group they intend to take advantage of.

  • Marketing,  Publishing

    What To Do If You Think Your Manuscript is Stolen

    While this is a rare event, our staff, as well as our members, were wondering the best way to handle such a problem. Unfortunately, every time we hire someone to help us with our work, we take a risk. And while events like this are rare, it helps to know what to do in case you are in a similar situation.

  • Publishing,  Social Media

    Eight Tips To Help You Get Attention On Twitter

    Twitter isn't a great way to communicate. It's chaotic, disorganized and discouraging. Yet, authors often hear stories of how books are sold, tribes have increased, and deals are made. Somehow Twitter works for those who know how to work it. But if all you do on Twitter is shout into the crowd with no plan, no target and no order, you'll probably come away disappointed. Perhaps we should think of Twitter as a cocktail party instead.

  • Publishing,  Social Media

    How To Choose The Best Literary Agent

    I had an agent for a previous book deal, and we amicably parted ways a few years ago. I am not quite ready to find another one, mostly because my next novel isn’t finished yet. But when I am ready, I am going to do my homework and seek out the best fit for me.

  • Marketing,  Publishing,  Social Media,  Twitter

    Branded: Three Must-Haves For Effective Branding

    By: Rennie St. James Are you branded? Have you seen (or posted) the example of people happily paying $5 for coffee before tipping, but then complaining that a book costs $0.99?? I’ve shared that example myself and have been annoyed by it. Only recently have I discovered a new understanding of it, and that is what I want to share here. Those people aren’t just buying a cup of coffee. They are buying a brand. In the case of Starbucks, one that has been around since 1971. Those people have bought countless coffees that met or exceeded their needs and that’s what they are paying for – that guaranteed success…

  • Marketing,  Publishing

    Marketing Woes of a New Author

    I thought I would ride that high right up until I wrote, “The End” on the next novel. And, I am. However, I can no longer just settle in each night and write. Instead, I typically find myself doing something else, a third job, if you will.

  • Publishing,  Reading

    The Value Of A Good Book

    How do we get readers to value books? First, we have to acknowledge that books take time and effort to create. Most authors spend at least 4-5 months, more often a year or more, writing a book. How much is that worth? A year of your life? $20,000? $40,000? More? Most books produce less than $1 of income for an author so that means to just make a living wage off a book they have to sell tens of thousands of copies.

  • Craft,  Publishing

    Lessons learned From A Failed Video Game In the ‘80s

    As I listened to this episode, I couldn’t help but think that this is a morality tale for those writers who rush to publish. It doesn’t matter what creative work we do, whether it’s poetry, novels, or video games based on famous movies, if we don’t take the time to create it with skill and patience, we are disrespecting our field, insulting our readers and possibly making a mess in the desert. A rush job, the poor quality, the lack of respect, the short-sighted goal of a fast buck, is not the way to make art.

  • #MondayBlogs,  Publishing

    Top 10 Things To Consider When Choosing A Publisher With The Same Care As A Jane Austen Heroine Chose A Husband

      It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a good story must be in want of a publisher. It’s the age old story. You have so many hopes and dreams. You have all these wonderful stories to tell. You know that it will take an attachment, a proposal and perhaps a big commitment to make you moderately rich and a teensy bit famous. So you, the perfect Lizzie Bennet, who will only writes for love, not necessarily £10,000 a year, will be happy just to attach yourself with a publisher who respects you. Fortunately for you, your access to publishers on the internet is an…