• #IndependentPublishing,  Publishing,  Self-Publishing,  Uncategorized

    Understanding Your Publishing Options

    by Joanna Maciejewska Being a writer might mean that, at some point, you’ll be thinking of showing your work to the world. It might mean sharing it with a friend or family. But if you’ve been editing it for what feels like ages, if you’ve gotten feedback of beta-readers and critique partners… You might be considering having your work published. This is when, before you make any other decision, understanding your publishing options comes into play. Understanding your publishing options If you don’t know where to start, trying to figure out publishing industry might be confusing. There are many good articles on the subject, but sometimes it’s hard to find…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #MondayBlogs,  Marketing,  Social Media

    Top 10 Ways Marketing Your Books Is Like Exploring A Jungle

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Some authors would call marketing an adventure. Yet other authors would call marketing a long, torturous, mosquito ridden trek full of disease, peril and snakes. In some ways finding buyers for your books is easier than exploring the Amazonian jungle. If you have studied, worked, created, drafted, revised, edited and completed a novel, it’s unlikely you took the time to learn the skills to sell it. And because it seems hard, as hard as hacking your way through a rain forest, you may have a negative opinion of it. You may think that to sell, then you may have to be annoying to buyers, like…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Discipline,  Self-Publishing

    Top 10 Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Author Ethics (With Taylor Swift & Zombie References!)

    Writers today have dreams of instant success and fame! And because the idea of easy publishing is so tempting, we rush into it with  no idea what we should do to promote ourselves. Often our goal is just to gain any advantage we can in an increasingly competitive market. We may feel “creativity” in marketing trumps courteous behavior. We may suggest trading reviews with another author, not realizing this behavior could weaken our credibility. We may be so distracted by the elusive promise of financial success that we neglect to nurture our art. Or we may attach our pursuit of fame so tightly to our own identities that we can’t…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Marketing,  Publishing

    Top 10 Reasons Why Reciprocal Reviews Are Unethical

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist This has the potential of being my most controversial post yet. And I like controversy about as much as I like snooty  moms asking me personal questions about the decisions I made in the raising of my children. But I believe that reciprocal reviews for authors are unethical, unprofessional and unnecessary.  Unfortunately, the idea of “you review my book and I’ll review yours” is a common one among writers, especially self-published writers who are just starting out. The necessity of good reviews and the belief that reviews alone will generate sales is a faulty one. So this behavior of reciprocating favorable reviews can nudge an…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Blogging,  Marketing,  Publishing

    Top 10 Tips To Make Your Blog Title More RT Worthy

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Everybody wants their blog to be noticed. But in reality, that’s a little tricky. According to Tumblr stats, there are 375 million on Tumblr alone, that’s one for every person living in the United States. That stat doesn’t count WordPress and other blogging platforms. Writers are constantly encouraged to blog more, but getting noticed is becoming more and more difficult. How do you get more traffic to your blog? Follow the meme #MondayBlogs! The#MondayBlogs idea is brilliant. On Mondays, anybody who wants to can post a link to their blog and those who follow that hashtag, on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook, can find new blogs…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Social Media,  Twitter

    Top 10 Reasons To Treat Twitter Like A Big Cocktail Party by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    Imagine yourself in a packed football stadium — one of the big ones like Gillette or Lucas Oil. Now imagine that every one in attendance at that stadium is shouting at the same time. They aren’t shouting to players on the field, they’re not even watching the game, instead, they are trying to get the attention of the people on the other side of the stadium. Everyone in the stadium, including you, wants attention from others. Everyone wants to be known as clever. They want subscribers or followers or friends or likes. Everyone in the stadium wants the attention of everyone else in the stadium. This isn’t a great way…

  • Marketing,  Social Media,  Time Management

    Making Your Author Platform Work for You — A Guest Post by Rachelle M. N. Shaw

    By Rachelle M. N. Shaw In such a highly competitive world of publishing, it’s no surprise that author platforms have taken center stage and become the foundation for any writer’s success. But who has time to keep up with all the Tweets, Pins, and Instagram posts needed to do so? The truth is, successful authors don’t. They pick the top few social media sites that fit their style and their audience, and they roll with it. What an Author Platform Should Do Provide original content fitting of your audience through a well-designed blog or website Become a place where you regularly engage with your followers; this doesn’t mean you sit…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Marketing

    The Book Launch Checklist To Make Your Next Release Awesome!

    Congratulations! You have a new book to sell!  Are you doing everything you can to promote it?  Some of these points are no-brainers, like have a great cover. Some, though, are optional, like having a live release party at your local coffee shop. All of them will require YOU to look at YOUR book and YOUR needs and decide what YOU can do. I’m also going to assume that your starting point is AFTER your book has been written, rewritten, revised, edited and proofread to death. If you don’t have a quality product, please, please, please, go back and make it one. You aren’t respecting yourself, your art, your readers…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Social Media,  Twitter

    13 Top Twitter Tips For Newbies By Katharine Grubb

    Congratulations! You have a Twitter account! You were told to get a Twitter account to help promote your books. So you did.  What do you do now? So you’ve set up your Twitter account and you have a lot of questions on how it’s supposed to work. This quick primer will give you a few tips to get you on your way. Before long, you’ll be RT-ing, hashtagging, and DMing your little heart out. 1. Expect Twitter To Work Differently. Don’t expect it to work like Facebook. It’s a different animal altogether. Facebook is like having a big meal at Applebee’s with your buddies from high school, your college roommates…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Marketing,  Self-Publishing

    Help: I Have To Market My Book! : A Guest Post By Robin Patchen

    My third book released a couple of weeks ago, ushering me into the most dreaded activity of this writer’s life: marketing. I hate it, and for good reason. When somebody asks me what my book is about, I start talking like a Valley Girl who’s inhaled too much hairspray. “So like there’s this girl…like lady, right? And she’s like scared of this guy she knew from before…’cause see, when she was a teenager…” Shocking I don’t sell more copies by hand. I don’t do much better in print. But mostly, I hate marketing because I have to ask for help. Writers have to ask for endorsements, influencers, reviews, and shares.…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #SellingMySoul,  Marketing

    Advertising No Longer Works. Conversation Does: A Guest Post By Mari Christie

    “Pick a Little, Talk a Little, Pick a Little, Talk a Little, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep, Talk a Lot, Pick a Little More…” I date myself with this reference to The Music Man (and finally publicly admit my long-time love of musical theatre), but I find it inexplicably accurate when discussing word-of-mouth marketing. Most readers will not tell their friends how great you are. Sadly, your book is not their primary topic of conversation. However, word-of-mouth marketing is the best, and least expensive, tool you have.   Always has been. Always will be. Further, this is the way people make buying decisions now—recommendations from friends and respected experts—which is why social…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #Top10Tuesday,  Marketing,  Motivation

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Ways Good Marketing Is Like Good Parenting

    The writing of the book, was the pregnancy. You conceived the idea in a romantic, intimate moment. You developed it secretly in the dark. You wrote while stuffing your face with all kinds of snacks. You tried to explain your characters and your plot to others and they just didn’t understand. And the length of the ms got bigger and bigger. And you wondered will I ever get this done? Will I be waiting for the arrival forever?  And the big day comes! You get your little bundle of joy from Createspace or some other expert labor and delivery establishment! You count all of the pages to make sure that it is all…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Community,  Marketing

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Local Resources That Could Help You Sell Books

    The first rule of marketing is finding the right people who want what you have to sell. And the truth is that selling books is hard. But assuming that your book is an excellent one, it’s free of grammatical and artistic errors, it has a nice, professional cover and you’ve done all you can do to make it a great book then you can sell it. But first, you may need to start small and have low expectations. Starting small may mean starting locally. Your connections in your hometown might be a great place to begin your sales. This week’s #Top10Tuesday list is all about local places your book could be welcome.…

  • Marketing,  Self-Publishing,  Social Media,  Twitter

    Three Things You’re Telling The World When You Attempt A Hard Sell

    Why Is Marketing Such A Dirty Word For Writers? If you’ve met a writer of nearly any kind of book, you’ve probably met someone who loves the idea of sitting alone at their desk, hiding from the world, creating their lush stories with only their cat for company. You’ve probably met someone who is nervous in crowds, has trouble presenting themselves at all and would absolutely die if they had to “promote” or “market” their stories in any way. It’s bad enough that these poor writers have to leave their laptops and solitary existences and venture out into daylight, but to have them become salesmen? It’s enough to make them want to…