• #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…

  • Marketing,  Publishing

    7 Ways To Deal With That Dreaded Bad Review

    By Pam Humphrey In my pre-mom days when I worked as a programmer and tech support at a small company, I shared an office with one other girl. After an unusually frustrating customer had berated her as she tried to help them over the phone, she hung up near tears. I’ll never forget what she said. “I’m from Oklahoma. I need people to like me.” She hadn’t caused the customer’s problem. She solved the issue quickly and with kindness. She’d done her best, but he was still rude. Writers, those that care deeply about the structure and quality of what they write, pour over pages time and again checking for…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Marketing,  Uncategorized

    How Book Marketing is Like Flirting, Dating, and Getting Engaged

    By Rebecca Waters You’ve written a book. You may have a publisher or agent. You may have decided to publish the book yourself. Whatever path you take, there are marketing decisions you will make that will help or hinder book sales. This post examines stuff not in your book. It is a look at the cover: the front and back of your book. It describes marketing in terms of what people see when they pick up the book or scroll through a pile of possible reads on Amazon or Goodreads. This is often your first contact with readers outside your mom and a close circle of friends. Marketing is like…

  • #IndependentPublishing,  Author Profile,  Publishing,  Self-Publishing

    Why This Self-Published Author Loves Traditional Publishing

    by Jane Steen, 10 Minute Novelist, self-published author I self-published my first novel in 2012, and since then I’ve published two more full-length novels and a short story. Despite the attitude of some writers (and, alas, some readers) that self-publishing is a second-best solution, I couldn’t be happier. I love the flexibility and freedom to write what I like. I relish my control over my rights and decision-making. I love getting my income monthly. In short, I’m the happy sort of self-publisher who’s not the least bit interested in getting a traditional publishing deal or being represented by an agent. I have self-published and I’m glad I did.  And yet,…

  • #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…

  • #IndependentPublishing,  Self-Publishing

    What I’ve Learned As A Self Published Author

     This summer marks my third year as an independent author. And I’ve learned a lot about it over the last three years. In November of 2012, my first manuscript was finished and for the first time, I was curious about what it would take to self-publish my  novel, Falling For Your Madness. It changed my life! First of all, this was a life long dream now coming to pass, but other than that I learned some very interesting and surprising things too! Word of mouth is everything! The success of my first novel was solely based on how my readers embraced it and shared it with others. I started out…

  • #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…

  • #IndependentPublishing,  Publishing,  Self-Publishing

    Learning From The Independent Publishing Experience: A Guest Post By Jude Knight

    What have you learned from this experience? The headline is a quote from the man I adore: “What have you learned from this experience?” (Not, incidentally, what you want to hear when you’ve just bumped your toe or broken your heart. But I love you, darling.) Six months ago last month, I published my first historical romance, a novella. I’ve since published a novel, am about to publish another one, and will have another novel and a novella out by my 1st anniversary as an independent publisher. I still have a great deal to learn, but here are my top five lessons from this first venture into the wild and…

  • #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,  #Top10Tuesday

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Ways to Market Your Book on a Budget

    I met Janice Thompson in 2014 at the MacGregor Literary Marketing Conference. Besides being a delightfully encouraging person, she also knows a lot about marketing books. Because she’s published over 100 titles, her Top 10 Ways to Market Your Book On A Budget is full of practical help. Enjoy! And then support Janice and buy her books! 1). Market first. Create a full marketing strategy in your proposal. Include every bit of contact information you can think of: local TV and radio stations, civic groups (or other places where you can speak/teach), bloggers who might be interested in promoting your book, online chat classes and so on. Put together a…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #MondayBlogs,  #SellingMySoul,  Marketing,  Social Media

    Nine Things I’ve Learned About Book Marketing That I Didn’t Know Last Year

    I am not a marketing expert.  I am, however, an informed consumer and reluctant buyer of stuff. I am not easily impressed. I don’t follow trends, I am only impressed with designer labels when I see them at my local thrift store. I also come from a family of manipulators so if anyone has a BS detector, I do. You would think that I would have negative feelings about marketing. You’d be wrong. I LOVE IT! I love it because it’s not what I thought it was. I thought that if I am going to sell, then I have to be annoying to buyers. If I’m going to sell, then…

  • #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…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Self-Publishing

    Why You Need To Practice Writing Long Before You Publish

    It’s really too bad that we don’t have a Quality Control Department for the written word. And Amazon Reviews, sadly, aren’t enough.  Writing is cheap — anyone can type out a sentence — and because of this cheapness, many people may not think that it’s worth much. Anyone and their dog can publish a book,  so the general public can easily accept shoddy workmanship. Perhaps because I can, with a click of button,  download hundreds of free books, I may have lost my respect for the carefully crafted story. Easy accessibility does not encourage the practice of good craftsmanship.   Craftsmanship is never helped when stupid phrases like “there are…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Discipline,  Marketing

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Things That Are Wrong With Reciprocal Reviews

      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 have the potential of being unethical simply because any quid pro quo arrangement could be intentionally tainted, possibly inaccurate and maybe even dishonest. My friend Jane Steen, who has written a great deal about ethical behavior for authors, has this to say about reciprocal reviews.  1. On their own, individual reviews don’t make a huge difference. Let’s be honest. While it helpful to have some reviews on…