Write 1,000 words every day. It might be the best writing advice I ever got. Yes, we can learn much about the craft of writing, about style and narrative structure and how to research. But to be a writer, you need to write.
1,000 words per day is an easy goal. Professional writers commit to more—even much more. But if you have other commitments in life besides writing, set a goal where you can under-promise and over-deliver. I often start a daily 1,000 and end up with 2,500. I got on a roll one weekend and drafted a 10,000-word story in two days.
The 1,000-word goal keeps the pump primed for great days like those. If it’s difficult at first, it gets easier when you stick to it! How long does it take to reach 1,000 words? If the project requires intense planning, plotting, or thinking about complex material…
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By Erica Verrillo on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity Site:
Large international book fairs, such as Frankfurt and Bologna, are where industry professionals meet to buy and sell rights, arrange for subsidiary rights, such as film and games, and scope out what’s hot in the literary market.
Can self-published authors set up a table at international book fairs? Technically, no. But in 2013, Tina Seskis formed a shell publishing company (hers was the only published book on the list), and exhibited at Frankfurt. She ended up nabbing a $500,000 deal with HarperCollins.
In general, setting up a shell company is frowned upon, and venues are tightening up their restrictions. But you can still exhibit if you have self-published. Combined Book Exhibit offers self-publishers the opportunity to showcase their books (print or ebook) and/or advertise it for a few hundred, rather than a few thousand dollars. There is an…
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Enter Book Award Contests and Become an Award Winning Author in 2017!
By Scott Lorenz
“Do book awards matter?” YES!!
As a book publicist I can assure you they absolutely do matter! One client won several awards and was contacted by two movie producers about her Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Fiction novel. Another one of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media interest, which subsequently led to a major New York agent deciding to represent the book and pitch it to all the major publishing houses. This author, needless to say, was happy he decided to enter.
You win awards you sell more products. Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon
Jeff Bezos at the 2016 Code Conference (Photo news.techniblogic.com
Recently a business book client won a major award which caused CNN to reach out to request the book.
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The inflexible reality of the self-publishing boom is that author websites are everywhere. Whether you’re publishing through traditional channels or independently launching your book as the flagship product of a one-person press, you need a website that immediately grabs the casual visitor’s attention—in a good way. Your author website can either mark you as an amateur or exude a clever, market-savvy professionalism that sets you apart from the pack. To ensure the latter effect, follow these five guiding principles.
- Match your design to your content. Dayglo color schemes and an author photo that’s been redubbed in pop-art style could work well if your books are gonzo coming-of-age stories, or even social commentary in the breathless style of Tom Wolfe. If your work is literary and your style mostly restrained, a minimalist theme does you justice. If you’re not certain about the impression a given design leaves, test-market it: ask friends…
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by Teagan Berry
There are countless social media sites out on the internet, each of them offering us different means to share our thoughts and life with other people. For authors, social media can help us out in many different ways. Book promotion, connecting with fans, networking with other authors… and that’s just to name a few.
A little while ago I was introduced to a site called Pinterest by a fellow author and let me tell you, I will be forever grateful to her for it. In this post, along with another one I shall be putting up in a couple days, I hope to give you a few reasons why I believe Pinterest is so useful for authors. Right now, I’m going to focus on the private side of Pinterest, and what it can do for you and your specific writing.
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By Fred Johnson on The Book Designer site:
There’s one question that we editors hear again and again from the self-publishing writers we work with: how much should I charge for my first book?
It’s certainly a tricky question. The history of self-publishing is littered with tragic tales of overpriced and underpriced books falling at the wayside as stingy or sceptical crowds pass them by. It’s one of the most common mistakes self-publishing writers make.
What’s the Problem?
Pricing your book isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. It depends on what you’ve written, how long your book is, how established you are as a writer, and any recognition, reviews, or awards you or your work have amassed. The quality of the cover, formatting, and design will also play an important role. Before you think about pricing your book, look over these tips…