Why do we do it? We slave over words. We pour our hearts onto a blank page. Instead of ink, we write with our blood, sweat, and tears. At home, our loved ones get neglected, while our work hours are spent with our heads in the clouds. And yet, we plow on. Why?
Agents reject us, publishers ignore us, and the only way we can see our novels in print is if we pay for it. And even then, the only people who will buy a copy are our loved ones (if we haven’t neglected them too much). So why do we keep writing when reality is falling short of our starry-eyed international best-selling expectations? [Read more…]
Firefly is a western in space, people. In space. Starring the charming Nathan Fillion. With a director like Joss Whedon, great writing, award winning CG, and a storyline that stands out from the usual TV drama regurgitant, why did it get cancelled after a single season? If it can happen to Joss, it can happen to you. [Read more…]
Today, Mike Hartner has agreed to follow up his last post by sharing more of his experience and wisdom. Welcome back, Mike!…
Congrats! You’re published. In today’s world, in many cases, it won’t matter whether you are self-published, or published by one of the Big Six. You will need Marketing.
Marketing. Yes, that ugly word. What, you mean my book doesn’t sell itself? Nope. Sorry to disappoint, but you are one of nearly a million people who have self published this past year. Finding your book, for any but the most diligent (read: friends and relatives) is going to be a crapshoot.
So how do you make your odds better? [Read more…]
Today we have author Luke Murphy joining us to explain his techniques for marketing his debut novel, Dead Man’s Hand. Hello, Luke!…
Marketing Starts With Writing
My marketing started with the writing of my book. I always had a plan, an idea of the plot, but now I had to think about the characters and setting, and I had to think about my target audience in this stage. [Read more…]
Today, we have a guest post from author Mike Hartner. Welcome, Mike!…
So, you’re e-book is out, and you’ve put your paperback up for sale… Congrats! You’re published. Whether self or otherwise, your work is now out in the world waiting for others to read it, and review it. It’s now in the realm of eighty percent of the book readers.
Wait. Eighty Percent? What happened to the other twenty? [Read more…]
The world of publishing is changing at whiplash speed, and the company setting the pace is Amazon. As the largest bookseller (with 29% of the market) in a world where more books are now bought online than in brick-and-mortor stores, Amazon is a force to be reckoned with. Fortunately for authors who want to sell books (and who doesn’t?), this is a good thing: Amazon is the #1 place where readers go to buy books, and you, the author, can use that to your advantage.
But where to start? There are two easy ways to market your books on Amazon. While these tips apply primarily to self-published authors, who have more control over how their books are presented to the world, traditionally-published authors can work with their publishers to use Amazon to their advantage, and find a new and enthusiastic audience for their work. [Read more…]
Books come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they? Some can slide into your pocket, while others could anchor a cruise ship.
So, you’ve written a 200,000 word novel. I bet you can’t wait to see that doorstopper on bookshelves, right? Think again. [Read more…]
Congratulations. You have finished writing your novel, and you are now ready to take that first step into the vast and confusing world of traditional publishing.
The process of landing your future agent is a long and arduous journey, so let’s break it down into manageable parts: [Read more…]
Having trouble writing your own query letter? Can’t imagine what it all looks like in the end? Hopefully you get some inspiration from these examples of query letters that actually landed agents.
After the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, I began to query agents and luckily agent Pooja Menon of Kimberley Cameron & Associates was quick on the draw to give me “The Call”. Below was the query letter that grabbed her attention: