10 Tips for Publishing Success (especially if you have an MFA)
By Kathryn Brown Ramsperger
I was lucky enough to attend Hollins University, renowned for its MFA in creative writing (Masters in Fine Arts degree). My classmates became award-winning authors. I sat next to, and was taught by, Pulitzer Prize winners and Poet Laureates. I found my voice there through experimentation and objective, positive critique. However, when I received my degree, the pervading mentality was that writing …
In March, a very special event is coming to Authors, Screenwriters and all those “planning on being either” to Colorado. Comedy Trainer Steve Kaplan is coming to AuthorU.org (open to the public) for two all-day workshops. The first day, March 4th concentrates on incorporating comedy and humor into your writing (something we all could use); and the second day, March 5th, a clarion event for all those who want to sell their work to Hollywood …
Let’s start with your answers to two essential questions:
1 How’s your book visibility?
2 What about your ability to brag as an author?
If there is an introvert in you that is allowed to influence and control your marketing—your book’s visibility, as well as your own, will take a deep hit. It’s why AuthorU’s kickoff New Year program is all about visibility, position, and gulp, bragging.
There are ways to “brag” and ways not to. …
Our guest blog is created by Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Always savvy in frugal promoting, push your book marketing as you get reviews with a twist.
Excerpted (and adapted) from Carolyn’s new How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career.
Authors rarely get the most from their reviews. Surprised? I think it’s because the idea of extending a review’s value doesn’t occur to …
In the U.S., over 70% of books are sold through the Amazon channels. Book reviews are considered “essential” to have, yet Amazon has taken an aggressive posture in removing many that are posted: many from legitimate book buyers/owners and some from phony “reviewers”.
What happens when a posted book review has been zapped by the Amazon bots (or many); is there a path to getting reviews that stick; are perplexed about which type of reviews to seek …
November Delivers National Novel Writing Month!
Using the abbreviation and hashtag, NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month challenges participants to write 50,000 words (their minimum number of words for a novel) from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing and keep them motivated throughout the process. For many … it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or nonfiction. It’s a goal … get the draft done … just …
Is Audio in the AIR for you and your book. If it isn’t, start re-noodling your thinking. Right now, audio books exceed one BILLION in sales .. that’s a lot of listening and re-listening. Think libraries; drive trips; anyone working out; taking a long walk; or even just a quiet afternoon in the garden. Your reach is unlimited–are you taking advantage of it.
1. Before you start down audio-land, it’s wise to consult with someone who …
Are you that author who regularly shouts “buy my book” on Twitter and Facebook? If this is your idea of book promotion, you need to get comfortable with the fact that your personal brand is “salesperson.” That’s fine if your books are about how to sell things, but a terrible fit if you write novels.
Authors are often uncomfortable with the idea of personal branding. Yet, by being part of the social conversation, most are creating …
Susan RoAne is the leading expert in how to connect with anyone in any room at a time. It’s what every author needs to know and do to succeed in selling and marketing books. Get ready to learn from the pro at the Extravaganza.
People who produce, sell books and people who buy books, the better positioned we are as authors to build essential long-term relationships.
Being a Talk Target—someone who makes other people feel like brilliant …
Are you Ready to Learn the Critical Steps on How to Print a Book in Today’s Publishing Market? Have you ever wondered what does it take to manufacturer a book?
Lucky you … we’ve got the answers in today’s guest blog. Total Printing Systems has put together a terrific seven-part video series to gain insight into the book printing process.
Each video will take an in-depth look into the various steps it takes to manufacture a book as well …