Archive for the 'REAL WORLD' Category
Anne Greenwood Brown on Sep 01 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Writing life
Photo by lindseyy
In April of this year, I got a call from my agent that went something like this:
She:“I’ve been hearing from several editors that they’re looking for a book like X. They were wondering if I had anything to submit that would fit the bill. I don’t, but I do have an author who could write a book like that.”
She:“Yeah. You. Can you get it done in twelve weeks?”
Which is about when a [...]
Writer Unboxed on Aug 31 2014 | Filed under: REAL WORLD
When we learned that a group of writers were trying to raise ~$15,000 to cover expenses (for flights, childcare, hotel, and more) so that they might attend the WU Un-Conference, we were more than happy to help spread the word of their initiatives. Their first big fundraiser, the sale of a writing-resource bundle worth $200, ends today. (There is still time to check that out, HERE.)
Though the fundraiser has done well for them, they’ve raised only half of the [...]
Guest on Aug 29 2014 | Filed under: Business, Digital, Marketing, PR, Publicity, self-publishing, Social Media
“Choosing anonymity is choosing irrelevance.” Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, author of The New Digital Age.
Today’s guest is Carole Jelen, an author, former publishing editor, and literary agent for Waterside Productions. She is a former editor for major publishers including Addison-Wesley, Prentice-Hall and Sybex, an imprint of Wileyholds, and she has two degrees in English from UC Berkeley and UC Los Angeles. She also holds a California teaching credential, and trains and consults in publishing and audience building. Carole is [...]
Jane Friedman on Aug 25 2014 | Filed under: Social Media
via Flickr / by Thomas Hawk
A writer recently asked me to comment on whether there is anything to be gained from being active on more than two or three social media accounts. How extensive should you really get—and is it possible that “less is more”?
I interpret this question to mean: When is enough enough? And how do I make any effort worth my time?
Answering this question requires stepping back—waaaay back—and looking at how and why authors use social media in the [...]
Crystal Patriarche on Aug 24 2014 | Filed under: Business, PR, Publicity, REAL WORLD
picture by Nic McPhee
It’s like a dirty word. In fact, I’m calling it today’s Dirty Word of the Day. Once, I needed help with an author contract and reached out to a woman about hiring her as a consultant. I got an email from her that said, “I don’t like publicists but sure I’ll talk to you.” Uh, no thank you. I wouldn’t want you to slum it with little old dirty me. And I wouldn’t want to [...]
Guest on Aug 23 2014 | Filed under: Business, CRAFT, Publicity, REAL WORLD, Writing life
Photo by Michael Heiss
Today, we’re thrilled to have Margaret Dilloway with us. She’s the author of the upcoming novel, SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, (Putnam, April 2015) about two estranged sisters who are inspired and brought together by reading the history of real-life 12th century samurai woman named Tomoe Gozen. She is also the author of the middle grade fantasy novel MOMOTARO (Disney-Hyperion, 2016), as well as THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS and HOW TO BE AN [...]
Dan Blank on Aug 22 2014 | Filed under: Marketing
Before we get to today’s post, I wanted to make you aware of an offer by a group called Writer Mamas. These women are trying to raise funds so that several WU community members can attend the Writer Unboxed Un-Conference in November. To that end, they’re selling $200 worth of writing books and guides for half cost. Click here to learn more about the offerings.
“That’s putting the cart before the horse, isn’t it?”
This is probably the metaphor I like the [...]
Guest on Aug 17 2014 | Filed under: Health, Humor, Inspirations, REAL WORLD, Writing life
By Jenny Downing on Flickr’s Creative Commons
Today’s guest is Renee Swindle, the author of newly released A Pinch Of Ooh La La and Shake Down The Stars (NAL/Penguin). Her first novel, Please Please Please, was an Essence Magazine bestseller. Renee has an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. An admitted tea snob, Renee lives in Oakland with three rescue dogs and three cats—“Yep, six animals and me,” says Renee.
Dish magazine says, “Swindle has a way of making [...]
Porter Anderson on Aug 15 2014 | Filed under: Business, INSIDE PUBLISHING
My address is 2025 Avenue of the Stars.
This is as it should be, of course. 90067.
With my sunglasses so firmly in place that I can barely read anything on the screen, I’m writing to you on the eve of Phil Sexton’s Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference in Los Angeles. It’s at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza again this year, the kind of hotel that’s designed to look good on you.
My Unboxed co-star Barbara O’Neal will be here at #WDNWC this [...]
Sharon Bially on Aug 11 2014 | Filed under: Marketing, PR, Publicity, REAL WORLD, Writing life
It’s no secret that publishers do little these days to promote most books but that there’s an infinite number of steps authors can take to fill the void, from DIY to hiring an outside publicist. Nor is it a secret that even the most exhaustive efforts can potentially get you….almost nowhere in terms of sales.
This may be why many authors opt not to do much promotion if any aside from what their publishers have planned (typically mailing out galleys and [...]
Julia Munroe Martin on Aug 09 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Humor, Writing life
There’s this guy. He’s an adrenaline junkie. The woman’s a massage therapist. They meet and… and… and… well of course they fall in love. That’s a given. But it won’t last (or will it?). And then there’s something about traveling from Montana to Maine and jumping out of a million airplanes. His name’s Elias… no J.P., and hers is Ellie. No. Allison. And of course they both have secrets—his involves feeling responsible for someone’s death, maybe an ex-lover. [...]
Juliet Marillier on Aug 07 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Writing life
I posted some time ago about the challenges of voice and structure in my (then) work in progress, a novel called Dreamer’s Pool, first instalment of the Blackthorn & Grim series, which is a historical fantasy/mystery series for adult readers. At that point I was wrestling with the self-imposed limitations of the format – three contrasting first person narrators alternating chapters. I love writing in first person, but I wondered at that point whether my control freak approach was forcing [...]