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Marketing Tips for Agents and Authors

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When I chatted with Teri a few months ago about this post, I wanted to tackle the question of money and advances and marketing dollars. I was feeling frustrated that certain publishers continued to make seven figure offers on debuts which no doubt continued to take the wind out of the sales of every other book placed in the same publishing season as said book.  Why put all your eggs in one basket? Clearly you [...]

One Way to Connect DIRECTLY To Your Fans? *Yawn* Email. Boring Old Email.

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There are so many entities that seem to put themselves between you and the folks who read your books: retailers, Amazon (they seem to be a special category all their own), publishers, agents, publicists, media, social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc), communities (Goodreads, Wattpad, etc), just to name some of the most obvious.

In other words, there is:

You, the author –> some other entity –> the reader/audience.

Now, for the most part, these entities add value. [...]

Writers: What Are You Afraid Of?

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That I’ll only end up drowning in the sea of online voices. That no one cares. That I’m not interesting enough, attractive enough, young enough, clever enough, or technically adroit enough to catch and hold anyone’s attention no matter what I blog/post about, when, where, how, or how often.”

This is how Karyn Henley, an author I am working with described her fear of promoting her books. I had two reactions when reading this:

Wow – how honest she [...]

Why Your Book Deal Is Just the First Step

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Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors of Your Perfect Life (Washington Square Press) have been best friends for twenty-five years and survived high school and college together. They’ve written the story of two childhood best friends  who wake up the morning after their twentieth high school reunion to discover that they’ve switched bodies and need to figure out how to navigate their altered realities.

Says New York Times best-selling author Sarah Jio:

I loved this from the [...]

The False Divide Between Book Promo and Author Promo

Imagine this:

After years of drafting, critiquing, revising, submitting and watching rejections pile up, you’ve finally landed a publishing deal and your book is coming out in several months.

Over those years you’ve worked hard, too, to build a platform — giving webinars on craft, writing articles that have run in places like the Huffington Post and contributing regularly to a popular blog  (maybe WU?) drawing thousands of readers from around the country.

Yet, when you sit down for the long-anticipated meeting with [...]

Willful Ignorance (and finding time to focus on QUALITY, not an endless list of to-do’s)

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What if you stopped reading this right now. What if you didn’t read to the end of this post, didn’t allow yourself to be sucked into the potentially awesome thing I am about to tell you? What if…

… if you became willfully ignorant.

You stopped following the day-to-day news about publishing & writing (which clearly doesn’t change day to day.)

Stopped reading about the latest “battle” in publishing, where there are somehow two clearly delineated “sides” and [...]

Six Tips for Choosing Assignments Wisely

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Today, we’re excited to have Jennifer Haupt join us. She contributes to a wide variety of magazines, and also hosts the Psychology Today blog, One True Thing, an online salon of interviews with best-selling authors and essays about the moments that matter most. Her first foray into e-publishing, “Will you be my mother? The Quest to Answer Yes,” includes three personal stories, one of which began as an essay that sat at a widely read magazine for three years before [...]

On the Road: Face-to-Face in a Virtual World

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Today, we’re thrilled to have Jenny Milchman with us. Her journey to publication took thirteen years, after which she hit the road for seven months with her family on what Shelf Awareness called “the world’s longest book tour.”

Jenny’s debut novel, COVER OF SNOW, was chosen as an Indie Next and Target Pick, and was nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark award. She is also the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day and chair [...]

Provocations in Publishing: “Engineering Serendipity”

Coined by the British aristocrat Horace Walpole in a 1754 letter, [serendipity] long referred to a fortunate accidental discovery. Today serendipity is regarded as close kin to creativity — the mysterious means by which new ideas enter the world. But are hallway collisions really the best way to stoke innovation?

− Engineering Serendipity, April 5, 2013, New York Times, by Greg Lindsay

Here at the new PubSmart Conference, seated this week in an unseasonably chilly Charleston, South Carolina, the term [...]

A ‘Logic Model’ for Author Success

“Managing our career.”  “Managing our expectations.”  “Managing our resources and time.”  All these “management” terms being applied to the writing life — with good reason — can make it sound like we might actually need an MBA to reach our goals as writers.

In fact, in this age of the “writer as an entrepreneur” responsible for a growing share of the work required to not only create but also to sell a book, adding management skills to our repertoire of abilities [...]

The WHYs of Book Club Questions

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We’re thrilled to have Mollie Lundquist of LitLovers here today, who describes herself as “an English teacher gone mad.” LitLovers grew out of an online course she taught a few years ago. It was so much fun, she decided to go public.

She says:

LitLovers has brought together my lifelong love of reading, writing, and teaching. The site is about WHAT we read, HOW we read, and HOW we THINK about our reading. Approaching literature in that way can change how [...]

Thank You Writers

Isn’t that old fashioned. 

Spending hours. 




Dare I say, years. 

Creating. Honing. Crafting. Editing. Exploring. 

One’s own purpose. One’s craft as a writer. One’s ability to understand who they hope to reach, and how. And what they hope the effect of that connection will be. The legacy of the work.  

Old fashioned to send a thank you letter in the mail, instead of merely “favoriting” a tweet. 

To send a long email response to a Facebook post. 

To ask to meet for coffee instead of having [...]