Are you an author who is confused about what direction to go with your finished manuscript? Have you published your book and you are now stuck in book promotion hell? You don’t understand it, don’t want to understand it and would rather spend the day in the dentist’s chair than to have to go out and promote your book one more time.
Maybe you’ve thought about hiring a consultant. I am a consultant. But I generally would not consult with an author in the scenario above. What good would it do? Instead, here’s what I suggest for authors who don’t know which publishing option to choose, are struggling with book promotion or are confused about the whole publishing scene.
• Study books such as The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book (by Patricia Fry). This book will help you to understand the publishing industry. It will clarify your publishing options and help you to determine which one is best for you and for your particular/specific project. And it will introduce you to and inform you about the HUGE world of book promotion. http://www.matilijapress.com/rightway.html
• If you are considering the “self-publishing” (pay-to-publish) route, you’ll find plenty in The Right Way book on this subject. But I also want you to read Mark Levine’s The Fine Print of Self-Publishing. He rates and ranks the most well-known companies and goes over their contracts with you. Get the ebook version FREE when you join SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) http://www.spawn.org
• Sign up for one of my online courses. Perhaps you are considering true self-publishing, for example. My self-publishing course will walk you through the process. Do you need help with the whole process of book promotion? I have a course for you. I also teach courses on the majorly important task of recognizing, establishing and building on your platform; writing a book proposal and more. http://www.matilijapress.com/courses.htm
• Join organizations where you have the opportunity to network with other authors and publishers, receive information and resources via newsletters and discussion groups, participate in educational and promotional activities and so forth. SPAWN is a good fit for many. (See above.)
• When you join an organization, participate to the fullest. When you subscribe to a publishing or authors’ newsletter, READ it.
In other words, be proactive. If you have done all of this and you still want a consultation, you can contact me here: PLFry620@yahoo.com.