Archive for August, 2013

Understanding Book Promotion

Friday, August 30th, 2013

It has happened again—twice this week. Authors have written their books, managed to get them published and now want a quick course on book promotion. They email me saying, “I have a book, now how do I promote it?” When I attempt to get a little information about their books, they are often reluctant to […]

Best Newsletters for Authors

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

One way to become informed about the publishing industry and to keep up on industry news, the best promotional activities, resources for authors and so forth is to subscribe to and READ/STUDY some of the many industry newsletters. Here are those that I recommend for authors. Publishing/Marketing News and Views Patricia Fry Free Publishing […]

An Author’s Education

Monday, August 26th, 2013

“I’ve just finished writing a book. Now what?” Every day, in every city, hopeful authors ask this question. They bring it up at their writers’ group meetings. They take an acquaintance, who happens to be an author, to lunch in hopes of getting answers. They contact professionals they find listed online or that a friend […]

Snoop, Lurk and Stalk Your Way to Publishing Success

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

I spent a good part of the last two days snooping, lurking and even stalking. And that’s what authors must do in order to successfully promote our books. What do I mean? What were some of the tactics I used and the activities I involved myself in? • I visited the websites of authors with […]

How to Get Reviews for Your Book

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

I often give you links to reviewer directories. Do you know what to do with these great resources once you have them at your fingertips? Here’s what I suggest: • Study the listings in each directory. If the reviewers are not listed by category (mystery, romance, memoir, science fiction, chic lit, etc.), you’ll need to […]

What Does An Author Need to Know About Publishing?

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

What do you need to know about publishing? If you’re an author or plan to become one, you need to know everything you can possibly learn about the publishing industry, your options, the possible consequences of your choices and your responsibilities as a published author. If you want to experience a level of success within […]

Your Manuscript is With a Publisher—Now What?

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Are you trying to land a contract with a traditional publisher? Or do you plan to do so once your book is a book? In the meantime, how much do you know about the publishing industry and what to expect? Authors Have Unreasonable Expectations Unfortunately, too many hopeful authors expect to receive at least some […]

Sell Your Book Overseas

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Every once in a while, the concept of selling books overseas comes up. Some authors have their books translated in other languages and they sell these books in other countries. Other authors have topics they think would sell well to an English-speaking audience in other countries. To locate a translation company or individual in a […]

Need Pre-publication Readers for Mystery: Please Apply

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Patricia Fry Interview Live SPAWN member and colleague, Joanna Celeste asked if she could interview me recently on the topic of writing—changing over from nonfiction to fiction—marketing books in this competitive publishing climate and what’s happening publishing today and beyond. Here’s the result of that extensive interview Read Cat-Eye-Witness Free This Month I’m seeking […]

Who Do You Think You Are?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

If you’re an author or you’re gearing up to become one, you’d better adopt an identification that will resonate with your readers. You’d better make yourself known in your field or genre. Why? With the huge increase in books coming out and ordinary people becoming authors—and I mean HUGE—the competition for book sales is fierce. […]