Sunday, October 27, 2013

Book writing, publishing, promoting sources

Signing books in Newtown
In preparation for my talk at the library in Newtown, I created the following as a handout for the attendees, sites that can be useful in writing, publishing, and promoting your book: This is NaNoWriMo’s home page. Register, which is free, and you have access to a wealth of writing tips, research help (under Forums), and a place to record your words every day to check your progress during November. Amazon’s self-publishing subsidiary. Register, and the site walks you through the process of registering your book, uploading the text and cover, and setting a price (all free). It offers extended distribution for a price, and has a link to the Kindle site to create a Kindle version. I haven't used it, but it's a popular way to publish ebooks at no charge. The site offers a ton of info and there's a blog post you might look at if you're considering an ebook. This is a list of sites and individuals who review self-published books. To be on the list, reviewers have to be actively posting reviews, review ebooks, not charge for reviews, not be affiliated to a publisher, have submission guidelines for an Indie author to submit an ebook, and put a link back to TheIndieView on their site. Authors have to vet each site to be sure that (a) it is appropriate for their book’s genre and (b) their submissions follow the site's guide. Publishers Weekly Select costs $149 to buy a brief listing in this monthly supplement. With the listing, you can send two copies of your book, which PW may or may not review, and, if reviewed, may not be positive. A Kirkus Indie Review is $425, but you can keep it private if you don’t like it.

Type “self-publish” into a Google search box and you’ll have 2,080,000 results in less than a second. There are success stories and advice, and while no one knows what will sell, you can increase the odds of sales success by (1) writing the best book you know how; ideally a book you yourself would like to read; (2) hiring a professional editor to edit the book; this costs money but everyone needs an editor; (3) hiring a professional cover and book designer; again, this costs money; (4) following the publisher’s requirements; this can be free; and (5) doing everything you can think of to reach readers.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Jumpstarting my novel with NaNoWriMo

I will be speaking at the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown, CT, on October 30 at 7:00 about the process of writing and publishing. The talk is titled "How NaNoWriMo Jumpstarted My New Novel," and my friend and colleague Linda Strange has blogged about it.

The NaNoWriMo challenge is to write 50,000 words of fiction during the month of November, and I—and I expect friends—will be talking about the experience, which was like no other writing experience in my life.

The event is informal, free, and there will be plenty of time for questions. Tell any friend who has always had an itch to write a book to come on Wednesday, the 30th.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

See You at the Nutmeg Book Festival

On Saturday, November 23rd, I'll be participating in the Nutmeg Book Festival at the New Milford Train Station in Connecticut. Along with 19 other local authors, I'll be chatting with readers and signing copies of my two books.

If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by and introduce yourself. This is a unique opportunity to talk with authors about their work and pick up some autographed books as gifts for the holiday season. See you there!