There’s no right or wrong way!
by Lauren Sapala
Every morning when I open my inbox a landslide of emails from the online writing community pour out. Blog posts, newsletters, classes and programs and retreats. And then I jump on social media and the wave continues: Advice and instructions on character development, plotting your plot, finessing the end and then going back to that first page and polishing your opening hook until it sparkles and shines and catches the eye of every agent with an email address.
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I’ve spent ten years revising Return to Royalty…I hope book 2 doesn’t take that long 😅😭
by Jordan Jolley
If you devote time for the quality of your story, then your book’s potential can go far.
There are two very common questions people ask me: “How long did it take you to write your first book?” and “Are you done with your second book?”
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Now that you’re back, let’s talk more about publishing and LLCs and stuff that I did this week.
Something else I’ve been working on is marketing and learning how to write a marketing strategy. I really want big suppliers like Baker and Taylor to carry my book, but they need a fee (doable), a massive amount of books, pre-orders, and a marketing plan (*pulling my hair out*).
So the money isn’t really the issue with these things. It’s mostly the fact that I don’t have massive quantities of my book on hand, I don’t have a significant source of pre-orders yet, and I haven’t put together a marketing plan.
I get a lot of cool benefits through Author U (if you don’t know about it and Judith Briles, look it up and join!) which include free webinars. I’ve been doing the best I can to learn about how to use Bublish and IngramSpark and Book Grabbr, but starting from the ground is hard. I have what qualifies as basically a barely-there following (sorry guys!) in internet terms, which majorly sucks.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find other bloggers that review books to request reviews. That’s hard because a lot of them are super busy. I’ve had several responses, but mostly none at all, which is hard for morale. But I also have been into some indie book stores that will carry my book, which helps balance out the lack of internet points. I know this has little to do with marketing strategy, but it’s part of the whole that’s really important.
Most book sales happen online. So how do I reach buyers online?? This is the question I keep asking myself and still don’t have a solution to. I’m still learning about how to put together a marketing plan on paper for potential buyers, so I’ll have more about that next week.
It’s like being in school all over again, except I’m doing more work than I ever did in school! And I stand to make money instead of lose it! Ha!
So until next week cool blog-reading peeps!
I dunno if this resonates with me…I know the characters are part of me, but I feel like maybe they’re not sometimes.
by Lev Raphael
I’ve been doing readings from my fiction since the early 90s and one of the common questions I get afterwards is “Do your characters ever tell you what to do?” or “Do your characters ever get away from you?”
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