The ego won out, and I decided to promote my book for all I was worth, with the website, postings around the Web, social media, you name it. The result? That first month my Amazon page received fewer hits than hoorayforcongress. Subsequent months, my sales reports contained more zeroes than the math column of my high school report card. Then one day, just like that, 11 copies of the paperback sold. It looked as if my book was finally catching fire. Regardless of the reason, I imagined a worried Stephen King looking over his shoulder.
However, before I could plan my summer at Yaddo, sales once again stalled. The bubble had burst. Then something miraculous happened, I got a five-star reader review on Amazon, about the best publicity one can hope for this side of a half-hour on the couch with Oprah. If you like this genre, buy this book. Fast-forward a week. Her right shoe hangs half off and her legs are twisted as if an act of violence has befallen her. This time I am using my iPhone to make a very handcrafted video. My wife is a good sport, but I fear this late-afternoon Hitchcocking may test the limits of our marital vows.
The Internet is full of tips on how to market your self-published book, and a trailer is high on the list. By midnight the video was edited and posted. I am pleased by the quality of this no-budget production and send it to my friends. Blinded by my newfound status as a well-reviewed author, I even spent money with Google to promote the trailer. The results after about a week were mixed, at best.
Sure, people clicked on the link for my trailer; however, the analytics revealed that most of these curious folks were in Russia or Mexico. Roughly people took advantage, and afterward there was even a sale or two. I tried a second giveaway, this time with a Facebook ad.
The results? Ultimately, another or so people downloaded my free e-book, costing me about 50 cents per. I felt like I was subsidizing the reading habits of a small portion of the American public. This time, I was truly finished, even going so far as to cancel my website and consider trading in my Franzen specs for contacts. Somewhere along the line, an agent had told me that a book like mine would be easiest to market as part of a series.
Recently, I sat down and began a sequel. John Winters is a Massachusetts-based writer and adjunct faculty member teaching writing and literature at a local university. His resurrected novel is titled "Murderhouse Blues. Buy Now, Pay Later. Already a Subscriber? Log In Here. Please sign in with Facebook or Google below:. If you have an older Salon account, please enter your username and password below: sign in Forgot Password? Had the writer studied more psychology, he might not have made such an error. I never said they had to. We can have pages of beautiful prose, but that is rarely enough to make a good story.
Sorry, I had to repost because I screwed up the thread flow. My mistake! Thanks for your replies and the interesting convo. I can settle on agreeing to disagree. Good luck with your work. Sorry, but being a science writer is not being a neuroscientist. I have read, of course, McLuhan and Postman as well as Proust, extensively and while there are many things to say about them, none are relevant to this claim you have made here about the hard-wiring of the human brain to a three-act structure.
If you ever do find valid source material to support such a claim, I would be interested to read it, and would eat my words. Great job sparring with Whittle. Find another blog or he can write it himself. Hi Kristin! Great blog. I like this post. We all need to be considering the truth written here. Enjoy the holidays!
I an emerging indie writer. When my second agent left agenting before she got me a book deal I decided to go it alone. Your post is very realistic and inspirational. My novel is coming out in the new year and is entitled, The Mother-in-Law Cure. Brilliant post. When I was in high school and college, I operated on the premise that it was from God to me to the page.
No revision or editing required. Obviously, I need to rethink that premise. Wish me luck.
I kinda figure the 4th one is where the traction hits, but it could be 3 … and then 4 nets them the big contract. Also nice to run across another Save the Cat enthusiast. I liked Snyder because — although coming to some of the same conclusions — he came at things as a writer. And I could relate to that much more. This is embarrassing.
What was I thinking?? I need an editor for blog post comments. I have to go to sleep now. Brilliant article! I absolutely agree with every point you have made. I never even considered self-publishing as an option before I gave it a try, putting out a free book I had previously published on my blog in chapters. Half of my books currently are with a publisher, and half are self-published. I have had to learn a lot of the back stage hard work, but am fortunate that I am handy with GIMP and software in general so I only have to invest my money in a good editor.
If I had the money to invest in PR professionals I would! I think td Whittle missed the point here too. Pointing out well known or popular books that fit outside the usual guidelines does not help the fledgling writer who really just needs to learn the basics. No, I did not miss the point. Also, I believe that if you are going to position yourself as one who tells others how to write, you should be clear yourself. I think both this post and these replies are speaking to a specific type of writing, and that that should be clarified.
Really, what is said here may apply to traditional narratives and some genre fiction, but not other forms of fiction, which are vital, relevant, and sweeping the literary scene at present. Have you ever read any of the French existentialists, for instance? I am not arguing for the sake of arguing. It is true that many people support those opinions, regarding how narrative should be structured, what makes a story a story, etc. It is equally true that many other people disagree and write books that are nothing at all like what is being discussed here.
Even a cursory dive into modern literary criticism would show you that. Kristin, I apologise for again replying to the wrong post and having to re-post my reply. I am finished commenting anyway. You speak words of wisdom. You may like to come and join me on Facebook. An excellent article that does not mince words. I wish all writers would read this, it would save them, and the poor readers, a lot off time and money.
Thanks for sharing. In this age of social media blitzkriegs, you just get lost in the clutter of cyberspace. And nothing you write will ever stand out as a result. Great article, which I totally agree with. We all think our first novel is the most amazing thing ever written, until we write another one and then another one and keep learning.
I think I sold the fifth book I wrote and there was a very good reason for that. But taking the time to learn about the craft of writing,and the business of publishing and writing the next book is great advice. I write for fun and for enjoyment, the way some people knit, hunt or bake. Curiously enough though I do sell a fair few books on Amazon, but not enough in any month to register very high at all in rankings and I think that says a lot about the whole Indie Publishing market place.
Thank you so much. Thank you for your blog post. This is exactly what I need to know. Thank you so much for this post. Kristin, This latest post was so timely for me; I am simultaneously writing my first non-fiction book and starting a social media marketing campaign. It is a lot to do at one time, but I do understand the significance of the marketing aspect.
I have an interested party. I have no idea if this is something I would want to consider. They have also offered to publish it for me, and give me royalties. This book being my first, I have no idea how well or badly it will do if I publish and market it on my own. Do you have a fountain of information on this subject that you would like to share with us???
Great post! I found this on Scribophile [thanks Ashley Capes]. Reblogged with a link back from my WP site. I considered going on a long rant about my seemingly vain attempts to break into the New Adult category, but why clutter up your beautiful site? Some great advice, here. I wrote my first novel online, with lots of criticisms that lead me to rewrite entire chapters, but I can tell that I still need to rework it a fair bit before considering self-publishing. Do you have advice for critically analyzing your plot once the first draft is complete?
This is my question too, but it got buried beneath an avalanche of troll guano. Find beta readers. Seek out people who love books and your genre and ask them for feedback. Other writers can be okay, but they might edit your voice right out of your work. I will have first chapter critiques for sale soon. Generally I can tell a lot with just pages. Thank you! More editing and experimenting with tense and 1st vs 3rd person.
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Balance is hard too. Self-published author here with a short list of books. Branched into fiction, and so far so good. Working on book 4 in a cozy mystery series. Such a great blog, Kristin! One commenter said they had a short story rejected by an agent—once. Now they are thinking of self-pubbing.
Please, submit, get rejected lots of times! And then, maybe you are ready to self-pub. Kristen, thank you…your tips are always excellent. I let go of my Manhattan literary agent—a good one—after i realized she probably would not be able to sell my novel—despite all the praise it was getting from certain Manhattan publishers who had read it in its earlier incarnations — the genre was not an easy one to push — eastern spiritual fiction.
Love your blog! Hi Kristen, Thanks for the excellent advice. I will be bookmarking this post and referring to it often. Thanks for your article. My book was published by a small independent publisher, but I found all of your tips extremely applicable to my situation. I shall have to rise to the occasion. Great post, Kristen! Thanks for illuminating this aspect for new writers. Great info here. I hope all authors looking to self pub read your blog : Thanks!
Thanks for sharing your expertise. Reblogged this on The Eclectic Zaftig Chick and commented: Came across this and thought Kristen had some very valid points. Reblogged because this post is awesome. Very good valid points on the world of self-publishing. I love the point of free reads too. I did one through my publisher after I had several books out. I choose to go with a holiday theme one. Great advice as always. Thank you for this. I found this article very easy to relate to. I wrote my first novel six years ago, and I thought it was so awesome and was expecting publication within the first year of completion.
How little did I know. I joined a writers group and learned how much I sucked. There is one new member of our group who does the self-publishing thing, and after hearing his stuff, I can tell he sort-of jumped the gun there. This is a great article. Enjoyed it a lot. I am following your blog now, so I hope to see more good things to come.
Hi, Kristen. Thank you for helping me feel better about slowing down to learn structure and craft. How did I not know about this blog before? Thankfully a friend of mine shared this on Facebook, so I know about it now! My number 1 challenge is writing despite all sorts of personal worries mostly financial. If I had to re-do all this, I would have had my first series edited before I uploaded, even though I consider myself to be a pretty good self editor.
It still makes sense to have others to look not only for typos but other things, like continuity. Reblogged this on raven newcastle. I have to say, this post has re-opened my mind to the idea of self-publishing. When I was younger, I had to present a presentation on writing and I spoke to some local self-published authors. After purchasing his book and looking through it, I was surprised to find it filled with elementary grammatical errors. It was not just one or two throughout the book. The entire story was written in poor english with incorrect punctuation.
Even periods and apostrophes were in the wrong spots or not there at all. I realize this was one author, but I spoke to many of them and many of their books they had already published were not ready to be published. What a fab article! Thanks for the excellent advice which makes complete sense. Now for the hard work, putting it into practise….. Great advice. Like the writing craft, learning the business takes time and, for me, forgiving myself for not being able to learn it all now.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Hi Kristen — Great advice all around. Thanks for the reminders and new advice. Success is rarely an overnight thing and with so much product out there, those of us with big best seller dreams have to really work and treat this business with as much respect as we want from readers, editors, publishers, etc.
What a lovely opportunity you have offered, as well. Many thanks and blessings in the New Year ahead! Thank you for this article. I will finish the final revisions on my first narrative nonfiction book this coming semester, and have a related short story also coming together in February. Turning these skills to my own writing has been delightful and horrifying at the same time, and I appreciate very much your advice.
I think most of what you say, Kristen, needs to be said more often. I use at least a year, possibly more, before I put a book out there.
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And using the social media to death to get people to buy is a huge waste of time. Got too many people out there giving away freebees…. And on that subject I really have reservations about the idea of giving my work away for free. If people are getting free books to read, then why would they pay for one? I refuse to do it.
Maybe when I have several books out in a series, I might consider it. I tried for 4 decades to get into the traditional market.
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For some reason agents just are not crazy about my writing, and yet when I had a publisher very small , my books sold well, and I do have good reviews. Probably missed this stuff. I read a lot. Not just in my genre urban-fant. Free is a great tactic, it just needs to be more than handing away our art. Give the first book free. Great to meet you! Sometimes we have to delve into what we might not like to truly become successful. Great piece!! The book cover, I agree, is KEY to gaining credibility with readers.
Rather than efforts aimed at my neighbors, spin-class pals or readers, in general. The first drafts of some of my books spill out of me in weeks while others take months. My best-selling book went from draft to publish in four months, but that was the exception, not the rule. None of my books take less than eight months from start to finish now. I put each draft through editing phases, have a huge beta group who I encourage to shred them to pieces, and an editor who does an excellent job. Also, I had been writing for over ten years by the time I published my first book.
Most of that earlier work was crap not fit to be toilet paper, but during that ten-year span, I took two extensive writing courses, which lasted about four years total, and read a TON of books on writing craft. With that said, I agree that too many self-published authors rush to publish. But I would rather write than go shopping or to the movies. I would rather write than do just about anything else. I started writing seriously after losing my job in After publishing two books, a friend offered me what was supposed to be a short-term job working as an admin assistant.
A year later, I was still there, but when I made more in three months selling books than I did in a year of working the day job, it became clear I needed to rethink my profession. Thank you for a terrific post. It happens, but playing career lotto might be a tad risky, LOL. And, if we are writers, we should love writing, right? I had nothing to lose with the first one, but I know so much more now, and somehow the psychological bar has been raised. Does that make any sense? Thanks, as always, for excellent advice.
I agree that professional editing and covers are critical. Appreciate you sharing your time and wisdom! I have a rather decent fan base for the films I release so I piggybacked on the success of my film company. I also know there is a lot of self published rubbish out there. I pay for editors, proofreaders, cover design, layout and everything else a publisher does to make sure my books are as close to perfect as possible before release.
My third book, Satan Reborn is sitting there, waiting for me to release it. I just released Dialogue With The Devil in August and was about to push SR in October but figured, allow the second book to percolate and give me time to push and promote it. Hellucination: A Memoir was released in Something I learned from my comic book industry days is alternate covers. Make one limited to , signed and numbered with different artwork and a supposed mass market version sure does help recoup the costs pretty fast as well as the kindle and eBooks.
Reviews have been wonderful and their starting to stream in for Dialogue now, so I am happy. My fault was coming out with books too fast and I noticed that… hence the hold up on my third book. I have a name in the horror industry already and that has helped me immensely. If I was going in cold like a lot of people I know, I see their struggles and very glad I have a jumping off point. Brilliant post, thanks Kristen. Thanks so much. Reposting it on my blog. Regards from NZ! Lizzi Tremayne. Reblogged for you! Great article, Kristen — thank you for posting.
I was very interested to read your thoughts on the future of publishing for authors. Also, it takes a lot of time. What I really need to do is make more time to read. All the best to everyone for a bright and shiny This is probably my favorite of your posts. For the sake of knowing, I purchased and read a small handful of self-published ebooks online and have been sorely disappointed by the poor quality. Editing would have helped greatly. It seems the internet is overflowing in half-baked, rushed stories, that I think are bringing down the rest. It creates a stigma and oversaturates the market.
What bothers me is the story ideas are not uninteresting, the writing not entirely bad, they are just rushed. Why do you think that is? Is it impatience? They are naive. I was once, too. In the old days, we were able to mature privately through rejection letters. Gatekeepers prevented writers from publishing too soon. Of course the other side of that conundrum was a lot of great works were missed, overlooked, or ignored I. That is a good point. I even shocked them by paying a trustworthy editor to review it. They suggested I get feedback from the readers after publishing, but I think the readers would be disappointed by my product.
Also, yes, too many vampire stories. My biggest area of improvement needs to be on social media and spending more time and effort in that area. I completely agree with needing a good editor and to take time making sure my book is top notch. I self-pubbed a small story too early and learned valuable lessons that I will make sure to improve on for my next book, which is truly my baby and what I will nurture so it can grow.
Reblogged this on Sarah Hart — Author and commented: This is great advice! Reblogged this on Helen Ruby — Author. Interesting things to think about. Really useful post! It both confirms where I am grateful to have confirmation and offers practical help. Thanks for those excellent comments — I am sitting on three self published fiction and two non-fiction. Now for the next ones!
I have one ready to go and two in edit. Love this writing business! I scrolled through the endless list of comments. I loved the article. Organizing and Editing are my eternal enemies despite numerous attempts to come to some peace treaties. I struggle with descriptions and tend to delude myself that the words I write clearly illustrate the image imbedded in my mind.
I loved this post about being a better writer, really no matter the method of publication, we all must do our due diligence in order to produce the quality of work we believe we can produce. I have a favorite fantasy of seeing multiple books with my name glistening from bookstore window shine as I stroll by. I love your blog. Great advice for the newbie and the multi-published author. Now I will go back to my manuscript and continue editing and creating.
I have to get book 3 finished. But how nice of Kristen Lamb to put it in such a great, easily read format so everyone can understand what NOT to do when considering self publishing! Right on the money. And as it happens again and again, everybody say those things and yet the majority fall into repeating the same mistakes on and on. Two advices are jewels for Indie writers: write better than traditional writers, and write more books and more often.
One book does not create a sensation. Reblogged this on Phasers and Spells and commented: Some good advice here. This is my third novel but only self-pubbed one. You have shared some great tips. I loved the one about not giving away your work for free! Something to truly think about. I am currently writing my 1st book: the untold story of my life. I never dreamed I would actually do this, but am very excited about it. That is my personal blog is called Courageous Journey!
A must for anyone trying to build a platform. There were lots of great speakers there and it was a dynamic time. Excellent advice. Saw this shared by Kevin J Anderson. Apparently I should read more of your blog! Thank you for this honest and so true blog post. As a well published author in the traditional way, I swore up and down that I would never self-publish. I lied. Self-publishing is NOT easy if done with having as a goal to produce the best possible product ever, from cover to cover, and everything in between.
The taxonomy is not complete in the publishing universe. I suffer from a lot of the issues listed in 1. Writing a novel is one thing, but writers writing comic books or TV series where there is no 3rd act, where things have to end about where they started, can create great plots as well. In some ways I see the 3 act structure as just another writing technique. I have no issue with writers deviating from three-act structure, just know the rules to break the rules ;. For instance, comic books can go on for years like soap operas.
This is brilliant advice that I wish all writers could read. I have been writing for a long time. At first, I thought traditional was the only way. As a matter of fact, I had never heard of indie publishing at the time. Then I found the vast world of indie publishing and stepped right in. I expect to publish at least two books this year and have a lot on my table in the works. Over all, Calvin Coolidge had it spot on.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this. She wrote Harry Potter parody books and acted as if she knew everything.
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Very annoying. Thank you so much for this info! I agree absolutely! I am very interested in your comment about the three-act structure being hardwired in the human brain. Could you post links to these studies? Then the Quack I see at a pain clinic, refused to even look for the records from before he took over, two years ago. Functional for 2 hours a day, twice a day, is not good for getting much done.
So far, very little luck. Yes, my blog usually has healthy comments, but this is a blessed anomaly. Thank you for taking time to comment, though HUGS. I was really glad to find this article. I self-published this year and have really kicked myself over it. I loved the story and found myself pressured by the timeliness of the work Myth Loki meets Avengers Loki. Just beans, eh? My plan is to be a hybrid author. The idea that you have to be one way or another is ludicrous. We must be like water.
My first self-published print book resulted in copies with an inaccurate table of contents. Because when I proofed, I proofed the content but failed to remember that the changes sent in for the content would affect the TOC and change page numbers. Lesson learned. Now I know to also get a copy editor for the final proof. The biggest take away for me from your list is the idea of becoming a LLC. Professionalizing my business as a publisher if I continue with independent publishing is vital. Hi Kirsten.
You are so right about self published books needing to be better than the traditionally published ones. As a reader I find myself being more critical of indie books. A great article, a friend of mine has given me the same advice. I know my first book hit 1 on you list. In my case though, I went through a vanity press, and they had so many services, it just cost more than what I wanted to spend. So true! And strangely people did not line up to click the Amazon buy button. By now I was hearing Christmas was the biggest time of the year for book sales so I worked hard to finish my Christmas novella in the chocolate series.
And I know I need to spend more time marketing but…. Totally agree with you. Too many writers are rushing into self publishing these days. It is definitely not a good idea especially for newbie fiction writers…. Thank you for this informative blog. I am an unpublished writer working on my third book.
I have some money put aside and plan to search for an editor to edit my first book. Initially, I thought finding an agent was the way to go, however, I am glad to have the option of self-publishing if the editing goes well. I think giving away books for free is fine when you are first starting out. However, if a newly self-published author chooses to do this, I think that person should be smart about it and not give away their book for free so easily.
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Thank you for this wonderful article. Fantastic post! I agree with everything you said. Way too many authors think they can just build an audience simply by flooding the market with another free book, which, I believe, is false hype. I really loved this article. I am an editor by trade and love working with those who are beginning authors, but often times I feel like I am failing when I tell them that they need to prepare for a lot of hard work in the future AFTER the book is finished. I will definitely refer them to this and let them decide for themselves if this is the route they are wanting to take.
Very informative, especially the bit about becoming and LLC. Combine that with little to no money to pay for editing, covers, etc. Currently, book Authors I look up to highly recommend your book. Thank you for taking time to share your knowledge and experience. Great post. I agree with everything! I shared your post with my author group because a lot of info in your post relates to motivation to write as well.
Writing is a business. It takes determination and skills in more areas than just writing to succeed. One of my writers posted this. I had to Tweet it before even reading past 1. Very nice overview of things to avoid! Thanks for taking the time to write such an informative, interesting and helpful article. I started out in fan fiction and have just had my first book published by TWCS with two more scheduled for next year. After close to 20 mostly positive reviews from my fan fiction readers, I thought my writing was in reasonably good shape.
Then I started working with a professional editor, and the pain began! It was like the death of thousand cuts, a form of torture I was ill-prepared for but for which I am now incredibly thankful. I am also aware that my first two books are far from perfect reworking a behemoth of a fan fiction story for publication is a nightmare all of its own , but my third is a huge improvement I hope to build on. Having said that, they need to be good! Reblogged this on Roxy Wilson and commented: Some very good advice is offered in this post. In my case, you are preaching to the choir.
I am working on the third book of my trilogy right now, and I have also published some short stories. I made most of the mistakes you mentioned. The big one was rushing to publish before the work was ready. I got eager and excited. But the hardest part was finding editing help on a shoe-thread budget.
Mein Deutsch ist nicht gut genug. Es tut mir leid :. Ich wohne im Texas. I still hope this helps HUGS. Thank you for this, what a helpful article. It has got me wondering if I have rushed to self publish though. But I have been writing for twenty years, this novel alone has been in production for seven years and has been subjected to two lots of drastic revisions.
I have a marketing strategy in place and have already written 30, words of the next in the series, with two further books plotted out. But it has been less than a year since I decided to self publish and I have not submitted it for much in the way of professional critique. Of course, I can pause here and make more revisions if I decide to, but I have to ask myself: is there such a thing as taking too much time to get a book out?
I can tinker for years or I can take the plunge. I recently finished writing the first two books in a series and a third unrelated book. I am beginning the outline of the third book of the series. This is helpful information. It worries me particularly that people will rush out and publish far too early, before their writing has had a chance to mature.
Reblogged this on moniquerockliffe and commented: A great thought-provoking blog from Kristen Lamb! I promise to return soon. I never thought I would self-publish. For a number of years I wrote fanfiction on a forum and developed a following of sorts. One of the fans turned out to be a professional editor who emailed me, asking whether I had anything of my own.
I did. She edited my manuscript at no cost and took it to her publishing house. It was shot down without even looking at the first page. Considering I had an insider vouching for my book, I pretty much gave up on traditional publishing. Self-publishing, like writing, has been great fun. I taught myself formatting and cover design for both ebook and PB. Self-publishing is a lot of work, but so is writing. I view it as an extension of creativity.
I see a lot of people publish unedited books and I cringe. I decided self-publishing was way too much work and so went Indy as in small press , and I still have a ton of work to do. Not sure how they do it. Reblogged this on Vanessa MacLellan and commented: Great article. All those planning on going the self-published route should give it a read.
Great advice…as an author about to self-publish I appreciate learning from those that have succeeded. Loved the piece. For a project 20 years in the researching and writing, the heck with putting it into strange paws anyway! Modern agents are innovating. Thank you for the frankl outlook and tips. One might argue a large part of his success came from buying both reviews and verified purchases. The reviews gave his work artificial social proof while all the purchases that went with them helped to raise the books profile, putting those paid reviews in front of more readers.
He might not be quite the poster child folks thought him to be… Still good advice about concentrating on writing more books. Hui, Kristen. You hit the nail on the head with your post on the difficulties newbie authors face today. One of my readers sent me a link to your post and asked me what I thought.
I first replied to her in an email and then decided the whole thing was well worth posting myself, so I did. In short, you are correct in what you say, and I thank you for putting it out there. Kristen, just stopped by to say hi. Great piece of advice, thank you. Slowly but surely my writing is getting stronger. You are right: learning never ends! All the best and a very Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing your experience and your really valuable advice!!
Thank you!! This is some great info and I wish I would have found it 5 months ago. I had to learn this all myself. You wrote of having multiple books to achieve success. One day it began to flow out of me thanks to acquiring a laptop. I feel this is the most important thing I could ever share, that nothing I could write would be as much so, and so I am being very careful about how to get it out there. The most important thing to me is for this to reach everyone everywhere, the financial aspect means nothing. Do you have ideas on how one makes the biggest initial impact?
I have already sacrificed things I cannot verbally convey, willing to sacrifice whatever to make this particular project available to every human. The big problem is being on disability with no resources but my wiles. Right now I try to find others on the same path trying to gather us together to share info and help each other, maybe even someday make a website with all of us to take over the self publishing cyber world!
Do you like what you read? If so, contact me. Also, I will link back to this piece from my blog. By the way, I learned of this article via Tumika Cain. This very generous author posted your link on the Say What?? I agree with Thank you, Kristen for this great article! Now I have a back up for all my fellow writers who are encouraging me to give my first for free.
You bring up 5 very valid points here. But what I would like to see is some solutions to each of these issues. Like recommend a book or books on the craft that you would feel are helpful, or give resources for a writer to learn more about the business side of things. What are some of the solutions to getting known out there and when do you want to use free? If someone is reading this because they want your advise, which is why most would read it then they want answers to the problems.
I have to be careful with blogs being too long. Wordy enough as it is :D. Kristen, I find your blog well written and informative. I am fairly new to blogging and all that it entails. I have written a memoir about losing my parents in relatively close proximity, what going through the experience was like, and the slow peeling away of thoughts, beliefs, and emotions that once covered a more judgmental, less compassionate, me.
Thanks, Wendy Karasin. Yes, be sure to go over it several times, checking something different each time. Yes, get editing help content editing, proof reading, etc. Yes, get as many beta readers as you can, and try to find merciless ones. Then listen carefully to their feedback. Publish it and go on to the next one. Otherwise you can reach the point of diminishing returns. There is a limit to what you can learn and accomplish on just one story. I completely agree. There is no such thing as the perfect book and the world rewards finishers, not perfection.
But, there are a lot of writers who rush before even getting the most basic editing and that can be problematic. This is excellent advice Kristen! I know there is so much to learn, especially about the mechanics and the business aspects of writing. I am a publicist out of Los Angeles and if you google me…. I take on authors with marketable books, I have very reasonable rates, packages, also per item fees for publicity and marketing of your books.
I have the ability to get you the author and your book known around the world via social media, press releases, media interviews in news papers, radio and television. I also have the ability through my connections to have your book on the largest electronic billboard at Times Square in NY…. Reblogged this on This College Dropout. Thank, Kristen! I really enjoyed this article. My first book was a failure when I first tried to publish it, but my second book is being looked at by a small publisher as we speak.
I was curious what you thought about writing short stories and poems on a blog. You can. I realize that this is probably not a simple question. But, how do you get the search engines to notice your blog? Reblogged this on The BiaLog and commented: Some fantastic advice! Thanks for a great article. Self publishing presents a lot of challenges that could actually discourage a writer.
The point about writing a minimum of three books is particularly important. Reblogged this on Being An Only Elgon and commented: Great advice in this article about the pitfalls of modern publishing for new authors. Absolute Gem. I can appreciate 1, Recently self-published, and I see so many that rush a potential good book, and muck it up with untidy errors. Just because SP has less rules, your work needs to be edited strongly. I always look at authors who give their work away for free, and I would love to know why? And, most have a following of over 5k, which is interesting.
There are so many articles that suggest giveaways as a 1 promotion to bring in customers???