Are you an author? Do you have a Booklaunch page? If you answered 'yes' to the first question, but 'no' to the second, you're missing out. Despite their name, Booklaunch isn't just a page for people 'launching' a new book. It's a page for anyone who has written a book and is selling it on emarkets. … Continue reading If you don’t have a Booklaunch page yet, you should!
If you've already self-published (or plan to self-publish) a novel, you've probably heard of a thing called beta readers. Beta readers are those wonderful readers who get a chance to read your novel before it goes to the masses and tell you what they think about it. Yay! Since the dawn of self-publishing, different folks … Continue reading Beta-Reading Worksheet
I got the message yesterday at 10:00 am. "Marie at work thought you might be interested in this." In the e-mail from my husband, I found a link to an announcement on LinkedIn about a Pop-up Bookstore. Authors were encouraged to come listen to three key-note speakers share their insights and experience on building an … Continue reading When Opportunity Beats a Different Drum
At the beginning of May I created a Twitter account. Within that first week I gained 12 followers (maybe it was 11). When the confetti settled, I had no idea how to get more. I decided to stroll around the neighborhood and introduce myself. A few clicks later and I had followed some of my favorite authors: … Continue reading An Indie Author’s Twitter Journey
My husband takes four weeks of vacation and what do I decide to do? What any respectable perfectionist would do--I reorganize. Not just the clean-up type of reorganization either, but the tear-everything-apart-and-toss-out-all-the-junk type. Everything was getting an overhaul--including the website. In fact, I can't think of anything else that needed a redesign more. Every time I looked … Continue reading Renovations
Many publishers will tell you they are not gatekeepers -- at least in the sense of keeping books out. As Rachelle Gardner points out, publishers want to let books in and that makes sense. Unless, of course, you're one of the authors stranded on the other side of the gate. Others proudly wear the Gatekeeper badge and … Continue reading The Loss of Gatekeepers
It all started Friday. My husband came home early from work just in time for me to grab a quick shower and get dressed for that rarest of events--an evening out with the gals. A small group of us met at a charming Greek restaurant and celebrated. The reason? I've written a book! I normally … Continue reading Publishing Launch Weekend
I began writing somewhere around the fifth grade. My teacher gave us an assignment to write a letter from one inanimate object to another. I wasn't the brightest kid in the class and had a tough time understanding what inanimate objects were, but I was excited! It's the first assignment I really remember and I'm … Continue reading When it’s More Than a Hobby
Let me ask that again. Why do you buy a book? Is the cover knock-your-socks-off amazing? Does the copy on the back tease you? Did your best friend from elementary school recommend it? As I delve into this world of self-publishing, I find myself silently asking these questions to everyone I meet. The drawback? They … Continue reading Why Do You Buy a Book?
I'm not sure why I thought launching a web page would be easy. Maybe it was the inaccurate assumption that I knew what I was doing. How hard could it be?, I thought. I've given birth to multiple children, kept my sanity (barely) after relocating to a new country, managed the Tiny Tot Scoundrels for years, and … Continue reading Launch Day