What Are The Odds? [REPOST]

~ By Jill Beck  What are the odds? Do you ever ask yourself this question? For me, it rears its ugly head on the days my thoughts go over to the dark side. It’s my brain’s more subtle way of saying, “This is too hard. We might as well quit.” When I first started writing, I spent a lot of time worrying and the question wore a path, pacing back and forth through my mind. “How many people are writing books? Thousands and thousands. So, what are the odds that my little book is going to go anywhere?” Writing is...

Selling Toilet Paper [REPOST]

~ By Lit Diva For a really long time, I was stuck on the idea that my writing was Art with a capital A, that I was a dilettante author for the love of wordsmithing. That I was neither a real writer nor a hack for hire, but an Artist. For this reason alone, I’m convinced I was unable to find an agent for my novel after repeated efforts. I just wasn’t willing to revise the damn thing until it had sufficient plot events to merit its length. I’m still too attached to it, so it shall remain in my...

Editors: Making the most of an all-important relationship [REPOST]

~ By Deborah Blake  No matter what kind of writing you do, at some point or another you will probably work with an editor. Over the course of a long career, you will probably work with quite a few. There will be editors who make you look good, by catching every mistake you make…and editors that don’t. Most of the time you don’t have much choice in the matter; the editor who picks your book is the one you end up working with. At worst, this can be frustrating. At best, they will be enthusiastic about your writing and a...

How To Be An Editor’s Favorite Client

~ By Katie McCoach Note: This post originally appeared here.  As an author, your relationship with your editor, your book cover designer, your agent, and your publishing house are all extremely important to your success. I believe in good and bad energy—what you put out, you get back in return. Day to day, I work my tail off to be my clients’ favorite editor. If I can be in their list of best editors they’ve ever worked with, my relationship with them, and other clients in turn, will be more fulfilling. And I believe this can go the other...

Okay, so I got published, now what?[REPOST]

~ Kate George In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m not really a chick lit author. I’m published in mystery, and I’m not sure if the romance/coming of age story I’m shopping at the moment would qualify as chick lit. Not that it really matters, because when it comes to getting attention for our books we all need help. It doesn’t matter if we are self published, with one of the big publishing houses, or with a small one, until we start selling really well we’re pretty much on our own when it comes to the publicity budget. Why is...

Author Event Signings – A Time to Stop and Evaluate Before Making a Deposit

~ By Casey Clipper Author events and signings. I can’t tell you how many author Facebook friends I have that scramble to get into certain signings, or any signing for that matter. How many of you stalk the page Author Events Around the US? I do (or at least did, until this weekend). And I understand why. You’re thinking exposure, getting your name out there, and you’ll possibly sell twenty or more paperback novels. Talk to readers and bloggers. Yay! A success. Right? What if I tell you to consider it very, very deeply before hitting send on a...

What Are the Odds?

~ By Jill Beck What are the odds? Do you ever ask yourself this question? For me, it rears its ugly head on the days my thoughts go over to the dark side. It’s my brain’s more subtle way of saying, “This is too hard. We might as well quit.” When I first started writing, I spent a lot of time worrying and the question wore a path, pacing back and forth through my mind. “How many people are writing books? Thousands and thousands. So, what are the odds that my little book is going to go anywhere?” Writing...

Bad Review? Suck it up, Buttercup! [REPOST]

~ By Andrea Dalling It’s a familiar scenario. You spend months or years writing the manuscript, crafting and revising it to be the best you can make it. Your beta readers and editor rave about the final product. It goes up for sale, the reviews come in, and it’s a success! Readers love it! UNTIL… Someone doesn’t. And you dissect every word of that bad review, trying to understand. Did you fail as an author? Or did the reviewer fail as a reader? My erotic romance novella, SEDUCING JORDAN, received a two-star review that said of my eighteen-year-old characters, “reading...

Kindle Scout the Journey of a May 2015 Winner

~ By Victoria Pinder Every author has their own decisions to make in their career. I know in April I had to make some tough ones. I had a book that was more than ready to go. I had a decision to make. Let everything linger still or move forward. I was ready to move forward. For the book, I had requests for the book. I could have sent it in myself to quite a few of the houses with that special ‘requested material’ tag. What attracted me to Kindle Scout was an advance and the idea of Amazon...

Why Do I Need Writing Organizations?

~ By Cynthia D’Alba I love talking with aspiring writers. When I started writing, if only I’d know then what I know now! If you’re reading this, you might be writing romance, but you might be writing mystery, sci-fi, or any of many different genre fiction categories. You know what writing is like. You sit either in front of a computer with your fingers on the keys, or with a paper tablet and a pen in your hand, and you create. You tell a story. It’s you, all alone, writing and creating this tale to entertain others. Creating a world...

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