In this new decade for authors and writers, take a few minutes to gaze into your publishing navel. What does success look like for 2020? What would you like to accomplish?
Sometimes, those types of questions lead me to a “rethink” … even a deep dive of sorts. How about you? At a recent AuthorYOU Salon, it was a topic. Salon? you might wonder. Yup, it’s a monthly repeat I wouldn’t miss. But then, it’s in …
How’s your authordom been — calm, serene, laid back, tranquil . . . or maybe, a tad hectic? If the latter, the change factor is most likely the creator. You have a choice. Get on the change train, or get run over. You might say, “I’ll stop writing for a while … or even find something else to do. Either way, you won’t avoid change.
Change — the breeder of resistance for most. It involves identifying …
Authors and Writers look for ideas to create “juice” for their writing. Consider looking back to look forward. What was happening 50 years ago? 100 years ago? In the good old days … will how good were they? Would you like to revert back to them? Here’s what was happening across a broad spectrum in 1915 …
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for the car was sold in drug stores only.
Before you decide that New York is your route, you need to ask yourself why you want to publish via New York. Do you know how many books are typically sold via New York? Do you know how much money you will net in royalties? Do you feel that you may be tainted if you don’t publish with a New York publisher? Could it be your ego speaking?
What’s this got to do with authoring and publishing besides the book itself? Everything. Let’s start with clear, effective communicating, which is what many of the iUniverses, AuthorHouses and those who package publishing projects don’t do.
A distinct trend has surfaced with book shepherding clients I’ve worked with this past year. These successful, traditionally published authors are choosing to bypass New York. Yes, if they offered their ideas, their manuscripts to the traditional publishing community via their agents, the odds were extremely high that they would receive a hefty offer to publish the new book. Yet, these authors chose not to. Why?
Book Publishing … Take Advantage of Seasonal Selling Now
If your book is ideal for a gift (and it’s a rare one that is not), seasonal celebrations are ideal to reach out to your followers … why not your book as the gift? This month, of course December is hot. But so will January … for the “how-to” crowd, this is the high GOYA month—Get Off Your Ass—and get started (or re-started).
At a recent three-day convention, I was slated to present the opening keynote for the next day and a workshop on communication the third day. It has always been my practice when time permitted, to come in a day early so I could hear other speakers, feel the energy of the group and if there is another main speaker, to make sure that I hear him or her.