Can You Hear What I Hear?
It’s a wonderful time of “togetherness” with family and friends; and, a time of reflection on the past year … and think forward. Next week is, gulp, the end of 2019 and at the strike of midnight, the beginning of 2020. And I hear AUTHOR SUCCESS!
As you spend time with those you are close to, it’s a natural to noodle a bit. They all know you have a book … …
Twenty plus years ago, one of my author friends coined one of my favorite book titles: Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers. It’s all about change and slashing through the things that continually hold people and companies back. A few years ago, I ran into Bob Kriegel at a conference we were both speaking at. He was still talking about burgers and he reminded me of a story he told me long ago about surfing …
No author plans to fail; what he or she does is fail to plan. –Snappy Sassy Salty by Judith Briles
Goals-identify them … a good thing to do for any author who wants to be seriously successfu!
A few “authoring and publishing” years ago, I completed Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers. Today, January 1, 2019, it still stands as one of my favorites. Why? Because it is woven with quotations to kick-start and propel authors and …
Who’s in Your Book Creation Village? … Who Are You Going to Thank?
Everyone … That’s Who!
One of the last items on the book publishing “to do” list is to create the Acknowledgment Page … the Thank Yous to the team that assisted you in creating your baby. These are the people who got you here … don’t ignore them. Think in the narrative … let your readers know what your team did to …
How Should Authors Publish? New York or On Their Own?
The real question is: What Should YOU Do?
Not a week goes by that these questions don’t surface via email or a phone call:
Should I try to sell my book to New York?
Should I self-publish?
What’s the difference between the two?
What should I do?
Can you help me?
Fair enough … all valid questions for authors … …
Every writer, every author, hits the wall some time … sometimes, lots of times. Oh, we can bring it all on ourselves, allowing and enabling a slew of distractions to create the detour. Or, some cosmic force comes into play—totally unexpected and totally uncontrollable. It’s called life, and yes, it does happen. What happens if you routinely get waylaid … or you are on a true crunch deadline and you have got to get the chapter finished by tomorrow am or the book out the door within the next two weeks?
Are you a procrastinator? Do you need a nudge to get you, or keep you going? A gentle one … or an evil one? Here’s something that just might do the trick to pull you out of a funk and kick-start your fingers and mind.
Authors—the boiler room operations of Author House, Author Solutions, Xlibris, iUniverse, etc., have hundreds of people “hounding” naïve authors-to-be around the clock—it’s their “job”—they are author hounders, lurking in the shadows, ready to root into your creative juices, and yes, your personal vanity, to get your wallet and book.
Do you want your book in the airport? If you do, you need to know that Hudson News (NJ based)
or The Paradies Shops (GA based) are the only players for airport book sales. Pitch it to headquarters—it’s all about the book … has to be designed and written well. The book hook is critical. Offer a special “Cooperative Rate”—i.e., you offer a special reduction on the first order only that amounts to a $2 credit per book over the regular discount. Alert: return rates are 60-70% … unless the book takes off and then reorders happen.