Publishing Blunders, Bloopers, and Boo-Boos aren’t fun … they can knock down your confidence, sabotage your bank account, and diminish your credibility. The savvy author can side-step many of them by not rushing to publish and getting educated to the publishing process. And, by using common sense.
Everywhere you turn, there is info via the Internet, on the bookshelf, via videos, and certainly from workshops. You would think that any beginning author would start with a …
When newbie authors are asked about their publishing experience, the phrase “It’s overwhelming” would surface within the top three responses. And it is.
There is expansive information about publishing. Multiple books have been written on every aspect of it. Public and private workshops are available. Webinars flow daily. Author and writing groups are in most cities. Information is out there—a plethora of information—how to do it; what not to do; how to publish your book for …
It ticks me off when I hear about authors getting scammed. It ticks me off when I get lied to. And it really ticks me off when authors I work with get scammed.
Publishing Predators come in all kinds of sizes and shapes. In all kinds of titles and services. Some come across as sleazy from the get-go … your warning lights are flashing and you know to be cautious or turn and run.
Have you ever …
The Book Shepherds: Why should you write a book? The Credibility Factor
#2 Your book creates The Creditibility Factor. Creating a book with substance and quality says reams about whom and what you are. You’ve done the research; you’ve done a study;
Several years ago, I wrote and published Sabotage: How to Deal with the Pit Bulls, Skunks, Snakes, Scorpions & Slugs in the Health Care Workplace. It was all about the bad boys and girls who created what I referred to as the toxic workplace of bad behaviors—the problem, the cause, the effect and the solutions. Bad behavior that resulted in billions of dollars in reduced productivity, increased turnover, and patient safety. It was hugely successful …
Starting down the publishing path takes money—don’t let anyone … anyone … tell you that it doesn’t. Sure, there are ways to create a book and publish it for minimal dollars. And, it usually looks like it. And there are multiple ways you can create a Cadillac version—yet do you need to?
The lease expensive way to get into the publishing game is via the eBook route or the minimalist version that IngramSpark or Create Space …
What a tangled web they weave … In the past two months, I’ve worked with several private clients and fielded numerous phone calls/emails from authors who have issues with their “publishers.” In all cases, they’ve been duped.
Be careful of what is known as a “pitch fest.” Pitched to newbie authors as education, they are really designed to lure them in (and their credit cards) to buy, buy, buy and buy some more. What are they buying? Products, services, trainings—you name it. Pitch fests are big business for the promoters. Authors want a quick fix to whatever ails them … or they are on the hunt to the “wonder cure” for quick …