Who would have known that the book I was working on two weeks ago has basically turn into an autobiography? Certainly, not me. Not a “tell all” and get even … it’s more about how I’ve overcome some of the pit holes, traps, mistakes, tragedies and disasters in my life. Whew. It’s in layout now.
Looking forward to the AuthorYOU Circles this morning … perfect for authors located in Colorado—happens in my living room. Coffee and …
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;
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.
Moving from Wannabe Author to the Real Thing
It never fails … at every conference Judith speaks at, multiple attendees will say, “I can’t believe you’ve written all these books … I wish I could write a book.” And she always responds, “Why not … you can.”
Is there a book in you?
The Book Shepherds on Publishing: which is for you?
I’m afraid you are in for a rude awakening if you go the traditional route. Yes, you can get the attention of an agent and publisher with 60,000 book sales—especially since the traditional publishing averages LESS than 5,000. What’s motivating you—maybe ego? Do you think there will be less work on your side involved with creating sales? Maybe you think a publisher will promote like hell? Think again.
Book Publishing: Authors Beware … What You See and Write In Word Is Not What You Get!
Here’s the heads up: what you put down, page-by-page in your Word document/pdf may have little to do with what it looks like in the formal book layout. So … don’t make yourself crazy in trying to format things in the future.
Why so many authors think that their friend who teaches literature at the local college, or their sister who loves everything they write and do is the perfect editor for their work is beyond me. Your editor can make or break your work—she can shape and shore it up … or, put in some commas and check your spelling. There are now more self and independent published books than those produced by the traditional NY houses—and too, too many have minimal, if any, editing. Think “ruthless editing.” Cut and shape, hire a pro—and, when in doubt, cut it out.
The Book Shepherds on Book Awards …
What do you do when you win a book award? The savvy author tells others about it. Don’t count on your publisher to do it if you are published by someone other than your own company. Get your computer open and:
1. Create the publicity to now support your book and drive up book sales. Write a media release that includes who awarded you, in what topic area. Make sure you include your book title (I’ve actually seen this forgotten), you as the author, publisher and where the book is available. For example, I live in Colorado—the top book store in Denver is the Tattered Cover—include that the book is available (and make sure it is). If you have a judge’s comment and appropriate, include it.