- Everyone who wants to write a book should.
- Everyone who writes a book has the right to sell it, if they want.
- Everyone who buys a book deserves the best quality book the author can create. (There’s more. Lots more.)
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As I approach post #400 (this is #398) I thought it time for a few changes.
As I focus more and more on writing fiction, I’m doing less and less free coaching and publishing support. Gone, sad to say, are the days of everything I know is free, all you have to do is ask. Busier writing means I need to make every minute count.
Here are a few of the changes, with a great big ask down below.
Continue reading Updates, Tidying, and Lower Prices
Seth writes about Harper Lee’s double miracle at The Domino Project. You should read it. I’ll wait.
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I hope you read it or what I write here will make less sense.
Dreaming is wonderful. It’s vital to an artist. No dreams, no art.
Dreaming is not a business plan.
Continue reading Dreams Are Not Enough
My finger hovered over the mouse button, ready to click “Send” and turn That She is Made of Truth over to Tom for editing.
But wait; there’s more!
Rather than tossing a soiled manuscript over the transom and letting Tom wipe it down before he even begins work, why not tidy it up myself, and let him spend his time doing what he does best?
I always run my manuscripts through AutoCrit before asking anyone else to work with them. It’s the least I can do (and sometimes, the least is exactly what I do.)
Continue reading How Not to Throw a Mess Over the Transom; or, Who Cares More, You or Your Editor?
(Faster Horses was the title of this month’s newsletter. This is more on the same subject.)
“If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said ‘Faster horses.'” — Henry Ford (attributed)
When I asked authors what they wanted, the universal response was “Someone to do my marketing for me.”
I’ve been racking my brains pondering a technology automation tool I could create to give struggling authors an effective marketing service they could afford.
Because, y’know, that’s what authors said they wanted.
Continue reading Faster Horses II
Elizabeth Spann Craig’s Twitterific writing links a couple weeks back led me to Ryan Lanz writing about stretching your word count.
In a moment of weakness, worried that Anodyne is too short, I followed it.
Expecting smarmy tricks, I found solid advice, which if implemented properly and with good motives is, what’s the phrase I’m looking for . . . oh yes; Good Stuff.
The 5 stretches listed by Lanz:
Continue reading Longer Books Through Better Planning
There’s an old story about a chap who goes on vacation and leaves his dull-witted brother to care for the household.
After a week, he calls home and asks how his cat is faring.
“Cat’s dead,” his brother blurts.
“What? It’s what? That’s no way to tell someone their beloved pet died! Ya gotta work up to it.”
His brother, eager to learn, asks how one might do that.
Continue reading When is it Appropriate to Offer Unsolicited Criticism of Someone’s Art?
When I was a kid my brothers and I played a board game called Risk. The goal was to conquer the world. This is our goal as writers, so it’s a good analogy, right?
Continue reading Where Should You Be Selling Your Books?
I started reading an article about how Amazon search really works and why authors need to know this.
I had to look up “lemmatisation” and shortly thereafter my eyes glazed over and I gave up.
Maybe I’m a lazy slacker. Maybe I just want to write and then hope books sell themselves.
Maybe there’s only so much one person can do.
Continue reading Following Every Rabbit Down a Hole: The Endless Search for All the Marketing
My friend, sometime lyricist, and most excellent editor Tom Bentley has finally released a book on writing.
Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See is both practical and entertaining. Much like its author, come to think of it.
I’ll let Tom tell you about it:
Continue reading Think Like a Writer (You Want This Book)
Almost every author I talk to wishes someone else would sell their books for them. The few exceptions are those who, by nature or training, enjoy marketing their books. They’ve learned enough to have a plan and to execute it consistently, persistently.
Even my wife‘s clients, who pay her large sums for social media marketing for their books, engage fully in the process. Those who don’t quickly become frustrated because she isn’t selling their books well enough, not realizing that’s not how it works (despite having that clearly explained at the outset.)
Here’s the good news: if you hate marketing and you don’t want to sell your books, you don’t have to spend another second on marketing.
Continue reading Learn to Love Marketing, or Give Your Books Away (or Both)