One question I love being asked as a business book writing coach is: "I’ve got seven topics I could write about. Each is brilliant and would make the world a better place. How do I decide which is the killer idea?" If this sounds like you, don't worry, it’s a common stumbling block. The good news is, you have a lot of ideas, and my job is to help you determine which is best.
Jacket copy is never going to be “perfect.” It’ll never capture everything you want readers to know about your book or your achievements as an author. So give up on trying to pack it all in and just accept the fact that this is supposed to be, much like the descriptions on a menu, a teaser. First throw your hands in the air, and then use them to karate chop all the extraneous elements into submission. What’s left over will be in fighting trim.
Social media marketing doesn't always play to most writers' strengths, but having a plan and a goal can help you effectively market your book on Twitter. Not sure how to begin? Here are nine things to consider. 1. Be a thought leader. You don't always have to come up with original content to establish yourself as a thought leader. Tweet links to current news in your industry to keep your followers up-to-date and show you know what’s going on outside your own four walls.
We work closely with Amazon to distribute your books to its massive audience. But Amazon offers its own Print on Demand service and we frequently get asked which company — BookBaby or CreateSpace — is the best for independent authors. I don't want to get too dramatic, but choosing your Print on Demand book distribution service is a little bit like… well, picking your future husband or wife. It’s a huge decision – the ultimate long-term relationship for self published authors. For better or worse, through strong book sales or writer’s block.
For the June edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked a few of our authors and literary friends from around the world, including Miral Sattar (CEO of Bibliocrunch) for thoughts on self-publishing budget strategies, as well as tips for trading services and finding freelance help. We frequently hear our author friends asking how to build a budget for their book, and Miral has penned two articles for PBS MediaShift on the subject, one detailing “The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book” and another explaining “How to Self-Publish Your Book on a Budget."
While your parents had something to say about what appears on your driver's license, you have a chance to craft the name that appears on your book cover. Take a look at this infographic from printerinks.com: how many of these pen names are new to you? Who got left off the list? Are you motivated to come up with one of your own? You can always use your first pet's name and the street you grew up on. No, wait, that's a different name generator...
I’ve never met a writer who hasn’t wanted her reader to get completely lost in the words on the page. While there are many things that separate fact from fiction, there’s one thing that all writers ignore at their peril: a good, hard, honest self-edit. Let’s talk dialogue. Fiction writers learn quickly that there’s nothing as terrible as stiff, unrealistic dialogue to pull a reader out of the story. The first place to start is by cutting out as many dialogue tags as you can.