Grant Faulkner, the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month, joins us for a Twitter chat about editing after NaNoWriMo and the importance of "revision promises." The chat is on Wed, Jan 27th at 4:00 pm ET.
My parents were prolific writers, published numerous books and articles, and were leaders in the science fiction community of the 1970s and '80s. I'm sure they would have gone the self publishing route if it had been an option.
The start of a new year is a good time to finally commit the time and energy to write a book. But first, ask yourself one important question to find out if you really have what it takes to be a writer.
The longer your book is available for pre-order, the more time you have to send readers to Amazon and the other stores to accumulate orders. All these orders count as sales on your release date, giving you a good chance at cracking some top-100 best seller sub genre lists in sites like Barnes & Noble and Powell’s. Note: this is not the case with Amazon’s best selling list. They count pre-sales orders on the day it’s actually ordered, not all combined on the eventual release date.
Revising your novel might be easier than you think – you already have a story to work with, and hopefully a constructive inner editor to play with. But having a plan and knowing what lies ahead will prepare you for the process.
Every one of your readers has his or her own preferred way of learning a new thing. If you don’t account for these disparate learning methods within your blog post or business book, you’ll be turning a chunk of readers off without even realizing it. Each of us has our own personal bias when it comes to learning, which can lead you astray when it comes to writing for a broad audience.
While the article "Amazon Bottlenecks Frustrating Indie Publishers" from Publisher's Weekly dates back to pre-holiday issues of indie book publishers having inventory tied up with Amazon, the potential backlash of returns – and a glut of inventory for these independents – could pose a significant problem in the next month.