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We frequently hear our literary friends asking how to manage their writing time more effectively, and while blogs often come up in the conversation, the idea of using a blog to build and test material for a new book is not often mentioned. Nina shared her suggestions for posting frequency and word count goals, and even for the busiest of writers, her suggestions are very attainable.
In the May edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked authors and literary friends from around the world, including Ginny Carter (ghostwriter and business book coach), for thoughts on planning and business book marketing strategies. A number of interesting time-management ideas and inspiration were also shared; we hope you find them to be useful. To be notified about our upcoming chats, please sign up here!
I’m hitting the road next week, heading to Santa Rosa, CA for the annual StoryTellers Expo on March 20-22. Presented by the Northern California Writers organization, the event is an opportunity for writers to meet with executives, producers, and publishers from around the globe. It features two days of speakers, plus a full day of pitching to agents, production companies, and publishers.
Shannon McLay, the former BookBaby author of Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, shared her thoughts on the concept of hybrid authors, the term used to describe writers who are involved in both traditional and self-publishing somewhere in their literary career, and how to navigate that transition successfully.
For the February edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked a few of our authors and literary friends from around the world, including Lauren Lynne (BookBaby author of The Secret Watchers series) and BookBaby president Steven Spatz, for their thoughts on marketing strategies for authors. We prefaced this month's chat with some initial pointers to get the conversation started, as well as a brief biography of Lauren, which you can check out here. While many of the participants who responded to our questions expressed their understanding of the importance of setting goals and outlining a marketing strategy, the degree to which each author had achieved success by following their plans was mixed. A number of interesting content ideas and promotion tips were also shared; we hope you find them to be useful! To view the entire chat transcript, please visit this link. Below is a selection of questions and answers from our discussion. On developing formal marketing plans: