A-Z – Editing

Editing is important

Editing is important

Any writer knows that editing is just as important than writing! It is something that we need to do to knock our writing into shape. I don’t know you, but my first drafts are quite rough. As I tell the participants in my Young Writer’s Group, a first draft is meant to be bad… it’s the editing that turns it into something that readers will want to read.

When I write my first draft, I go through the following process (not always in this order): [Read more…]

Day 21 – Keeping the momentum going…

Keep the momentum going

Keep the momentum going

Day 21 Prompt is:

This  is it – the last day! So what will you do to keep up your book marketing efforts? What are you going to do to keep the blogging momentum going? What plans do you have to continue your connection with other Author Blog Challenge participants and the new readers you’ve generated for your blog?

Wow! I can’t believe that three weeks has past already, and I’ve been able to blog every day! I admit, having the prompts has certainly helped as I haven’t had to come up with a topic for each post. It has been a good feeling to get posts written, especially as it’s been a while since I’ve blogged on this blog!

[Read more…]

Day 20 – Live author events

marketstall2-200Day 20 Prompt is:

With holiday shopping in full swing, ’tis most definitely craft fair season. Authors sometimes do well at craft events by virtue of being the only bookseller at an event. Not every live event is for every author – but they can be a great way to show off your book to the public and meet new potential readers. Have you done any live events? If so, how did it go? What’s your best tip for other authors to be successful? If you haven’t done them yet, what’s holding you up? What technique/display/idea have you seen a vendor use that might work for you or other authors?

This year, my friend Julie Grasso and I have been sharing a stand at a few markets. Some have been more successful than others, but usually we earn enough to cover the stand (though there have been a few exceptions).

[Read more…]

Day 17 – If you were to write a jingle…

Holiday Jingle

Holiday Jingle

Day 17 prompt is:

The holidays will be upon us soon. Ever notice all the holiday commercials that use jingles in their ads? A jingle is designed to be catchy and entertaining. If you were to write a jingle for your book, what lyrics might it contain? What music might you mimic/use? Now that you’ve thought about it, how likely are you to actually go out and create a jingle for your book?

If I were to write a jingle, it would probably be something for the series rather than an individual book, and it would possibly take the form of a school song, you know, the kind that was sung at assembly and everyone hated!

[Read more…]

Day 16 – How do you approach book marketing on social media?

Social Media for book marketing

Social Media for book marketing

Day 16 prompt is:

The first word in social media is SOCIAL. How are you using social media to promote your book, without coming across too salesy/pushy? What aspect of social media would you like to learn more about? What are your next steps?

I have Facebook and Twitter set up, though Facebook has been the platform I use the most. To be honest, I struggle with social media as I’m definitely not selling enough books to make up for the time spent there!

[Read more…]

Day 15 – What about those graphics?

Picture books from flash fiction

Images, images

Day 15 prompt is:

Most adult books – graphic novels notwithstanding – rely on words to convey their plots and/or content. But when it comes to marketing – specifically, getting people to remember you – it’s super important to include images to anchor your marketing messages. What kinds of creative graphics (e.g., infographics, comic strips, stick figures, etc.) can (or do) you use to spice up your marketing and get people to take an interest in your book(s)?

My creative graphics are fairly basic as I’m not a graphic designer! My amazing publisher was able to create stunning covers for my books, and generally I use those images over and over again, especially online. She has also been able use the cover images to create bookmarks to promote my books.

[Read more…]

Day 14 – What kind of class could you teach?

Teaching a class

Teaching a class

Day 14 prompt is:

One great way to market your book(s) is by teaching a class or a seminar. The topics may be more obvious for a nonfiction author, but a fiction author can teach, too! Character development, planning a writing schedule, world building, to name just a few. What class or seminar could you develop in order to share your expertise and expand your platform?

For the last few years, I have been running a regular writing class for young writers at my local library!

[Read more…]

Day 12 – Tell us about your book signing…

Signing Books

Signing Books

Day 12 prompt is:

Describe your first book signing – real or imagined.

My first book signing was at my book launch 2 years ago.

This was a great event. It was hosted at our local library and we had speeches, including one by my son, nibbles for guests, and book signings!

I signed books, and so did my son as he did some of the illustrations. It was so much fun, I can’t wait to do it again!

[Read more…]

Day 11 – Modeling other authors in your genre…

Modelling authors in your genre

Modelling authors in your genre

Day 11 prompt is:

When is the last time you did a survey of other books similar to yours on the market? How are they selling? What do their authors’ websites look like? What are their authors doing to market? What ideas could you borrow to generate your own new marketing concepts or campaigns?

To be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve done this! The last time was when I was researching Swallow Me, NOW!, looking at covers and trying to get my author website done. It is something I need to do once more.

[Read more…]

Day 9 – What’s your best NON-bookstore venue?

Selling through cubing shops!

Selling through cubing shops!

Day 9 prompt is:

What would be the ideal NON-bookstore venue for selling your book? Why? What is your plan to reach out to such a venue to ask about having them carry your book?

For my book, 3… 2… 1… Done!, my ideal non-bookstore venue is the cubing shops. As this is the first fiction book that features a speedcuber, this is is the best place to put the book so that other cubers can find it.

[Read more…]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...