Finish Your Book!

Finish Your Book!

  1. What’s your book about? Have an elevator speech: a one minute sentence describing your book.
  2. Write a working title. Cute, memorable, or mysterious is better. You may want to have a 2 part title. For example: Wind & Wing: A Love Story from the “Greatest Generation” or Beginning Astrology: All You Need to Know to Read Your Chart
  3. What is the genre of your book? Search in the bookstore; find the publishers that publish the kinds of books you think you want to write.
  4. Set a time to write.   What works for you? Set Pick reasonable options for you, daily or weekly.
  5. Find a comfort zone. Some folks like to write in a quiet zone or a beautiful place. Some like commotion and coziness. Get your place ready, and then set your appointment with yourself. Keep your appointment!
  6. Set deadlines for yourself. Plan to put part of it online or show someone on a certain day. That will help you keep promises to yourself. Sometimes, urgency is helpful!
  7. How far along are you? Do you have a plan? Where is the book going to go? Write chapter headings, make an outline, or write a page on each character.
  8. What is your beginning? Where does it end? What’s in the middle?
  9. Make a list of people who could advise you: editors, experts in your field or genre, fellow writers.
  10. Get a business card that says you are a writer, author, or expert. You might even get one that has the name of your book, to help you feel like a writer and give you incentive to finish. This is psychological stuff to help you on your way!
  11. Get an ISBN –or 10.
  12. Write your bio: a one liner, one paragrapher, and something longer for the publisher. What would you write for the back cover of your book? What picture of yourself would you use?
  13. Join a group that is already doing it. Like Weight Watchers, but for writers: Romance Writers of America, Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, or Meetup etc.
  14. If there is no group, create one! You need networking and moral support!
  15. Reminder: Do it. Just write. Do not worry at first about grammar or punctuation. Live your passion. Make it a priority. Do not worry about failure or whether it will get published or not. Just do it. (Later on, you can get an expert to help you.)

Our new book, pass-alongs, & new classes! Soon soon soon! — creativequillsblog

Then August 17th, our workshop group starts at CVTech where we will be tackling people’s individual needs.

via Our new book, pass-alongs, & new classes! Soon soon soon! — creativequillsblog

Published in: on August 12, 2016 at 7:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pros & Cons of Collaborative Publishing

Pros of collaborative  publishing (print)

  1. You are more in control.
  2. You will get help from the publisher on editing, looks, etc.
  3. You can choose the cover.
  4. They will help you get the ISBN.
  5. You choose what it looks like.
  6. You get what you pay for, mostly.
  7. You don’t have to deal with a printer or binder.
  8. You can purchase more books as needed.
  9. They warehouse your book.
  10. You can spend as much or little time as you want on promotion.

Cons of collaborative  publishing (print)

  1. The first one will be a test.
  2. You have to pay the publisher UP FRONT.
  3. They may nickel and dime you to death.
  4. You may need to hire a print artist and book cover graphics designer.
  5. You can choose the price, so you can make as much or as little on books as you want.
  6. Your book can’t get into chain stores.
  7. You will have to promote and sell it.
  8. You have to buy your own books first at agreed upon cost, then sell for what you want.
  9. You must become a salesperson.
  10. Your product may not be perfect.
  11. The quality may not be the same as those in stores.
  12. You may not own the rights to your own book. Be sure to check.
  13.  No returns, unless you pay for that privilege.

Pros & Cons of Self-Publishing

Pros of self-publishing (print)

  1. You are more in control.
  2. You can choose the cover.
  3. You can choose the price.
  4. You choose what it looks like.
  5. You get what you pay for, mostly.
  6. You can spend as much or little time as you want on promotion.
  7. The quality may not be the same as those in stores.

Cons of self-publishing (print)

  1. The first one will be a test product.
  2. You may need to hire a print artist and book cover graphics designer..
  3. You have to pay for the book.
  4. You have to buy the ISBN.
  5. Your book can’t get into chain stores like Barnes & Noble.
  6. You will have to promote.
  7. You must become a salesperson.
  8. No returns.

Pros & Cons of Traditional Publishing

Pros of pursuing a traditional, paying publisher

  1. You get paid some $$$ up front.
  2. You get royalties on each book sold.
  3. Your book gets put in a catalog.
  4. Your book is accessible to retail & libraries.
  5. Your book is available to distributors.
  6. Your book may get listed in a magazine.
  7. They will create your cover and other art.
  8. They will take care of ISBNs, etc.
  9. They are professionals who want your book to sell.
  10. You will have a good-looking product.
  11. You may get a few free copies to give away as promotion.
  12. They may do some marketing.
  13. You gain credibility.
  14. You don’t have to warehouse or distribute your books.
  15. Your book will be considered to be REAL.
  16. Books that haven’t sold can be returned to publisher, for the most part.

Cons of pursuing a paying publisher

  1. You have to pursue them.
  2. Pursuing & convincing takes time and patience.
  3. They will largely own your book.
  4. They will tell you to make changes.
  5. They have deadlines.
  6. They may hurt your feelings.
  7. They may not do as much as you thought to help sell it.
  8. You still have to promote yourself.
  9. You may not get famous or rich.
  10. There probably won’t be a marketing budget.
  11. You make less per book sold.

KEEP CHECKING FOR THE PROS & CONS OF SELF-PUBLISHING–COMING SOON!

Pros & Cons of Publishing Avenues

Pros of pursuing a paying publisher                                                                   Cons

  1. You get paid $$ up front.                                                    You have to pursue them.
  2. You get residuals. (royalties)                                    Pursuing & convincing takes time.
  3. Your book gets put in a catalog.                               They will largely own your book.
  4. Your book is accessible to retail & libraries.      They will tell you to make changes.
  5. Your book is available to distributors.                 They have deadlines.
  6. Your book may get listed in a magazine.             They may hurt your feelings.
  7. They will create your cover and other art. They may not do as much to help sell it.
  8. They will take care of ISBNs, etc.                 You still have to promote yourself.
  9. They are professionals who want your book to sell.  You may not get famous/rich.
  10. You will have a good-looking product.          There may not be a marketing budget.
  11. You may get a few free copies to give away.  You make less per book sold.
  12. They may do some marketing.
  13. You gain credibility.
  14. You don’t have to warehouse or distribute your books.
  15. Your book will be considered to be REAL.

Pros of self-publishing (print)                                                                  Cons

  1. You are more in control.                                      The first one will be a test product.
  2. You can choose the cover.                                   You may need to hire a print artist.
  3. You can choose the price.                                    You have to pay for the book.
  4. You choose what it looks like.                            You have to buy the ISBN.
  5. You get what you pay for, mostly.                    Your book can’t get into chain stores.
  6. Spend as much/little time as you want on promotion. You will have to promote.
  7. The quality may not be like those in stores. You must become a salesperson.                                                                                                No returns.

Pros of collaborative  publishing (print)                                                                  Cons

  1. You are more in control.                                                The first one will be a test.
  2. You will get help from the publisher.      You have to pay the publisher UP FRONT.
  3. You can choose the cover.                They may nickel and dime you to death.
  4. They will help you get the ISBN.                 You may need to hire a print artist.
  5. You can choose the price.                 Your book can’t get into chain stores.
  6. You choose what it looks like.                      You will have to promote.
  7. You get what you pay for, mostly.               You must become a salesperson.
  8. You don’t have to deal with a printer or binder.  Your product may not be perfect.
  9. You can purchase more books as needed. The quality is the same as in stores.
  10. They warehouse your book.               You may not own the rights to your own book.
  11. Spend as much/little time as you want on promotion.      No returns.

Pros of self-publishing an e-book                                                                  Cons

  1. Uploading is easy.                                                           Marketing is more difficult.
  2. If you go with a company, you can leave it be & let go!    You may not earn a lot.
  3. Large companies have people come to them.        It’s harder to sell.
  4. Passive marketing-or none-is possible.        If you upload to your own site,                                                                                                              marketing is hard.
  5. Your book can go international.
  6. You can choose an “on demand” option.

Query Letter Tips

  1. Personalize the address. Make sure everything, especially the agent’s name, is spelled correctly.
  2. Know something about the agent or editor. Do your homework. Find out what they like, and see if you can gear your query letter in that way.
  3. Mention if you have queried this person before.
  4. Read some good and bad samples queries online or in writer’s books and magazines.
  5. Have a great book or article title.
  6. Have a great first line for your query.
  7. Use your voice or the voice of the book’s subject. Be unique.
  8. Have a good lone liner about the book, and use it.
  9. Use the title, genre, and word count in first paragraph or one-liner about your piece.
  10. Summarize your work clearly, hitting on main themes, especially those you know to be of interest to the agent or editor.
  11. Do not give too much plot, too many character names, too many details. This is not Game of Thrones or even Dickens, even if, in the end, the book is!
  12. If you do mention characters, mention the really intriguing or unique ones.
  13. Mention comparable books.
  14. Mention how yours is different.
  15. Don’t tell them how wonderful your book is. If it’s wonderful, they will call you! This is not the time or place for hubris!
  16. Give your short bio.
  17. Include publicity concepts with which you have had personal experience. No, “I’m going to do this.” Instead, “I am a regular speaker at this event, place, club. I have been a featured radio guest in the NYC area.”
  18. After reading your own query, ask yourself, pretending you are the agent/editor, “Do I want to know more?” (Or, am I a bore? You need a re-write, if it’s the latter!)
  19. Proofread, and make it perfect! Errors and misspellings will put you in the “Forget it!” pile. Do your due diligence as a writer!
  20. Remember, shorter is better. As I said, this is not the place for War and Peace.

Love is an Inside Job

My friend and author Eboni Garrett has written this fabulous book for young women looking for love in all the wrong places.

The issue often has to do with self-esteem and self-respect.  Eboni has written a very frank yet practical book that almost anyone with “love problems” can use!  This book not only tells her personal life story, but also how she turned her life around and found self-fulfillment–and love!

What I love about this book is that she has exercises that you can do to help you change your life–and your love life!  These are things that she did herself, so you will be reading the words of someone who did the work to find her own beauty and heart.  The exercises are easy to do, but if you follow through with her suggestions, you will find your life changing before your very eyes.  Prepare to be amazed!

No matter how hard things can be, Eboni gives great advice and help, and this is coming from someone who just might have walked in your shoes like yours!

I highly recommend this book, because as the title says, Love is an Inside Job!  Eboni Garrett can help you to discover the love inside you!  And what’s inside, gets reflected on the outside! Prepare to become a magnet for the life you want!


http://www.amazon.com/Love-Inside-Job-Eboni-Garrett/

Writing for Dollars!

There are all kinds of ways to make money writing!  Here are a few!

  1. Join poetry contests.  Submit, submit, submit to poetry mags and other writers’ magazines that take poetry.  Don’t ignore anything, including trade publications looking for light material for their dry publications.  Anywhere you see a poem published, submit!
  2. Check out local publications: Submit a column, op ed article, or other news article to local newspapers and magazines.  Some want investigative articles and pay up to $1000 for a long, in depth, well written articles supported by facts and sources. Best way to start is to get to know small newspapers and their staff. Most small towns have one.  If you don’t know for sure, go to http://www.usnpl.com which lists all the media from all the states.
  3. Don’t forget to check schools, hospitals, or community newsletters.  This is often about developing relationships!
  4. Join journalism or writing organizations in your area as well as communications groups, marketing groups, and public relations groups.  Check out http://www.prsa.org and http://www.ama.org as well as any local press associations.  Their websites list jobs available in all local media, including radio and television. Many times, they are looking for part time news writers, especially sports!  I have seen lots of jobs available for sports writers and newscasters.  Here’s another source: http://www.iabc.com
  5. Here’s an independent media source: http://www.indymedia.org
  6. http://www.Ifreelance.com  and http://www.VirtualVocations.com  list small freelance jobs where you can bid to win a contract.  Lowest price wins. L
  7. Syndicate your columns.  Creators Syndicate at http://www.creators.com or http://www.tmsfeatures.com
  8. http://www.about.com is always looking for experts to create blogs on certain subjects. Scroll down, and click on “Write for About”.  Current topics available include: Sports cars, poetry, manga, and Colorado travel.
  9. Blog for dollars.  Http://www.blogsfordollars.com is just one.  Or, you can write your own blog on WordPress, Digg, or Blogspot, and then add affiliates to your page.
  10. Affiliates: These are sites that list ads that you can put on your blog or website.  If someone clicks through and buys something, you get a check.  There are also Pay per Click sites as well.  Just look up “affiliates for websites” or “affiliates for blogs” online to get listings.  Linkshare is one of the ones I use.
  11. Of course, publish your book!  Use traditional sources which will pay you, or self-publish (in which you pay out).
  12. Don’t forget e-book services like Kindle and Createspace.  Createspace helps you upload your book as an e-book and sends you a “hard copy” as well.  You upload it with the price, and they get a cut of what sells.
  13. Look for any and all opportunities to write!  Ask!  I recently was asked to write a local history book for Arcadia Press, but just don’t have the time to do it!  (A good problem to have!)
  14. That said, check out small, local, historical or college presses in your area, and see what they need!
  15. Have a good bio written that includes your expertise.  Remember to include life experience!  This doesn’t have to be a resume, but state the subjects about which you are most knowledgeable—and how you got the knowledge!
  16. Tell people that you are interesting and have something to say, because you are, and you do!

http://www.thebooklady.info benbook

Published in: on May 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Make Money with Your Book (or product or service)!

  1. Royalties
  2. Autographings
  3. Note: Some locations will not carry your book. Check ahead of time when you book the location.
  4. Public Speaking
  • Schools, institutions, churches
  • Clubs (Elks, women’s clubs)
  • Note: Always carry your books with you for sale, if you are self-published.
  1. Become an expert spokesperson.
  • Check online for speaker’s bureaus to list yourself.
  • Don’t forget to call news stations and radio.
  • List yourself in Radio/Television interview.
  • Private Consultations, in person or by phone.
  • Sponsorships.
  1. Classes
  • Advertise via Meetup.com.
  • Check out local small colleges and Vo-Techs.
  • Investigate Adult Education classes in your area.
  1. Online Events and Classes
  • Webinars
  • Chats
  • Email Classes
  1. International royalties and selling rights
  2. Apps
  3. Website Affiliates & Blogging
  4. Articles for web, newspapers, or magazines.
  5. Movie rights or television series appearances.
  6. Memberships
  • Subscription to an email or print publication.
  • Subscription to regular meetings or classes.
  • Subscription to club memberships.
  1. Selling related merchandise.
  2. Email marketing/newsletters.
  3. Podcasts/YouTube