Publishing is on the cusp of the indie-publishing revolution–if you are a reader of our blog, you know that we talk about this all the time. There are lots of reasons to be down on traditional publishing that we don’t shy away from (the eBook pricing scandals, the elitist attitude, etc.), and Wise, Ink exists to comment on the changes in publishing and call it like we see it. On that note, we clearly see the self-publishing practices that have caused the “stigma” that “elitist” publishing folks turn their noses up at. And guess what, self-published authors: YOU SHOULD TOO. It’s time to stop whining about the stigma and DO SOMETHING about it. I could write a list of all… [read more]
We taught a class last week about the joys of publishing and in preparing for it, gathered a couple videos that tend to inspire us. One comes from Mary Higgins Clark. Her advice about writing what you read really strikes a cord. Torn about which direction to go with your writing? Wondering if you’re on the right track? Watch this video: [youtube id=6E9Iy_55OfE width="620" height="360"] What are your thoughts? Are YOU writing the kind of book you read? Do you agree with Mary?
You’ve checked everything off of your pre-publishing checklist and now it’s time to start building your books. Here’s the next installment in your checklist. Let us know what we missed! First Things First Secure your ISBN via www.myidentifiers.com Secure your Library of Congress Control Number by opening an account with the Library of Congress Begin working with your book editor Review changes when they’re done. The editing and revisions process takes on average four to six weeks Start building your list of important contacts including friends, family, colleagues, media contacts, organizations, authors, and events coordinators Select your book designer Begin working with your designer to craft your book’s promotional materials (sell sheet, postcard, business card, and bookmark) Create your back cover… [read more]
Not quite ready to publish? Still tying up your loose ends? Here’s a checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything prior to jumping into publishing Whether you’re indie publishing or targeting agents, you should still establish a web presence, research competition, and network. Bottomline: it doesn’t matter how you intend to publish your book. Your foundation is essentially the same. Here are the basic tasks that you should add to your to-do list to give your book the best possible start. Write your book and self edit Start interviewing and researching mentoring presses (DIY authors should interview editors, book designers, and proofreaders) or literary agents that compliment your book’s genre Draft a publishing plan to guide your publishing… [read more]
I’ve (Dara) mentioned before that I’m really close to being done with my book The Indie Author Revolution. Fall 2012 I’ll be getting off this writing train and will officially enter the world of Authorpreneurship. I’m getting excited. I wish I could tell you that this journey played out the way I expected. I wish I could tell you that writing my book was easier than I expected. There were twists and turns, highs and lows, and many lessons along the way that quite frankly caught me off guard. Here are the five lessons that smacked me in the face, but might help you: 1. Writing a book isn’t a quick affair I tried hard to be… [read more]
In the words of Richard Bach, “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Below are five tips to getting past the “I want to write a book” stage to “I’m on draft ____ of my book!” 1. Read, read, read! Before you become a famous writer, you should read the works of famous writers. Lots of writers with lots of variety. Pay attention to the different and subtle ways they connect with their audience. You might read two fantasy books, but one may be all about world building while the other is all about character building. Even though I love the fantasy genre, I know that I’m much more invested in character-driven plots than world-building plots, or rather I appreciate when authors are clever… [read more]
As we sipped cocktails tonight brainstorming work stuff, planning events for the fall (one we’re especially excited about), and discussing our wonderful Wise Ink readers, it crossed our mind we haven’t yet tackled one of our favorite resources for authors. Awards. We’ve witnessed doors open for authors because they took the time to apply for awards. It’s quite simple: awards raise your cred. A sticker on your book, “award-winning author” before your name, and a list of the awards your book has won all leave a powerful impression in your readers’ minds. Check out this impressive list of awards on indie author Ken Thurber’s website. With all of the time that goes into marketing, applying for awards… [read more]