It must be the season for figuring out how to get people reading again. Here in NZ our Book Council published a report that said Kiwi’s weren’t reading their own fiction. Why aren’t they? Everybody has opinions. Maybe it’s because they can’t find the books in bookstores.
Hugh Howey talks about the dismal earning reports of B&N and then goes into detail about how Indie bookstores are changing the face of bookselling. This is a fantastic read and for extra reading credit check out what Hugh would do if he owned a bookstore... highly likely in the future.
So what are Bookstores selling? The Guardian wrote about The Secret DNA behind Bestsellers and talked with the writers of an algorithm that attempted to find out. They have published their findings in a ... Book.
To make the bestseller... you need word of mouth... marketing... advertising budget.. etcetc or you can just get some pods. Jane Friedman has a fascinating guest post about street teams/ mini marketing brigades of fans
What about the contracts of all those people helping you to get published. Kris Rusch winds up her deal breakers series with a comprehensive list of who and how to deal with foreign rights requests.
And that brings us right to the beginning.... The writing.
Rebecca Solnit has Ten Tips On How To Be A Writer. They are all good.
In The Craft Section,
Is your tone in tune with your novel- Roz Morris
Easy tip for developing story ideas- Janice Hardy
Giving your characters backstory- K M Weiland Bookmark
Inciting incidents – Stephen Pressfield- Bookmark
How to self edit- Now Novel-Bookmark
The pantzer outlining method – Molly Greene- Bookmark
Sharing your protagonists deepest feeling- Angela Ackerman
Shelters for homeless characters- Go Teen Writer
Sara Letourneau has a great series on character evolution
In the Marketing Section,
Developing your online relationship plan- Romance Times
Self publishing vs Traditional- Joanna Penn- Bookmark
4 steps to selling books on Social Media – Anne R Allen
Writing The End is only the start- Alana Kirk
Do writers need a FB page- Kirsten Lamb- Bookmark
How much does a book cost – Digital Book World
Social Media Care- Frances Caballo- Bookmark
While we are figuring out how to get our book out there... it’s a fact of a writers life that they will be spending time alone trying to figure stuff out. Daphne Grey Grant has a great post on how to work alone. Self care tips for the stressed writer. I’m off to find a warm drink... chocolate...
Pic : Flickr/Creative Commons /Jogendra Joshi
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