Few things are more daunting than staring at that blank computer screen after you've made the decision to write your first book. But it doesn't have to be so overwhelming. I break the process down into the four Cs.
Do you worry what others think about you? Do you sit at your computer screen, paralyzed to type what you really want to say for fear of what your mom, husband, brother, friend, or best friend from second grade might say?
500-600 pages is big book big. It tells a reader they're buying something that the publisher has invested lots of time and money in. Think The Historian, Mystic River, The Secret History,The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Books that size inspire confidence in many readers.
For many interested in the book publishing industry, conferences are some of the best ways to keep up with the changes occurring in this field, get the latest inside information about new technologies and new upcoming publications, and keep in contact with existing colleagues and meet new ones.
A few years ago I worked on a project that was tied to Days of Our Lives. For those of you who grew up with soap operas (or maybe still try to catch them from time to time) you know that this show has been on the air for 50 years.
There's a saying in the music business: if you can't be a hero in your hometown, you can't be a hero anywhere. Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel both played bars that likely you and I wouldn't be caught dead in.
I haven't "seen it all" but I have become a tad jaded when it comes to experts versus someone who is a fan. I love fans, don't get me wrong, but it's a big stretch from fan to expert and, if you're publishing a book, you should know why this matters.
Keywords affect all areas of promotion: from creating the right copy on your website, to placing ads on Facebook that get attention, to developing an irresistible book idea. But more than that, you want to create a book idea that Amazon will love.
If you want your book to be bought and read by the widest possible audience, you have to start marketing it long before its publication date. Here are some simple tips on marketing that every author should take to heart.