It’s Okay to be an Amateur

July 24, 2014

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beach stepsWriting is hard work, so is water skiing: it takes practice, it’s intense and you will probably fall.  But if you water ski, no one assumes you do it professionally.  No one asks a really brilliant water skier; how many times you’ve skied, or how many prizes you’ve won, or how many people paid yesterday to watch you.

If you are a good water skier, you can show off for the dozen or so other boat loads of observers and they applaud. Perhaps toss you a beer for your efforts.

Writing can be like that.  Practice, make it yours, share a couple of newsletters or even just a brilliant Christmas letter, score free beer and get out of the water.

Consider, as you wrestle with a novel or poem or essay, that the work doesn’t need to be much more than the effort.  It’s the doing thatRead More

Episode 140: “You’ve Got A Book In You!”

July 20, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Elizabeth Sims

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Writing a book is fun and easy–yes, FUN AND EASY–but it may not always feel that way. How do you find the time to write? How do you keep momentum? How do you deal with the horror of showing anyone a single sentence of your work-in-progress? The answers remain fun and easy, and author Elizabeth Sims will take your hand, dispel your worries, and show you how it’s done in this stress-free guide to accomplishing your dream of writing your book.
In You’ve Got a Book in You, Elizabeth is that encouraging voice guiding you through the entire process, from finding the right time and place to gathering all of your creative tools toRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 19, 2014

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6. Where the Real Work Starts

So, you’ve written a novel, worked through cover art, edits, proofing, publication; had an awesome party to launch it into the world. Job done, right? Wrong.

This is where the work really starts. You may have written the best book in the world, enjoyed thoroughly by friends and family, but unless it is supported by an ongoing promotional campaign, you won’t sell more than a couple of hundred copies at best.

Whichever route you take to publish your work, it will require a great deal of elbow grease to get out there and publicise it. Hopefully, you will already have a social media platform: Facebook page, Twitter, website and write a regular blog in order to draw readers’ attention to your work. As my first book was published in the US, and I’m in theRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 18, 2014

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5. Publication Day

The twelve months since I signed with Legend Press seemed to pass by quickly and very soon, April arrived.

I didn’t have a launch party with my first novel. Scratch that. I didn’t have an ‘official’ launch party. What I did have was a dinner party hosted by my dear neighbours and friends with a cake and a reading which was very special. However, this time, I thought I’d go all the way. This is a precarious business, right? You never know where you will be this time next year. So …

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My publisher helped me to arrange a launch party in my local book shop. It was a fun evening for all, filled with wine, book talk, mingling and fun.

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What do you do after you finish celebrating? You have to get the word out there…

Jane Isaac is author of An UnfamiliarRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 17, 2014

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4. The Stages of Publication

We all know that there are several steps that books go through to transform them from a pile of paper into the glossy paperback you see on the shelves of your local bookstore. There’s blurb, cover art, edits, proofing. This was my second time around, I should know what to expect. But what I did find interesting were the little differences in how publishers approach this process.

First time around, I wrote my own blurb. I wrote and re-wrote, never quite sure whether I was hitting the mark, but generally happy with the final effect. Second time, the blurb magically appeared in my inbox one day written by my editor. I admit I was initially surprised, but when I read it through was doubly pleased as they had done a wonderful job of pulling it together and makingRead More

Episode 139 – “Author Training With Nina Amir”

July 16, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Nina Amir

The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively

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Many people think it’s easy to become an author. It’s true that today almost any writer can change his or her status from aspiring to published author. More ways exit to self-publish a book than ever before. And it’s still possible, albeit harder, to become an author by traditionally publishing a book. But few people produce bestsellers.

Two hundred million Americans want to transform themselves into published authors by self-publishing or traditionally publishing a book. Yet, the small percent of the U.S. population—justRead More

What to Expect When Expecting a Book

July 16, 2014

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Book stall, GermanyThanks to our recent Newbie Writers Podcast guest, Nina Amir – I have a couple ideas that will help you focus on your goals for your new book:

Who is the audience for this project?  Where are they, what are their needs and concerns?

What will this book do for you?  Increase your prestige?  Open the door to more speaking engagements? Add to your income?

Why  a book?  Will a web site or a white paper suffice?

When will you create time to write and edit the project?

How are we answering the needs of our audience?  Do they just need a book?  Do they want a blog?  Newsletter?  Do they want workshops or classes?  Do they need individual coaching based on the material in the book or is the book for those who can’t afford one on one appointments and help, but they do need theRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 16, 2014

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3. Deciphering Book Contracts

I think it’s wonderful that there are so many routes to publishing these days, but if we are unable to snag an agent and benefit from their wealth of experience, how do we know if we are getting a fair offer?

Truth be told, I was so delighted to receive the contract for my first book from Rainstorm Press that I read it through quickly and signed on the dotted line. However with my new publisher, Legend Press, I was more circumspect. How did I know whether the offer was competitive and the contract fair? Answer: The Society of Authors.

Membership of the Society of Authors in the UK costs around £95 per year and offers a host of benefits including free access to a media lawyer for independent advice about any contracts. They were extremely helpful andRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 15, 2014

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2. Choosing the Route to Publication

I’ve already mentioned that my first book was published by an American publishing house. I’ll always be grateful to Rainstorm Press for picking up my debut and giving it a chance. However, apart from the copies that I brought over and supplied to local stores myself, it was only distributed in the UK via Amazon which restricted the number of local events I could do. So, in order to improve distribution with my second, I had to examine my options.

Option One – The Agent

The benefits of a good literary agent are well known. They will have a sound knowledge of the market place and connect your work with the most appropriate publishers, negotiate your literary contract and ensure royalties are paid timeously. In short, you’ll benefit from theirRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 14, 2014

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  1. Still a Newbie?

If you’ve been around for a while, you might remember my first round of Diary of a Newbie Novelist posts when I blogged here about the ups and downs of bringing my debut novel, which was eventually published by Rainstorm Press in February 2012, to publication. Having been a member of Newbie Writers since 2007 when I started my very first creative writing course with the Writers Bureau, it seemed a fitting place for me to come back and share my experiences.

So, with one book already published, am I still a Newbie?

Hmmm. Interesting question. Yes, I’ve learnt a huge amount over the past years. I’ve gone from a writer that shied away from social media to embracing Twitter, Facebook, having a website designed and writing a regular blog. But am I any wiser?

I chose theRead More