Hachette versus Amazon

August 14, 2014

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First, congratulations to Edan Lepucki, whose first novel, California: A Novel, hit the NYT Best seller list when Stephen Corbert endorsed it as example of of her (and his) publisher Hachette being bullied by Amazon over price fixing.  How marvelous to be the center of attention particularly when it doesn’t involve you per se.

The Hachette versus Amazon controversy has been mostly about author pay, the price of hard copy books and publisher’s margins, all the arguments depict Amazon as bad – very bad – and Hachette as the last vestige of traditional civilization.  The only company who really cares about authors is the legacy New York based  publisher.  The men who bring you the beautiful, book store distributed books.  This is the way it’s always been. And the fight to keep itRead More

Episode 143 – “Shoot Your Novel!”

August 12, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Susan Lakin

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C. S. Lakin is novelist and writing coach who spends her time divided between developing new book ideas and helping writers polish theirs. She is the author of fourteen novels – six contemporary novels, seven in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, and one in historical Western romance. Whether she is exploring the depths of the human psyche and pushing her characters to the edge of desperation, or embellishing an imaginary world replete with talking pigs and ancient magical curses, she is doing what she loves best – using her creativity and skills to inspire and affect her readers.

In all her books she seeks to journey to the heart of human motivation, to uncover unmet needs, and show the path to healing and grace.

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The Difference Between A book and The Book

August 7, 2014

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Graphic A book or The book?

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Back to the salt mines – revising the finished book.

July 31, 2014

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osloBabyStatueOne really wonderful feature of an e-book  is that it can be endlessly modified, updated, repaired and uploaded again and again. Authors can fix their work on a continual basis with no additional costs or penalties.  But even as I say this, perhaps this new and somewhat liberating feature  it not all it promises to be.

Writers (okay, just about everyone) over think. We overthink our plots, we overthink our syntax, we overthink the theme. Once we’ve spent an entire afternoon overthinking, we fall into a deep depression because nothing we’ve done has ever amounted to anything of value – like a Nobel in Literature.  So what is the point? We ask, why do this at all? It’s all just crap anyway and soon we will be dead (at least that’s where I go when I start really overthinking).

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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…

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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