Monday, December 29, 2008

More on Maketing Your Book

M.J. Rose wrote about how to be a gracious guest blogger.

Michael S. Hyatt wrote about Book Marketing 101: What Works and What Doesn’t . He also wrote about Four Surprising Conclusions About Author Websites, Why Every Author Needs a Powerful Online Presence, and Seven Ways to Build Your Author Brand Online.

GalleyCat wrote about Authors Creating Self-Guided Book Club Tours and How To Bring Your Book To Book Clubs, which said:

Last week, GalleyCat reported how novelists Joshua Henkin and Kelly Simmons have collectively spoken with 150 reading groups in person or by speakerphone--pioneers of the self-guided book group tour. Readers chimed in with plenty of suggestions for authors interested in created self-guided book club tours.

One reader suggested: "Webinar software such as Gotomeeting and Webex can support hundreds of listeners at a time. I'm surprised writers aren't using this more."

Mindy Klasky wrote: "I created the Book Groups Wiki, to facilitate authors getting in touch with book groups. Using simple templates, anyone can add their profile as an author or as a book group coordinator. Authors can indicate their willingness to travel, to meet with groups in person."

To which DelOrange commented:

I would suggest trying Yugma in place of GoToMeeting. Same features but for a fraction of the price...there is really no reason to spend big bucks on software in the world of web 2.0.

and another reader suggested, "Dimdim is FREE for up to 25 people I believe."

Monday, December 22, 2008

Query Critiques, Editorial Powers, Hardback vs Trade, and more

Jessica Faust is currently doing a series of pitch critiques, and here are numbers one and two. She also wrote a post on how she decides which editors to submitted manuscripts to.

Moonrat talks about the advantages and disadvantages of being published first in trade paperback versus hardback.

Holt wrote about returning editorial power to editors.

Todd Longwell wrote an article about how books are adapted into screen plays.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Covers, Writing Buddies, and More

Shrinking Violet Promotions wrote about Writing Buddies--Where, What, and How.

On Hatrack River Writers Workshop, several people discussed naming minor characters--should you name minor characters and, if you do, how do you help the reader keep the name connected to the correct character in their minds.

Nathan Bransford held another first paragraph contest. He declared the winner and comments about what drew him to the semi-finalists paragraphs and what trends you might want to avoid in yours.

Jessica Faust writes about the factors she considers before offering representation to published authors. She also talks about the author questionnaires that publishers frequently send out to help them create and plan their publicity and marketing campaigns. And she also explains The BookEnds Author-Agent Agreement for those who'd like to see what such an agreement might include.

The Book Deal posted on Designing the perfect book cover: turf battles over art, fonts & money.

Marianne Mancusi wrote a post on how to create a successful book party.

Monday, December 8, 2008

After the Publisher Buys

Jane Lindskold talks about What Happens After the Book is Written and the publisher has bought it.

Robert J. Sawyer makes some interesting suggestions in Self-Promotion for Writers.

The Rejecter wrote about the Translation Market.

Tess Gerritsen wrote about Lost in Translation? and The Evolution of a Book Title.

Alison Morris wrote a list of everything a book buyer at a bookstore does in Fellow Blogging Booksellers.

Rachelle Gardner wrote about How Much Does It Cost to Publish a Book?

Ask Editorial Anonymous wrote about book awards.

Deanna Hoak wrote about how to make the copyeditor's job easier.

Monday, December 1, 2008

On Writing and Networking

If you want to go to a writing-related convention, you might find the the Convention Finder website helpful.

Lauren Lise Baratz-Logsted wrote on her blog about Getting Blurbs for your book and Giving Blurbs.

Joshua Palmatier has been gathering plot synopsis and query letters for published books for those who would find reading them useful in helping to create your own.

Jane Lindskold wrote about The Problem of Series and how to make them work well.

Jane Lindskold wrote about writing in Tail Bone to Chair: Part One and Part Two.

Kassia Krozser wrote PubWest Workshop: Thoughts on Social Networking.