How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 7,000: THE END

And so, dear readers, you may not have realized time slipping past us ever so quickly so that we have shockingly reached the end of the Guide already!  Yes, here we are at Step 7,000!  Remember that I did tell you in the beginning that I would skip some of the more tedious steps so […]

How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 21: “DARLING, DID YOU REMEMBER TO BRING HOME THE TWITTER TIPS?” (PART 2)

Last week, dear readers, I promised actual Twitter tips, which I am now somewhat regretting, but such is life.  This is not because I begrudge sharing my less-than-vast knowledge with you, darlings; rather, it is because Twitter is a strange, organic animal that is difficult to pin down and even more difficult to predict.  Yet […]

How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 20: NAVIGATING THE VAST SEA OF TWITTER (PART 1)

The next step on your publishing journey, dear readers, is setting up the loathsome Twitter account.  If this seems contradictory in the extreme, it’s because it is.

No one, darlings, could have fought signing up for a Twitter account harder or longer than yours truly, despising the concept of it with every fiber of my mouse. […]

How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 19: THE DREADED NEWSLETTER

Eventually, darlings, your pesky publicist will get around to asking you how the newsletter is coming—as in, where is it?  When you try to explain that you weren’t really planning on having a newsletter (I mean who reads newsletters?), they get irritated.

“Well, how do you plan to draw readers in?” they will undoubtedly ask in […]

How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 18: THE DOWNWARD TREND

Last week, dear readers, we introduced the painful concept of the editor and the resultant slashing that will more than likely begin forthwith on your beloved manuscript.  Granted, all manuscripts benefit from a nice haircut and concentrated grooming, as it is impossible for the writer to catch every mistake.  However, “how much is too much?” […]

How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 17: THE EDITOR ARRIVES

Just when you thought, dear readers, that nothing exciting was ever going to happen with your manuscript, like, let’s say, print it — an email will suddenly materialize alerting you that an editor has finally been assigned the task of dusting off your forgotten, lonely tome, presumably sitting these many long months in someone’s inbox.

Lest […]

April 26th, 2016|How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps|

How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 16: “THE SUB-GENRE MYSTIQUE”

Having last week broken down the difference between literary and commercial fiction, this week, as promised, we will turn our attention solely to commercial fiction and attempt to demystify the many genres into which it is broken, including the ridiculously inordinate number of sub-genre splinters.

Probably the hardest to get a handle on would be the […]

April 19th, 2016|How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps|

How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 15: “SPIN THE GENRE”

Today, dear readers, we will pause to have a short discussion regarding genre, as this seems to be relevant of late with comp. titles and endorsements swirling round in previous steps of this Guide.  I mean, after all, how can you properly find titles similar to your own book or authors to solicit in your […]

April 12th, 2016|How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps|

How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 14: EVERYONE’S FAVORITE – ENDORSEMENTS!

Last week’s installment promised a discussion about endorsements, otherwise known as blurbs, which always causes a certain amount of squirming and is a topic that authors like to perpetually push out of their mind as being a task on some distant – hopefully far – horizon.  But, as you will increasingly be told, now that […]

April 5th, 2016|How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps|

How to Get Your Book Published in 7000 Easy Steps – A Practical Guide

STEP 13: AUDIENCE, BISACS, AND COMP TITLES, OH MY!

If I remember correctly, dear readers, I left you last week in the middle of the tiresome task of completing your Tip Sheet.  As promised, however, I’m back this week to help you on some of the more sticky points.

Let’s take TARGET AUDIENCE first.

It’s important to have a firm grasp on just who your target […]

March 29th, 2016|How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps|