BUSINESS ADVICE FOR WRITERS
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A HOT STEAMING SACK OF BUSINESS ADVICE FOR WRITERS by Terribleminds
EDITOR’ S COMMENT: Publishing a book is only the first step. Selling the book is the hard part. Understanding the business of selling can make the task easier. The article gives valuable information on the business world of publishing. The author offers sound advice on how to protect the author’s rights with publishers. Equally important is a solid discussion on publisher’s responsibilities to provide marketing assistance. Agents, working for free, and the truth of the trilogy are also covered. Good stuff. Worth your time to read.
THE KEY BOOK PUBLISHING PATHS: 2017 by Jane Friedman
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a must read for every first-time author and those authors interested in exploring new publishing opportunities. The author offers valuable information to answer the question, “Should I traditionally publish or self-publish.” Jane Friedman identifies the different categories of publishers, their clients, and how to approach them. Small presses, hybrid publishing, assisted self-publishing, and self-publishing is also covered.
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
7 EMAIL MARKETING PREDICTIONS FOR 2017 from Campaign Monitor
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The article is helpful for authors who use Email as a marketing tool. Seven Prognosticators offer their vision on the future for Emails. A bit lengthy, the forecasters discuss data-driven marketing, mobile payments, changes in design, automation, expanding Email addresses, and analytics. The world is changing and Emails is included.
TOP SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WRITERS: THESE WILL MAKE YOU MORE POWERFUL AND ENGAGING by Bailey Belmont
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The article is helpful on what is needed to enter the social media arena and where to go to get the most bang for the buck. The author recommends authors develop their website along with a brand blurb and logo. What I found to be particularly helpful was a discussion on the value of the different platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Muck Rack, Goodreads, and Hootsuite.
ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISBNs by Laurie Boris
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The title explains the content of the article. Readers will learn what is an ISBN. What I thought was helpful was a discussion on why buy an ISBN. What are the caveats between a purchased ISBN and a free one offered by CreateSpace and other online publishers?
AMAZON CHARTS, AMAZON’S NEW BEST SELLER LIST, NOW TRACKS WHAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ by Elizabeth Weise
EDITOR’S COMMENT: A quick discussion on another change coming from Amazon. The behemoth giant will offer a weekly list ranking which books are the most read rather than purchased. I have yet to suffer from the dilemma on which list to read.
19 WEBSITES AND MAGAZINES THAT WANT TO PUBLISH YOUR PERSONAL ESSAYS by Lisa Rowan
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Some people have experienced a traumatic or gut-wrenching event in their life. For others, it is an unexpected achievement or once-in-a-lifetime experience. Their stories have interest and benefit to others. The article is a roadmap on where to travel to tell the story.
18 PLACES TO FIND BLOGGING JOBS: AN ESSENTIAL RESOURCE FOR FREELANCE BLOGGERS by Heather van der Hoop
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The headline is another synopsis of the content of the article. The list can be helpful for those wanting to embellish their revenue stream to the tune of cha-ching.
3 WAYS TO ADD PUNCH TO YOUR STORY by DiAnn Mills
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is an important reminder for authors underwhelmed with their writing effort. The article is short but to the point. Strengthening the psychology of characters, understanding the art of dialogue, and remembering the setting are covered in this helpful article.
SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT
“I liked Seth.
The book and the man.”
Showing her irritation, Penny Majors wiped her hands on a kitchen towel. “Captain Drummond, you do know what time it is?”
Standing on her front porch, Drummond said, “Sorry. Bit chilly outside. Can I come in for just a second?”
“Thanks. Could use a favor.”
Rubbing the brim of his worn, stained Stetson hat, Drummond said, “Can I tell you a story?”
A child yelled from another room.
“Excuse me.” Penny returned a minute later. “My daughter thinks it’s time to watch TV. Make it quick, Drummond.”
“I have a dirty department.”
“I know that. Know the players. My problem is I don’t have the evidence.”
“I want to clean it up.”
“Good for you.”
“Will you help me?”
“Drummond, I’ve always liked you.” Still irritated, she said, “Tell me what you want.”
Drummond explained his plan on returning Escobar back to the street.
“You’ve got it. Now go away. My daughter needs her mother.”
Drummond opened the door, stepped out onto the porch. Adjusting his hat, he saw her smile.
“Call me anytime, Drummond. I’m on your side,” and closed the door.