Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • November 28, 2016
Published in News • 3 comments
Sometimes the best way to be a successful author is to be organized and prepared.
Having all your ducks in a row can really make a difference when being an author. Making sure you keep track of all your contracts, reviewers, publishing costs, and most importantly making sure you meet deadlines, are all essential for a successful author. Planning ahead and making sure you are prepared for anything is the best way to keep your books prepared for readers.
Planning for Chocolate
Last week my theme was contingency planning… and knowing where the chocolate is. This week planning is still a hot topic.
Jane Friedman has a great article on checklists for authors… it’s comprehensive and covers everything you can think of and a few things you may not have thought of. Jane also has a great article on editorial control. Who has it (at what stage) and How to keep it.
Kristen Lamb has also been thinking about planning but in a different way. Do you protect yourself as a writer? She has an excellent post on ways to protect your muse and it starts by getting rid of toxic time wasters…(sometimes known as relations.)
Joanna Penn has a fabulous interview with Gabriela Pereira of DIYMA. This is a MUST watch/ Listen/ Read on creating your own course of study to up-skill your writing. (Your own M.A. in writing.) Gabriela has a huge library of articles and ideas as well as a very involved community.
About five years ago I talked about Book Espresso machines. This is a book printer machine that sits inside a bookshop. Publishers Weekly recently took a look at what bookshops are doing with them. From becoming publishers to vital links in the community.
Forming communities of like minded writing buddies and doing something wonderful has long been a hobbyhorse of mine. Whether it’s to exploit Instafreebie or growing your email list or group marketing your books or producing an Annual. There is power in harnessing collective creative brains.
In The Craft Section,
In The Marketing Section,
We are still getting after shocks from last weeks earthquake. Every day brings news of another building being evacuated. We sat down and did some planning and now our Go Bag is packed by the door. I know where I’ve stashed a supply of chocolate….
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.