Reading, wRiting, and Roaming with Author Valerie Biel

July 10, 2024

In this 8-part book launch basics series, I’ll demystify the process of proficiently releasing a new book into the world with flair. The information I’m providing is focused on those who will independently publish their book, but many of these components/strategies are equally usable for those publishing traditionally. (If you’re lucky to go that route, you may even have a publisher doing some or most of these things for you—but it is still important to understand the elements that go into successfully launching a new title.)

Part 1 covered your online author image and overall branding.  

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July 9, 2024
We’re spicing things up for this episode of Strange but True: Tales from Authors and offering a video interview. This is the first time Tracey S. Phillips is stepping into the spotlight as Karissa Knight, her pen name. Learn all about the Mina’s Choice series (the final book launches TODAY 7-9-24), and why Tracey chose a pen name for these books with a fair amount of ‘heat.’

About the Mina’s Choice series:

Book 1 - THE CLIENT

My new client has the wealth and power to make his own rules. As I’m drawn into his secret world of dark fantasies I must know: Is he a killer, or the man of my dreams?

Wilhelmina Green is the lawyer of choice for Chicago's wealthy offenders. Mina’s latest victory, the acquittal of a U.S. senator, has made her a... Continue Reading

June 28, 2024

The monthly Writers’ Forum brings you the articles that I’ve read and bookmarked throughout the month to help you with writing, publishing, and book marketing & promotion. This includes news from the publishing world — and my-oh-my June certainly has brought us some crazy shenanigans from the grand world of publishing. . . . read on . . .

The Entitlement of Traditional Publishing (how an agent’s bad behavior got her fired.)

Why are Debut Novels Failing to Launch

Amazon Keyword Rules Changes

Costco Plans to Stop Selling Books Year Round

 

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The Entitlement of Traditional Publishing or how an agent lost her job…

If you haven’t been following the story of how KT Literary agent... Continue Reading

June 20, 2024

Creating your plan for gaining book reviews -- Editorial Reviews, Endorsements or Blurbs, your ARC Network, and Review Services--like NetGalley or Book Sirens. 

In this 8-part book launch basics series, I’ll demystify the process of proficiently releasing a new book into the world with flair. The information I’m providing is focused on those who will independently publish their book, but many of these components/strategies are equally usable for those publishing traditionally. (If you’re lucky to go that route, you may even have a publisher doing some or most of these things for you—but it is still important to understand the elements that go into successfully launching a new title.)

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May 31, 2024

How to Pitch your Book to Libraries

Getting your Book into Bookstores

US Book Fair Compared to Fyre Festival After Chaotic Scenes

Kids’ Declining Reading – What to do about it.

How a Book Really Becomes a Movie

How to Pitch Your Book to Libraries So They See You as an Easy Win to Please Patrons

Kelly McClymer writes this informative article for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association with a simple 'how to pitch your book' checklist. The main takeaway – libraries are looking for books their patrons will love. If you can show libraries why your book is... Continue Reading

May 31, 2024

How to Pitch your Book to Libraries

Getting your Book into Bookstores

US Book Fair Compared to Fyre Festival After Chaotic Scenes

Kids’ Declining Reading – What to do about it.

How a Book Really Becomes a Movie

How to Pitch Your Book to Libraries So They See You as an Easy Win to Please Patrons

Kelly McClymer writes this informative article for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association with a simple 'how to pitch your book' checklist. The main takeaway – libraries are looking for books their patrons will love. If you can show libraries why your book is... Continue Reading

May 23, 2024

In this episode of Strange but True: Tales from Authors expert handwriting analyst and author Sheila Lowe dives into a topic she knows A LOT about, but one fewer and fewer people are using on a regular basis. 

Reviving a Timeless Skill in a Digital Age by Sheila Lowe

The last time you sent a birthday card to your grandchild, did they have to ask for a translation of those ‘hieroglyphics’ you wrote? If so, you’re not alone. As a handwriting analyst, I encounter this issue frequently. At virtually every presentation I give—often dozens a year—I’m asked the same question: whatever happened to cursive writing?

In a world dominated by keyboards and tablets, many children and young adults have been led to believe that handwriting is a thing of the... Continue Reading

May 9, 2024

In this month's episode of Strange but True: Tales from Authors we're pivoting slightly away from the weirdest or most ambitious things authors have done or learned for their writing to how a shift in a writer's life is allowing her to collect a whole host of new experiences that enrich her stories. Our featured author, Joy Ann Ribar, is tells us all about it here:

Shift Happens: How Traveling Changes My Writing by Joy Ann Ribar

In 2022, my husband and I took a leap of faith, sold our sticks and bricks Wisconsin house, and began full-time life and travel in an RV.  Before you ask if we need our heads examined, you should know we made this decision after being students of RV life for about five  years.

Logistically, living with your partner... Continue Reading

May 2, 2024

In this 8-part book launch basics series, I’ll demystify the process of proficiently releasing a new book into the world with flair. The information I’m providing is focused on those who will independently publish their book, but many of these components/strategies are equally usable for those publishing traditionally. (If you’re lucky to go that route, you may even have a publisher doing some or most of these things for you—but it is still important to understand the elements that go into successfully launching a new title.) Part 1 covered your online author image and overall branding.

In part 2, we are covering manuscript readiness and book presentation.

If your book is being... Continue Reading

April 26, 2024

Louisiana Bill Would Criminalize Joining the American Library Association

35 Questions Authors Need to Ask Publishers

Meta ‘discussed buying Simon & Schuster to train AI’

Amazon Kindle Lock Screens Are Showing Adds for AI-Generated Books

May Book Promo Calendar—unusual, unexpected, quirky holidays.

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Louisiana HB 777 Would Criminalize Librarians and Libraries Who Join the American Library Association

Kelly Jensen writing for Book Riot covers recent attempts at book banning along with a bill recently introduced in Louisiana that would criminalize the expending of public funds for membership in the American Library Association or... Continue Reading

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