Book Launch Basics: Part 2

Book Launch Basics: Part 2

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.

Book Launch Basics: Part 1

Book Launch Basics: Part 1

Welcome to the first part of a new (8-part) series on book launch basics where 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 of these things for you—but it is still important to understand the elements that go into successfully launching a new title.)

WisMissus Podcast Episode 2 - Conferences and Book Festivals

WisMissus Podcast Episode 2 - Conferences and Book Festivals

Welcome to the WisMissus Podcast: Reading, Writing & Roaming around Wisconsin, the Midwest, & Beyond. 

Why I don't like the idea of picking a word of the year.

Why I don't like the idea of picking a word of the year.

I realized I rather dislike the concept of picking a word of the year to guide myself through the coming 12 months. Why? My off-the-cuff reaction is that it is often trite, meaningless, and just overly fluffy . . . like I’m envisioning standing in front of a mirror with the chosen word scrawled in thick black Sharpie on a fuchsia post-it as a way to magically manifest goodness in my life on a daily basis.

Do you all remember Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live with his Daily Affirmations??

Introducing the WisMissus Podcast

Introducing the WisMissus Podcast

TK Sheffield and I had so much fun creating the 2023 Plotting Series together that we decided to continue our partnership in 2024. We felt the video format is so much more fun than standard blog posts that we’ve started a podcast. (Which is kind of ironic, because here I am talking about the podcast in a regular blog post.)

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Welcome to the WisMissus Podcast: Reading, Writing & Roaming around Wisconsin, the Midwest, & Beyond. 

Holiday Gifts: Give an Experience (or a Book) for the Holidays

Holiday Gifts: Give an Experience (or a Book) for the Holidays

We're gearing up for the holidays with the annual great gifts post from author T.K. (Tracey Kathryn) Sheffield. And I love, love, love that's she's suggesting a lot of 'experiences' vs. gifts. But I'd be remiss if I didn't congratulate Tracey on the release of her debut novel this past week. It's a fantastic cozy mystery, she gives a description of it below, but I enjoyed this book so much, I want to share my review here before we get into her post!

Publishing World Wisdom from Sharon Lynn

Publishing World Wisdom from Sharon Lynn

We're joined today by another fellow Blackbird Writer, Sharon Lynn, who is sharing her wisdom on what she wishes she could tell her prepublished self as well as what she always does to make book launches successful. Sharon’s Cotswold Crimes Mystery series is a delight to read. (Check out more about these books below!)

Why I Chose to Write a Heroine’s Journey (and How You Can Too)

Why I Chose to Write a Heroine’s Journey (and How You Can Too)

Today's guest post comes to us from Evonne Marzouk, author of The Prophetess. As writers, we often hear of the hero's journey, but we don't often dissect the heroine's journey and how it differs. Evonne's post gives us great insight into this female perspective. 

Plotting a Novel: Part 9 - Fixing Plot Problems

Plotting a Novel: Part 9 - Fixing Plot Problems

Throughout the year, author Tracey Kathryn (T.K.) Sheffield and I have offered a series on plotting from the beginning developmental stage through the messy middle and all the way to the end, including editing advice on how to fix plot problems in a completed manuscript. This is our final installment, but for ease I've linked each part in this handy list. 

Publishing World Wisdom from Laurie Stevens

Publishing World Wisdom from Laurie Stevens

We're joined today by another fellow Blackbird Writer, Laurie Stevens, who is sharing her wisdom on what she wishes she could tell her prepublished self as well as what she always does to make book launches successful. 

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