His editor was a prick, the publisher, a walking, waking nightmare. So when he greased their wheels, tweaked their brakes so they couldn't make that curve on the drive home, he felt he took a leaf out of their book in return for the forest they'd taken out of his.
Many of us are familiar with NetGalley and its ability to get advanced reading copies of books into the hands of reviewers, but what opportunities does an individual author have for partnering with NetGalley? NetGalley’s primary goal is to act as an online service connecting book publishers, reviewers, bloggers, and librarians. It facilitates the transfer […]…Read more NetGalley Access for Self-Publishers — Kristen Twardowski
Creative writing My best writing tip by William Boyd, Jeanette Winterson, Amit Chaudhuri and more Got a brilliant beginning, or the seed of an idea? Authors offer their most important piece of advice – from finding a voice to the all-important ending https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/10/my-best-writing-tip-william-boyd-jeanette-winterson Jeanette Winterson, Rose Tremain, William Boyd, Philip Hensher, Tessa Hadley, Toby…Read more Writing today?
Essential, no-nonsense, waffle free guide to getting reviews. Priceless
Let’s face it, waiting for book reviews can seem to take a lifetime. These all important book reviews are a necessity in getting your book viewed and purchased by more readers. Without them, you’re screwed.
Waiting for Book Reviews?
While your waiting for your book reviews to increase in number you can begin a campaign that will help them do just that.
Ask for reviews: There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for reviews. In fact, you can send out a newsletter to your subscribers advertising your new book and ask for reviews.
Query book reviewers: You don’t need to pay for this service, although you can. I recommend you get real reviews, because paid ones stand out from the rest, they’re a bit obvious. Start assembling your list of book reviewers well before your publication date. This is something you want to be prepared for so that when your…
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“I don’t want someone else to destroy me work.” I have heard innumerable writers make some variation of that statement. But often having someone else critique a manuscript is the only way for an author to improve it. After all, he or she has been staring at it for months, grown attached to scenes and […]…Read more Essential Reading for Writers
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There is an out-dated judgement in the writing world that self-publishing is a last resort for writers who had no success in finding a traditional publisher. While it may have been true before, this outlook has been turned completely on its head with the arrival of services such as Kindle Direct Publishing and Createspace. These […]…Read more Publish and be Damned, not true?
It’s two years since I published TITO’S DEAD, my first novel. I didn’t know what to expect and yes, if I had it all to do again, I’d do it different. The good thing I can draw from its relatively dismal sales is, it’s still out there to be discovered.
Blogger Napoleon Nalcot https://ashegrowsup.wordpress.com/) reminded me of this when he sent me this wonderful comment, having read this post, Words of Mouth, which I wrote about two years ago. Anyway, Napoleon’s simple message told me everything about why I write. This is what he wrote, I guess Tito’s not dead. Because he lives in every word of the story you’re telling. I’m very grateful, Napoleon, for those words. I write because I want people to read.
So, here it is, unexpurgated. If you enjoy my writing, believe me, you’ll enjoy Tito’s Dead, where you can buy it for a…
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Read and write, write and read. These are the only words of advice I would ever offer anyone who wants to write. Read, so you learn how other writers go about telling stories. Not a day goes by without encountering at least half a dozen blogs offering advice or links to books that will tell…Read more Writing and Reading
It's two years since I published TITO'S DEAD, my first novel. I didn't know what to expect and yes, if I had it all to do again, I'd do it different. The good thing I can draw from its relatively dismal sales is, it's still out there to be discovered. Blogger Napoleon Nalcot https://ashegrowsup.wordpress.com/) reminded me…Read more Words of Mouth