Tagged: publishing

IAG Happy New Year 2020

Welcome to 2020! Let us help you make it your year! #IAG2020

Hi guys! I know it’s been a while that we’ve been writing regularly here, but we’ve got an actual editorial calendar and a plan now, and we’re back. Valerie and I will be blogging and we’ll be introducing the mods that are around, old and new, throughout the year. We’ll also be looking for guest posters, but I’ll explain more on that in a few days 🙂 In 2011, Valerie Douglas put out a call...

Self-publishing 101

Write a good book and finish it. Do not even consider self-publishing until it’s finished, with good cover art and editing. Write at least two and up to five more books before releasing Book One, even if it’s in another genre – nothing sells Book One like Book Two, Three, etc. Give the first book to beta readers for evaluation – give them a time to return it to you with their critiques/evaluation. Hire an...

Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

I was asked by a writer recently how they would go about submitting to a traditional publisher, so I created this (very) basic primer. Finish/edit the novel. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this step. Skip it at your peril – an unedited novel is instant death. (Even if they’ll still edit it themselves. ) Some editors will be forgiving and request a revise/resubmit. Only some will be forgiving, there’s no guarantee which...

Weekly roundup, week ending 19th January

Last week’s roundup Every week, one of the IAG moderators will round up what’s gone on, on the group and in the Indie community as a broader view.  If you’ve been busy writing, editing, or promoting, let us catch you up and find conversations and blog posts that should interest you and dive into the information you’re really keen to see. On the group Nikki Broadwell started a conversation about Createspace versus LSI last month, which concluded...

The four E’s of Indie publishing

There are four e’s to indie publishing – four elements that just can’t be skimped on, or you’ll destroy yourself.  That destruction will come from poor reviews, and your image, once damaged, is really difficult to repair.  Once you’re known as a writer that doesn’t care about his/her product, though you’ll still gain readers, there will eventually be a barrier to your evolution as a writer, or even your ability to reach the next level....

So what’s a Midlist Indie? (at least for me)

So what’s a Midlist Indie? (at least for me)

What does it mean to me to be a mid-list Indie? In the days when traditional publishers were the only way to go, mid-list writers were the mainstays of the industry – the mostly unsung and unheralded writers who weren’t at the top of the charts but consistently wrote good, and sometimes even great, books.  They weren’t the Kings, the Clancys, the Roberts, the Grishams, the Koontzs or even the E.L. James (Fifty Shades of...

Ch-Ch-Changes

Ch-Ch-Changes

To quote Isaac Asimov and Heraclitus – The only constant is change. And there have been a lot of changes in the publishing industry, the most radical of course being the addition of Indie writing and Indie Authors. Much of that change is due to Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, who took Indie writing out of vanity press and made it something viable. As a kid I remember having one of the last Woolworths in...

Sign of the Times?

Sign of the Times?

Okay, I’ll admit it, it’s been a while since I was in my favorite bookstore. (That picture isn’t it, by the way. ) Even so, I was shocked. Where were the fiction books? They were tucked away in a back corner of the store on the second level. Oh, there were the New Release tables on the first floor, and two long shelves of New Release Hardcover fiction, but other than that there was only the...

Burnout city – population – me?

Burnout city – population – me?

This was a hard post to write. Not because I didn’t know what to write, and not because I couldn’t work out the slant, but because this week has been one of the hardest of my writing life. And I’ve been writing for close to thirty years. Burnout? What’s that? First, I’d like to address a couple of misconceptions about burnout. It’s not ‘simply’ writers block, which, in itself is rarely simple. It’s not any...