Building an Author Platform from Scratch

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

• Publishers want to work with authors who have an existing audience. • Following-up on last Friday’s article about personal marketing, model, author and self-publisher Isobella Jade, shares how she’s built her own impressive platform. By Isobella Jade Whenever a girl comments on my Facebook page saying she just bought my books, I know it is because she Googled words that …

Share Your Best Social Networking Story or Tip and Win Betsy’s Book!

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Betsy Lerner discusses social networking and personal marketing strategies for writers. In honor of the publication of Betsy’s new book, The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice for Writers (Revised and Updated for the 21st Century), we’re giving away a FREE copy. Share your best social networking story (it can be a triumph …

Should I Tweet?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

• This piece is adapted from Betsy Lerner’s new book The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice for Writers (Revised and Updated for the 21st Century). By Betsy Lerner When I was a young editor at Houghton Mifflin in the mid-Eighties, I was assigned to work on a paperback series of successful books called Guerrilla Marketing. The books were an …

Want to Write? First, Find Someone Who Cares

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

• Today is the start of NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — when writers are asked to produce a 50,000-word work in one month. • Author Drew Smith writes about tools you can use to help yourself motivated, including an “Accountabilibuddy” — someone to monitor your productivity. By Drew Smith The easiest thing about being a writer is not writing. …

Could Online Writing Communities Replace Creative Writing Programs?

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• Quillant.com, an online writing community based in the UK launched two months ago • Chris Vannozzi, a co-founder of Quilliant.com discusses the role online communities can play in developing talent for the traditional publishing industry By Chris Vannozzi LONDON: Two months ago we launched Quilliant.com , a new online writing community that aims to recreate the classic writing group …

Who Really Benefits from the Growth in MFAs?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the creation of Quilliant.com — a new online writing community in the UK — and asks if such communities could replace creative writing programs. In 1990, there were perhaps a few dozen creative writing programs in the United States. Today, there are more than 300 such programs granting Masters of Fine Arts degrees. …

So Many “Friends,” So Little Friendship: Authors Discuss Mingling Social Media, Self-Promotion and Real Life

In English Language by Rachel Aydt

• Today, authors are compelled to constantly self-promote, but the practice isn’t always pleasant or appropriate. • What happens when the intimacy of the typically quiet writer’s life, and the nature of real friendship, blends with the public persona of our professional selves online? By Rachel Aydt “My original goal with Facebook was to use it as a marketing tool,” …

What Are Your Tips for Appropriate Social Networking Self-promotion?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at what happens when authors mix online self-promotion with their real-life friendships. These days it’s typical to find authors and publishers exploiting their online networks to promote their latest work. On a given day you might find a post about someone’s cat, their child’s victory over a school bully, and a plug for …

A Report from Italy’s Unique “Women’s Fiction Festival”

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Beate Boeker The seventh Women’s Fiction Festival (WFF) took place in Matera, Italy, from Sept. 23rd to Sept. 26th, 2010. Matera is located in the south, roughly where you’d expect the Achilles heel in the boot-like shape of Italy. The meetings are held in the historical Sassi district, a town set like a honeycomb into stone, remarkable enough to …