Are your readers finding you online? Chances are, if you have social media accounts as an author (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads are a few), the answer is yes. How is your reader engagement on these crucial marketing platforms? Are you getting readers talking about your books? Are they retweeting your new releases? Are they asking when your next book is coming out? If you’re struggling with reader engagement on social media, there’s something worth looking at, an item that can drastically effect the way that readers view your work and you as an author—it’s your book cover.
2017-05-24 [ 02:31:11]
Today we are hosting Margaret James. She is an author, journalist and teacher of creative writing.
Thank you for inviting me to be a guest on your website today.
I’m a writer of fiction, a journalist and a teacher of creative writing. My latest novel Girl in Red Velvet is set in Oxford and the action begins in 1966 when Lily Denham is seventeen and beginning her studies at the university.
On her first day she meets best friends Harry Gale and Max Farley and is enchanted by their mischievous charm.
But will falling for two men rip her own heart apart?
As a teacher of creative writing, my students often ask me how they should go about offering a novel to a literary agent or to a commercial publisher. They know about writing a covering letter, but they’re not always aware that there are four other important selling tools too.
2017-05-11 [ 04:07:21]
T.A. (Trevor) Williams offers few tips for aspiring authors.
I would preface these remarks by saying that the only reason I feel able to offer a few suggestions is because I’m very old, not because J.K. Rowling has anything to worry about in terms of competition from me. I have written 11 books, most of them romantic comedies published as e-books by HQ (a Harper Collins imprint), some by Canelo, and number 12 is written, but still at the arguing with my editor stage. I’ve had a few books in the top 100 on Amazon, I’ve reached number one in fiction on iBooks, but I still haven’t made enough to buy that Ferrari yet. So, do bear in mind my first point below and remember the words of Gene Hackman in “Get Shorty”. ‘The only kind of writing that makes money is ransom notes.’
- Don’t do it for the money and don’t, whatever you do, chuck in a good job until you see the size of the cheques rolling in. You may get lucky, but even lucky authors struggle to earn enough to live on.
2017-04-09 [ 12:22:06]
Todays guest post is from childrens author Fiona Ingram. She also writes romance under the pen name Arabella Sheraton. Read her story below and get her top 3 rules for authors.
ROMANCING THE STONE: ONE AUTHOR, TWO HATS
I never set out to become a children’s author, nor did I set out to become a Regency romance author. The two events just happened and luckily not at the same time. I became a children’s author quite by accident, even though I was working as an editor in the magazine publishing industry. I went to Egypt at the behest of my (now late) mother, who insisted on Egypt because she was paying for the holiday, and we took along my two young nephews, then aged 10 and 12. What a trip; we had such an adventure. In fact, it was so much of an adventure that I was inspired to write a short story for my nephews upon our return, with them as the two heroes of course. The short story became a wonderful adventure tale (The Secret of the Sacred Scarab) which became a book series (The Chronicles of the Stone) and suddenly I was Fiona Ingram, a multi award winning children’s author. So, never discount the short story; you have no idea where it can take you as a writer!
2017-02-26 [ 10:12:49]