Posts Tagged ‘path to publication’

5 Paths to Amazon Success!

REMEMBER WHEN AN “AMAZON” search retrieved an aerial photo of the Amazon River, first? It wasn’t that long ago, folks! Now, intrepid authors must navigate Amazon.com—as much a challenge as navigating the river whose name the mega-bookseller bears.

As with the river, if you’re going to launch your (literary) raft on Amazon.com, it’s good to have an experienced guide! I’ve beat the bushes and found a backpack’s worth of articles by writers who know how to swim—not sink—in the shifting Amazonian rapids.

  1. In “How to Get a Truckload of Reviews on Amazon,” author-marketing guru Penny Sansevieri shares ways to find quality reviewers for your book—important because more reviews = greater visibility!amaindex
  2. In “How to Launch Your Book,” Tim Grahl, author of YOUR FIRST 1000 COPIEStakes writers through a step-by-step process to turn your own contacts into reviewers.
  3. On Savvy Bookwriters, there’s a discussion on book covers and book category placement: “How to Improve Your Amazon Sales Page.”
  4. Novelist Lindsay Buroker offers strategies for maintaining momentum in “How Do You Maintain Steady Books Sales.”
  5. And if your book is languishing online? Indie book distributor Smashwords’ post on “Six Tips to Bring Your Book Back from the Doldrums” might help!
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lexi_leaderboard_728-90And speaking of reviews, writer pal Jon Fore’s latest fantasy adventure, SCROLLS OF THE HARLEQUIN, has just been released! He’s offering free e-copies to any of my readers willing to give it a review. If you’re interested, contact Jon at jon@jonathanfore.com.

 

A Peek Behind the Curtain: Literary Agents at Work

EVER WONDER HOW LITERARY AGENTS CHOOSE their authors? Or what common writing problems they see? Or if it really is more difficult to sell a book than it used to be?

If so, check out “The Art of Agenting,” an interview with super-agent Chris Parris-Lamb—whose sale of Chad Harbach’s amazing debut novel, THE ART OF FIELDING, was his first big agenting success. The article, written by novelist Jonathan Lee, appeared recently in GUERNICA MAGAZINE and offers fascinating insights into the Big Leagues of lit agenting. nano

It also includes some (deliberately!) controversial comments about National Novel Writing Month!

(It’s okay, Chris. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but a little controversy? No probs. That’ll just toughen us up for November.)

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Getting Your Book “Reviewed”

SO YOUR BOOK IS FINALLY OUT! YAY, FOR YOU!!! NOW, I BET, you’re seeking reviews to help your hard-won publication make a splash in the marketplace. You may have asked your author pals to review your work on their blogs or Facebook pages, or you may have paid Kirkus to do the job.

But did you know that there are actually several levels and types of book reviews? If all you want for Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Solstice is a just-right review, take a look at the WHERE WRITERS WIN site’s latest article on the topic, “What is an Editorial Review? And How is It Different from a Review?”

Merry, Happy, Joyous Everything, to you.

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Red Flags: Writers Take Warning

IN HER RECENT ARTICLE FOR AUTHORS PUBLISH MAGAZINE, Red Flags: A Guide to Avoiding the Wrong Publisher,” Emily Harstone breaks down some quick ways to keep yourself out of trouble when it’s time to shop your manuscript. She links to Preditors and Editors and other good resources and encourages you to do your homework before you stick that query in the (e)mail.

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YA Novelist Melody Maysonet

YA NOVELIST MELODY MAYSONET has just signed a publishing contract for her debut Young Adult novel, A WORK OF ART (Merit Press), due out in Spring 2015. Melody writes, Jamie, Thank you for the inspiration and knowledge you bestowed on me during the writing of the first draft. Not only that, but you gave me a killer critique for my revision. I revised based on your feedback, so the manuscript that got sold reflects your amazing instincts. Thank you so much.

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