I couldn’t figure out how to reblog this from NaNoWriMo, so here’s the link. It’s brief, with helpful examples. Here’s to some sparkling dialog in all our work!
Some important info for us to consider as we make important decisions about where and how to publish.
Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:
Are you eager looking forward to get a publishing contract or happy you received one? Finding a publisher who will consider your book idea and then getting your manuscript published is time-consuming and can often be a frustrating experience. Going with a big publisher is not easier than author-publishing. You will be surprised to learn about the following facts, often the hard way:
Your Book Has Only 3 Months to Fly Off the Shelves
If your book does not sell within the first three months of its bookstore life, it will be returned to the publishers ware house and disappears from bookstores and could end up at “A Buck a Book”. Shocking: 90 to 95% of books don’t pay back their advance. Royalty will only be paid if the authors advance is paid back. What you get upfront as an advance is usually all you will ever get.
How Important is it to Promote your Book Online?
Blog by Janice Spina
Whether you are an Indie Author, Publisher or Illustrator you must promote your book or at least hire someone to do it for you. I spend hours every day doing online promoting to all sites, e.g., FB, TW, LI, Pinterest, Goodreads, iAuthor, Google +, etc. There are so many sites out there today that you have a veritable smorgasbord of choices and the world is at your fingertips.
This is probably the best time ever, and it only gets better, to promote your book and reach millions of people all over the world. Don’t forget to include family and friends in the mix when you send out emails about your new projects. It is possible that even though they do not buy your books they can at least spread the word to their friends. Word of mouth is how most books became well known and some become famous. Remember 50 Shades of Grey and how word spread about the books? It is the curiosity factor that gets most people to purchase a book such as that one.
If you are fortunate enough to have someone do all the promotions for you then you will be able to spend more valuable time writing. It is very important to spend some quality time each day writing and editing. If you do not create you will have nothing to promote. I find that once you have more than one book others take you more seriously as an author. Just keep pumping out those ideas and get them edited thoroughly before publishing and promote, promote and promote some more.
Most of all please remember to support each other as authors, publishers and illustrators by sharing your posts online and spreading the word about each other’s books. Who knows, someone you know may become famous and will remember how much you supported them and some of their success just may rub off on you.
You can start by perusing our site PiA for your next favorite book and support your fellow author in this way. A kind review is much appreciated but please remember if you do not like a particular book be kind and contact the author and discuss this with him/her first before posting your review. A bad review can affect someone’s reputation severely and hurt their chances in the future for success. I try to only review the books that I like and can give a 4 or 5 star review. I look for the good points in each story and focus on those. If I see some editing issues I report these to the author and explain why I cannot give a good review. I have only had one negative response by doing this. After discussing the issues with the author I have given a good review based on the storyline and not the editing issues which I will mention as not affecting my review. I then post my review on Goodreads for all to see besides Amazon.
Goodreads is a wonderful site to post your books. If you have not signed up as an author you really should check it out. I have met so many nice people there and on all other sites and now consider them friends. We cannot do all this without each other’s support.
We PiA Authors, Publishers and Illustrators should be proud to be INDIES! We work hard and give our all to produce the best quality that is possible in our books. Support Indies! Keep positive and promote and keep writing!
Thank you readers and followers for stopping by to read this blog. Spread the word about PiA and buy from PiA Authors. You will be delighted with the wonderful books. Don’t forget to leave a review and maybe contact the authors to say ‘thank you’ if you love their books.
Thank you for your support!
PIA IS STILL ALIVE AND KICKING!
Post by Janice Spina,
Co-Founder of PiA
Please be aware that PiA is still alive and kicking! Our incredibly talented and creative founder, Paul G. Day, is temporarily taking a break from all the posting. We all wish Paul a restful and refreshing break from all the hectic activities involved in keeping a site like PiA up and running smoothly. We look forward with great anticipation to his return, especially me!
I will try to do my best to fill in. Of course, it is an almost impossible task to try to do what Paul can accomplish on this wonderful site. Without him we may shrivel up and disappear with the wind.
I am enlisting the help of all Authors and Members who are involved with PiA to step forward and assist me in keeping this informative and supportive site for Indie Authors, Publishers and Illustrators and Artists going.
I will make mistakes posting because I do not have the expertise that Paul does with all this technology. Please be patient with me and if you can help in any way please contact me. If anyone out there would like to guest blog or just lend their support by spreading the word about PiA please let me know. My email is email@example.com.
In the meantime please feel free to peruse our blogs, posts and editorials.
Thank you for your continued support.
Best wishes to all!
Hi all friends and Authors,
I am very sad because I have made the decision to no longer pursue being an author. This is a tough decision and one which I must confess is mainly an emotional one. Writing has kept me from doing those things I must. I am going back to work to try to regain a sense of who I really am. Nobody forced me into this. My wife does not even know…yet. I have deleted all my books from Smashwords and requested that my books be removed from Amazon and have closed my accounts. All other media sites where my books were or information about my books are no longer available.
I have been checking sometimes several times a day for my books to be noticed and for things to improve. Although I have great support by a very few close writing friends, this has not been enough. I set my ambitions high and have a very high standard I expect of myself and I started to see my sales dwindle away to absolutely nothing over the last several months. Amazon don’t care and Smashwords is just too difficult to crack.
I don’t know if I will ever pursue publishing again. But there are other factors here. Those of you who know me understand I have been going through a kind of personal living hell. I tried to tell myself this was temporary that it will all pass that I will get better but I won’t. Writing was supposed to be an antidote, supposed to lift me up. But it hasn’t. All it’s done is pull me down with the shear weight of my own expectations. I am an all or nothing guy. I hate myself for it. It is a flaw I fear I will never lose.
I know that Janice and others have invested huge parts of themselves in PiA and in me and I am forever in your debt. I am leaving PiA up out of respect for all those who have helped shape it and made it what it is today. It is up to your guys to take it on if you so desire. As for me, I am leaving my writing behind, not in the sense that I will never write again, but in so much that it has become a burden to me, where it was supposed to be a joy.
Please do not leave messages of sympathy, nor do I want anyone to try to convince me I am making the wrong decision. I know, deep down that I may live to regret it. But I simply cannot waste away my days chasing after a dream that may very well, in the end, come to nothing. It’s a publishing lottery out there and the exponentially growing odds are very much stacked heavily against the unique, the genius. and the truly brave.
I wish each and every one of you the best of success and hope that I have, in some small way, contributed to that success.
And so, finally, this is a reluctant goodbye.
Paul G Day.
Hi friends and visitors,
I am taking an extended and indefinite break from writing and blogging from today. I won’t be updating any more books or writing any new ones. I’m worn out, frustrated, disillusioned and this is taking a toll on me personally. I want to thank all those who continue to support me. I had a dream and the dream is fading. I have worked so hard not only for myself but for others, but I am losing the battle to find reasons to keep at it. I know this goes against every piece of advice I have offered others, but I just cannot deal with this any more. I check several times a day for improved outcomes, improved sales, improved exposure, but it seems the more I have tried, the worse these results are. I have only sold six books in three months and that is not a good return for all my efforts. I may be back later, so I will leave everything the way it is. But for now, consider this a holiday from the selfish art of writing.
Paul G Day
Hi friends, authors, illustrators and visitors,
It’s that time of year when all the major book awards are taking submissions and there is no better opportunity than the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I’m entering two of my books, what about you? On the Award site there are just 16 days until submissions are open, so there is still plenty of time for you to finish that novel. If you have one already listed, why not enter it in the competition. It’s free and the reward for top prize is a massive $50,000 advance on your book and a guaranteed publishing deal. Please go to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award page for more details or click on the image below. Also, please answer the poll below so we can gauge visitors to see who will be entering or considering entering.