Self Publishing Guide
Twitter is more than just an online social networking tool for celebrities or random people on the internet and can, more so than Facebook, be used as an interactive platform for writers.
Here are some of the benefits of tweeting for authors:
1. By following others in the publication industries, it can keep you informed of various related events and trends in your genre or give you ideas for articles.
2. Networking, networking, networking and Twitter can help you get there by putting you into easy touch with publishers, agents, readers and might even help you in finding joint venture collaborators.
3. Putting yourself on the map through a stream of helpful and informative posts suiting your genre. For example, children’s authors can tweet about literacy and education; mainstream novelists can talk about their genre by posting useful articles, tips, etc.
4. Promotion for your latest book or venture. Through the subtle art of persuasion and not plugging it too much or too often [you don’t want your feed to read like a continuous sales pitch after all], you can promote your latest project.
5. Meet potential readers or customers and/or staying in touch with existing readership. You can gain new followers through attaching keywords to your tweets relevant to your genre and literary style.
6. Promoting events like podcasts, conferences, interviews, etc by linking to them in your twitter feed.
7. Communicating with your peers by asking help. You’ll be surprised just how helpful people can be, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
8. Help out your peers and cohorts by linking them to informative articles and resources like books and products that may be helpful to them.
9. Host an impromptu writing contest exclusively for your twitter followers and throw out a free gift for whoever retweets your competition tweet.
10. Stay in touch with your followers from anywhere through a wide range of mobile applications.
The secret to writing has long been known: constant practice, and yet despite this seeming common logical notion, maintaining consistency has been the challenge of many of today’s writers. And while many people suggest “the one” strategy that will have you writing all the time, the truth is different things work for different writers.
That said, we’ve listed a set of different suggestions on what might work.
Write here. Write now.
Stop beating yourself up over what you didn’t do yesterday and start working on what you need to do right now.
Try changing things up; if before you wrote on the computer, try going back to basics and write with a pen and paper. You’ll be surprised how liberating that can be. Alternatively, you could try printing your work onto flash cards to organize your process of thought.
Temptations: take yourself out of the equation, which means disconnecting from the Internet and turning your back to your ringing cellphone. And if you combine this tip with the one above, you’ll find yourself being a bit more productive too.
Nothing sets your creative juices flowing than a time limit. Put yourself on the clock and you know you can’t give in to temptations during the timer’s duration. Of course when it buzzes, you can stop and start doing something else. If you start with 30 minutes of writing and 10 minutes of break, that’s a great way to set things up.
One of the common characteristics of the "self publishing industry" is that ... EVERYONE is an EDITOR. Now quite obviously not everyone is, but anyone who has ever written a book, or part of a book, published or not, or an article or two, published or not, or sent out a letter with their Christmas Cards will all claim to be editors. Some of them truly are and some are not. Trying to find a good book editor is often like the old Television show "Whats My Line" where, by asking a series of questions, you finally figured out what the true identity of the individual was. This same process often needs to be applied to finding a good editor.
You can sometimes figure out how good an editor is by their price, but a better indicator is what their references look like, and can you contact them. One of the big problems with selecting an editor is that many authors who finish their piece of writing, then turn it over to an editor, will often never re-read that writing after the editor has returned it. This can be a fatal problem for the author because in the editing, the editor way misinterpret something and by even slightly changing a word or sentence structure, the whole point of the writing can be lost.
In the finding of an editor there will be a whole line to choose from. There will be very experienced "word knobs" who will correct absolutely every sentence and paragraph to make the writing perfect in every way. On the low side will be the editor who can barely spell ... well, actually, often they can't spell at all, never mind try to fix grammar.
Google has finally announced officially its Google Books for the Android Marketplace. This comes 2 months after its venture started into eBooks, and the Google eBookstore. With over three million titles available, Google is now set to be able to rival bookstore giant Amazon and to take on Apple and the iPhone.
To make its new venture even more appealing to everyone, Google ebooks and Google eBookstores will operate with all eBook formats.
All this makes the Google eBookstore another great market for self-publishers to distribute and sell their ebooks through.
This is an online group discussion where everyone talks about the book and the circle is not limited to co-workers or friends and is like forums where everyone can see everyone else’s comments, questions, etc. and discuss them. This is the year when this concept will become widespread.
Considering the number of books published in 2009 alone [1 million at the latest review], readers need to make sense of all that content and editors are stepping up to oblige. Editors are now working digitally to collect a best of the best list(s), with readers voting on how often they would like to receive new titles. Readers can opt for different e-book bundles with the commitment to purchase a set number of titles at a discounted price.