from different sources.
This week, the theme of my mashup is what to do once your book is published. Reading these links must have brought me some positive-thinking energy, because yesterday (yes, Easter Sunday) I received an email from the director/editor of a press that has been reviewing Broken Dolls, and this morning, I have a meeting to discuss his interest. I’m trying to control my excitement, though I believe in enjoying the journey.I’ll post more about this potential good news once I have confirmed it really is good news.
For now, I hope you enjoy this week’s mashup. Maybe reading it will bring you some positive energy, too!
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BookBaby posted a great article on “How to Throw a Book Launch Party That Isn’t a Waste of Time.” I have to say, in all the seminars and conferences I’ve attended, this is something I’ve never heard discussed. The article provides a step-by-step list of exactly how to do it, including an itinerary for the party, and a link to show you how to create a digital press kit. This is a keeper, fellow writers. And talk about positive energy! http://blog.bookbaby.com/2012/03/how-to-throw-a-book-launch-party-that-isnt-a-waste-of-time/?utm_source=BBeNews&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=BB1214
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Another thing I hadn’t learned until recently is that once your book is published, you may have to solicit reviews for your book. All this time I must have thought reviews just magically appeared. Science fiction and fantasy author Krista D. Ball posted “Five Easy Steps to Request a Review: For Writers.” As I commented on her blog, it’s too bad much of what she listed is not common sense, but sadly, it appears it’s not. I found Items #1 and #4 most helpful. And did you know that reviewers also have policies we writers must follow when querying, just as publishers and agents? http://kristadball.com/2012/01/5-easy-steps-to-request-a-review-for-writers/
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Writer, Editor and Teacher, Kelly Davio, posted an article about her ongoing search for lists of books put out by small presses, titled “What I’m Reading: In Praise of Lists.” In her post, she says, “over the years, I’ve been sorry to see that many ‘must-read’ lists might be better titled ‘a bunch of so-so books by friends of the list-maker.'” Thank goodness such lists exist. http://kellydavio.com/2012/04/02/what-im-reading-in-praise-of-lists/#more-644