Writer to Writer - December 23rd, 2005
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To Market, To Market
© Marilyn Henderson - All Rights Reserved.
Are you ready to sell your novel?
Before you shout, "YES!" let me define the question a bit. Are you prepared to work hard to help your book sell once it's published?
If you think that's the publisher's job, don't bet your success on it. The publisher expects you to work harder at selling the book than he does.
It's time to get busy on your marketing plan.
Unless you already have a proven track record of sales that indicate a substantial following, the publisher's marketing budget, if there is one, for a first novel by an unknown author will probably range in the low five-digit figures. Most publishing houses send out review copies and press releases to major reviewers and newspapers, but it's up to you to pick up the ball and run with it.
If visions of the bestseller lists and regular royalty checks dance in your head, start laying the groundwork for your own marketing plan as soon as the ink is dry on the contract. Some of the essential things that will help sell your book need preparation ahead of time. Here are some ways to get readers ready for your novel.
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The Writer's Group - Fair or Foul?
© C. Hope Clark - All Rights Reserved.
Some writers love them, others despise them, but writers groups exist in every library and bookstore in America and most of the world. Some discuss books and others share promotional tips. Many cover current trends in publishing and others get down and dirty into the world of critiques.
Shop for a writers group like you would a family doctor, agent, or financial broker. The personality has to fit snug, like a glove. It should feel natural and comforting, encouraging and beneficial. If you cannot open up before the group, the experience is worthless. If your doctor cannot fix your ills, you find another one. If your writers group cannot aid your writing career, find another one.
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