Archive for the 'After You’ve Been Published' Category

Dec 04 2012

“Learning to Write Superhero Stories” Is Now Free to Amazon Prime Users

I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

Amazon Prime users can download my superhero writing advice here from the Kindle Lending Library.

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Feb 14 2012

America Needs to Know…

Are you a patriot or a vampire?

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Sep 04 2011

Is Your Authorial Photograph Effective?

I was reading through the website of Michael Hyatt, the chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers.  Besides his marketing director’s advice on how to promote fiction, one thing that really thing that caught my eye was a particularly effective photograph of the author.  A lot of authors have a photograph on their website and/or inside their books (sometimes even on the front cover in non-fiction), but a lot of these shots are not terribly effective.  Here are some tips that might help you do it better.

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Mar 25 2010

What I’m reading today…

These three articles are by the editorial assistant that runs Editorial Ass.

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Mar 22 2010

Check out these teasers for Guardians of the Globe

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Image is trying to promote its upcoming Invincible spinoff, Guardians of the Globe, and it hasn’t announced the team membership yet.  However, it has released some teasers, which are pretty funny… especially if you’re familiar with Wolverine Publicity.

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Mar 01 2010

Illustrating the Economics of E-Books

Two things jump out at me here.  First, the author’s royalty is proportionally much larger with e-books than hardcovers (20-25% compared to 15%, and even lower for paperbacks).  Second, since distributing an e-book is cheaper, the cost to consumers should drop considerably.

Picture taken from the New York Times.  Full article here.  This statistic caught my eye: “The industry is based on the understanding that as much as 70 percent of the books published will make little or no money at all for the publisher once costs are paid.”

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Jan 05 2010

Another Eight Facts About Writing That Surprise Prospective Novelists

This is the second article in a series. Please see part one here.

9.  Getting published is really, really hard. Publisher’s assistants at major publishers go through hundreds of unsolicited manuscripts a week. Out of every thousand or so manuscripts, they’ll probably send on around five to an editor for further consideration. That means PAs reject about 99.5% of manuscripts. Of the five surviving manuscripts, usually one or two will eventually be offered contracts.

 

10. Publisher’s assistants do not have the time to pore through each manuscript. They are not on your side. They have to get through hundreds of manuscripts each week and the only way to do that is to throw out manuscripts as fast as possible. Most manuscripts do not survive to page two. If something does not make sense on page one, they will throw away the manuscript long before you’ve explained what is going on. The story absolutely needs to be clear and engaging from page one.

 

11. SPELLING, PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.  They are the difference between conveying that “I am a polished writer that will be easy to publish” and “I am not familiar with basic writing craft.” If your writing has more than a few typos, you are dead on arrival. Even one typo per page would raise eyebrows. Remember, around 99.9% of unsolicited manuscripts get rejected. Don’t give the publisher any reason to drop the guillotine.

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Jan 03 2010

The Intern Takes on Book Promotions

The Intern provides some useful advice she got from her book promoter.

I’m a bit skeptical about some of the advice, though.  Is Facebook really the Holy Grail of online book promotions?  If you’re tech-savvy enough to handle WordPress or something similar, I doubt it. Facebook pages don’t handle search engines well and are not very customizable. Also, if you’re writing for a target audience older than 30 or younger than 13, I’d wonder about whether Facebook is actually the most effective way to reach your prospective readers.

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