Pen Friends~ today’s interview is special because I was along side YA debut author Kara Jean McDowell as a fellow 2016 PitchWars mentee, witnessed her get an agent, and then a book deal, and now her book, Just For Clicks, will come out in February!
SP: Hi Kara! Thanks for joining us. Before we dive into all the book stuff, can you please tell us a bit of who are you and how long have you have been writing?
KM: Hello! Thanks for having me! My name is Kara McDowell. I live with my husband and three young kids in Arizona. When I’m not writing or reading, I like to boat, bake, go on road trips, and watch Netflix.
SP: Your debut, Just for Clicks, will come out Feb 2019. First, we LOVE your incredibly adorable, genius, and timely idea!
Here is a blurb: Continue reading
Welcome to The Querying Show’s 5th Episode!
Until the New Year you will witness every juicy (or completely stagnant) detail of our SP Staff Member’s querying life in the SLUSH PILE!
(Check out our rules and reasons in our intro post here!)
Will CR’s/Write_Or_Left achieve AGENT success? Or will it result with a querying and MS reboot? Dying to know? Follow us to see how Write_Or_Left ‘s querying journey will end up!
***Note: There will only be two episodes in November & December!***
SO…..Today is the 9th week of CR’s journey. On the last episode, we broke down his query to show you the most essential parts that a Query should have. Today, we will hear from CR and standing out in a crowd.
Let’s check in our with brave querying fellow and see how things are progressing. (Click here for Episode 1 & 2 & 3 & 4.) Continue reading
Thanks for coming back to read “Marketing Tips Part Two!” (Find part one on Social Media here if you haven’t read it yet!)
The tips I have below have come from different authors I’ve met, or agents who gave certain advice, or just research itself. Hope they help!
What the Pros have done:
One night I went to an event to listen to an indie author talk about marketing. She is a cozy mystery writer, who was determined to be such a good author that Amazon would knock on her door and make her an offer. And they did. Did that get your attention?
What she told the audience about marketing was very gripping.
Her first story recounted the author of the DaVinci Code. Dan Brown and his publicist decided to take a risk and send copies of his book to over 300 major newspaper-book reviewers. Well, the risky strategy paid off! It was reviewed and he became a best-seller overnight! Continue reading
Pen Friends ~ You’re in for a treat today! We have debut Ya author, Sarah Carlson, here to talk about her upcoming book, All the Walls of Belfast. Find out she got her agent and what keeps her going as she shares about her querying, publishing, marketing, traveling dreams, and writing process & journey. Learning from and listening to other authors can help us a lot. Enjoy!
SP: Hi Sarah! Thanks for joining us. First, can you please tell us a bit of who are you and how long have you have been writing?
SC: Hey, thanks for having me! I write contemporary YA that touches on issues that make you think. By day, I’m a school psychologist working at an elementary school; my focus is on supporting mental health and behavioral needs. I also work to support and directly intervene around children who have been exposed to trauma. I’ve loved writing since 4thgrade, when I got picked to represent my grade at a writing competition. In middle school, it was hundreds of pages of Stephen King fan fic scrawled on loose-leaf paper. Then high school saw me creating an epic universe for a sci-fi novel that grew to over 240,000 words and will never again see the light of day. Continue reading
“Promote your upcoming or already published book with these tips!”
Here are some very helpful tips from Helen Scheuerer– author of the Oremere Chronicles and the founder of Writer’s Edit and Talem Press. Helen also has a Bachelor in Creative Writing, a Masters in Publishing and has always been focused on writing. *We pulled all of her marketing tips from our latest interview. Read the full interview here. Continue reading
After pulling countless all-nighters for email marketing campaigns at work, I’ve learned a thing or two about the subject.
While I’m certainly no expert, after launching several worldwide campaigns, I have a few things to share that can help you. But first the important question. Continue reading
Not checking your success is like getting up in the morning and going into work without checking the mirror. Hair sticking up at odd angles? Tooth paste all over your chin? You’ll never know!
Same goes for your marketing strategy. Without measuring, you’ll never know if what you’re doing is crazy off and you certainly won’t know how to fix it.
So how do you track your success?
Have you ever read the children’s book “If You Give a Moose a Muffin?” It’s a hilarious tale of how one distraction can lead to another and another until you end up doing something entirely different than what you first started out to do.
Ever been there? I have.
Unless you plan on selling your book to your writing group and college buddies alone, figuring out who to market to and how is a must.
In the last post, we talked a little about determining who your audience is. Now, it’s time to take a more critical look at that. How do you actually go about finding potential readers/followers/customers? Let’s start simple.