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.
Building a following is hard work. Anyone who says else wise is either lying or Taylor Swift. Having studied marketing in graduate school and worked several years in the Dell marketing department, I’ll be the first to tell you marketing is no easy feat.
There are, however, more effective ways to build a following. In this post, I’ll teach you how to craft a marketing strategy for your book.
You finally did it!
You’ve written your first book! There’s been blood, sweat and tears, and now an euphoric high as you hit the final save.
Now what? You’ve been so focused on telling the best story you know how you haven’t thought much further ahead. In fact, you were only half convinced you’d ever see this day. But you’re a champ and now you’re here. What’s next?