First Time Authors Share Seven Things that Surprised Them After Selling Their Books

The traditional publishing process can be full of surprises for a first-time author. Here's what a few writers publishing in 2019 have learned since signing on the dotted line.

 

We make all sorts of assumptions about what it will be like to actually become published authors for the first time

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Community Grub News The Writing Life

Social Media Advice for Authors with Limited Time

I’ve been meeting with the same writing group for over a decade. All of us are in varying stages of our novel process, but one of our group members recently landed an agent and her book is now out on submission.

“You are going to start thinking about your social media now, right?” I asked her. “Don’t wait until the book is published!”

Crystal King

The Writing Life

Dealing with Copyedits: Just How Bad is the Past Perfect?

The final stages before book publication involve copyediting (and then proofreading). It's your last chance to make changes before your writing goes public. What can you do at this stage to assure your book stays true to your unique vision and style?

Every soon-to-be published writer is nervous and excited about copyedits. Will they require rewriting of beloved text

Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Best Social Media Book Sites for Authors and Readers

For many of us book lovers, we love to keep track of books we've read and easily discover new books. We also love to talk about them, and to tell others about the books that really impacted us

Crystal King

Books & Reading

The Power of One to One Engagement

All too often authors use a push strategy in their social media efforts, sharing out messages to their audience without engaging with their audience at all. To do so is to ignore one of the most effective marketing tools in the marketing arsenal, the power of 1:1 conversations.

Crystal King

The Writing Life