Preparing for the Book Launch - Promotion & Publicity

So you've written a novel; now what? In this series, debut author-to-be Crystal King describes the traditional publication process from start to finish: the lead-up, what to expect along the way, and how building her social media platform has made a difference. In this installment of "On the Path to Publication" Crystal talks about promotion & publicity.

December 30, 2016 | Crystal King

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Does Writing Advice Work for You?

By Katrin Schumann

Do you hole up in near seclusion like Jonathan Franzen to create your opus? Do you use social media for ideas and encouragement? Do you read fiction while you write fiction? Where do you find your inspiration and your will to carry on in spite of the self-doubt? Do you search for answers in what other fiction writers do?

Ultimately, the only thing that matters is what works for you.

December 7, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

What Really Happens When You Launch Your Book?

By Katrin Schumann

How many writers love the sales process? Raise your hands!

We all know that the process of writing a book is complex and full of surprises and leads to uncertain outcomes. But when our books come out, few of us know what to do. We don’t know what to expect or what’s expected of us, and we don’t know how to affect sales. 

Many of us dread the moment after the launch party (because let’s be honest, we all dream of that launch party—not realizing that WE are the ones who’ll foot the bill)

September 7, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

Five Videos To Transform Your Writing

As writers looking to learn more about craft, most of us tend to do what we find most natural; we grativitate toward books on writing, articles about editing, or perhaps we read books by literary greats to study their style. Most of us likely choose other forms of the written word to help us learn more about how to write better. 

But what you might be missing are all the wonderful videos available at the touch of a button on writing

July 29, 2016 | Crystal King

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What Authors Rock the Social Media World?

The Muse & the Marketplace conference is just around the corner, starting on April 29. If you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time to do so! I’ll be teaching a class on How to Use Social Media for Self-Promotion Without Being Annoying and I hope that I’ll see you there.

March 30, 2016 | Crystal King

The Writing Life