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

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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

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

The Writing Rules That Were Made to Be Broken: Authors Need a Huge Following

There's a distinctly rebellious air about the Muse and the Marketplace Conference this year. Come April 6-8 at Boston's Park Plaza, #Muse18 presenters will be letting loose on the writing rules that have held our manuscripts hostage for far too long. To kick off the conversation ahead of the Muse weekend, this year's Muse series explores the writing, publishing, and workshop rules, conventions, and accepted norms that authors, agents, and editors at the Muse love to hateand why they'd love to see them broken. Some presenters will also offer their own rules or conventions that ...

Sarah Colwill-Brown

The Writing Life