Welcome to the seventeenth edition of Best of Boston, filled to the brim with literary goodness to add to your calendar. Take a peek at Grub's assemblage of all the most exciting events going on around town next month.
By Randy Ross
(Portions of this piece originally published on Randy's blog, The Loneliest Planet.)
Here are some plain-English book-marketing tips that have worked for me during the last nine months. My platform is large enough that an agent would probably look at it and think: "OK, this guy is on the ball." Also, if I were to self-publish, I could probably sell a few hundred copies doing what I'm doing.
By Randy Ross
(Originally published on Randy's blog, The Loneliest Planet.)
For months, agent blogs have been exhorting writers -- even fiction writers -- to build a massive online platform of potential readers. So, last week I took the plunge and borrowed Online Book Marketing by Lorraine Phillips from the library
Welcome to the fourteenth edition of Best of Boston, filled to the brim with literary goodness to add to your calendar. Take a peek at Grub's assemblage of all the most exciting events going on around town next month.
By Randy Ross
(Note: this piece first appeared in Calliope)
Recently, I've been working on my novel at the local library, where I don't have Web access to distract me. Last week, a successful novelist* started coming in to work on what I'm assuming is his next book. So, I've had the good fortune to observe his routine, which I'd like to share.
If you write what you love will the money follow?
By Randy Ross (Portions of this piece originally published on Randy's Blog, The Loneliest Planet.)
I have no New York publisher.
I have no agent.
Hell, I haven't even finished writing my novel. (It will be done in January, I swear!)
Still, I've been able to read excerpts from the manuscript more than fifty times at venues in Boston, New York, and once while on a ski vacation in Revelstoke, Canada.
One more confession: I'm no actor, but I've gotten better at reading in public. And you can, too.
Like Randy Ross, I’m a Twitter fan. As an author and blogger I’ve used Twitter to drive traffic to my blog and Amazon page, generate clicks on that “buy now” button and make priceless connections that have led to unsolicited reviews. As a publicist, I do the same for clients. Twitter is also my water cooler and favorite distraction during long days of working from home.
(Originally published on Randy’s blog, The Loneliest Planet.)
I've had a Twitter account for two years and it's generally been a waste of time. Realizing that problem had to be me and not Twitter, I borrowed not one, but three, social media marketing books from the library.
The bad news: My previous book marketing experience with search engine optimization and keywords was a blast compared to Twitter.