Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zite

This was my daughter's high school mascot--seriously. Only rainbow zebra in the country.
Seriously, what is this? I put it in my file for ideas with each letter and I can't remember even where I saw it.

Anybody use Zite?

What does it do?

Is it easy or difficult?

Does it sell books?

Please! Enlighten us!!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is for YOU

And by You I mean Yibus... the collective you... All o' y'all.

We can't sell books without readers, and who better to reach readers than MORE readers... Duh!

But how do we ACTIVATE this YOU?

I see authors with enthusiastic street teams... I want one. But HOW?

So I am asking YOU how to activate YOU!!! (see what I did there?)

How does a person recruit and utilized a group of individuals to be their voice in the Out There? Anybody know?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for X-ing Ts (and dotting Is)


Because seriously, what word actually starts with X. But this is an important point...

Whether you are submitting to agents or publishers or are self-publishing, it is so critical to cross (X) your Ts and dot your Is...

What this means is READING ALL THE DIRECTIONS

Research who wants what

Frame all this PERSONALLY for whomever the gatekeeper is.

Have your work checked, rechecked, edited, proofread...


Can YOU think of other Ts that need X-ing or Is that need dotting?


And gang... only two days left!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for Wattpad



So I know a few of you use this. And I get the impression one of the things you do is share some of what you are writing? And this idea stresses me out... I somehow can't get myself to share any until I have edited ALL...

Wombat wisdom
That said, this is the full extent of what I know about Wattpad... So I am asking YOU!


Do you post writing on Wattpad?

From in progress stories or only done stories?

Has it built readership for you?

Has it helped sell books?

How does one go about getting involved?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for Virtual Bookcase

So this is a service where you pay a fee to have your book listed. And that is the full extent of what I know...

I would just pretend my books were going here... (Prague)
Has anybody used this before?

Does it help sell books?

Who is the typical user? (like is it good for particular markets or genres?)

Do they have standards they require? (some quality test?)

It seems like a great idea, but I have absolutely no clue about the utility of it, so would love it if somebody could share their experience.


ALSO... I plan, next weekend, to go through all my posts and create a "best of" ideas post. Probably it will get posted the 2nd or 3rd, though the 3rd is also release date for Parallels, so I will have to see what works, but I wanted to let you know it was coming.

Monday, April 25, 2016

U is for Understanding

Understanding publishing seems a bit like this, doesn't it?

As in understanding how all this works... the systems. Self publishing. Traditional publishing... So I'm not asking you to explain it all to me, as this ever changing game is way too big for that, but I am asking for your best sources.


What websites, blogs, newsletters help you the most to maintain a understanding of this industry—for knowing the trends, the dos and don'ts, the tricks that help and the pitfalls to avoid. What helps you understand?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

T is for Twitter


So I understand this can do more than I somehow managed to do... I have a friend who has found requests for certain sorts of stories... agent wish lists... people network... But apparently I am a Twit...

Can anybody clue me in how to use this in a functional way?

How can I use it to network for an agent or publisher?

How can I use it to sell books.


Because it seems to me I use entirely too little crack to keep up...



Also THRONES!!!!! TOMORROW!!!!

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