Since my novel has gotten a bit of press and recognition, the scammers have come out of the woodwork, so I want to share my experience with you other independent authors out there so you can avoid such pitfalls. Below are three common, but probably not the only, scams that I have come across: ScreenplayContinue reading “3 Author Scams to Avoid”
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Ivory Tower book launch tonight!
The launch event for my latest novel, Ivory Tower, is tonight at 7pm in the new literary hotspot of the globe, Tulsa, Oklahoma! Hosted by Magic City Books and its Executive Director, Jeff Martin, the evening will feature me reading an excerpt from the novel, conversing with Jeff, and fielding questions from the audience. IContinue reading “Ivory Tower book launch tonight!”
When Author Becomes Shipping Department…
As I mentioned in a previous blog about advanced copies, one of the best ways for independent authors to realize the highest profit margin on books is to sell them yourself, either hand-to-hand or through your website. If you do decide to make the plunge into web sales, which often requires an upgraded business packageContinue reading “When Author Becomes Shipping Department…”
Advance copies are here!
It’s such a cliche–the photo of author’s copies when the box arrives–but I can’t help it. It’s such a great feeling! Thanks to Nick at Atmosphere Press, these copies of my novel look great and are ready to go. Now, I’ve got to move them. Aye, there’s the rub, the thick black lining to anContinue reading “Advance copies are here!”
The “Blurb” – A Writer’s Marketing Journey, pt 6
Everyone knows the ‘blurb,’ aka the quote usually on the back cover of a book that tells readers what’s go great about this particular book and why they should read it. But not every wrier may know how important and useful blurbs are. What is a ‘blurb’? In short, the blurb is a short paragraphContinue reading “The “Blurb” – A Writer’s Marketing Journey, pt 6″
Author’s Marketing Journey, pt. 5 – Website Building
I spent the entirety of my ‘Marketing Monday’ working on my website: grantmatthewjenkins.com. Most authors, particularly novelists, have them these days, and a website is an essential part of any marketing plan whether your are rep’d or self-published. Where do you start? For my website, I used the open-source, web-based software, WordPress, because I haveContinue reading “Author’s Marketing Journey, pt. 5 – Website Building”
Proof and Publication Date
I think we’ve finally figured out all the problems with the proof copy of Ivory Tower, but considering all of the issues I’ve had and time I’ve spent on it, I’ve decided to push the release date of the book back to Feb 1. That will give me time to get hard and electronic copiesContinue reading “Proof and Publication Date”
Problems with the new proof
If I could put a frown emoji here, I would. (Not really, ha ha.) But I must admit that it’s frustrating to receive a new proof of my novel and still find problems in it. Let me just say here that I am confident that my publisher, Nick, will fix it and make sure thingsContinue reading “Problems with the new proof”
An Author’s Marketing Journey, pt 4
I’m learning that marketing and promoting your own book is a long haul or, if you prefer a sports analogy, a four-quarter game. Although it is tempting to skip “Marketing Monday,” or whatever time you’ve set aside to do this PR work, perseverance is more than half the fight. For Its Own Sake One ofContinue reading “An Author’s Marketing Journey, pt 4”
What happens at the proof stage of publishing?
In my last post, I announced that I got the proof copy of my novel, Ivory Tower, in the mail from the publisher, which was great. Proof copies let you take one last look at your book–the physical book itself–before it goes out to the world. Whether you are publishing with a big house orContinue reading “What happens at the proof stage of publishing?”