Thursday, August 21, 2014


A special welcome to Anne Garboczi Evans who tells us her secrets for building platform!
 
My New York Times Bestseller Marketing Plan

Whether you’re an Indie, self-published, or Traditional author, we’ve all heard the doom-inspiring line. “In this economy, publishers don’t have the budget to market new authors.”
So in this market or sink world, we’re all looking for ways to make our book stand out. Problem is, if you haven’t made it big yet, chances are you also don’t have much of a marketing budget. But you do have one tool at your disposal—your pen. Use it wisely and you can skyrocket your book all the way up to the New York Times bestseller list. Or at least, that’s my hope, because I want my name on that list. J

1.     Guest Blog:
Guest blogging will exponentially increase your book exposure since, it not only provides links to your blog, but also drives up your Google search engine results. How do you get guest blog slots? Find blogs that attract the kind of readers that would like your book and start shooting out guest blogging requests.

2.     Write Online Articles:
Very similar to guest blogging, writing articles for online publications gets your name out in cyberspace. Thought Catalog takes articles on almost anything. It appeals to the 20s and 30s crowd and has a lot of “10 Steps to Dating” or “Why I hate Twilight” type articles, but is aggressively trying to build its current events reach.

3.     Write about Current Events:
Even if you normally avoid news like the plague, (yeah, that’s me), other people love it. Writing about current events is one of the fastest ways I’ve found to expand author platform. Find something, anything, in the news that interests you and write an opinion piece. Here’s a list of 100 Conservative Websites, many of which take opinion pieces. I use them because my target audience tends to be rather conservative. If you write for a liberal crowd, I’m sure there’s a comparable list of 100 websites.

4.     Be Edgy:
Tick people off. Seriously, do it. If everyone completely agrees with you, no one will read your articles. Many authors try to only write about things that everyone agrees on so as not to drive away readers. This is the wrong approach.
Write, “the sky is blue.” Everyone agrees. Nobody cares. Write, “gun control.” Nobody agrees. Everyone cares.
There are six billion people in the world. Your biggest marketing problem is not offending so many people that there’s no one left to read your books. Your biggest problem is that no one knows you exist.
(Note: Do not antagonize literary agents or publishers. There are very few of those and you need them.)

5.     Make Your Own Online Space:
No matter how many people read your articles, it doesn’t help your author platform unless they’re directed back to your site. An author blog is a “must” as well as a Facebook fanpage and Twitter. Once your book is published, you’re going to have to use Goodreads for book giveaways and the like. If you have spare time, feel free to experiment with the other social media out there, pinterest, instagram, linkedin etc.

6.     Start Small:
This is the most important step. Many authors get discouraged because the New York Times doesn’t want their editorial. If you’re a brand-new author you probably shouldn’t be querying the New York Times in the first place. (Though I did try it.) Query tiny blogs.
After you do guest posts for a hundred tiny blogs, query a small website. Do articles for a hundred small websites and you’ll get a query accepted at a medium website. Blow through a hundred articles at those medium websites and you’ll get a query accepted at a big one. Get a hundred articles published on big websites and you’ll get attention in huge print and TV media like the Washington Post or Fox. Get media attention from a hundred huge media outlets . . . and you really don’t need my advice anymore. Though if you’d like to offer me a promo spot in gratitude for my excellent advice, I won’t be saying no. J
 
Anne Garboczi Evans is an author with Hartline Literary Agency. She is currently working on a world religions book entitled, No Fear: My Tale of Hijabs, Witchcraft Circles, and the Cross.
 
Sound like she knows how to stir things up?
 
 

 

 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


What keeps you writing?

“Thanks for considering me to represent your novel, but I’ll have to pass:

I have a similar project.

I don’t handle this genre.

I don’t like your name.

I think this stinks.

I can’t handle fantasy. Don't get it.

Your grammar is juvenile.
 
Too much telling not enough showing.”

And on, and on, and on. Blah, blah, blah.

So what keeps you writing? Submitting? Fine-tuning?

Hope. Hope that one day an agent or editor will be the right place at the right time and you’ll have your work validated.

Don’t ever give up!

It only takes that one person to welcome a full read of your work and to like it.

Your contract could be right around the corner!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Last Chance for Freebies.

See the post below and leave a reason why you want to win one of the books.
Leave your email addy on that post and I'll enter your name.

Woohoo, summer reads for free!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

GIVEAWAY? All Right!

LET'S GIVE AWAY A COUPLE BOOKS...
First Time Authors with punch!
 
Friend Me by John Faubion
If you're a teckkiem you'll love this 'online' look at how our lives have gotten way too
attached to social media and what that can mean to relationships
 
The Mistaken Heiress by Shelba Shelton Nivens
She thought the land belonged to her after her father's death, but she's surprised to learn it's been sold. Will the man give her back her land, or will she have to give up her dream?
 
For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
A Jewish woman is saved from being shot, but will her life be worse as secretary to the commandant of a German camp? Is he a Nazi she should fear, or is God directing her to the camp?
 
Let me know why one of these books would interest you,
and I'll toss your email addy in the hat for a chance.
 
Happy summer reading.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

LET ME SEE YOU FIVE!

Veronica, Karin, Tammy, Misty, and Piper:
Shoot me your pitches, blurbs if you have them, synopses, and first five pages!

Everyone did an amazing job! So if you aren't one of the five for five, then be one of the rest for one.
Everyone else, feel free to send me your pitches, blurbs, synopses and first page of your proposal.

LET'S GET EVERYONE READY FOR CONFERENCE!

Monday, June 16, 2014

FIRST CHAPTER/PITCH CONTEST/WORKSHOP/Join Us With Your Pitch!



WOOHOO PITCH MONDAY…

Yup, it’s that time of year again when writers are working on their pitches and proposals for the conference season. CONFERENCES GALORE!
Post your 25-30 word pitches right here, and at the end of the day I'll pick my top five to crit more for you!

With conferences just on the horizon, thought you might like a chance to bounce ideas off this noggin. So today and tomorrow, send me your email addy with a short pitch, and
I'll connect with five of you whose pitches hooked me
to have a look at first 5 pages to help get you ready to pitch at conference. Anything to help you get your foot in that editor's/agent's door this summer or fall.

So? Any takers?
I'll also pick one person to receive a free book: Kate Breslin’s, For Such a Time.

SO IT'S A TWOFER!
GOTTA LOVE A TWOFER!

What does a good pitch look like? A PITCH IS A STRONG HOOK, a teaser, enough to make the reader drool a bit and want to read more. Look over the SIX below and see if you think the pitches are strong, weak, or could be a lot better with a few tweaks and twists:

1)      A spiritually scarred FBI agent pursues a serial killer who's using the Old Testament as his instruction manual.

2)      The hunted Feravolk are counting on a seventeen-year-old, dagger-wielding, storm-detecting orphan to save their race. Maybe they should have thought of that before they killed her family.

3)      Will a girl find love in time or will she forever fight God’s grace?

4)      Alienated by her Catholic-Protestant heritage, Gina Gallucci despairs of finding a place to belong, even at her hometown's canteen for World War Two servicemen in Dennison, Ohio.

5)      An innocent woman convicted of murder meets a reformed ex-con who’s out on parole. Either they work together to expose the truth, or die trying.

6)      With one day left before Jason is put to death, can she trust God with her plans and her pain?

SO TAKE A SHOT! LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDY AND YOUR PITCH IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. BE BRAVE…FOLKS WILL BE KIND BUT HELP EACH OTHER BY OFFERING SUGGESTIONS.
BE HONEST, BUT REMEMBER TO BE KIND EVEN WITH CRITICISM, ANYONE CAN YELL, “THAT’S HORRIBLE, YOU IDIOT!” J

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