Indie Author Day: Support Your Local Author

October 14 will be celebrated as INDIE AUTHOR DAY. This international event is hosted by a number of US and Canadian libraries. INDIE AUTHOR DAY is dedicated to merging local authors and readers with their local library systems. This year’s event has 39 states plus 5 Canadian provinces participating. Guidelines for hosting an event are available to all interested parties. However, each event can be customized to reflect the host library.

To participate, you can register a library as either a digital host or a traditional host. The digital host can access the workshop videos via the Vimeo channel. The video link to the playlist can be posted on the library’s website or newsletter or forwarded to a mailing list. This is all there is to do for digital hosting. Easy peasy!

People in library

For traditional hosting, the details are outlined on the website (http://indieauthorday.com). Most libraries offer a combination of these activities:

  • Sponsored workshop videos
  • Writing workshops
  • Panel discussions
  • Industry leader presentations
  • Author readings; some libraries also offer “Open Mic” sections
  • Resources galore

To find out what (if anything) your local library may be doing, use this link and search for them by state or province:  http://indieauthorday.com. Or visit the “events” page of your library to see if they have any events scheduled. If not, you can at least direct them to the site for next year’s event.

Here’s an overview of what you’ll find on the website (http://indieauthorday.com) for INDIE AUTHOR DAY:

A. How to host an INDIE AUTHOR DAY even

B. Who’s Participating (locations)

C. Making the most of INDIE AUTHOR DAY (On-Demand Webinar + Guide)

D. Workshop Videos (partial list)

  • How to Market Your Book
  • How to Write a Fantasy Novel
  • The Costs of Self-Publishing
  • How to Produce a Professional Book

E. Recap of previous INDIE AUTHOR DAY events

F. Contact link

Note: There is a “Become A Library Host” registration link but it is now closed.

library event

When you support INDIE AUTHOR DAY, you will be supporting your local author as well as your local library. The end result is that your writing community will become stronger and more connected. Everyone benefits from this event. If your local library isn’t participating this year, drop them a note to be sure they can add this event to their annual calendar.

Writer Resources Well Worth a Click

Today you will find a list of writer resources that are well worth a click. They offer online inspiration across all genres. We’ve assembled a dozen writing communities and websites that offer usable publishing inspiration. If you haven’t availed yourself of any of these, give them a try. It could be that you are only a click away from a new writing colleague, fresh publishing ideas, and on-the-ready resources to build your writing career.

book release

FICTION UNIVERSITY – A haven for fiction writers. You will find insight into the publishing industry and how to work with (or around) some guidelines at this site.

NAIL YOUR NOVEL – Writing, publishing and self-publishing advice from a bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor. There’s a course on how to become a ghostwriter and a course from Joanna Penn on how to write a novel.

EVERY WRITER – Here you will find everything you can imagine about writing. You will find info on avoiding writer’s block, how to construct a website, writing tools and writing contests.

Writing Resources

SHE WRITES – This is the world’s largest online community for women writers. You will find almost 30K members, 35K+ pieces of content and more than 300 groups.

WRITER 2.0 – This podcast covers the gamut of writing and publishing topics. A quick check noted shows about travel airplane books, horror, transitioning to full-time writing, travel writing crash course and much more.

THE NEXT BIG WRITER – This is a unique offering of an online writing workshop and community. You can receive feedback on your writing, contests, groups and published books that have been workshopped on the site.

NONFICTION WRITERS ASSOCIATION – Resources, resources and resources! Here you will find forums, checklists, templates, an annual online writers’ conference, and local chapter meetings throughout the U.S. and Canada. [Two Thumbs Up – Sandee hosted this network in her city for a year].

PEN & PRO$PER – This site is billed as “required reading for a smarter writing career.” The site emphasizes the financial success of the writer.

WRITERS HELPING WRITERS – What’s your desire? How about a descriptive thesaurus, webinars, workshops, a writing coach, a bookstore, and general writing tips. And ‘One Stop for Writers.’ This is the place to be to elevate your storytelling.


WRITER’S DIGEST FORUM
– This site is an unlimited source for writing, publishing, editing and other features of the industry. You’ll find answers to questions you hadn’t thought to ask, but thankfully, someone else did. And the site links back to the website of the Writer’s Digest.

FUNDS FOR WRITERS – A delightful award-winning writer, Hope Clark, offers a weekly newsletter full of competitions, grants, and related publishing resources. There are two versions of this newsletter – one free and one fee-based. You don’t want to skip this timely resource.

CREATIVE WRITING FORUMS – This is one of the largest creative writing communities on the web. They offer resources to enable writers to reach their goals by offering “a collaborative community, comprehensive resources, and needs-driven tools.”

There should enough of whatever you need on this list to advance your publishing career. Don’t be a lone writer – join a community of your peers to help your writing flourish.

Writing Rhythm Can Easily Be Developed

WHAT IS YOUR WRITING RHYTHM?

Writing rhythm is easy to recognize and develop. In this article we’ll delve into one of two types of writing rhythm (your personal writing rhythm and the rhythm of your content). Let’s look at your personal writing rhythm.

Your writing rhythm is the time of day when your energy is better for writing than at any other time. It’s the time when your productive juices are flowing at their best. You are alert and excited about writing. Like other Night Writers, you attest to early morning being their best time for writing. And the second-best time is the late evening.

The same holds true for Night Writers who are full-time (day job) mothers of small children. The results from a recent social media survey on this topic favored the early morning for get-ting their writing done. This rang true for career mothers who work full-time out of the home. They thought it was best to complete their writing before the unexpected activities of the day ate up their scheduled writing time.

RHYTHM CREATES A MOOD

A large part of discovering your writing rhythm is acknowledg-ing when you are joyfully productive. It’s your peak time. If you feed good, you write better. You want to feel good about what you are penning and you hope it requires fewer correct-ions when it’s time to edit.

In searching out your rhythm, you should reach what some call your “sweet spot,” a mythical place where your fingers can’t move fast enough. The thoughts are flowing and there’s a welcomed tension between hearing it and keying it in before the thought is lost. And so it continues, like a great symphonic crescendo. The intensity drives you to create more and more content. If only you could keep this writing rhythm for the entire length of your book. You’d live happily ever after.

Much to your dismay, you’ve maxed out the intensity of this movement. This rhythm comes to an unwanted end. Either the alarm screams at you or your thoughts dissipate as quickly as they surfaced. It’s over for now so you move on with other matters in your life. Yet there’s the fear that you might repeat this scenario at your next scheduled session.

Some writers miss catching their writing rhythm because they are over-focused on completing their writing assignments for the day. Their scheduled writing time has become routine; they can’t resume their former writing rhythm. They may need to change something in their writing environment to increase their sensitivity to their writing rhythm.

You’ll find more information on this topic in chapter 5 of the book, NIGHT WRITER: Optimize Your Time, Upgrade Your Skills, and Write Around Your Day Job, available on Amazon.com.

It’s the Quiet Before the Book Release

The book release for my next book is in the making. and boy am I tired. I think I have a right to be tired. It’s a time of reflection, correction and checking things off the proverbial list.

There are only a few more days remaining before the BIG DAY (08/08). It’s been a whirlwind of activity getting things set up for this book release. Only a few loose ends remain.

We’re not just about sales – we’re also about building the reading and writing community.

This isn’t a complaint, mind you, it’s a statement of fact. Even with a team, there’s lots to do. Some of the activities include:

  • Setting up live events (release party, workshops, speaking)
  • Creating social media graphics (quotes and infographics)
  • Polishing up my press kit (revamping my outdated press kit)
  • Setting up remote sales sites
  • Connecting with bloggers
  • Designing online and offline contests (and checking the rules)
  • Soliciting prizes and awards
  • Recording podcasts
  • Meet the Author events (libraries, bookstores)
  • Uploading the book (print-only for the first month)
  • Developing the grand prize package
  • And more (this is just a snippet)

Whew! I’m tired just thinking of it. But I’m looking forward to adding my new “baby” to my other books.

What am I learning through this book release activity? Much of what I’ve said (uh, preached) all along. You SHOULD NOT wait until your book is published to begin your promotions. You should build in several forms of book promotions THROUGHOUT the writing process. This takes the guessing (and disappointment) out of book sales. (This topic will be covered more thoroughly in an upcoming e-course).

But we’re not just about sales – we’re also about building the reading and writing community. This will materialize during our extended release event (08/08 – 08/31) through the following:

  • Offering productivity software demonstrations at our live events (including the release party)
  • Hosting an author social
  • Donating a portion of sales to a nationwide children’s literacy program
  • Offering a call-in Help Desk (manned by me and some team members)

Did you notice I haven’t mentioned the title of the book? That would be a spoiler. If you haven’t seen any posts yet, that’s okay. There will be plenty coming out through the next three weeks and beyond. There will also be posts of the results of activities and more insight into various promotions.

If you’re planning to release your book in the next 90 days, add something to the comments about how you plan to promote it to the world. When we share ideas it makes each of us stronger.

Use this link if you’d like to see a layout of the activity. Feel free to join us at any of our events. Some of the activities are limited to Facebook so be sure to check there at the Write Brain page.

How to NOT BE An Invisible Author

You’re an author and you love to write. It’s why you’re working feverishly on completing your book. You’re dedicated and you’re committed to the finished work. You’re on your way to a great launch, mega sales and more fame than you ever thought imaginable.

Oh, if it were only this simple. The truth is, you’re not just an author. By today’s publishing standards, every author is also a book marketer. This means you must also invest time (and yes, money) to learn how to promote your books (or be prepared to pay someone to do it for you).

There were approximately 3.4 million books printed last year. This is a major publishing pool to compete with. More than seventy percent of these books are by first-time authors. Most of these authors (90%) never sell more than 100 books. I’m guessing you don’t want to be in the 100-book sales crowd.

Some authors are of the mistaken notion that if they publish with a traditional publisher (as opposed to self-publishing), they’ll be on easy street. They think their agent (the person who handles the business between the author and publisher) will get them a best-seller deal with lots of fringe benefits.

If your agent is skillful, you might receive a giant advance and be given a publicist to handle your book marketing. In only a few months, you’re headed for several best-seller lists. If this is how you think, your information about the book industry is grossly outdated.

Want to continue this story? It’s an excerpt from the first chapter of the book, Your Book Won’t Sell Itself, available here FREE.