So, without further ado here are the next three tips.
2. The Contract
If you do your homework, your manuscript will eventually find a home. Don’t let initial rejections, if you receive them, deter you. A published writer may not be the best writer, but she is definitely a writer who perseveres.
Read your contract carefully, if you don’t understand something, ask for an explanation.
After you sign a contract, you’ll be ‘put in queue’ and at some point begin editing with the publisher’s editor. From start to actual release, the publishing process can take one to two years.
3. Book Promotion
A couple of months prior to your book’s release, you should begin promotion to help with book sales. This will involve creating an author website and platform - your will need to create visibility for you and your book.
After your book’s release, you will want to take part in virtual book tours, do blogtalk radio guest spots, school visits, and all the other standard book promotion strategies. You can take this on yourself, or you can hire a book promotion service or publicist.
You can check out these articles for book promotion tips:
Book Promotion: The Foundation
Book Promotion: Creating an Informational Funnel
Book Promotion: 20 Strategies that will Broaden Your Reach – Part 1
Book Promotion: 20 Strategies that will Broaden Your Reach – Part 2
4. A Writing Career
Now, you’ve got your book and you’re promoting it like crazy (this is an ongoing process). The next and final step is to repeat the process. You don’t want to be a one-hit wonder, so hopefully you’ve been writing other stories. If not, get started now. On average, an author writes a book every one to two years.
Along with keeping up with writing your books, having published books opens other writing opportunities, such as speaking engagements, conducting workshops and/or teleseminars, and coaching. There are a number of marketers who say your ‘book’ is your business card or your calling card; it conveys what you’re capable of and establishes you as an expert in your field or niche. Take advantage of these additional avenues of visibility and income.
To read Part 1, go to:
Writing for Children: Submission to Contract to Book Promotion to Career Part 1
Until next time,
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Editor for 4RV Publishing
Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.
Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing
Walking Through Walls