Monday writing roundup: writing exercises, book piracy, and more.
Month: August 2018
Today I’m starting a new series called the Monday Writing Roundup. Here I will post 5 links to writing/publishing articles from the previous week that I have found helpful.
Writing with Rasmus
Writing with Rasmus shares his favorite writing resources:
The Story Reading
Stacy Jaine McIntosh
One of my favorite book marketing experts, Raimey Gallant gives some great tips on marketing strategies for authors https://raimeygallant.com/2018/07/02/bookmarketingisanumbersgame/
Today is a crazy busy day with the release of my book. Yes, it’s today!!!!!
Here’s the link
Ok, enough of that.
August 1 question – What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
Actually, since today is the release of my first self-published book, I’m going to ask all of my IWSG people to give me advice.
I feel like I’ve done the best that I can with the tools that I have, but the problem falls in the grey area of how much can I justify spending to release this product? Can I really justify spending thousands of dollars on marketing when the chances of a positive return on investment are slim to none? These are the questions I am currently wrestling with and I’d appreciate some real answers from real writers.
Did you hire an editor? What stage? Did you feel it was worth the expense?
Did you have a professional cover designer?
How much and where do you spend on marketing?
Targeted ads or social media book blasts?
What about thunderclap or other social media strategies?
What kind of marketing was effective? What was a bust?
Did you do a blog tour? Was it worth the time?
Did you pay for web hosting?
What other author expenses do you have? Which ones are necessary?
These are just the few that I’ve thought about, but since I’m a newb, I’m sure I’m missing most of them. Let me know where you felt your writing budget was best spent. I’d love to know about your experience
To continue on this bloghop
ISWG bloghop link