After 20 years in PR I decided it was time to...just write. Now, I am a published, award-winning author, developmental book editor, author mentor and partner publisher (www.ocpublishing.ca). I post thoughts on my writer's journey and share my experiences as an author, editor and publisher and highlight the books of authors I am publishing. I welcome guest bloggers and do author interviews. Enjoy my blog and feel free to comment.
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Planning my Virtual Book/Blog Tour
So, it’s finally here! My publisher (Summertime Publishing) and I
have chosen a launch date for my book, @Home in Dubai… Getting Connected Online and on the Ground. We’re fleshing out the marketing plan, which
includes (drumroll, please) a Virtual Book and Blog Tour! It’s all very exciting as I enter this realm
with wide-eyed, newbie wonder. I’m lucky to be following in Jo Parfitt’s very
successful footsteps (she is my publisher and a prolific author as well). She
just completed a successful blog tour for her first work of fiction, Sunshine Soup - nourishing the global soul,which I watched in
admiration and took lots of notes.
Learning and Sharing
I’m learning so many amazing new things in
this process. What blows me away is how helpful other
authors are who have gone before and how willing they are to share their
experiences to give you a hand up. Jo’s
expertise is invaluable and I’ve been following others as well. I happened on a
great teleseminar on setting up a virtual book tour by D’Vorah Lansky recently.
It ran last night but you can get the replay on her website… great reference!
I’ve been in marketing and PR for years (I started when media tours meant you were going on a 'road trip'... for real, not virtually) and
can obviously put that experience into action, but there’s always something new
to learn. I’m approaching this, not only
as a marketer, but also as a new author (same game, different ball park). As I add this new area of expertise to my
repertoire, I will certainly ‘pay it forward’ and continue to share my thoughts
and never-ending advice and words of wisdom!
Too many adverbs and clichés in your writing? I've got just the fix for you. by Jessica Bell Writers constantly have rules thrown at them left, right, and center. Show, don’t tell! Stop using so many dialogue tags! More sensory detail! More tension! Speed up the pace! Yada yada yada ... it can become overwhelming, yes? I used to feel overwhelmed by it all too. In fact, I still do sometimes. It’s hard enough to get the words on the page, let alone consider how to put them there. In Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird , she says that in order not to be overwhelmed, a writer needs to focus on short assignments. She refers to the one-inch picture frame on her desk and how that little picture frame reminds her to focus on bite-sized pieces of the whole story. Basically, if you focus on one small thing at a time, the story will eventually come together to create a whole. I believe the same applies to learning the craft of writing. If writers focus on one aspect of the craft at a time, t
As we approach launch day for Lynda Faye Schmidt's novel, The Healing , a women's fiction/family drama based on the author's life, we're excited to announce the blog tour schedule and introduce you to the bloggers and book reviewers who have joined the tour. The tour begins on launch day, April 23rd. Take a look, follow these bloggers and make sure you visit on the tour dates indicated (check back regularly for updates): Pre-Tour - March 2 - Thrive Global - pre-launch announcement April 16 - Fit for Joy - pre-launch podcast interview with Lynda April 23 - IndieView - author Q&A with Lynda April 24 - Canadian Bookworm - featuring a guest blog by Lynda, "What Inspired Me" April 26 - Dartmouth Book Exchange - author spotlight April 29 - Storybook Reviews - review May 4 - Help Me Sara - podcast interview May 13 - My Question Life - review and author interview June 30 - Reader's Favorite - review As new bloggers come on board we will update our
“Starting your book is only the first five miles of a twenty-six mile marathon that’s one-third of a triathlon.” APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur If you’re a self-published author or are contemplating taking the plunge (for whatever reason), be prepared for the demand of being an ‘Author-Preneur.’ Actually, it’s not a bad idea to do it even if you’re traditionally published. Start switching your mind-set from, ‘I’ve got to sit down and get a chapter done today’ to ‘I’ve got to sit down and write a chapter today AND post a tweet about my progress, share a sneak preview on Facebook, take that tutorial on how to convert to ebooks, and review the cover design proposals that are sitting in my in-box.’ There are plenty of books, blogs, websites, newsletters and videos out there on how to do it all... some helpful and others not so much. One that I would highly recommend is Guy Kawasaki’s and Shawn Welch’s APE: Author, Publisher,Entrepreneur . It takes you through the entire