Industry News: Key Sites and Newsletters to Follow

I’ve had some folks ask what my favorite newsletters and websites are, so here we go! This is only a partial list of many, but these are all great places to learn more about all things book publishing.

GENERAL NEWS & INFO

Writer’s Digest: A go-to site for any writing, editing, or publishing question.

Book Business: Topical book news with a very helpful “Insight” newsletter.

Publishers Weekly: I recommend subscribing to their free newsletters. They contain tons of publishing details, from recent deals to big events and even job postings in the field.  Continue reading

Your Website 101: How to Create a Strong Online Presence

Before you even finish your manuscript, your website should be in the works. Nothing looks worse to a publisher, customer, or reviewer than typing your name into Google and coming up with…nothing. In this day and age, no one can afford the luxury of not being online.

Start by creating an author website so readers can have a direct link to you and your book. You can link back to places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Facebook with ease, and having your own website will help you make direct sales, connect with your readers, and, above all, have a landing place for your brand.

There are two choices when it comes to creating your website: hire a pro or do it yourself. This decision all depends on your level of comfort with technology, as well as the amount of time and money you have available.  Continue reading

The New Year, Old Year, All Year Resolutions Every Writer Should Have

Some of us make New Year’s Resolutions…and some of us make All Year Resolutions (after we’ve stopped going to the gym in February). Whether you’ve stuck to this year’s promises or not, resolve to try these 10 things within the next calendar year. Below are the top 10 resolutions for writers, from setting writing goals to keeping your website fresh to making meaningful connections with other authors. A happy, productive writing year to us all!  Continue reading