Your author brand should be a combination of your personality, passion, and the type of work you (want to) write, edit, or create. If you haven’t already, I cannot recommend enough that you set aside some time to brainstorm what you want to be known for as an author....Read More
February 27, 2017
In the blog series Publishing Stories, I asked several past clients to share their experiences with publishing.
There are more to come, but I would like to pause here and think about what we as authors, editors, and publishers can learn from their stories.
The four profiled authors — Gary Bargatze, W.K. Dwyer, Maureen C. Berry, and Peter C. Diamond — come from a variety of backgrounds, wrote on wide-ranging topics in both fiction and nonfiction, and were in varying stages of their careers as authors.
January 3, 2017
This month the Publishing Stories blog is a two-parter. In Part 1: Editing and Publishing, Peter C. Diamond recounts his experience finding an editor and a hybrid publisher for his motivational self-help book, Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess, and Move Forward.
December 5, 2016
Maureen C. Berry, author of the cookbook Salmon from Market to Plate, is the feature of this month’s Publishing Stories installment. In this post she tells her experience with a traditional publisher and the ultimate successes she found for her book.
My Flirtation with Traditional Publishing
by Maureen C. Berry
You write and polish the best manuscript you can. You hire an editor. You research and then query an agent (or ten). Then wait. While you wait, you wring your hands, fret over that last phrase, that one word.
Should I have written more? Less? Did I seem needy? Will they like my work? OMG, did I include my phone number? I suck! What if I never hear from any of the agents? Should I self-publish? Traditional publishing is overrated. I will not self-publish, I’ll wait until I hear back. (Checks email every two minutes.) A rejection letter is better than nothing, right? A badge of honor. Surely someone will love my book.
October 31, 2016
Welcome to the second installment of Publishing Stories, a new series from The POP Newsletter in which former POP Editorial Services clients offer publishing lessons for new authors. Today W.K. Dwyer shares his experience in publishing his newly released social science fiction novel, The Killing Flower.
Publishing a Book I Can Stand Behind
by W.K. Dwyer
In mid-October of 2016 I launched my debut novel, The Killing Flower. After more than seven years of writing, followed by two full years of editing, I held a launch party in DC, during which I referred to self-publishing as a misnomer, giving huge credit to the outstanding team I’d worked with, without whom I never would have completed my novel. Now that I’m on the other side, I want to share some of the details of this...Read More
October 17, 2016
Over the past eight years, I have attended four presentations for writers and publishers about how best to use social media. Each time, the presenter has hit a stumbling block in the first 10 minutes: hashtags.
Most people who give presentations about Twitter assume the audience has some knowledge of hashtags. The truth is, for many people hashtags are still a mystery. As presenters breeze by this ubiquitous term, several in the audience raise their hands looking for clarification. What is a hashtag exactly? Why is it important? How do I use it and why would I want to?
These are important questions. Let me see if I can answer them in a clear, concise way.
What is a hashtag?
A hashtag is this symbol: #
A hashtag is also the term that follows that...Read More
September 28, 2016
In Publishing Stories, a new series from The POP Newsletter, I have asked former clients to share their publishing experience so that others can learn from them. The first of these is by Gary Bargatze, the author of the Your Winding Daybreak Ways series. Following is his story of navigating the world of self-publishing.
How and Why I Self-Published Your Winding Daybreak Ways
By Gary Bargatze
When our first child was born some thirty years ago, a wise old friend foretold our future as parents. He flashed a knowing smile and accurately predicted, “Children give you the greatest joy and the greatest sorrow…The challenges will never go away; they’ll just get different.” And as writers who’ve “given birth” to a number of works over the years, my wife and I have often compared the ongoing challenges of parenting to the long, winding road of crafting an idea and managing it to print.
February 29, 2016
I have written extensively about how to find and hire a copyeditor that is right for you. In the blog series How to Hire an Editor in 5 Easy Steps I discuss what to look for so you know you are hiring a qualified editor and the one who is best suited to you and your book. In this post I discuss the other side, the red flags.
Perhaps the biggest red flag to look for is someone who makes promises they can’t possibly keep. I recently came across this bold statement on an editor’s website:
September 14, 2015
There comes a point in the life of every writing project when the writer has taken the piece as far as she can by herself. You have probably experienced this. It's when you finish revising your manuscript for the fourth or fifth time and think, "I have no idea if this is even any good." When you reach that stage, you have some options on how to proceed.
One option is to take your manuscript to a critique group. Or you might connect with beta readers online to get their input. Or perhaps you decide to share the manuscript with other writer friends to see what they think. Each of these options will give you more information about what you are writing and how you can improve it. Eventually, however, you will reach the...Read More
August 10, 2015
The Hop On Newsletter — the email newsletter from POP Editorial Services and Hop On Publishing — has introduced a new feature that I am incredibly excited about. Each month the newsletter will feature two writing prompts. Those who take the challenge, create something in response to the prompt, and submit it to me will have their piece published on The POP Newsletter!
Why am I doing this? For two reasons, really:
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