Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How Learning to Embrace Deletions Saved My Writing

If you’re a writer, you know exactly what I mean when I talk about facing deletions. You’ve all been there … you’ve either been told by your editor that some elements aren’t serving the content or the story well, or you’ve wondered yourself if something you once thought was brilliant should go. UGH. This is when you know this passion isn’t for the faint of heart.

I know firsthand these comments or inklings aren’t easy to receive, believe me! I’ve done my fair share of struggling with this topic, but then—Boom!—something incredible happened. Suddenly my perspective shifted, and when it did, I came to embrace deletions in an almost giddy fashion. It was, however, still a process, so I’m going to bare my soul and share with you exactly how I conquered it.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Show Me the Money: How Self-Pub Royalties Compare to Traditional

If you’re like many writers, one of the greatest allures of self-publishing—alongside the heightened level of control and more abbreviated time frame—is the royalty percentage you receive when the book sells. Not merely a perk, that increased dollar amount has become one of the primary driving forces behind the choice to self-publish—even authors who’ve previously gone the traditional route have left the venue for a more lucrative take on their labors of love.

 Let’s examine why:

  • Traditional House: typical 6% royalty on paperback
  • Self-Publishing: typical 15–40% royalty on paperback

Yes, the difference is that stark! But why, you may be asking, is there such a variance with self-pub books?

I know some of you would prefer to run and hide when dealing with numbers, so my goal here is to provide you with an easy-to-digest explanation of how the whole system works. So hang on with me, and let’s dive in to the fun stuff!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

6 Vital Questions (and 8 Key Points to Remember) in Seeking Your Dream Book Production Partner(s)

What I know without a doubt is that no matter the genre, no matter the subject, every book is precious to a writer. This is why it’s so important to me that authors who wish to self-publish seek a partner—or team of partners—who truly connect with and care about the words on the pages they’ve worked so hard to write.

As a professional book doctor, producing someone’s book isn’t just a job to me; it’s deeply personal because a book is profoundly personal to the author who wrote it. But as I know I can’t take the hand of every self-publishing writer—both because I’m only one person and because I’m not the perfect match for every manuscript!—I wish to offer you some loving advice when seeking trusted partnerships so that your experience will be positive and fulfilling for you as your labor of love is brought to fruition.

Since there are many elements that make up your book’s top-notch production, you'll want to use the following questions (and your answers, of course!) as a guide when interviewing prospective editors, book designers, and/or other professionals to determine if the person will be right for you in your publishing journey. :-)