Five Reasons Why You Should Attend a Writer’s Conference

By Jennifer Hallmarkpen-994464_1280

It’s August and we, at the Writing Prompts blog, are dedicating the whole month to writer’s conferences. I’ve attended several, and they’ve made a major difference in moving my writing from hobby to serious vocation.

We’ll be sharing our own experiences this month about some of the different conferences we’ve attended, both large and small. You’ll see what you can expect if you’re trying to decide whether or not to take this big leap of faith. What goes on there? What do people wear? Whom can I meet? What if I don’t have a clue about what I need to do? Hopefully, we’ll answer these questions and more. So stick around and learn a little more about the place where writers go to connect with others, celebrate accomplishments, attend classes, challenge ourselves, and conquer fears and doubts about their personal writing journey…

What are five specific reasons to attend a writer’s conference?

  • Connect-Writers tend to work alone so connection with other writers is always a positive. I’ve made some wonderful friends at these meetings and enjoyed talking shop. And don’t forget about meeting editors, agents, and publishers. I like to discuss current trends in the industry and if I have an article, short story, or novel ready, to pitch my idea.
  • Celebrate-At most conferences, there is some type of writing contest. It’s a good place to enter your work and celebrate victory if you’re chosen. It’s equally important to celebrate with others for their achievements. I always buy a few books and chat about good news with other like-minded people.
  • Classes- And don’t forget all the classes and workshops offered to strengthen your writerly skills, learn about marketing and current trends, and just be encouraged to keep going a little bit longer. I can’t tell you how many times I felt like giving up, only to attend a class that filled up my depleted soul.
  • Challenge-As an introvert, conferences are extremely challenging, and that’s the main reason I try to go as often as possible. I need to be stretched and take chances if I plan on writing material that will lift up, build up, and stir up the people that God wants to reach through me. I also make sure to schedule appointments, though I’m usually shaking and sweating by the time I make it to their table. I keep finding out that people really are nice at these conferences.  🙂
  • Conquer-By the time a conference is over, I’m tired and overloaded with new information. I’ve exchanged business cards with numerous people and usually have arranged with at least one editor or agent to send a query or proposal. I load everything back in my car and release a giant sigh as I drive away. Once again, God has helped me to put most of my anxiety and uncertainty aside so I could enjoy and benefit from another conference. I’ve conquered, and there is no better feeling when I make it home and rest a day or so before going back over all that I’d learned.

 

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Betty and Jennifer at the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference

Below I’ll list a few of the ones that you can attend in the upcoming months. I would encourage you to schedule one of these conferences to visit in the future. You’ll be glad you did…

Aug 3 – 6, 2016: Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference  (Langhorne PA)

Aug. 12-14, 2016: Writer’s Digest Conference East (New York, NY)

August 15-18, 2016: Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference

Aug. 1820, 2016: Atlanta Christian Writer’s Conference

Aug. 20, 2016: Toronto Writing Workshop

Aug. 25-28, 2016:  American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference, Nashville, Tenn.

Sept. 9, 2016: Sacramento Writers Conference (Sacramento, CA)

Sept. 10, 2016: Writing Workshop of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)

Oct. 7 &8, 2016: The Tenth Annual Breathe Christian Writers Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)

Nov. 5-6, 2016: Show Me Writers Masterclass (Columbia, MO)

Nov. 19, 2016: Las Vegas Writing Workshop (Las Vegas, NV)

Feb. 17-19, 2017: The Asheville Christian Writers Conference – Writers Boot camp (Asheville NC.)

Feb. 22-26: Florida Christian Writers Conference (Leesburg, FL.)

Feb. 26 – March 3, 2017: Writers Winter Escape Cruise (departs Miami, FL)

Writing Prompt: Deanna placed her hand on the door knob, biting her lips. Her first class at her first writing conference. What was she thinking when she signed up? Too late to back out now. She turned the knob…

3 Questions Wednesday with Sarah Rowan

sarah rowanToday’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is author Sarah Rowan.

Welcome to the Writing Prompts blog, Sarah. Let’s start out with your reading interests.

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Sarah:   The author I would never get tired of reading would be Ravi Zacharias. He is a Christian Apologetic. He preaches and teaches people how to defend their Biblical Worldview in today’s culture. I have seen him speak 7 times in person and read countless of his books. His books are deep so you can always learn more each time you read them.  I love his writings because they make you think.

I love authors that make me think. Second question:

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Sarah: I’m not sure if I have a favorite fictional villain, but the one that I remember most when I was young that gave me nightmares and made me scared to go to sleep was Freddy Krueger! The movies scared me to death, yet I remember waiting for the next one to come out so  Freddy could scare me to death again!  This fictional villain still scares me and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t sit through a movie now with him in it!

Scary. I couldn’t sit through one of those movies either. Now, about yourself. 

What project are you currently working on?

Sarah:   I am currently working on Unspeakable Joy:  Devotions for the Slumbering Believer.  This will be my second book. I am naturally drawn to write devotionals. They are little life lessons from the Lord that relate to the real world. Writing my devotionals helps put some of my emotions and perspectives in their proper place. They help me keep God as my central focus.

Sounds like a great book. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by, Sarah. If you’d like a chance to win a paperback copy of Sarah’s first book, Authentic Happiness: Devotions for the Slumbering Believer, please leave a comment below.

sarah rowan bookAuthentic Happiness: Devotions for the Slumbering Believer

Could you be a slumbering believer in Christ and not even know it? Is it possible that you are physically awake but sleepwalking spiritually? Do you have the deep and growing Christian life God intended, or are you sleeping through it? The Lord tells believers to wake up several times in the Scriptures. What makes believers go to sleep in the first place? Once awake, how can believers stay awake? Authentic Happiness is a collection of personal journals of one slumbering believer’s journey of awakening. While the answers to some of these questions were less than desirable to hear, the truth that was revealed changed a life forever. Every believer should ask these same questions and seek the answers for themselves. This devotional encourages all believers to look at their own Christian lives a little closer to see how awake they really are in Christ. It may surprise you.

Sarah Rowan is a Speech Therapist by profession. She works in an inpatient rehab facility in Albany, GA. She started writing personal journals about 3 years ago, sending them out to friends and family. From there she was encouraged to join her journals together in a book. Those journals  became her first book titled Authentic Happiness  Devotionals for the Slumbering Believer. She enjoys teaching youth in her church, along with reading and writing.

Find Sarah at  www.sarahrowan.com and Facebook. Her email is srowanslp@yahoo.com.

Tech Talk with Brian Knack

home-office-336377__180During the month of August, we’ll be posting interviews during our popular Saturday segment, Tech Talk. We’ll speak with editors, photographers, and other people who help writers become the best they can be in their chosen field. 

Stay tuned each Saturday for a new interview!

Today, we’re talking with Brian Knack about self-publishing. Brian recently launched Authorpreneur University  to help other authors successfully realize their publishing dreams. I’ll let him tell you about it:

Why did you start helping authors?

They asked me. When I started self-publishing, I had to learn everything for myself. I’d look online and read and watch whatever resource I could find. About 4 years ago, a friend asked me about writing a book. I told him what I knew and he asked me to help him publish one. I helped him through the process and within a few months, he self-published his first book.

Since then I have helped several other people self-publish their books and have recently started Authorpreneur University separate from my personal author blog, to get the word out and help as many as I possibly can.

You said, “My mission is to help you take your idea and turn it into a business, a book or both, and to be successful at it.”–How do you accomplish that?,

Most authors think that once they publish, that’s it. It’s not. Your book is a business and like every other business, you need a business plan before you do anything else. One thing I’m stressing is for authors to see their books as a business and start to create a business plan before they publish. Part of that business plan is understanding your target market and knowing who they are. It’s a little more in-depth than just saying people who read.

The second thing I am stressing is building a following (a platform) with an author blog before you publish. This way, once you have your business plan fleshed out and your book is ready to launch, you have a large list of people who are already willing to buy it. Not only does this help your pocket book but it will also help your book move up the Amazon list and help your confidence.

I also know that there are authors who still want that traditional publishing deal. With that in mind, I have written a number of blog posts on helping authors find, approach and land a literary agent. It’s not as in-depth as I’d like and I plan on doing more in this area.

I notice you blog. What topics do your blog posts cover?

Well, I have recently separated my personal author blog BrianKnack.com from Authorpreneur University. There were just too many things I wanted to talk about personally (Faith, Family, Politics, Love, Relationships and whatever else comes to mind) that can tend to be controversial. I thought it best to create a separate business site.

On Authorpreneur University, I try to stick to 4 main topics; Publishing, Writing, Marketing and Platform Building. Starting early next year I’ll be posting regularly once or twice a month. There will also be a podcast to go along with the blog post. Everything I talk about will fit into one of those 4 main topics.

Share three pieces of wisdom with a new author.

There is no such thing as writers block. It’s nothing more than an excuse not to write. Just write even if it’s merely random thoughts… WRITE! Some of my best stuff has come from a slew of weird gibberish.

DO NOT OBSESS OVER OTHER PEOPLE’S OPINIONS. They are merely their opinions based on their personal preferences. Critics don’t matter and neither do publishers or editors. The only opinions that matter are yours and those of your readers. That’s it.

If you want to sell books build real, genuine relationships with your readers. Be you and connect with them as you, not so and so the “Published Author.”

Where can we contact you?

The easiest way to contact me is through my e-mail (brian@brianknack.com) or by the contact form on my blog.

You can also find me on Twitter – @brianlknack, on my Facebook page at Brian Knack and on Goodreads

Brian’s Bio:

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I was born and raised in a small Hamlet in upstate NY called White Sulphur Springs. I was raised by my paternal grandparents from 18 months on and grew up on a dairy farm. My wife and I recently moved into a beautiful house in Simpsonville, SC.

I am the author of I’m Born Again, Now What? A New Believer’s Guide to Walking with Christ [Paperback] & [Kindle Edition], W.A.R. Devotional and Study Guide and most recently, the sci-fi adventure, Destiny – Book 1 of The Legacy Series [Kindle Edition]. I have been blogging since 2010.

I offer Cover Design, Formatting and Book Video Trailer Services through Authorpreneur University.

Readers – Purchase a service from Brian and mention you saw this interview on Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My! and he will give you a 25% discount.

The Golden Age for Small Publishers

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For my post this month, I want to take a different spin on modern literature. Let’s look at some of the people creating modern literature. Not the authors, but the publishers. Specifically, small publishers and presses.

For writers and publishers, these are the best of times and the worst of times. The advent of electronic books has opened new doors for self-publishing and small press publishers alike. Publishing companies that deal almost exclusively in digital format are a different way for a writer to see their work come to light.

Today I want to introduce several small publishers that I know and let you hear what they’re saying. Say hello to Tracy Ruckman at Write Integrity Press, Nicola Martinez at Pelican Book Group, and Jessica Snell at Kalos Press.

Welcome!

Tell us a little about the history of your publishing company.

Tracy/Write Integrity Press: We’ve actually grown to three companies. Pix-N-Pens opened for submissions in 2011, seeking manuscripts for the Christian market. Then a few months later, we decided we needed an imprint that published clean, wholesome stories that didn’t necessarily have a Christian message so we opened Write Integrity Press. Just this month (July, as I write this), we’ve published our 50th book, so we’re excited about that.

We’ve recently reorganized a bit, and now, PNP will focus on publishing nonfiction books and children’s books, while WIP will focus on novels. Our third company is our subsidy press, TMP Books, which launched earlier this year.

Nicola/Pelican Book Group: Our Pelican Book Group division “took off” in 2009 with the purchase of the White Rose Publishing imprint. White Rose is exclusively Christian romance. Since that time, we’ve added three more imprints. Harbourlight Books, which is Christian fiction in all adult sub-genres besides romance; Watershed Books, which is young adult; and most recently, Pure Amore. Pure Amore is a new adult romance line and the first imprint ever to promote sexual abstinence before marriage. Our primary ministry is to publish quality fiction that reflects the salvation and love offered by Jesus Christ. Our titles adhere to mainline Christianity, but are enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians, alike.

Jessica/Kalos Press:  Kalos Press is an imprint of Doulos Resources, a ministry which works to provide needful things for the church. Kalos Press was founded in 2011 out of a desire to see books with a high degree of literary excellence in genres and on subjects of interest to Christian believers.

Are you considered a traditional publisher and do you offer advances?

Tracy/Write Integrity Press: Write Integrity Press and Pix-N-Pens Publishing are traditional publishers – we seek manuscripts but are selective about what we publish. We do not pay advances, but we do offer royalties at a higher percentage rate than most traditional publishing companies.

TMP Books is our subsidy press. We offer the same quality we put into our traditional press, but there is no selection process. We offer affordable rates for authors who may have a niche market or for those who want to self-publish but don’t have the necessary skills to make it happen.

Nicola/Pelican Book Group: Pelican Book Group is a traditional publisher. We pay competitive royalties, we don’t charge the author for publishing, and we do offer advances on occasion, but not always.

Jessica/Kalos Press: We are a traditional publisher, in that we pay the author and the author does NOT pay us, but since we’re also a micro-press, we don’t offer advances at this time. Our authors are paid via royalties.

How do you go about marketing your author’s books?

Tracy/Write Integrity Press: We’ve established an in-house marketing team for our book authors to cross-promote one another. We’re always thinking outside the box for ways to market and promote, always with a goal to reach new markets and new readers.

Nicola/Pelican Book Group: We use some traditional methods of advertising and marketing, such as placing ads in magazines. We also have a very active social media presence and do online promotions such as banner ads and site sponsorships, and we currently employ a publicist who handles relationships with the media. That said, we do also expect authors to be actively engaged in marketing.

Jessica/Kalos Press: In addition to building good relationships with brick-and-mortar bookstores (such as our friends over at Hearts & Minds Books), we work to find our authors interview opportunities on podcasts, magazines, & blogs, to procure excellent endorsements, and we happily support our authors in planning book signings. We also encourage our authors to take advantage of opportunities to offer excerpts from their books in order to generate interest in their topic (such as this feature by our author Nancy Nordenson in Comment).

Are you currently accepting submissions? If so, what are you looking for?

Write Integrity Press: Yes, we are currently accepting submissions. Please check our websites for guidelines. We prefer series over standalone books. We’re open to a variety of genres – fiction and nonfiction – but we do not publish horror, erotica, porn, werewolf or vampire stories. We haven’t yet built a market for sci-fi/spec fiction, so we usually refer those elsewhere.

The best tip I can give writers about our companies – we publish clean, wholesome books with great stories and memorable characters. We consider our authors family and work to provide them with the best experience possible.

Nicola/Pelican Book Group: We are always accepting submissions for all sub-genres of Christian fiction. Our guidelines and the form for submission are on our web site. http://pelink.us/write4pbg

Jessica/Kalos Press:  We are accepting submissions! Devotional literature, memoirs, Christian reflection, and non-fiction essays are genres we love. We are also open to biography. We are looking to expand soon into literary fiction and poetry.

At Kalos Press, we look to publish work that is beautiful in both form and in function. As our FAQ says: “There is a fine line between provocative and profound. The best books are both. We look for manuscripts that ask the hard questions and seek to answer them through the lens of faith. We resist simplistic ‘inspirational’ literature, but we also tend to resist projects that seem provocative merely for the sake of being provocative. Our audience consists of readers who are culturally diverse, but theologically conservative (sometimes a difficult balancing act!). We look for projects that also achieve this balance.”

As General Editor at Kalos Press, I can confirm that I am especially excited about receiving proposals for literary fiction (particularly novels) that fit this description!

Thanks, ladies, for dropping by! Check out more about each publisher below…

Write Integrity Press specializes in books that provide clean, wholesome entertainment.TulipHeadersmall

Pelican Book Group‘s primary ministry is to publish quality fiction that reflects the salvation and love offered by Jesus Christ. Our titles adhere to mainline Christianity, but are enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians, alike.
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Kalos Press was established to give a voice to literary fiction, biography, memoir, essays, devotional writing, poetry, and Christian Reflection, of excellent quality, outside of the mainstream Christian publishing industry.

We believe that good writing is beautiful in form and in function, and is capable of being an instrument of transformation. It is our hope and ambition that every title produced by Kalos Press will live up to this belief.

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 Writing Prompt: Editors are important people to writers. Take the picture below and write what first comes to mind.
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Tech Talk with Fay Lamb and Precarious Yates

home-office-336377__180Throughout the month of August, we’ll be posting interviews during our popular Saturday segment, Tech Talk. We’ll speak with editors, photographers, and other people who help writers become the best they can be in their chosen field. 

Stay tuned each Saturday for a new interview!

Today we’ll speak with two editors who help author’s manuscripts look their best. Welcome, Fay Lamb and Precarious Yates!

As authors, we need to present our best work to publishers and readers alike. Editors help us do that.

Welcome to the Writing Prompts Blog. First question. Do you have a specialty in the editing work you do?

Fay: Yes, you won’t normally find me editing non-fiction. When I write non-fiction, I do it in the same way that I speak, and I write it in regard to only one subject: writing fiction. I feel that an editor must have an expertise in what they edit, and to edit something without a knowledge of the structure or the element that goes into that type of writing does a disservice to a client.

As far as fiction, I’ll edit most genres. However, historical fiction authors might find me a bit tedious, especially Biblical fiction. I’m a little picky about the finer details.

Precarious: I specialize in editing speculative fiction, although I’ve edited many a romance story. I edit both grammar and content, as well as provide story coaching when requested. Another of my specialties is my effort to help an author find and preserve his or her unique voice.

How do you go about an edit? Read it first, then edit. Or read and edit together?

Faye: I generally read and edit at the same time if the author is one that has presented a clean manuscript and if the story is not a complex one. On occasion, following that first read and edit, I’ll change the track changes to “final” so that my edits will appear incorporated into the manuscript. I’ll then read it again for areas that I might have missed. I do this especially for complex story lines or if I have found a few inconsistencies in a plot line. The clean document helps me to find any areas I may have missed. After the second read-through, I show the original markup and send the manuscript on its merry way.

Precarious: I do a bit of both. For line editing, I note grammar and plot line anomalies during the first reading, as well as suggestions for rhythm and cadence.  I see all this much clearer during the first read-through.

After I read through the story the first time, I have a clearer understanding of where the author wants to take the story. Once I know where the story is going, I can give clear advice about how to repair any faulty or weak plot points.

What are the components of a strong story?

Fay: I believe there are seven key elements to fiction. How an author uses those elements brings about the author’s voice, but all seven of these elements are key to strong storytelling: plot, pacing (to include genre-specific and bringing back story into the present without jettisoning a reader into the past), conflict, character (I include description under character because I believe it is the character’s job to provide description and not the author), showing (no telling), point of view (the deeper the better), and dialogue.

Precarious:

  • The hero has to be decisive – not necessarily opinionated, but not floundering.
  • The plot needs to pull the reader along, where the reader is desperate to know what happens next.
  • The prose needs to both paint pictures in the reader’s mind and dance through the reader’s mind.
  • The character needs to dredge up as much of my sympathies as possible.

Share three words of wisdom to help every writer.

Fay: Develop your craft.

Precarious: Don’t. Stop. Writing!! Find a trustworthy editor who likes the genre you write in. Trust your instincts about your story.

Where can we contact you?

Fay: You can find me at my personal Facebook page, my Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook. I’m also active on Twitter. Then there are my blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor. And, yes, there’s one more: Goodreads. If you are interested in either my freelance editing or coaching, please feel free to contact me at fay@faylamb.com.

Precarious: Right now, the best way to contact me is through Facebook, either my author page: www.facebook.com/precariousyates Or through my personal page: www.facebook.com/shulammite33

I try very hard to have a quick turnaround time for manuscripts. Anything under 80k words I can often return within a week, especially if it’s for a proof read.

Thanks so much for hosting me today! Blessings!


 Fay LambFay Lamb is an editor, writing coach, and author, whose emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby the first two novels in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released. Fay has also collaborated on three romance novellas: The Christmas Three Treasure Hunt,A Ruby Christmas, A Dozen Apologies, and the newest adventure The Love Boat Bachelor. Her adventurous spirit has taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.
 Future releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Hope and Delilah, Books 3 and 4 from The Ties that Bind.

pennybird-5783 (2)Precarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their one mastiff and four Pyrenees dogs, three sheep and nine chickens. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms and reading. She holds a masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

Tech Talk with Kimberly Rae

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Today’s Tech Talk addresses the issue of self-publishing. Have you considered self-publishing, but freeze up in total terror before taking the first step? Kimberly Rae might have an answer for you.

Kimberly, I’m so glad you’re here to help our readers find out more about self-publishing. First, please share three things about yourself with our readers.

Kimberly:

(1)   I’ve been to twenty countries–got to see Mt. Everest, raft the Nile River, and eat cow brains!

(2)   My first romantic suspense series on international human trafficking led to a human trafficking training ministry.

(3)   I had to leave the mission field due to Addison’s Disease.

Wow! You’ve definitely lived an interesting life. Why did you decide to pursue a career in the field of publishing?

Kimberly: I’ve been writing since childhood. When I was 10, my parents gave me a kid’s typewriter for Christmas. I used to pluck away writing my own little Nancy Drew stories. Then I’d tape them all together. I’ve been writing ever since, but never thought that’s what I’d be doing “for real.” I am so blessed!Deb Norton Angels Cover2cropped

After my husband and I learned enough to produce my own series of books, authors we knew started asking us for help. Some of them had spent thousands on subsidy publishing that had left them without much say in their cover artwork, book pricing, marketing etc. We praised Amazon’s Print-On-Demand option but many of them did not want to have to do the formatting and design themselves. That’s how we got started creating books for other authors and we’ve been doing it ever since.

I wouldn’t know myself where to start. So tell me, why do people find it so hard to professionally self-publish?

Kimberly: I think people are hindered from self-publishing for several reasons:

  1. The old stigma that self-publishing means your book isn’t good enough for traditional publishing. Fortunately, that stigma is changing drastically thanks to Print-On-Demand publishing and the huge popularity of e-books.
  2. The cost. Self-publishing used to mean spending several thousand dollars–money most authors would not be able to recover with sales. Now, thanks to Print-On-Demand, authors are able to create paperbacks and e-books with little cost.
  3. The design. Most authors are not artists as well, and a book cover that screams “homemade” is a big deterrent.
  4. The learning curve. To produce a book yourself means learning about formatting for the paperback, creating a cover, and HTML coding for the e-book. A lot of authors don’t want to spend that much time doing something that’s not writing.

Stolen Woman front coverSelf-publishing seems to be changing daily. What makes a self-published book attract attention to the viewer?

Kimberly: A great cover. People say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but we all do. If I’m looking at books on Amazon, I will click off a cover that looks homemade before even considering the book. If the cover is sloppy, people assume the writing will be as well.

What makes a cover look great? I wrote a whole article on that once. You can check it out here:

http://kimberlyraewriting.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-not-look-self-published.html

That is so true. I won’t purchase a book by someone I don’t know if the cover is unattractive.What are the advantages of hiring someone to help, compared to do-it-yourself templates or services?

Kimberly: Do-it-yourself templates can often end up looking like you did them yourself. Again, for an author who doesn’t want to put a lot of time and effort into learning to be a designer, hiring someone is a great way to get your book out on the market and let you continue to focus on your writing.

Another advantage of hiring someone is the personal attention to you and your book, as opposed to, say, using a POD company that already has hundreds of clients in their system.

We writers do need our time to write. What other computer or book services do you provide for your clients?

We have a full sheet of options where authors can choose services such as:Katherine Ann Following Amy Cover

Making their Createspace and Kindle accounts.

Creating a paperback with Print-On-Demand.

Creating an e-book with Kindle.

Creating a cover using their ideas, one they can be proud of.

Library of Congress number

Etc.

Our author’s books are their own. They never have to get permission from us to use anything about their book to market or promote or even use in other books. I have friends who can’t use their own cover image without red tape and I feel that is wrong. It’s your book. It should belong to you.

We also walk our authors through the process of how to use the accounts, order books, do free days on Kindle, etc. Our publishing program is very small and we like it that way. That’s why we don’t have a website and work only through personal requests or referrals. Our authors get our personal attention and we like making books they are proud to present to the world.

I love the fact that you give the authors personal attention! Anything else you’d like to say regarding your field?

Kimberly: Whether you want to do it yourself of hire someone, I would definitely recommend Print-On-Demand over subsidy publishing. With POD, you get to make the choices about your cover, your interior, and your pricing. If you want to make changes down the road, you can for free (with subsidy, you often have to order hundreds of books up front, and if you find a typo, you’re stuck with it). Also, you have the freedom to market with the Kindle free day option, and you can use your cover art anywhere without copyright issues. I’ve been very happy with Amazon’s Createspace and Kindle programs and highly recommend them to other authors.

Happy book making!

Thanks for dropping by, Kimberly! If you’d like Kimberly to help you publish your book, she is offering a 10% discount to any author who mentions hearing about them through the Writing Prompts blog.

Author of 20 books, Kimberly Rae has been published over 300 times and has work in 5 languages. Her series of suspense novels on international human trafficking and missions (Stolen Woman, Stolen Child, Stolen Future), all self-published, are all Amazon bestsellers. She also has a series of non-fiction books on living joyfully despite chronic illness. Rae lives at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and two young children. Find out more or contact Kimberly at www.kimberlyrae.com.

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How NARROW WAY DESIGN can get your book into your hands for less:

Interior Book Formatting:
This is putting your manuscript into the correct format to make a book with Createspace: 215.00 
Book Cover:
Depending on your preference and budget, here are the cover options:
1. Cover fully created, but using your photos and design–this is if you have the idea and pictures, but we make a full cover using them 325.00
2. Cover from scratch–this is if you have nothing and we work with you to create a cover you can be proud of. 435.00
Kindle:
Formatting and uploading your book for a Kindle e-book  185.00

OTHER STARTUP COSTS:
Interior Photos:
If you have photos to go inside your book, cost is $2 per photo for paperback.
$1 per photo for Kindle book

Createspace Account:
You can create your own account, or we can, including your Amazon book’s page info, keywords, and category. (You will need to put in your desired payment info, but we’ll walk you through that.)
$50.00

KDP Account for Kindle:
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$25.00

Library of Congress number for your book:

Not necessary but looks more credible and is useful if you want to market your book to libraries. $35.00

Pop Culture among Writers

social mediaBy Jennifer Hallmark

Pop culture. The word itself is almost cliché.

Mysterious.

Trendy.

What does it really mean? This month, we’ll be discussing Pop Culture here at the Writing Prompts blog and hopefully giving you plenty of ideas to add to your idea files.

Today is my take on Pop Culture and what it means to today’s writer. I like the definition in the Urban Dictionary: a widely accepted group of practices or customs. To me, it also means today; at this very moment.

What are some widely accepted practices or customs among today’s writers? Let’s look at five.

Social Media-Many writers have realized that when it comes to marketing, social media is a major component. The ability to spread the word about articles, stories, and books you have written by way of Twitter, Facebook, Google +, You Tube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snap Chat is seemingly endless, for now. That could change with reports that some forms of social media may start to charge for their services.

nanowrmoNaNoWrMo or National Novel Writing Month-In 1999, 21 writers gathered in the San Francisco area and wrote a novel in a month. That is approximately 1667 words a day to hit a 50,000 word goal. In 2014, 341,375 novelists wrote at nanowrimo.org, as well as 82,554 kids and teens. Wow. Could I write a good chunk of a novel in a month? I took the challenge in 2011 and met the 50,000 word goal. It was tiring, but exhilarating.

Self-Publishing-Once a stigma among serious writers, self-publishing today can be a profitable venture, for the newbie writer and the experienced author alike. The most successful self-published works seem to be those that are well-edited, relevant, and well-marketed. There are many good articles giving advice about self-publishing, including this one by Edie Melson.

E-Readers-This is a handheld device on which electronic versions of books, newspapers, magazines, etc., can be read. Popular ones include the Kindle and the Nook; and now even your phone can be the keeper of many books. Writers have another place to sell their works. Short stories and novellas have been given new life in the form of electronic literature.ebooks-kindle-gratis

Audio books– Though books captured in audio form have been around since the 1930’s, recently they’ve hit a new realm of popularity. As people in general have less time to read, many listen to audio books on their way to work. CD’s, podcasts, and the ability to listen to an audio book through your phone encourage this latest way to “read.”

All of the above are widely accepted practices that today’s writer needs to acknowledge and further study if they are to stay attuned to current trends and movements in the world of books. Can you think of other forms of Pop Culture affecting today’s writers?

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Writing Prompt:

Anna tapped her pencil against the desk, then used the eraser to scratch her chin. Words. She only needed a few hundred words to complete NaNoWrMo. She shook her head. Thirty straight days of fever pitch writing. Almost over. Why wouldn’t the last words come?

Her phone vibrated on the table. She glanced at the screen, her lips turning upward in a smile…