Book Re-Launch HELP! {Seminar with Jesse Krieger and The Happy Black Woman}

Hey there Readers and Writers!

I know I have been largely absent, my apologies! I have been so wrapped up in launching and being on the radio I haven’t been paying attention to blogging and keeping in touch with you all!

Well, I am going to catch you up in due time (next post) but today I wanted to share some info that I received today to re-launch my book as well as a blueprint to launch my future endeavors and to garner new clientele for my other businesses by way of leads. But let me not get ahead of myself.

I subscribe to Rosetta Thurman’s blog posts and love her entries about her travels and location independent lifestyle! She sent me an email about a FREE Book Launch Seminar with Jesse Krieger and although I had no idea who that was, and still don’t, I know he has made some bestsellers happen and that made me pay attention.

Jesse offered 4 Steps to the tune of the acronym:
I – Ignite
D – Develop
E – Execute
A – Accelerate

Each of these had their own set of instructions and ways to set yourself up for success and I will share one today and the others in subsequent posts in the coming weeks.

Ignite:
1. Hire an editor
This is important because it’s really the only way to catch all of your typos and grammar mistakes. Trust me I know this for sure… He offered a resource called Elance.com where you can hire an editor for both line and copy editing with prices ranging from $125 – $350, which I will investigate and get back to you about later.

2. Hire a cover designer
This is what I already have covered with Fivver. Jesse offered an alternative with 99Designs,com. This service is where you basically solicit the services from the designers registered with the price you will pay for the winning design. They continue to vie for you to choose their design. The one thing I love about this is that there is a way for you to share the design with your readers (that’s you!) for them to help you choose a design with polls!

The great part about this segment of the seminar was that he explained how to choose your design! One of his suggestions was ingenious; go to the airport and look at the book shelves there. Why is that so ingenious? Because there’s an intersection of demographics, which makes it a hub for your book market. Go to the section where your book would be and take a picture! Use that picture to assist in your cover design process. The other things he suggested were run of the mill: big bold title, illustrative picture with your name large but not as big as title.

3. Hire an interior layout designer
I already have that covered with my good friend (in my head) Joel Freidlander and his ingenious layouts that I use and will tell you more about later. Jesse on the other hand, suggested Elance.com again where they would charge and excess of $100-$250 for an interior design for a ready to publish interior file.

He hit home with the question – What’s at stake?

Your entire brand and your credibility as an author and entrepreneur. Losing that credibility is hard and will be harder to regain!

Hope this info was helpful!

I will be back next week with more from this seminar and information about Joel Freidlander!

Till next time,
Write on Writers!

The Big Re-Write {Just When You Thought You Were Done}

I finished, but… I’m not finished.

I have to polish my work up a bit, go through it with a fine tooth comb and then let someone else do the same.

A work in progress, that’s what every novel is and is the bane of my existence right now. I am finding that even when you are done, you always can find something that you want to change or update. In this instance, I have some legitimate changes that need to occur as well as some small editing matters to clear up.

I am excited and enthusiastic about the process or so I tell myself as I look at this 225 page novel that I can almost recite word for word. I sometimes think I have been with this book too long and long to move on to other books. Now, I sound like a philanderer!

Let me get to work.

~TW2F

I’ve Been Redeemed!

They let me back in y’all!

I wasn’t banned or told to kick rocks, play in traffic or any of those other mean things people say when they don’t want you around…lol

I just contacted the coordinator and told her what I would do and I did it!

Now…

The only thing is, I have to get back into reading other’s work and not writing my own. It’s an effort that is well rewarded because you get to see other writer’s styles and the different genres that are being presented…

It’s an exercise in practice as well as exposure, so it’s a WIN-WIN.

I always like a good WIN-WIN like Steven Covey always says – Seek win-win in all interdependent relationships and critiquing and being critiqued is just that: interdependent.

Writers Groups

I am involved in a writers group… I think every writer new and old should join one at times in their writing lives, mostly because the feedback is invaluable whether you agree with it or not.

I recently re-joined the Charm City Writers group and at our last meeting it was great to read and comment on my cohort’s work and have them read and comment on mine…. BUT I will admit, that when you are sending your work to a member who is not in attendance to the meeting for feedback, it gets a little difficult.

There are several reasons for this:

  1. They aren’t face to face and face to face communication is best, especially when what is being discussed is near and dear to the parties involved (My work is like my children to me… Precious)
  2. They aren’t able to get immediate feedback as to why things are written the way they are; for instance when we meet, there are ALWAYS questions asked around the table about why the character is doing or saying things in the manner in which they are and they can be addressed and clarified for the reader – only because we are only reading a snippet of the entire work unless it is a short story.
  3. That leads me to the next and final point, they are only reading a snippet of an entire work in a void. This complicates matters unless this snippet is introduced thoroughly and some background information is given which, unfortunately, as it stands now is not required when sending the work to the cohort.

All in all, as I stated initially, writer’s groups are beneficial to every writer at some point in their writing career, BUT the ground rules for absentee critique must be clear and give the absent party some in depth information about what they are reading if it is not a complete work.

~Faye