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I prepared this for a local presentation. How To Publish a Book. Self-publishing is all the rage, but getting press has been difficult.

I prepared this for a local presentation. How To Publish a Book. Self-publishing is all the rage, but getting press has been difficult.

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  • An agent recently told me ‘editors in big publishers are basically readers for marketing departments’. Another said in the past year she’d got more than 10 excellent books to editorial board, with all the editors staunchly behind them, but marketing vetoed them. An editor I know – very senior in terms of job title and the publisher she works for – laments that she is no longer allowed to accept the rich fiction she loves to read and has to publish shallow sure-fire supermarket titles.
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  • How to get yourself published! Jennifer Jilks B.A. (ECE), B. Ed., M.Ed. Retired teacher, hospice volunteer, author
  • Topics 1. First you have to write! 2. Writing: poetry, books, articles, submissions 3. Find a network 4. Find a publisher, literary agent, publicist 5. The book proposal 6. Use an editor 7. The publishing process 8. Marketing your book
  • 8. Marketing your book Sent book to agents and publishers May, 2007 podcasts, 45 min./chapter Entered the book in The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, won 2008 Picked up by McClelland & Stewart
  • 8. Marketing your book Book signings – Publicist Book and topical conferences NSM Palliative Care Conference Men‟s, women‟s, senior groups, caregiver support groups Speeches – send a press release Press Kit – questions to ask, biography, background information, resume Twitter related topics: Healthcare journalists James Bartleman Raisin Wine
  • 8. Marketing your book Book signings – Publicist Speeches – send a press release Press Kit – questions to ask, biography, background information, resume I sold 0 books: 1 1/2, 5 since the radio show
  • 8. Marketing your book Batchewana Bay, by the side of the road!
  • 8. Marketing your book Time consuming, frantic, defeating, e.g., drug store chains Local papers are your best friends, radio won‟t touch you Donate books to related fundraisers: door prize Randy Ingermansonadvancedfictionwriting.com Writers Conference Survival Guide: $15 Promote Your Writing by Speaking: $50 Trade books with other writers, ask for reviews Podcast your book
  • 8. Marketing your book
  • 7. The Cover Page Design
  • 7. The publishing process
  • 7. The Interior Page Design
  • 6. Use an editer! Hire one if you have to, a co-publisher will provide one for you Ask for references from 3 happy customers One book: 11 errors on the first page; syntax, puncutatyon, typs, no commas: too many commas, run-on sentances, „quotes‟ for no purpose… Spelling errors make me cringe Seven year old: seven-year-old No plot, one-dimensional characters Vulgar, racist, biased (gender, religion) Ensure you have a story to tell Setting: a place you know
  • 5. The book proposal Every kid who plays hockey thinks they‟ll be Wayne Gretsky Every author thinks s/he‟ll be the new best seller We are a dime a dozen Put together a fantastic book proposal Find a literary agent and a publicist
  • 5. The book proposal See: blog.nathanbransford.comhiwrite.com/pro.html Overview; catchy, Competing titles; why yours is better, newer, very salable Market analysis, e.g., target market Biography, awards, previous publications Outline, # pages (Chap Book?) List of chapters Sample chapter
  • 4. Find a publisher Publishers – the big ones won‟t touch you! An agent recently told me „editors in big publishers are basically readers for marketing departments‟. Another said in the past year she‟d got more than 10 excellent books to editorial board, with all the editors staunchly behind them, but marketing vetoed them. An editor I know – very senior in terms of job title and the publisher she works for – laments that she is no longer allowed to accept the rich fiction she loves to read and has to publish shallow sure-fire supermarket titles.
  • 4. Print on Demand Lulu.com You are in full control of your work in every aspect of it from content, formatting, cover design, and price You are in control of the marketing and depending on how much you have to spend, you can market your book as extensively and as effectively as any book out there on the market You make more money off of each copy sold You can choose to publish your work with a registered ISBN or not You can choose from 3 book formats You have full control over distribution, and when/or if you want to publish more editions or cancel the publication. YOU are the boss.
  • 4. Print on Demand From K. Lynnette Erwin -the downsides: If you want your work to be up to quality, then you will have to hire your own editor. Cover designs and all formatting are up to you and if you don't have the skills or ability to design your own cover and/or put your book into print formatting. The upside is that they give you all the formatting options and instructions so that you can do it yourself if you want to, or you will have to pay someone to do that for you. Because you are in charge of the marketing, it is up to you to get your book out there.
  • 4. Print on Demand 80% of revenue Choice of bindings
  • 4. Self-publishing YOU MUST HAVE AN EDITOR! Self publishing costs can be high ($10,000) Local bookstores don‟t want to clutter shelves with newbies Marketing and promotion is difficult Dreamcatcherpublishing.ca
  • 4. The Publishing Contract No. of Pages: Cost Options: 174 pages plus paperbound cover 200 copies $22,576.00 1000 copies 1500 copies $26,370.00 2000 copies Delivery: $25,259.00 $27,777.00 Vancouver Extra: GST , Courier costs/postage and handling, Delivery from the warehouse to your designated storage place This was a 'publishing services company‟ – not truly a publisher.
  • 4. Co-Publishing Contract SHARE the cost of editing, design, layout, line edit, proofreading, printing and promotion. Bookmarks will be printed and distributed to bookstores with the shipping of the books. 500 one-colour flyers will be produced indicating our "800" number and credit card service. These will be sent to our bookstore accounts across Canada as well as to any mailing lists you may provide (up to 40 names). 40 promo copies and 30+ media kits will be sent to traditional media The book will be included in our catalogue, both on-line and print versions. General Store Publishing House will also provide marketing/sales services for your book; this involves handling sales to bookstores and direct mail sales. The complete process to bring the book to market will take up to six months.
  • 3. Blogging Networks Massive groups of wannabe writers meet on-line Check into a network Join a book club, writer‟s club, take a writing course Deconstruct a piece of writing you truly appreciate A writer needs three things; experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others. William Faulkner, novelist (1897-1962)
  • 2. Begin with poems! The Walker Poem Kay Devlin, resident of Perth Community Care Centre Where did my walker go? I had it a minute ago I walked down the hall Now I don‟t see it at all. Did somebody take it? It‟s nearly new with a nice black seat and legs of blue. Please help me find it. I want it. Oh, for heaven‟s sake I‟m sitting on it.
  • 2. Begin with poems! Words to Rhyme With Or use: www.rhymezone.com canadianpoetryassociation.webs.c om/ Kay Devlin, resident of Perth Community Care Centre
  • 2. Writing Prompts Get onto blog memes: • many resources; book clubs, ideas for writers, sharing of ideas, writing prompts, blog memes: Skywatch Friday, My World Tuesday, NaPoWriMo thankyourteachers.blogspot.com : How Tos • • Creative Writing Class – Beaver Creek AWAD prompts Journals, self-help books Natalie Goldberg‟s books: • Writing Down the Bones
  • 2. Writing Prompts One Word oneword.com thepromptwriter.com/one-word-prompts crestfallen PRONUNCIATION: (KREST-fo-luhn) MEANING: adjective: Dispirited or disappointed by having one's hopes dashed. ETYMOLOGY: From allusion to the drooping crest or comb of a bird, such as a rooster. From Latin crista (tuft).
  • 1. Next you have to write!
  • 1. Writing Begin with an outline – what do you want to say? Keep a diary or blog, write daily, with discipline Submit your work to contests Join a club: poetry society, e-list: advancedfictionwriting.com advancedfictionwriting.com/art/snowflake.php Understand that you have a story to tell Give your writing to someone else to read it
  • 1. Learn about writing a novel The character's name A one-sentence summary of the character's storyline The character's motivation (what does he/she want abstractly?) The character's goal (what does he/she want concretely?) The character's conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching this goal?) The character's epiphany (what will he/she learn, how will he/she change? A one-paragraph summary of the character's storyline How to Write a Novel: The Snowflake Method http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/snowflake.php
  • 1. Learn about writing a novel Character Development From Barrie Summy recommended reading The Writer's Journeyby Chris Vogler Creating Character Emotionsby Ann Hood Take a book where she loves the characterization and deconstruct it. And take a book where she thought the characterization didn't work. Deconstruct both books. Look at what is said when the character is first introduced, how the character grows, how the growth takes places vis-a-vis the plot, etc. Seriously, I learn a ton from taking a book apart.
  • 1. Character Development Of what is your character afraid? What gives your character joy? How does your character show love? What makes your character angry? How competitive is your character? What does your character think about during downtime? What “unreachable” dream does your character have? What would your character have to give up to realize this dream?
  • 1. Now you have to write Here is a basic list of character details to help you get started: * Name * Age * Ethnicity Residence * Job * Appearance * * Temperament * Favorite color * Friends * Favorite foods * Drinking patterns * Phobias * Faults
  • 1. Now you have to write Every day, e.g., 5-min. timed writing Using discipline: the same spot, your favourite tool Write poems, prose, blogs Take a creative writing course Join a creative writing group Find a story you are compelled to tell creative writing prompts.com No Canadian Idol for writers!
  • 1. Learn about writing e.g., Writers and Company–CBC Radio Read all you can. Why does a book get your attention? Analyse good and bad. Listen to podcasts, they have much to offer the ambitious writer.
  • 1. Canadian Writer‟s Guide Ideas & inspiration Character development Overcoming writer's block Book contracts Copyright Internet
  • Resources mymuskoka.blogspot.com/search/label/publishing a book www.Xlibris.com/BookPublishing Book Publishing Made Easy www.Trafford.com Writersdigest.com