Belle Whittington

Belle WhittingtonSerial daydreamer, Inkslinger, Author of YA Paranormal Novels, Shopaholic, and Professional Nerd.

Join me as I begin my journey to publication. Here, I will post articles of interest, blogs, and interviews pertaining to Indie Publishing.

Check out a sample of my novel, CICADA, posted on my "About My Writing" page. I've also got some CICADA short stories posted here, as well.

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I’m so honored that FIREFLY was chosen to be featured as 2013 BIR over at Nicole’s lovely blog: Books Complete Me

Pop on over to her blog, check out her interview with my main character Blair Reynolds, and ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF “FIREFLY”!!!

Let’s say you’re active on a variety of social media networks, plus you have a website or blog, AND you’re available on Skype. How do you efficiently convey all the ways you might be contacted? Try one of these tools.

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1) Writers are troubled people. Have sympathy.

No one likes to promote themselves. It’s one of those things, like hemorrhoids and hair loss, that most of us will have to deal with but prefer not to discuss. (In “all” I, of course, exclude Ryan Seacrest and at least five Kardashian sisters.) But it is especially tough for writers: a species defined by our congenital habit of roaming urban enclaves with stooped backs, alternately developing variously decent ideas in coffee shops and crying into the closest gutter in fear that said ideas aren’t good enough. (I know: I make it sound so bad. It is.)

2) Everyone needs a (shhh) platform.

And yet. We’ve all got to do it. The last time I spoke with a publishing professional, she whispered the word platform so cautiously it was as though she feared anyone overhearing might realize that writers have platforms for our own self-gain as opposed to that of starving Somalian refugees or Syrian freedom fighters. She told me that, in order to have a (shhh) platform, and more specifically, in order to ever have a book published by anyone other than Amazon or my 101-year old Jewish grandmother, I should have a website.

3) Boys who make websites are elusive.

So, I set to work heeding the professional’s advice — only to realize that the one guy I know who builds websites had a vague and fleeting interest in kissing me during the summer of 2010. At present, he would seem to have an even less focused interest in making me famous. Inconvenient.

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Post by Elizabeth Tannen

C.S. Lakin wrote an excellent article about finding the right freelance editor.  You can find it here…

Trying to decide if you need a freelance editor?  Jane Friedman posted this awesome article…

I’ve published eight books in the past seven years, five with traditional publishers (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins), one comic book,  and the last two I’ve self-published. In this post I give the specific details of all of my sales numbers and advances with the traditional publishers. Although the jury is still out on my self-published books, “How to be the Luckiest Man Alive” and ”I Was Blind But Now I See”  I can tell you these two have already sold more than my five books with traditional publishers, combined.

If you, the entrepreneur, self-publish a book you will stand out, you will make more money, you will kick your competitors right in the XX, and you will look amazingly cool at cocktail parties. I know this because I am seldom cool but at cocktail parties, with my very own comic book, I can basically have sex with anyone in the room. But don’t believe me, it costs you nothing and almost no time to try it yourself.

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Post by James Altucher

If anyone is still unconvinced that attitudes toward self-publishing have changed, an informal meeting with a group of Amazon CreateSpace authors during BookExpo in May offered still more evidence. The three authors we encountered at the CreateSpace booth showed that whether you’re a businessman looking to document your entrepreneurial history, an artist investigating a new medium, or a more conventional writer just hoping to break into book publishing, self-publishing can be a viable option.

Invited by Amazon to stop by and meet its authors, PW didn’t know quite what to expect, but we came away impressed. Among the self-made authors at that table was a genial and humorous gentleman who turned out to be Bill Rasmussen, the founder of ESPN, who self-published a new edition of his 1983 book, Sports Junkies Rejoice! The Birth of ESPN. Sitting next to Rasmussen was a woman who seemed vaguely familiar. Indeed, she was Tanya Wright, a highly regarded film and TV actress best known these days for her role as Kenya on the hit HBO TV series True Blood. Wright had published her novel, Butterfly Rising, through Amazon CreateSpace, and it was awarded a debut novel prize at last year’s Brooklyn Book Festival. She earlier had written, produced, directed, and starred in an independent film, also called Butterfly Rising, which she turned into  the book. Seated next to Wright was Maria Murnane, a former public relations professional consumed by the writing bug, who quit her job, moved in with her parents, wrote, and eventually self-published her comic chick lit novel, Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)adventures of Waverly Bryson, through Amazon Create Space.

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Article by Calvin Reid

Mickey Mills

I’m really excited to introduce everyone to a friend of mine, Mickey Mills, author of Haunting Injustice.

In this interview, Mickey shares a lot of valuable insight into self-publishing.

Thanks, Mickey, for taking the time to join us!

  • First off, tell us about your book Haunting Injustice. 

Before I do that, first I’d like to thank you for allowing me this opportunity. Haunting Injustice was a concept that came out of a conversation with a friend. In the context of the conversation, the phrase “Phoenix Worthy” came out, and it occurred to me what a great character name that was. I had the name, so I wrapped a story around the character. I always loved ghost stories and the paranormal, so it seemed like a good fit.

Phoenix Worthy is a modern day ghost hunter living in Savannah, GA. The story is about one of his paranormal investigations. I wrapped a small cast of characters around Phoenix and drove the plot from multiple points of view. So far, anyone who has read it likes it. At least that’s the feedback I am getting.

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Today I’m going to do something I’ve debated on doing before: I’m going to talk about what’s going on with my books from a writer standpoint. I know that I talk about them a lot, but I always talk about it to inform readers.

The reason I debated is because I know people like J. A. Konrath talk about their work in a frank, transparent way, which is wonderful for other writers to read, but I think that he sometimes turns readers off with his business talk.

So I’m just going to say up front: I truly appreciate every reader who has bought me book, even the ones who hated it and gave it one star. I write because I love it, not because I see readers as dollar signs. I am very, very passionate about my work, and I take it very seriously that people are inviting me to entertain them every time they buy a book.

But two things have happened lately that makes me want to talk about the busissnes aspect of all this:

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Post by Amanda Hocking

I get bombarded by email, mostly from people either thanking me or asking me for something, and I simply can’t respond to everyone. If you’ve emailed me and not gotten a reply, it’s because I need an assistant, not because I hate you.

That said, one reoccurring question seems to be: “I’ve got an ebook, now what can I do to make sure it sells a lot of copies?”

The bare-bones answer: There’s nothing you can do to guarantee a lot of sales.

Sales involve luck. Luck is all about random chance, which can’t be predicted or planned for. There is no magic bullet for generating big sales.

But… there are a few truisms I’ve discovered.

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Article by J. A. Kontrath