Feb 13, 2012

The Writing Business - My Plan

In my last post I spoke about the need for a writer to have a plan. This could be as elaborate as a detailed business plan or as simple as a list of steps you need to take to become published (and then don't forget the steps to market what you publish).

Today I thought I'd share with you my list - this is not complete, there are previous steps I've already completed (write an author bio, get a blog or website, get a good author pic... oh yeah, write a novel...). Maybe you'll find some helpful ideas on there, or maybe you can suggest some things I've forgotten! As I tick off each step I'll share my experience and you can learn by my (hopefully rare) mistakes. I'll be sharing my experiences organising book covers next.



From Manuscript to Book:

Edit book
  • Check out professional editing organisations
  • Circulate amongst Beta readers
Cover design
  • Search contacts for artists, graphic artists and professionals at book cover design.
  • Check Shutterstock or other photo sites for good stock photos.
  • Check online resources.
Format e-book and Print On Demand book
  • Check with State writers groups for contacts for digital publishers.
  • Look at CreateSpace
  • Kindle
  • iBooks
  • All others: Smashwords, Dymocks, Fishpond etc.
Advertising material:
  • Bookmarks
  • Postcards 
  • Book Trailer - speak to Luke or Rhonda
  • Slogans ('cause I have too much time on my hands):
    • Zombie Dog hates your guts... loves your brains.
    • Tell Zombie Dog to heel, and it’ll bring you a nice fresh one.
    • Zombie Dog’s best trick: ‘play dead’ (Zombie Dog is not playing).
    • Zombie Dog thinks you look nom nom.
    • Zombie Dog, nom nom nomming her way into your heart (cross out, replace with brain).
    • Brrrraaaains means I love you.
    • (picture of two mafia guys tossing a body rolled in a rug to the doghouse) Sometimes Zombie Dog comes in handy.
Read Amazon guidelines
Decide on release date - promote book leading up to release
PROMOTE
  • Check out books on promoting your novel.
  • Read the John Locke guide
  • Check out guides to ebook publishing
  • Giveaway - Kindle?
  • Organise blog hop
  • Look up other promotional ideas
  • T-shirts (overkill???)
  • Talk to contacts in programming about creating a game app to pair with the ebook.

16 comments:

  1. That's a big list! But you can do it all. I look forward to reading about your experiences with book covers. Good on you for taking it all on.

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  3. Great post.
    I like your organization. Very easy steps to follow. Good luck!

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  4. Oh man... to be as organized as you! Pretty awesome. :D

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  5. I used Shutterstock for pan image I used for my cover. I also used Flickr and got permission my the author to use his image as the backdrop. Good luck to you!

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  6. Nice organization! good luck with it all.

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  7. Great plan. I'm terrible with any business plan but I know the key is organization. It sounds like you have your bases covered.

    On a side note, I noticed you are from Australia. That's so exciting and exotic! I went to Sydney a year ago on a business trip and loved it. So I have decided you are fabulous!

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  8. Wow. This is evidence that publishing requires a true commitment. You certainly are dedicated and tenacious. Congratulations on that. I hope I get to that level. Not sure if I have the stamina, but I hope I develop it.

    Thanks for this post.

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  9. Oh, it's been a little while since I've visited...I didn't realise you'd decided to go the indie route for your stories. Best of luck with it. I don't doubt you'll do a brilliant job of it. You certainly appear well organised too :)

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  10. Hi Charmaine. I loved the slogans! Great ideas and tips; thanks for sharing. I saw your blog on the A-to-Z linky list...and thought I'd stop and visit a friend! :-) Hope that you are all settled in and enjoying the new digs. Take care.

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