Coming out – Empowered and inspired by my first @RWAus conference #RWAus16 #amwriting #writers #emerging

Look out world – here I come!

Ain’t Love Grand was the best conference I’ve ever been to.

“Why?” I hear you ask.

I’ve been to conferences before – quite a few of them – I’ve even presented at some. History, Heritage, Architecture, Sustainability, Management – even Fossils. And there have been many with outstanding speakers, good networking, lots to learn and lots to think about. But for me, the recent RWAus conference was far more than just enlightening. It was transformational.

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I felt I changed on so many levels. Of course I learnt plenty of new info about writing and publishing. I also met lots of great people – and I think that’s where the transformation really set in. Because I’ve been a ‘closet novelist’ for years – have sat at home writing away, crafting stories, finishing books, self-publishing a few of them, building networks online and learning about the writing craft and the fraught world of publishing and marketing books, finding readers, etc, etc…. And have felt overwhelmed and alone, at times. Started to lose momentum and wonder whether I could continue existing as a writer in a parallel world that wasn’t really a reality… And then – BAM! – I meet dozens of other writers who are just like me, and suddenly it all becomes real.

So, some of the key things I learnt from attending the conference: –

  1. I am not alone. (That’s very reassuring.)
  2. Other writers are generous and inspiring – I already knew that, mostly, but now I really believe it
  3. Anything is possible, and you won’t know if you don’t try
  4. Writing is hard work and you need to treat it like a job. Take yourself seriously and give yourself permission to write.
  5. Don’t be ashamed of writing love stories – Love makes the world go round.
  6. And so much more that I’m going to need a few more blog posts to express it.

So now I am officially ‘OUT’ as a romance writer. I will tell any of my colleagues at work who are interested, and any of my friends and family. I will set myself writing goals and work towards them with gusto. I have made myself an electronic Calendar dedicated to all the work I need to do as ‘Emily Arden’. I am making this real, and I will succeed.

Stay tuned for some more posts on what I learnt from the conference, and may you achieve your dreams, or at least, always feel empowered to chase them.

 

Which publishers sell most books for Indies? #writing #self-publishing #Indies #Amazon #publishing #books

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This infographic says it all – Amazon are still the market leaders BY FAR when it comes to selling self-published books. So a great place to start. However, it is also worth getting your books out to the other publishers as well.

More info at this site:

http://publishingpush.com/blog/where-should-you-sell-your-books/?utm_source=Publishing+Push&utm_campaign=e02ba4fddb-2nd_April_Newsletter4_15_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5b28791183-e02ba4fddb-91020689

Latest figures on Traditional vs Self-Publishing #writing #self-publish #publishing #books #indie #traditional

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Some really interesting figures in this latest report on Author earnings

http://authorearnings.com/report/individual-author-earnings-tracked-across-7-quarters-feb-2014-sept-2015/?utm_source=Author+Earnings+Updates&utm_campaign=3214c87399-September_2015_Author_Earnings_Report9_5_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2438cb1801-3214c87399-115275981

Are you a new author dreaming of a trad publishing deal? #tradpublishing #indie #newauthor #writing #support #books

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What would you say if you were offered a trad publishing deal? Would you break out the champagne? Is that your idea of nirvana? If it is, then it’s worth being aware of some of the possible pitfalls.

I found this article really useful, especially as it is from someone with such a long experience of publishing in many different ways. I’d love to know what you think of it.

http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/the-new-world-of-publishing-the-real-price-of-traditional-publishing/

There are some important messages in there – in particular, if you do get offered a trad. publishing deal, be very careful about the small print. For example: “If we sell life-of-copyright to a novel to a major traditional publisher, we may NOT BE ABLE TO GET IT BACK.” Probably until 70 years after our death (even after the publishing company have lost interest)

From my perspective, I’m an Indie at heart. I feel I’ve found the place I want to be. Still a long way to go, but at least I know where myself and my books are going. And I will be keeping my copyright and taking responsibility for whatever I have to, and getting professionals to help add value in areas where I am not so proficient. At least I know that most of what I deliver will be down to me. Wish me luck!

Amazon/Lake Union – Trad publishing with a difference #writing #publishing #amazon

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Have you heard of Lake Union? Apparently an off-shoot of Amazon that works a bit more like a trad publisher. I found this article by Carol Bodensteiner interesting. She talks about the pros of publishing through Lake Union – particularly the marketing clout.

http://janefriedman.com/2015/06/11/working-with-amazon-publishing/

I still love the idea of being Indie, but I can see the attraction in having so much support for production and marketing. What do you think?

Interested in self-publishing? Check out why Seth Godin chose to self publish. #self-publishing #publishing #writing #book

My favourite quote from this: Seth Godin says: “Self-publishing is the responsibility of choosing oneself.”

Check out why Seth Godin chose to self publish. http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/05/why-seth-godin-self-published/

Hybrid publishing – the good, the bad and the ugly #writers #writing #book #publishing

Do you need help with publishing? What options are available to you? This article from Jane Friedman gives some excellent advice!

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/66658-not-all-hybrid-publishers-are-created-equal.html

This has made me think about my own best options for publishing in the future. So far, I have used an e-Book distributor Bookbaby for my first series of contemporary romances. But I am not sure whether that is the best way to go with future books. I will look do an evaluation of my options soon and let you know how I go.