Websites for Authors
One of the best author resources is the websites of other authors, experts, and practitioners that are adept in your subject or genre. Sign up to receive updates and attend events and readings when possible. Post thoughtful and positive comments on their blogs. Be genuine. Many authors are willing to share their stories of publication with new authors. Pay attention to the people they thank in their book. They often mention the names of their agents and editors. When your book is accepted by a publisher, you’ll have a list of authors that might be willing to write a blurb or recommend your book to their fans.
Tama Kieves is an inspiring author and career coach. Tama’s site is full of encouraging words and practical advice that helps you replace negative beliefs about what is possible with compassionate, alternative messages that give you permission to follow your dreams.
Join the mailing lists of publishers that you want to write for and publish books in your genre. You can view their upcoming releases, read the bios of their authors, see how they present and package their books to retailers and readers, and learn which of their backlist titles have been successful. In addition, you may receive promotional discounts and coupons on their products.
PW is a great resource for writers wanting to keep up on the latest news in the publishing industry. In their free daily newsletter, you get the scoop on what’s happening in the publishing world.
More Online Resources for Authors
Facebook and Twitter
You can set up a Facebook Page to promote a product or service. Pages are different from personal accounts. They don’t require you to accept friend requests. Everyone can post on your page, but you can remove any unwanted content. https://www.facebook.com/
Twitter accounts are easy to set up and are useful for updating others on your current events and for following the people and products that interest you.
If you want to track a trend, topic, person, or book, you can sign up for free and get emails that notify you whenever something new is posted on the Internet or Twitter. Make sure the key word(s) you enter are as specific as possible otherwise you will have to sort through a large amount of emails. Put in your own name and the title of your book, and you’ll find out what others are saying about you and your book.
This free service currently tracks the sales of books on Amazon in the US, Canada, UK. France, Denmark, Japan and the Italy. Although it only counts books sold through Amazon, you can track the sales of any book listed on their site.
Books for Authors
Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer by Jeff VanderMeer
This book has valuable and practical information for writers. VanderMeer covers almost every aspect of an author’s life including: online book promotion, what to look for in an agent, goal setting, self-publishing, how to work with publishers, and how to stay positive when you receive those nasty rejection letters.
The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
If you ever wonder what it’s like to be an editor and want to make a good first-impression as an author, then, you must read this book. Some of the things would-be authors do, thinking that it will increase their chances of getting published, are hilarious.
Spiritual Writing: From Inspiration to Publication by Deborah Levine Herman.
Written in 2002, this book gives the mind body spirit writer a “how to” approach on writing, sending submissions, finding agents, and selecting publishers. Since the publishing industry changes quickly, it is important to make sure the information regarding agencies and publishers is still accurate before sending inquiries.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
A creativity coach recommended this book to me. Why do we resist that which gives us so much joy when we finally allow ourselves to do it? You’ll have to read the book to find out! Of course, you’ll have to overcome your resistance to actually get the book and read it.