Are you an author looking for a literary agent or story inspiration? Are you an agent looking to put your ideas out there?
If you’re either, you’re in luck.
This summer, agents, editors, publishers and readers have been using the #MSWL hashtag, tweeting for writers to answer their Manuscript Wish Lists. If you search #MSWL on twitter, you’ll find the most up-to-date and retweeted requests, constantly refreshing. Alternatively, you can visit the Agent And Editor Wish List, a dedicated tumblr to the best of the best MSWL tweets, created by writer KK Hendin (you can visit her blog here). The next big MSWL event will be September 24th, but go ahead, check it out in the meantime!
Experience can contribute greatly to what an author, or any other type of artist creates. Exile, asylum or self-imposed banishment are certainly notable events that would shape any individual’s perspectives- or in these cases, publications. MentalFloss has put together this list of banished creative thinkers and their 9 famous works written in exile for you to consider. You can find some of these books available in the Sumbola Bookstore.
If you were sent to live forever on the island of Elba, much like an emperor of years past, what would you create? Let us know in the comments, or tweet your answer to us @SumbolaCoSI.
Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) is web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. She has spoken on writing, publishing, and the future of media at more than 200 events since 2001, including South by Southwest, BookExpo America, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
Jane spoke at the Midwest Writers Workshop this year, giving her story of audience development. Her message is to help other bloggers and writer’s build their own audience development by sharing her own experiences and offering practical tips.
Selling a book (no matter how amazing it is) requires promotion and marketing- a tricky feat when you are new to self-publishing. Kimberley Grabas, founder of YourWriterPlatform.com has put together a whopping list of seventy-one ways to promote market your book. In a hurry? Listed below are five of her simple steps to get people talking, posting and tweeting about your literary creation:
Create a plan. Include your budget, your timeline, your goals, your website or blog development, your social media strategy, everything. This step is the big one, so grab a cup of tea (or favourite beverage of choice) and get to it!
Create a pitch. Figure out how to explain your book within a few sentences in a way that captures the premise, as well as the attention of your audience. Make sure you include an intriguing hook in it that leaves readers and potential endorsers of yours asking, “tell me more”.
Think like a business. Your audience will take you as seriously as you treat yourself and your books. Present yourself and your work in a polished, recognizable way to optimize your potential. This means getting a professional photo taken for your book and social media profiles, commissioning a high-resolution book cover, and ensuring your online presence has a balance of friendliness and professionalism.
Meet people online. Getting your name and book mentioned on more than just your own website is key. Become a guest-blogger, build a newsletter list, reach out on social media sites, hold a press release and advertise, the list of opportunities goes on. Being active on reputable and engaging sites will work wonders when it comes to building your own audience.
Meet people offline. I know, this one can be scary, but if you have a great book and an amazing pitch for it, you’re likely to get some warm receptions. Reach out to local newspapers, radio and TV stations, go on a podcast tour, attend networking events and conventions, get involved with a book club, etc. The relationships you build here will likely help you in the future too.
Remember: You’re not alone. The Internet has a plethora of materials to help you along in your publishing journey. Click here for the full seventy-one helpful hints on YourWriterPlatform. Please continue to check out our blog for inspiration, resources and support, or follow us on twitter at @Sumbolacosi.