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[Indies Unlimited] Authors: Do You Have A Business Plan?

Authors: Do You Have A Business Plan?

by Melissa Pearl

business plan for authors business-idea-831053_960_720One of the hardest things about being an indie author is learning the business side of writing. You can be the best writer in the world, but if you can’t figure out a way to sell books and maintain those sales, then it’s going to be really hard to turn your talent into a career.

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[Indies Unlimited] After the Book Release: An Author To-Do List

After the Book Release: An Author To-Do List

by Melissa Bowersock

book launch rocket-launch-67641_640So you’ve completed your magnum opus and you’ve just released it out into the world. Time to sit back and enjoy the rave reviews and rich royalties that come rolling your way? No, not quite. You still have some work to do. As a matter of fact, with the reach of the Internet and so many social media forums, there are a zillion things that you could do, should do, can do, to include the new book in your online presence and to get the word out. After all, you want to ride that wave before the 30-day cliff hits!

Having a check list is a good idea, because it would be easy to overlook those areas where you don’t check in frequently or spend a lot of time. How many times have you stumbled over an old bio tucked away somewhere, and it doesn’t have your last three books? Your profiles are already out there; don’t waste the opportunity to tout the new book.

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Attend Write on the Red Cedar 2016 Conference! #MichLit JAN 22-23

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR WRITE ON THE RED CEDAR 2016

featuring

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR BOB MAYER

Jan. 22–23, 2016

 

Who says you have to travel to New York or Los Angeles to attend a professional writing conference?

Write on the Red Cedar is a growing, premier writing event located conveniently in the heart of the Great Lakes State on the campus of Michigan State University.

WOTRC has one central goal: To give you the tools, access, and information you need to go from writer toBobMayerprofessional writer. And that’s why we hold WOTRC in January—to help you kick off the New Year on the right track to achieve your writing resolutions!

For 2016, Capital City Writers Association is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer as our headliner. Mayer—author of the sci-fi Area 51 series and owner of Cool Gus Publishing —joins an exciting line-up of authors, journalists, editors, and agents who have generously agreed to share their time and expertise with you.

Want to learn more? Click on the quick links below for more information about our speakers, schedule, agent appointments, and other conference opportunities.

Schedule

Workshops

Speakers

Conference Center/Hotel

Agent Appointments

Manuscript Reviews

Register for Write on the Red Cedar

To visit the main CCWA website, click here!

Capital City Writers is a professional association for career-focused writers in and around Lansing, Mich.

Founded in 2013 by four professional writers, the organization is designed to provide support and learning opportunities for working and aspiring writers in their publishing pursuits.

We have a four-part mission:

— Craft and career support through regular workshops

— Networking

— Recognition for member accomplishments

— Accountability, so you can achieve your goals

TO JOIN:

https://capitalcitywritersassociation.wordpress.com/

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#MotownWriters @Meetup Group Topic:Finding Readers|Make money in 2016 Dec12th 10am @DetroitLibrary

 

  • Saturday, December 12, 2015

    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Detroit Library – Main

    5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI (edit map)

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    RSVP NOW!

    Whether offline or online finding readers is a hard job for Writers. Get ready to take notes as we discuss how to find your readers to sell more books.

    We’ll also touch on how to make money as a writer while increasing readership and SEO. See ya Sat and please bring a donation to help us out.

    Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements.

    Networking is key to our survival as writers and authors! This is your chance to learn, network and connect!

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    RSVP NOW!

 

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Dec 12th Join me at #iWrite2k15: Ebook Workshop & Social Media Consulting #Detroit

Please take a moment and share this post with other who are writing a book, writers groups, and other interested parties in your blog, social media and even offline. (There are print functions below.) Thanks in advance.

REGISTER NOW http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=157135035

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On Saturday, December 12th, Join me and other professionals to discuss self-publishing options and solutions. I’m excited to join this team of knowledgeable people to help people to their literary goal.

I’ll be doing an ebook workshop for lunch and then social media consults throughout the rest of the day.

Note: I’ll still be doing the regular 2nd Saturday from 10am to Noon at the Detroit Public – Main Library so I’ll have a very busy Saturday.

See you there and I hope you register for the self publishing workshop and training at: http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=157135035

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Classes Writers can take for free via @Mashables #MotownWriters

Mashables had an indept list for all to take in all types of classes. I looked through them and choose specific classes Authors should consider taking to enhance technical, social media and marketing skills.

You can see the full list by clicking this link: http://mashable.com/2015/10/13/free-online-classes

Beginner’s Guide to Image Editing in Photoshop, Digital Tutors

This series of step-by-step videos will teach you Photoshop terms and definitions and get you started with using basic tools and techniques. You’ll start off by resizing and resampling images, then move on to correcting the colors of an image and removing unwanted information. You’d be surprised by how much you can learn in 90 minutes!

Duration: 1.5 hours / 10 lessons

 Getting Started With Photoshop CC, Udemy

Udemy’s introduction course covers the basics so you can get started using Photoshop CC as soon as possible. Want to learn to use the marquee tool in detail, feather a selection, or refine edge command? You’ve come to the right place.

Duration: 2 hours / 23 lessons

How to Get Started With Adobe Illustrator CS6 — 10 Things Beginners Want to Know How to Do, Adobe TV

In this 40-minute tutorial, Adobe Creative Suite Podcast’s Terry White will show you the basics that’ll help you get started using Adobe Illustrator CS6. Duration: 40 Minutes / 1 Lesson

Online Advertising, OPEN2STUDY

Want to find out more about major digital platforms, social and mobile search, and how online ads are priced and delivered? If so, then OPEN2STUDY’s Online Advertising course is perfect for you. Be prepared to learn how to set realistic and measurable campaign objectives, identify the steps involved in digital campaign planning, and understand the process of selling an online ad program.

Duration: 16 hours / 33 lessons

Social Media 101, Social Media Quickstarter

Email marketing provider Constant Contact created this online tutorial to get you started on building your social media presence across all of the top social networks — from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+.

Duration: 1.5 hours / 1 Lesson

 SEO for SEO Beginners, Udemy

Heard of SEO, but never got the chance to understand what it actually is? This is the course for you. Upon completing the class, you’ll become an expert on the three pillars of powerful SEO, resulting in you knowing how to get to the top of the search results.

Duration: 1 hour / 15 lessons

Getting Started With Email Marketing, Skillshare

In this class, MailChimp’s Allyson Van Houten teaches you how to craft an email marketing strategy that will help you achieve your business goals. Whether you’re a small business owner, a freelancer, or a part of a startup team, you’ll be able to learn from the bite-sized lessons packed with core email marketing concepts, guiding questions, and practical resources.

Duration: 1.5 hours / 14 lessons

Start Writing Fiction, FutureLearn

Intended for anyone with an interest in fiction writing (with no prior experience necessary), this course teaches you how to develop your ideas and reflect on the writing and editing process. You’ll hear other writers talk about their approaches to research and consider different plot strategies.

Duration: 24 hours / 8 lessons

Copyright Made Easy, Udemy

Designed by a licensed attorney, this class gives you a comprehensive introduction to copyright law. At the end of two hours, you’ll understand the benefits that intellectual property brings and learn how to apply copyright law to your content.

Duration: 2 hours / 8 lessons

Like I said you can see the full list at Mashables.com

http://mashable.com/2015/10/13/free-online-classes

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Metro #Detroit Literary EVENT: 8th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference Oct 17th REGISTER NOW @traveltalk #michlit

Don’t let another year go by without attending a conference and if you have attended a conference this year, YOU MUST attend this one!!

Advanced Registration is $125.00

Space Permitting, at-the-door registration will be $150.00

Registration is going on NOW for the 8th Annual Rochester Writers’ ConferenceThe Story Within is the theme this year. Michigan author, Bonnie Jo Campbell, will keynote the October 17 Rochester Writers’ Conference. Current Springfed Arts’ members will enjoy a discount this year. If you’re a member in good standing with Springfed Arts, look for the Special Registration Page on the conference website. Presentations include Lectures, Workshops, and Panel Discussions for Fiction and Non-fiction Writers.

Presenters include: Lev Raphael, Zilka Joseph, Karrie Waarala, Linda Anger, Dorene O’Brien, Carrie Pearson, Hillary Rettig, Alice Speilburg, Danielle Schnakenberg, and Cindy Kitchel.

 

Presentations include: Avoid Bad Sex Writing, Our Story through Memoir, Publishing Poetry, Speaking Skills for Writers, Flash Fiction, Children’s Book Publishing 101, Joyful Writing Productivity, Small Group Agent Sessions, Personal Branding for Writers, I Have a Website – Now What?, and a Publishing Panel.

Complete Schedule is now available! 

 

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Want a discount on your printing and promo items at @Vistaprint, while helping #MotownWriters?

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http://vistaprint.extole.com/v2/share/6159197954459409264

Tip: Did you know instead of reordering cards at Vistaprint​ at a higher price, you can just google the Internet for “Free Business Card Offers at Vistaprint” and a link will come up to get 500 business cards for discount? And then you log into your account at Vistaprint once you get the code and they’ll apply the discount to your order.

If you want to help the Michigan Literary Network/Motown Writers Network, Use the link to get $10 off the finest business cards, stationery, and more Vistaprint​

http://vistaprint.extole.com/v2/share/6159197954459409264

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[Free Kindle Book] Self-Publishing Books 101 via @ShellyHitz #amazon

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Self-Publishing Books 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing Your Book in Multiple Formats (Author 101 Series) Kindle Edition

Cick here for your copy: http://amzn.to/1KGBuK4

Review

“Shelley’s book has encouraged me and has actually given me the confidence I need to self publish a book…This is one book that I will definitely keep on hand to refer back to often. I strongly recommend it to any author out there who desires to get there work published.”  -Robin
“This book is a great resource for the writer who wants to self-publish but needs step by step guidance on how to accomplish that goal. Highly recommended.” -Sandy Bose

Cick here for your copy: http://amzn.to/1KGBuK4

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How to Write a Book From Outline to Finish Line [FREE BOOK] via @ShelleyHitz

How to Write a Book From Outline to Finish Line: 10 Simple Ways to Outline Your Nonfiction Book

Are you looking for tips on writing a book? In this book, I share strategies on how to write a book from outline to finish line. There are literally endless possibilities for the books you can write and publish. Learn these 10 strategies to outline your book AND 3 ways to write your book so you can cross the finish line to publish your nonfiction book. More
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Notes frm #MotownWriters @Meetup 1/10/15…Add yr own New Year Goals and Tips

New Year Literary Endeavors

Baby steps count too

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Discussion outline of our January monthly meetup at The Detroit Public Library Main Branch. We meet every 2nd Saturday from 10am to Noon. Interested in Joining us next month, please feel free to come or RSVP at http://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork.

Please feel free to share this post with another writer, author, poet or group!

Writing Goals

Realistic Monthly Writing Goals

Word Count

Page Count

Publishing Goals

Set timelines.

Get a publishing buddy

Find someone who is ahead of the publishing goals and help them out to learn from them

Marketing

Offline – placing marketing material places in state and out of state

Visiting networking groups related to book or the writing industry

Supporting other authors and ppl in your book’s genre

Online

Social networks

Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google, Youtube

Produce one audio file and one video file a month

Produce one blog post a month

Get a free account at Hootsuite to make posting easier for yourself

Promotion

Find one event to speak at, perform at, teach at… online or off line.

Easy one… check out blogtalkradio and set up an interview for yourself

Get a blog to be featured on

Offline… check out churches, library or youth groups in the area to speak at about your genre, specialty or book

Overall

Get a buddy

Budget monthly

Do ONE thing in your goal sheet and then next month try to do two things and next month do three… and so on

Come back to Motown Writers and give us an update.

January group goal

Take one selfie of you and another writer. Post it to social media with a hashtag of #motownlit

Resources
http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/get-published-sell-my-work

Now add your beginning of the year goals and any tips you can offer to other writers! See you next meeting.

RSVP now at http://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork

 

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Michigan Male Authors: Help support #MotownWriters literacy efforts #RealMenRead #mwn #amreading #MotownLit #Detroit

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Please fill out the form to show your interest…

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ShuPolish Editing Services… Resources for authors of nonfiction and women’s fiction books…#Motownlit #michlit

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How can the National Writers Union Help You? #Detroit Chapter #Writers #mwn #nwu

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ShuPolish Editing Services… Resources for authors of nonfiction and women’s fiction books…#Motownlit #michlit

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