In this issue . . .
-- self-publishing success story
-- The Author Hour: Top 50 fiction authors
-- another way to get radio publicity
-- author looking for freelance writers
-- How to Work with Freelance Writers to Boost Free Publicity
-- Reading Library for Underprivileged Children
-- MyMediaInfo media database
-- Kindle, Sony Reader, and ebooks formatting: an update
self-publishing success story
In 2002, Rosemary Thornton wrote and self-published a book about
Sears homes, The Houses That Sears Built. Here is what she had to say
about that experience:
What a crazy bold move that was. At first, I feared I might end up
giving those 1,000 copies away to friends and family for Christmas
presents for the next 40 years. But then the New York Times called and
they wanted to do a story on Sears homes, and they quoted my book.
Next came PBS History Detectives, A&E's Biography, CBS Sunday Morning
News and more.
In Summer 2004, my book was a featured category on Jeopardy!
In 2006, I made it to the front page of the Wall Street Journal (above
Perhaps most importantly, this self-published book provided me with a
thoroughly delightful career and income for five years and continues to
sell well at Amazon.com.
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The Author Hour: Top 50 fiction authors
Matthew Peterson, award-winning author of Paraworld Zero, is
interviewing over 50 of the top fiction authors in the world for his online
radio show, The Author Hour: Your Guide to Fantastic Fiction, which
airs every Thursday at noon Eastern on VoiceAmerica.com (the world
leader in live Internet talk radio).
The guests on his next episode include Terry Brooks, Brandon Sanderson,
Tracy Hickman, Margaret Weis, and R. A. Salvatore. Then the week after
that, he's got Anne Rice, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kevin J. Anderson, Brian
Herbert, and Orson Scott Card.
The interviews are transcribed and archived on his show website at
http://www.TheAuthorHour.com for people who missed the live show,
plus the interviews are syndicated through iTunes. Go to his website for
the full list of guests and to listen to the previous interviews Matthew
has done with international bestselling authors such as Terry Pratchett,
Eoin Colfer, Piers Anthony, Diana Gabaldon, Meg Cabot, and Holly Black.
Two things to learn from what Matthew is doing:
1. You can do the same in your genre, whether fiction or nonfiction. If
you have an online radio show, famous authors and other experts will be
open to being interviewed by you. You don't have to take my word for
that. Just check out the famous novelists who are being interviewed by
2. If you are a novelist, you can suggest yourself as a guest by going
to TheAuthorHour.com and submitting a proposal (via the contact link).
another way to get radio publicity
Here's a tip from Tom Moore that shows how he got featured on a major
Dallas radio show:
Here's a way I found to get some extra publicity for my two books
locally. I had to go to Cannes, France on business and was staying over
to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair to sell the foreign rights on my books.
On Friday afternoon, as I was writing my weekly free newsletter that
goes out all over the world, I was listening to the Jody Dean Show on
KLUV in Dallas via the Internet.
In previous shows I had heard them mention people listening in from
other parts of the world to their internet broadcast, so I emailed Jody
and mentioned that I was in Cannes and would be heading to the
Frankfurt Book Fair to promote my books--The Gentle Way: A Self-Help
Guide For Those Who Believe In Angels books I and II. He did mention me
and the books and said he was "going to have to check out my website."
His show is the number two show in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, so it was
a nice mention. This could work for anyone that's on a book tour or
away from their city for business or pleasure.
You can check out Tom's books at http://www.thegentlewaybook.com.
author looking for freelance writers
Jami Lin, author of several books on color alchemy and feng shui, has a
great idea on how to get publicity. It's simple: Work with freelance
authors who will get paid by magazines to write stories. As the book
author, you provide the expertise while the freelance writer writes the
stories and gets paid. Here's her pitch to freelance writers.
SUBJECT: Freelancers: get paid for writing your passions
Looking for ONE freelancer-partner in each of the following genres.
You keep 100% fee and byline. We'll co-create concepts, perhaps even
a features column! I'll pitch the magazines.
Redundant: I want no money, just the press from well-written content!
What's the catch? None! I don't have time to write the articles myself.
Deadline: Once I find a few long-term relationships with a few passionate
journalists, this offer expires.
If you'd like to know more about Jami's offer, check out her website at:
How to Work with Freelance Writers to Boost Free Publicity
The following article was written by M. Sharon Baker, a freelance writer
and commercial copywriter. It tells you how to implement the above
strategy without offending professional freelancers.
In your quest for free publicity, you may have learned working with a
freelance writer could help you land media coverage in a coveted
publication. Because freelance writers and freelance journalists write
for several publications, your odds are great that establishing a
relationship could land you and your book in several publications.
But you need to know how to approach a freelance writer or freelance
journalist correctly. Doing it wrong could land you on their Black List
and in the recycle bin.
Last week a book author sent out an email blast looking for freelance
writers to develop story ideas about her book and products, offering
that she would let the writers pitch her story to magazines she would
suggest. She mentioned the writer could keep the money made from
the articles, have the byline, and that she would maximize the exposure
for articles written. Visiting her site, I learned she charges authors to
send out these kinds of emails to writers and journalists, offering to
help the authors with their free publicity.
Yuck. This approach turns freelance writersí stomachs. Journalists
and freelancers are trained to pitch good stories and be impartial, not
pitch stories to promote a book or author. They donít want to be your
public relations firm. And they will run if you approach them this way.
Offer to be a Source
Hereís how to do it the right way. You have several options. One way
would be to send a freelance writer or journalist a note letting them
know that you are a subject matter expert in a particular area, have
written a book, and can talk about several topics or trends. And that
youíd love to be considered as a source for any upcoming stories they
may be writing.
This approach signals that you understand how freelancers work, and
that you are sophisticated enough to know not just to promote your
book. It also is a great conversational starter, one that could lead to
one or multiple stories that the freelancer initiates.
Pitch A Story Idea, Not Yourself
A second approach would be to pitch them a story idea about the trend
or topic your book addresses, much like you would a publication, blog or
magazine. Donít just give your information, but include why the topic is
newsworthy, include outside research that supports your trend or topic,
and suggest other sources that could be consulted Ė even competitors.
Before you make the pitch, research the writer and make sure he or she
is interested in your topic. If you arenít sure, ask them.
Reviewers aside, do not send freelance writers an email telling them why
they should write about your book. It will be deleted or hit the recycle
can. Instead, boost your chances by including statistics and other
research, which makes the writerís job easier, and name some of your
competitors, which helps you earn a freelancerís trust.
Freelance Pros Donít Care About Pay and Bylines
Freelance writers and journalists do not operate the same as staff
writers of a publication.
Freelancers donít get paid until the story runs, if they are lucky, or
several months after publication. It can take months to get a story
accepted, depending upon the timeliness and the impact of your story.
So dangling the carrot that freelancers get to keep the fees or any
money generated from the publication isnít very attractive. Professional
journalists and writers donít worry about bylines because they have
hundreds or thousands of them.
-- M. Sharon Baker is a Seattle-based freelance journalist and corporate
writer who helps individuals and corporations with their public relations
and marketing needs. Learn more at http://www.msharonbaker.com.
Or email her at Sharon@msharonbaker.com.
Reading Library for Underprivileged Children
I received the following note from a woman in India. If you want to help
her out, read the note below:
I am Cathrin Grace Hazra from New Delhi, India. I have started a
reading library for under privilged children near my residence with the
books from my own personal collection.
As I do not have the money to buy new books for my library, I have
been searching the net for free books/novels/comics etc and came
across your website. If you think you might be able to send books free
of cost to me for my library, then please send them to:
Cathrin Grace Hazra, G-12, 2nd Floor, Poorti Apartments, F-Block,
Vikaspuri, New Delhi - 110 018; Res: 011-28539844; Mob: 98109 77748.
MyMediaInfo media database
I don't know much about this service and have not really checked it out,
but it looks interesting. MyMediaInfo offers a media database of over
80,000 news outlets in North America. They also offer a large collection
of editorial calendars and a simple email distribution system. You can
check it out for yourself at http://www.mmiemails.com/register.html.
Kindle, Sony Reader, and ebooks formatting: an update
A reader was kind enough to share the person they used to format their
book for Kindle. If you don't want to figure out how to format your book
for the Kindle, check out the following person:
Joshua Tallent: http://www.kindleformatting.com and
Another reader sent the following advice:
I read your reply to an email in which an author wanted to know about
converting their book to an e-book format. You told them there are a
number of companies that will format their book for e-readers. I
studied the specs for both Kindle and Nook. They support PDF formats.
This conversion is easily done by the author and at a cost far below
the $500 you mentioned in your reply.
In addition, authors can sign up with Amazon and use their tools to
convert their books into Kindle friendly formats. These books are then
sold through Amazon.
Have I overlooked something? I thought I might have misunderstood
the information posted on both Amazon's and B&N's websites.
John's answer: The free tools offered by Amazon.com and B&N.com
aren't necessarily as easy to use as advertised. Some authors would
find them hard to use (or might simply not find the time to use them).
For such authors, a Kindle formatting service is still a value.
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sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of
the soul, a waking angel stirs. ó James Allen, author, As a Man Thinketh
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