Monday, November 20, 2017

Comparing the Costs of Book Services



In this episode, we break down the novelist’s essential book services. The discussion centers around the options you need v. those you can do yourself, and we unravel the pricing systems behind each. Plus, we’ll explore the two most important considerations: the cost of an author’s copy and book distribution options.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

In the Studio: A Q&A Author’s Special



This week, we’re taking a deeper look into the minds of our two favorite authors. Unfortunately, they weren’t available so we decided to interview each other. And to add a bit of fun, we had no idea what the other might ask. So, here is an opportunity to discover what Raymond’s theme song would be, his most outrageous bar bill, which sitcom helped Kat learn English, and what it’s like for an introvert to become a podcaster.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

5 Expensive Book Services You Don’t Need






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I don’t know about you, but I definitely would like to see more truth and authenticity in the publishing business. I’m not sure which is worse -when people used to dismiss Indie authors entirely or the current situation where we’ve become a primary sales target.
There is an awful lot of advice for sale to the self-published author. Funny, since a short time ago the only advice they offered was to “shut up and wait our turn.” Unfortunately, much of this advice comes with hefty price tags and inflated promises about fame and fortune.
No doubt, some of it is good and may even be valuable. Coaching and services for better writing, more effective editing, formatting and publishing are all things an author should consider. Self-publishing isn’t a free-for-all, anything goes business. But, so much of the advice is free and available on the internet, although when a person makes the effort of collecting it all into one place, that convenience is often worth the price. As for services, well some very cost-effective providers deliver quality work.
But let’s face it, in case you don’t know by now, no one thing will bring you fame and fortune. In fact, even if you do EVERYTHING it still offers no guarantee.
In other words, even James Patterson, try as he may, cannot teach you the bestseller formula. He can provide great advice on creating a well-written book but beyond that, though the rest is just a sales pitch.
My advice is to be smart with your money. Do your research and figure out what you need to know and what you need to get done AND THEN purchase from the best and most affordable person.
And mostly, keep your money in your pocket. Save it for marketing your book or buying groceries because this list of “expensive things you don’t need” will just lead to heartbreak and empty pockets.
1. 99 dollars “Get an Agent: Webinars: If you’re chasing the traditional publishing dream then someone probably told you that you need an Agent. That angel of publishing who holds the key to the Golden Gates. They are hard to get, I hear. Elusive beasts with beautiful portfolio pictures and a list of “things they look for in a book.” Svengalis of the book industry no doubt and evident by the incredible growth of the traditional publishing industry (I jest). And like your high school, mere commoners may not “just approach” these Prom Kings and Queens. No, indeed, such direct methods will get your manuscript tossed onto the pyres. They will shred it to confetti, throw the pieces into the night sky and dance beneath your broken dreams.
But as the story goes, all is not lost. You can attend a webinar for the low, low price of 99 dollars to obtain your Golden Ticket. Legend has it that within these conference calls you will discover the secret language of agents. And with these great and mystical discoveries, your book, regardless of genre, value or professionalism, will finally garner their curious bright-eyed attention.
2. $189 “Winning query letter” seminars: The reason the “get an agent” workshop didn’t work for you is because you didn’t invest enough. What you really, really need is to buy the secrets of the “winning query letter.” These letters are the primary . . .


* Originally posted on WritersAfterDark.net by Raymond Esposito

Monday, November 6, 2017

Author Signings: A Reader’s Viewpoint



In this episode of The Writers’ Podcast, we’re wrapping up our interviews from Once Upon a Book with our spotlight on the reader’s view of author signings benefits.
We sat down with Ashley Cestra, a prolific reader and big supporter of Indie authors.
Ashley provided great insights from a reader’s viewpoint and shared her experiences and opinions on everything from author interactions to writing enticing book blurbs.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Special — Horror Legends & More!



Candy, darkness, and things that go bump in the night – what isn’t there to love about Halloween? And in celebration of one of our favorite holidays, The Writers’ Podcast is going deep into the darkness. Creepy stories, unsolved horrors, exorcisms, and fear are all being served by candlelight.
So, join us for a discussion on the darkest possibilities. But remember to stay in the light because the shadows are hungry and keep your voices low because “they” might hear you.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Is Your First Chapter Award-Worthy?


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Writers After Dark loves the promise of that first chapter. That first impression of the author and the enticement of the story to come.

If you’ve ever thought,“If I could just get people to read my first chapter they’d be hooked,” then this is your contest.

That first chapter is so important that we’ve launched our Chapter of Excellence Contest to award the best first chapter writers in their genre.
 
  • Platinum, Gold, and Silver Awards
  • A digital badge for winners in each genre
  • A Grand Prize of $250
  • Exclusive interviews on The Writers’ Podcast
  • A chance to win an author table at the 2018 Once Upon a Book Event

Entry is Simple & Affordable at only $15!!!

To join the contest just visit the entry page, fill out the short form, and upload your first chapter by October 31st, 2017.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Author Signings: All You Need to Know, Part Two



In part two of our focus on author signings, we interviewed several more authors and discussed their insights on what to look for when selecting an event, how to interact with readers, and how best to prepare to have a successful event.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dear Reader, Let’s Go on a Date . . .


As an author, this is basically what I ask my readers when they pick up one of my books. 🙂


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Dear Reader, Let’s Go on a Date . . .
I saw you looking. I noticed the sweet caress of your eyes—hidden behind fluttering lashes, and accompanied by a shy smile . . . My heart jumped. That innocent glance was enough to pull from a need so deep within, the drum from my chest drowned everything around me. And all I desired was to have the power to fulfill your fantasy.
Whatever your want, I am yours.
Sorry if I’m too direct, but time is short, and I don’t want to waste it. Would you . . . would you take my hand? I’d love the chance to share a cup of coffee with you, or wine if you prefer. I just want you comfortable and open. Open to me and all I have to offer.
You see, I’m prepared to change your world. Prepared to give you everything you’ve ever longed for . . . and more. To take you on the peak of existence by making you feel empowered but exposed. Excited. Anxious. Lost. Intrigued. Help you embrace the most intense pleasure . . . yet feel consumed by void. Joy and sorrow. Anger and despair. But above all, love.
Please don’t be afraid. I mean no harm. These raw emotions are what make us human, and I want to experience them with you. You and me, together, in a timeless world . . . living a lifetime of moments from my soul.
So would you go on this “date” with me and read my work?
Would you allow me to share with you my deepest personal dreams? And promise not to mock me, when I lose myself enough in your acceptance, to gift you with the intimacy of my most vulnerable thoughts . . . 
Would you?
~ S. Katherine Anthony

* Originally posted on WritersAfterDark.net

Monday, October 16, 2017

Author Signings: All You Need to Know, Part One



There is probably no better experience for a writer than meeting their fans and discussing their books.But today’s readers have so much to choose from to get their attention you need to put effort into social interaction.
One of the best ways to both sell and interact with readers is a book fair. Unfortunately, many authors don’t take advantage of this excellent opportunity.
We were curious about the pros and cons of book events. So, recently we took The Writers’ Podcast on the road and visited the Once Upon a Book Event in Frankenmuth, Mi.
And in this two-part episode, we talked to the book event’s attending authors, heard their insights, and unraveled some of the mysteries of these book events.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The New Art of Storytelling



To understand how storytelling has changed and continues to evolve we need to examine it across all the art forms. In this episode, we discuss storytelling in TV shows and movies—how it has changed—and the impact on novel plots and characters.



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Thursday, October 5, 2017

10 Moments You Knew You Were a Writer

Once you reach that point where you either decide to publish or have published something changes. Your thoughts drift to all kinds of life-sucking concerns – like public reception, serious writing schedules, marketing, and generally the business of writing.
Even the most passionate writer can have stressful moments when it feels like the fun is gone. Well, buck up little camper because we’re not gonna let you stay in those dark places for long.
In our new video series, The Lighter Side of Writing, Writers After Dark will remind you to have some fun, not to be so hard on yourself and most of all…You ain’t alone.
After all, being a writer requires we be a little quirky, hear voices in our head, and generally walk that fine line between sanity and the cuckoo nest. So give us five minutes and feel the satisfaction in learning you aren’t any crazier than the rest of us.
To kick it off here’s episode one:
The 10 Moments You Knew You Were a Writer

* Originally posted on WritersAfterDark.net

Monday, October 2, 2017

Evoking Real Emotions in Stories



The measure of a great story is when we feel what the character feels. It’s a method that sounds easier than it is. In episode eight, we discuss why invoking readers emotions is critical to a story’s success and how to effectively create believable emotional scenes in your story.



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