Final Advice for Writers from #Ninc14
Novelists, Inc. Conference St. Pete Beach Oct. 2014
To summarize the concluding talks from #Ninc14, here are the final points.
If you have a lifeboat or collaborative team, specify your goals. Is it to increase sales or readership, or to reach bestseller status?
Series or related books sell the best. Make the first one $.99 so it can be called a bestseller as opposed to free.
Check to see if you have some rights back if not all, i.e. Do you have the rights for non-US territories, audio, translation rights?
Hire translators from the United States and not from other countries. If you hire somebody from outside the US, you will have to pay them royalties.
Don’t get discouraged. Just get more material out there. It’s easy to get distracted and overwhelmed. Once you’re making money, hire people to do everything.
It’s the technology age and you have to do social media, whether or not it’s in your comfort zone.
Ask your readers what they prefer in how they buy books. Do they pre-order?
Don’t just dip your toes in the brave new world of self-publishing. Jump in naked.
Don’t make decisions based on fear. Make it based on your intuition. Know what you are good at and what you need help with. What does success mean to you?
Get your titles out there. They don’t all have to be full-length novels.
Ask your publishing partners these questions: What can you do better than anyone else? What do you think I do well? How could I do better? What skills can you contribute? What market intelligence do you have that we can use together? What information do I have that you need, and for what purpose? What’s the best way we can add value for each other?
Note: Any errors in this article are due to my interpretation.
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