On January 12th, I was invited to discuss publishing success on the Writestream Tuesday podcast with host Daria DiGiovanni. The timing was great, because it gave me an opportunity to chat a bit about some big news: Starting in 2016, the Writer’s Ally will be launching all new packages of services designed to help ensure writers achieve their publishing goals beyond the one step of getting feedback on their manuscripts.
Too often a writer will invest in an editorial service and then may fail to complete or even start revisions for a variety of reasons—or she may seek out advice on building a platform and marketing strategy but not take the necessary steps to increase sales. Many times, the reasons involve fear, resistance, doubt, overwhelm, or a simple lack of support. Our new packages will factor in the need for accountability and also related services like help with a query letter or book proposal for those who seek a publishing contract or writing great cover copy and online descriptions for the self-publisher. By providing both editorial and marketing packages, we seek to better fulfill our mission of leading serious authors toward their true desire: successful publication.
During the podcast, Daria and I discussed:
- how I got started in the publishing industry
- why there are still plenty of reasons to pursue legacy publishing contracts (and why self-publishing is also a great option)
- some of the elements that make a great book
- the most important characteristics of a successful independent author
The podcast went live January 12, 2016 at 1pm Eastern. You can listen to the complete recorded podcast now.
And I’m excited to announce that I’ll be appearing on Writestream Tuesday as a guest discussing the publishing industry and tips for author success on a quarterly basis, so stay tuned!