THE LITTLE THINGS YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT WHILE
WRITING YOUR BOOK
When we think of publishing, we believe writing is the
hardest part, then promoting. However, we forget the
mountain of details that fall in between. For instance:
1. Cover design - If self-publishing, pay until it hurts
for an excellent cover. It sells the book. Never shortcut.
If traditionally publishing, try your damnedest to express
what you envision on the cover. You may have an impact on
the ultimate design.
2. Format - If self-publishing, take a lot of time learning
how to format or hire it done. I'd hire it done. If traditional,
the publisher will handle that with no input from you.
3. Website - Yes, you need one. Don't ask why. You reek
novice when you question the purpose. Right now, before your
book is done, reserve your domain name before it's gone.
I've had www.chopeclark.com for
years, and actually had to
buy it off someone else.
4. Blog - Daily isn't necessary, but regularly is. Not excerpts
from your book, not about your latest recipe, but about deeper
thoughts. The problem with too many bloggers is that they
throw a post together thinking nobody will be able to tell
it was thrown together. When you query agents and editors,
they look for your online presence, particularly a blog.
5. Feeds and alerts - What good is a blog if you do not have
RSS feeds or email alerts via a Feedburner widget (or similar)
to let people know about updates? I'm constantly amazed at
the bloggers who give readers no means to follow up other
than memory, then wonder why there are no comments.
6. Facebook - Yes, I know Facebook is what everybody does,
and I'm the last person to claim sheep status, but it's
becoming as necessary to a writer as a keyboard. It's one
leg of a promotional platform.
7. Media kit - Press releases, business cards, postcards,
bio, excerpts, banners, etc. If you are the only person in
the room with a six-foot banner next to your table, who do
you think passers-by are going to see? If you use black and
white on the back of the postcard instead of color, just to
save $9, was it worth it? If you ration business cards so
you don't have to spend another $25 for 100 more, will you
Promotion needs to make the recipient feel like you are in
this whole hog. This is your career and you want people to
know it. Your presence needs to reek commitment.
You might only be on chapter five, but start now saving for
all the extras you'll need when the time comes downstream.
Even if it costs you $10 per year to keep your domain name
reserved for the ten years it takes you to write the book,
do it. It's an investment in your future. And subconsciously
you're telling yourself you are serious about being a writer.
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