This week, Kelly and JJ explain what happens after you get published, including print formats, the life cycle of a book, and publicity and promotion. Plus, a NaNoWriMo pep talk!
- A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Remainders by J. A. Konrath
- What Are Remainders? by Rachelle Gardner
- Self-Promo and Marketing Materials That Work by Erin Bowman
- Do You Have to Say “Yes” to Everything? Sherlocks v. Watsons by Stacey Lee and Stephanie Garber
- Making the Most of Social Media Networks as a Writer by Erin Bowman
- Exciting New York Times Bestseller List Changes Mean Your Favorite New YA Books Are About To Get More Attention at Bustle
- The Times it is a-changing, part deus by Michael Bourret
- There are different print formats: hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market.
- Books can get remaindered, which means that the publisher is selling off the remaining stock of a title at a loss to make room at their warehouses for new titles. This does not necessarily mean your book is going out of print.
- The best way to promote books is to make personal connections, i.e. DON’T (solely) BE A SHILL FOR YOUR OWN WORK.
- The New York Times bestseller list is…complicated.
Some NaNoWriMo tips
JJ won NaNoWriMo 13, and then went on to sell that novel, so she feels she’s got a leg to stand on. Some tips and links:
- What should you write about? Anything you want, but if you’re stuck for plot, retelling something can help!
- Pick a story with a small element of “wish fulfillment”. No judgement! Writing from a place of subconscious desire really helps you with word count.
- The Big Idea: How to Turn an Idea into a Book (a post I wrote about finding what to write about)
- More posts on Ideas on PubCrawl!
Books Discussed/What We’re Reading
- Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (on audio)
- The Rose Society by Marie Lu
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
- The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
- The Burning Sky and The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
- The works of Courtney Milan
- The Raider by Jude Deveraux
- For My Lady’s Heart, Shadowheart, and The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
- Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
- Again, Georgette Heyer!
- The works of Sarah MacLean (the series JJ keeps calling Fallen Angels but is actually called Rules of Scoundrels)