The Importance of Proofreading

proofreadingWhen advertising submissions markets, writing a blog, sending manuscripts to beta readers and/ or an edit, zipping off a tweet, updating Facebook, writing reviews or spruiking yourself and/ or a book it is crucial to use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.

What you write, and how you write it, is your branding.

Today, while researching submission markets and writerly articles, I came across several simple errors that could have been picked up by proofreading. It seems, to me, it is becoming common practice to tap something out, publish it and promptly forget it.
Readers want to read an article, book, etc. without tutting over silly mistakes, putting the book down, or leaving the website.

The aim is to entice readers to read your work and encourage writers to submit to your market.

Mistakes in writing discourages writers  from submitting to markets in case the errors, found in the advertisement, are a foreshadowing of inept editors and/ or publishers.

Nothing turns writers and readers away quicker than editing mistakes.

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How to Sell Your Comic Book

“How to Sell Your Comic Book” by Jason Enright. 4 July, 2015. Darby Pop Publishing.

So you have successfully made your first comic book. You wrote it, maybe drew it yourself or collaborated with an artist. It is lettered and off being printed.

Now what?

You’ve been so focused on getting it made (which is a huge accomplishment by the way, congrats!) that you have not had a second to think about how to sell it. Well, as someone who has been in this position: selling my own indie comics for the past few years, allow me to offer some advice. This blog will discuss how to put your book in comic shops, sell at conventions, and maybe even submit it to Diamond for mass distribution. This will by no means be an all-encompassing guide, but instead will be a good way to start a discussion with some helpful tips along the way. I hope you’ll comment and add any tips and tricks of your own, as well.

Read more via Darby Pops Off | Selling Comics | Darby Pop Publishing | Jason Enright

Memes: A Novel Way to Market Your Novel

“Memes: A Novel Way to Market Your Novel” by Joel R. Dennstedt. 8 April, 2015. Authors Publish.

All authors, especially Independent Authors (Indie Authors), seek to promote their work for maximum exposure. They have mastered the craft of writing, but they are not confident in their marketing. Budgets for new writers are dismal; they do not lend themselves to aggressive advertising. Traditionally, Indie Authors rely on word-of mouth, which is still the most effective marketing tool, but it is agonizingly slow, and Reader Reviews which can also be slow to materialize.

Now think about Human Nature. People are visual creatures. They want to SEE the story.

Read more via  Memes: A Novel Way to Market Your Novel

How Authors Can Sell to Bookstores

books“How Authors Can Sell to Bookstores” by Stephanie Chandler. 12 December, 2012. Authority Publishing.

“Over the years many authors have asked me about how to get their books sold in local bookstores. As a former bookstore owner, I can tell you that this is probably easier than you think. Most local bookstores, especially the independents, are happy to support local authors. They may even have a special section dedicated to books by local authors (we did at my store).

However, not all stores will be willing to buy the books from you outright. Many will ask that you offer them on consignment, and they will pay for them once the books are sold. In the grand scheme of things, this is a small compromise in exchange for shelf space at your local store. But if you do sell your books on consignment, you should get something in writing. Stores will often have their own consignment agreement, but you should have your own agreement prepared just in case. I put together a free agreement in Word format which you can download and modify for your needs. Note that this is not a legal document prepared by an attorney, but it’s a good start for this kind of arrangement.”

Read more via How Authors Can Sell to Bookstores, Plus Free Bookstore Consignment Agreement | Authority Publishing | Custom Publishing for Nonfiction Books | Social Media Marketing Services | Sacramento, CA Publisher.

Marketing and Sales for Novelists

greig-beck-gorgon“Marketing and Sales for Novelists” by Greig Beck. 10 March, 2015. Writing Novels in Australia.

Okay, I admit, I’m biased. I’ve worked in sales and marketing for 20 years and believe that, except for a few rare exceptions, marketing really matters.

You could be one of those writers who has penned a book and, like the rest of us, believe it’s fantastic, enjoyable and just what the public is looking for. Unlike everyone else, through the addition of some mystical Hogwartian factor, your book has an element of magic that cuts through and is picked up by book clubs, web genre-pages and millions of readers across the globe. Think 50 Shades of Grey or Hugh Howey’s Wool series.

Read more via Marketing And Sales For Novelists, by Greig Beck | Writing Novels in Australia.