Announcing the Indie Publishing Boot Camp!

As an indie author, sometimes it might feel like you’re out there alone. You’re not!

There are plenty of fantastic resources here to help you. The Indie Publishing Bootcamp is one of them.

We’re partnering with She Writes University and ProWritingAid to bring you a two-month webinar series all about succeeding as an independent author. No matter whether you’re on your first book or your 50th, this course will teach you vital skills for succeeding in today’s independent publishing landscape.

What is the Indie Publishing Boot Camp?

It’s a two-month webinar series featuring four live lectures and four Facebook Live Q and As. (If you can’t make them live, no worries—we’ll offer recordings of all events.)

 

What is the Schedule?

What Will You Learn?

Every independent author needs to be a master of editing their own work. Therefore, we’ll start with in-depth editing tips from the experts at both Fictionary and ProWritingAid. Learn how to refine your story AND find all the right words.

Next, we’ll delve into indie publishing options. Since the industry’s changing all the time, this is info you need to have. We’ll cover Amazon KDP, hybrid publishers, vanity presses, and more. Also, we’ll help you decide which path is right for you.

Finally, we’ll ensure your book stands out in a competitive market. That means tips on cover design, interior formatting, blurbs, descriptions, titles, and more.

What Else Do You Get?

Tons! In addition to the above courses and Q and As, attendees of the Indie Publishing Boot Camp receive…

  • Four handouts
  • Three free ebooks (including “The Author’s Guide to Selling Books to Non-Bookstores” by Kristina Stanley)
  • 50% off a Fictionary annual subscription ($100 savings) or 50% off the first 3 months ($10 savings per month)
  • 50% off a ProWritingAid Premium licence ($30 savings)

 


How Much Does the Boot Camp Cost?

A ticket to the Indie Publishing Boot Camp costs $197. However…f you purchase your spot before June 13th, you can get a ticket for just $97. That’s a $100 savings!

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Two Powerful Editing Tools for The Smarter Novel Writer

Today, I’m wearing my Fictionary CEO hat and sharing an awesome offer we’ve put together with ProWritingAId.

Fictionary and ProWritingAid — Two powerful editing tools that work beautifully together for just $99 (a $260 value).

  • Fictionary makes story editing a breeze.
  • ProWritingAid ensures your writing is clear and polished.

Until May 29th, get annual subscriptions to both Fictionary ($200) and ProWritingAid Premium ($60) for just $99.

Buy this amazing bundle now


The ProWritingAid Team Loves Fictionary!

Read their great app review here..


What if I’m already a ProWritingAid Premium user and just want to buy Fictionary?

We’ve got you covered. Click here to get 1-year of just Fictionary for $89 (reg. $200) with coupon code PWA89.


What if I’m already a Fictionary subscriber and just want to buy ProWritingAid?

We’ve still got you covered. Click here to get 1-year of just ProWritingAid for $30 (reg. $60)

ProWritingAid: Grammar Guru & Style Editor

In case this is your first introduction, ProWritingAid is an online grammar guru and style editor.

Exceptional writing depends on much more than just correct grammar. You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. ProWritingAid does this.

Read our review and see how ProWritingAid Premium works within Fictionary. You can perform a story edit and polish your words all in one place.

ProWritingAid Premium: All of ProWritingAid’s editing power; no limitations.

If you already know and love the ProWritingAid editing tool, we thought we would take a moment to remind you about the extra perks you get when you go premium:

1) No word count

If you don’t write that often, you will probably get along just fine with their free version and its 500-word limit. If, however, you want to analyze full chapters, articles, reports or essays and get a wider overview of your work, then ProWritingAid Premium is for you.

2) Integrations

The team at ProWritingAid has done a great job integrating their premium version with other tools. Besides working online, you can also use ProWritingAid on your desktop, as a browser extension, as a WordPress plugin, in Google docs AND in Fictionary. So yes, we’re pretty excited about that — both as authors and as Fictionary.

3) Full Word Explorer functionality

Their Word Explorer has fast become one of their most popular and most-used features. Premium users get a more in-depth exploration of their vocabulary, sparking creativity and more dynamic word choice.

Still unsure? Take a free trial of any of ProWritingAid’s integrations here.

Fictionary: The Story Editing Tool for Fiction

Developed by Kristina Stanley (me), best-selling author and editor, Fictionaryhelps writers tell better stories with online software that simplifies and automates story editing.

Story editing is an in-depth manuscript evaluation that improves the structure, characters, plot, and settings of your story. A must-do step when you’re revising your manuscript.

How it works

Fictionary analyzes your entire manuscript and creates powerful visuals such as the Story Arc and your Cast of Characters. 11 additional reports help you visualize your story like never before.

Fictionary then guides writers through a scene-by-scene evaluation of their manuscript against 38 story elements and provides insightful rewrite tips for improving your story exactly when you need it.

Beautiful together

Fictionary works seamlessly with the ProWritingAid Chrome extension. That’s right, you can use Fictionary and ProWritingAid at the same time! Learn more at Two Powerful Editing Tools.


Buy this amazing bundle now


 

Story editing is complex and time consuming. Fictionary makes it easier and faster to turn your first draft into a story readers love.

Do you need to test out Fictionary first before buying the bundle? Start your 14-day free trial, but remember the offer with ProWritingAid is only good until May 29th, 2019.

Be your own editor, tell better stories.

20 Ways to Populate Your Blog to Engage Readers by Donna Galanti

20 Ways to Populate Your Blog to Engage Readers + a Special Promo to Launch Your Author Platform


by Donna Galanti – founder YourAwesomeAuthorLife

 

If you share your publishing journey and writer’s life now to connect with readers, they can become your built-in audience later once your book comes out – and faithfully follow you as you publish more books.

Blogging is an ideal way to connect with these potential readers. It can boost your website in search engines as you continue to post more content within it, encourages sharing of your content across social media platforms, and invites readers to engage with you in your own forum.

Here is the number one key I have found to engaging your readers through blogging: blog about what you are passionate about.

Check out 20 ways to engage readers:

  1. Conduct interviews with characters in your book.
  2. Do joint giveaways with other authors.
  3. Share favorite current books you’ve read and feature them.
  4. Write about your thoughts on topics in your book.
  5. Share your book research process.
  6. Share your publishing journey.
  7. Do an interview with similar authors to you.
  8. Share fun book trailers in your genre.
  9. Create a soundtrack for your book and share it.
  10. Clean out your bookshelves with books in your genre and do a book giveaway post.
  11. Write about a current event topic that you are passionate about or inspires debate (but decide how controversial you want to go).
  12. Feature the settings in your book. Are they real places? Use photos, too.
  13. Write a How-To post that explains how to do something related to being an author.
  14. Interview other authors in your genre or invite them to write a guest post on a topic of interest.
  15. Do an opinion post about a topic that is trending.
  16. Promote the peers who have influenced you most in your writing.
  17. Review things in the story-telling arena like books, movies, theater and especially ones that are timely in the media.
  18. Create a round-up of favorite authors, blogs, movies, or books that might interest your readers. Or it could be a roundup of your most popular posts since you began your blog.
  19. Take a survey of your audience on a topic of debate that may be an issue in your book.
  20. Give advice on how to do something your readers will be interested in.

GO THE EXTRA MILE WITH BLOGGING:

If you’re a debut author, search online for “debut author” and the “year your book comes out”. You could find a debut author group to join that cross-promotes each other as debuts and helps you gain new followers. Often, these groups have a co-op blog where all the debut members can share content. Here’s a recent example. You can also search Goodreads for books in your genre/audience with your same book release year and reach out to these authors to connect and form your own debut promotion group.

Another way to go the extra mile, is blogging with more “evergreen” topics. These are topics that remain relevant over time and inspire readers to continue to share your posts with this timeless content.

Your homework! Time to get out the pens (or laptops):

  • List authors you know or want to connect to and invite them as a guest on your blog in an interview or guest post and feature their recent release.
  • Look through your bookshelf and list like-new books that you can use as a giveaway. Make sure they are in the genre and audience you write for.
  • List topics, themes, and issues in your book that you can write about.
  • List authors you know that you could reach out to do a joint giveaway with to cross promote each other and build best-fit followers. One way is to join a blog hop to expand your followers. Here’s another joint giveaway example I did that had 12,770 entries and gained me several hundred followers across my subscriber list and social media platforms.
  • What are some recent favorite reads, movies, or T.V. shows you’ve experienced? List them here to share your reviews.
  • What are some current news items connected to your book that you could talk about? List them.
  • What research did you conduct for your book? Talk about how you did it (travel, interviews, etc.)
  • List any real settings in your book you can talk about and share your personal experience of them in person along with photos.
  • What do you feel comfortable sharing about your writing and publishing journey? List these topics here.

Now, it’s time to start blogging and sharing your writer’s journey with your readers!

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Want to know more about how to connect with a reader audience?

Donna released her new online course this week, Launch Your Author Brand & Platform, a 10-Step Author Marketing System to Build Brand, Connect with Readers, and Sell Books. In this step-by-step marketing system, you will learn exactly how to plan, create, and launch your successful author brand and platform – even before your first book comes out.

There are no prerequisites to this course! This course is designed for debut authors, new authors looking to boost their platform, or any writer seeking publication. Normally $129.99 USD, Donna is offering readers here a special course launch discount of only $19.99 USD! Get the full course details and special price here.

What’s included in Launch Your Author Brand & Platform:

10 Step-By-Step Lessons

15+ Awesome Bonuses (video and downloadable PDFs)

7 “Bigger Than a Bonus” Meet the Experts (insider secrets to success from the Masters – other authors!) training on goodies like do’s and don’ts for new authors, agent advice, book club visits, public speaking and more

Each lesson includes Rookie Mistakes to Avoid, Myth Busters, and How to Go the Extra Mile!

The $19.99 USD price is limited to the first 250 students to enroll. Expires May 28, 2019. Enroll now.

About Donna:

Donna Galanti is the author of the middle grade adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road, which the Midwest Book Review called, “A heart-pounding thrill ride full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish”. She’s also the author of the follow up, Joshua and the Arrow Realm, is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine, and a writing contest judge at nycmidnight.com.

She regularly presents as a guest author at schools and teaches at writing conferences on marketing and craft. When she’s not writing you can find her on Twitter or Facebook where she loves to share all things about her outdoor adventures and children’s books. Donna has lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer, and has had a long career in corporate marketing. Visit her at donnagalanti.comor yourawesomeauthorlife.com.

The Author’s Guide to Selling Books To Non-Bookstores

Woo Hoo! I’m thrilled to announce Fictionary Press has published the second edition of The Author’s Guide to Selling Books to Non-Bookstores.

Today, it’s available on Kobo. Soon it will be on all platforms.

If you’ve got printed books you’d like to see to non-bookstore, fiction or non-fiction, this guide will help you 🙂

 

Imagine walking into a grocery store, gift shop or other non-bookstore and seeing YOUR book for sale. This wonderful experience is within your grasp—if you’re bold enough to pursue it.

Selling to traditional bookstores and making a profit can be extremely difficult, but there is an alternative. In this step-by-step guide, best-selling author Kristina Stanley will show YOU how to move beyond the bookstores and sell to other retail outlets. Every step is detailed, from formulating a plan to collecting money.

Stanley speaks from experience. She’s sold more books through non-bookstore retail outlets than through traditional bookstores, and YOU can too. Read on, and turn your dream into reality. Success is within your reach.

If you read on Kobo you can buy it now.

Free Video Training For First-Time Authors

Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 6.56.18 AMIf you have your first book coming out or trying to get published, check out this free video training series on building author platform by my friend Donna!

She helps you discover how to connect with your ideal-readers, understand the rookie mistakes to avoid wasting time, money, and missed opportunities PLUS learn how to present with confidence with public speaking!

https://www.yourawesomeauthorlife.com/

 

Mystery Mondays: Debra Purdy Kong on Traditional to Self-Publishing

This week on Mystery Mondays we welcome Debra Purdy Kong. I first came across Debra’s writing when I read Opposite of Dark. I loved the book and reached out to Debra on LinkedIn and was very excited to hear back from her. She’s an author who is generous with her time and her advice, which you’ll get some of below.

As you can imagine, I’m happy to host Debra on Mystery Mondays again.

Debra is here to tell you what it’s like to transition from traditional publishing to self-publishing.

I’ve just preordered my copy of Knock Knock and only have to wait 2 days for it to arrive on my kindle!

Over to Debra…

Maintaining Continuity in Changing Times

Knock Knock, front coverThey say that the only constant in life is change. This is especially true for writers. Over the years, I’ve lost count of all the magazines and publishers I’ve worked with, but who no longer exist. When the publisher for my Casey Holland series let me and several other mystery authors go in 2015, I took it in stride and decided to continue self-publishing my series.

It took time to obtain all of my rights back, but I did, and then reissued the first four books in ebook format. I’m now delighted to announce that the 5th installment in my Casey Holland mystery series, Knock Knock, will be released on Wednesday, November 8th!

The decision to keep the series going raised new issues. I no longer had access to the jacket designer and editors who’d worked on the previous four books. I needed to find professionals who would help me maintain the editing style already adopted. But even then, there were questions.

For instance, I was never partial to my editor’s decision to use American spelling in a series set in Canada with Canadian characters. But changing this in mid-series didn’t seem right either, so I sent the editor I hired a detailed list of editing needs.

I also sent the new jacket designer images of the earlier novels. She did a beautiful job of capturing the essence of the series while providing a fresh look that I’m thrilled with.

Change isn’t always easy and sometimes continuity can be a challenge, but when you’re writing a series readers appreciate it, which makes everything worth the effort.

 

Who Is Debra Purdy Kong

Debra Purdy Kong, 2016Debra Purdy Kong’s volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired her to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Her employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for Casey Holland and Evan Dunstan mysteries.

Debra has published short stories in a variety of genres as well as personal essays, and articles for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She assists as a facilitator for the Creative Writing Program through Port Moody Recreation, and has presented workshops and talks for organizations that include Mensa and Beta Sigma Phi. She is a long-time member of Crime Writers of Canada.

 

Look for her blog at https://debrapurdykong.wordpress.com/ More information about Debra and her books is at www.debrapurdykong.com You can also find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebraPurdyKong & Facebook: www.facebook.com/debra.purdykong

 

Where to find out more:

Amazon: myBook.to/KnockKnock

Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/y6wejnls

Apple: http://tinyurl.com/y96xscpv

 

What’s the #1 thing to know about connecting to readers and writers BEFORE your 1st book debuts?

I’m excited to hear Donna Galanti is going offer a course called Create Your Own Awesome Community. 

I thought my readers might like to know about it…

From Donna Galanti:

Are you a debut author who wants to learn how to create an influencing community of readers and writers for success before your book even comes out? Ask me the #1 burning question you have about it…

Source: What’s the #1 thing to know about connecting to readers and writers BEFORE your 1st book debuts? – Donna Galanti – mystery, magic and mayhem for all ages