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Friday, April 7th, 2006
9:14 am
[cherylrcowtan]
The Book Announcement Press Release - Step-by-Step
My children's book has a newsworthy angle to it and a clear timeline for an introduction to the press. This is one of the reasons I had the nerve to attempt self-publishing.

The `Open Yar Mouth' Health Care Lottery book is based on the real-
life health care lottery proposed by medical personnel in Yarmouth,
Nova Scotia. The date for the real lottery had been set for April
7th, which makes April 7th a special day for my book too. I decided
to send out a press release on April 5th.

After much researching and checking of prices and information, I
finally figured out how to fit the press release into my budget – do
it myself.

I did some reading and found out that creating a "media room" on a
Web site gives the press much needed information in the form of
author quotes, images, bios, sneak previews, book information, etc.
I created a media room for the book (see here
http://www.canadianchildrensbooks.com/theopenyarmouthhealthcarelotter
y.htm ) and then I used the link in the press release. This gives
me the added option of tracking click-thrus, which can provide an
idea of media interest.

Here is a step-by-step list of the resources that I felt were the
best in helping me get the job done right:

Step 1: Read this:
o Grammar rules at Owl's Writing Lab
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar
o Effective News/Press Releases at MBR
http://www.midwestbookreview.com/bookbiz/advice/newspres.htm
o I should have read this: On the Use of Press Releases in
Book Reviews MBR
http://www.midwestbookreview.com/bookbiz/advice/pressrel.htm

Step 2: Fill out the press release template at Canada One.
http://www.canadaone.com/promote/newsrelease1.html Your finished
release will be emailed to you.

Step 3: Create a free account at PRWeb http://www.prweb.com/ and set
up your free release. Optional: Give a contribution of $10US or more
and change your options. $10US gets you a wider distribution choice.
Choose a date to send the release. You can come back and see the
number of click-thrus (reads), and some other statistical data on
media interest in your release.

Step 4: I used this site http://www.altstuff.com/newspapr.htm to
target Canadian news. Many of the email and fax numbers did not go
through. Do a search for the country and news/media sources you want
to contact. Create a contact list in your email program. Cut and
paste media names and news emails. Send out your release to the
contact list (Your email program may have a maximum recipient rule –
split it up if necessary).

Step 5: Using the same news/media Web site listing, open your
release in MS Word or a similar program and click "Send to" fax. Cut
and paste media names and fax numbers (who did not have email) into
the fax list (add). Send out the fax.

Click here to see my press release
http://www.canadianchildrensbooks.com/theopenyarmouthhealthcarelotter
y.htm . All in all, it probably took me five hours and cost $10US
plus whatever the long-distance fax charges are to write, edit and
send.

According to PRWeb, by mid-day, my release received over 3,500 click
thrus and over 70 successful media pick-ups. My Web site statistics
will show how many click-thrus were generated by my email and fax
submitted Web sites.

Draw-backs to doing it yourself? It takes a lot of motivation, time,
and the email and fax lists are not always up-to-date. Searching
press Web sites could provide more up-to-date information but will
take more time. The other issue is that one grammatical error could
jeopardize the release. Lastly, mistakes - or info that needs
changes can be a worrysome issue. The media room on my Web site
allows me to changes errors or update info which is a bit of a
relief.

You do what you have to do, using the resources that help you do it
as professionally as you can.
Thursday, April 6th, 2006
9:11 am
[cherylrcowtan]
Self-Publishing a Children's Book
My apologies for the delay between posts, but I've been off writing
and managing the self-publishing of a children's book and I've
learned a lot!

Mainly, that there are all kinds of self-publishing info sites that
really do not have anything of value on them. This is really
frustrating when deadlines loom near and knowledge is scarce :).

After much reading, I came to the conclusion that I would self-
publish a book that I was inspired to write, because it had a timely
element. The book is about a situation in Nova Scotia, which is not
yet resolved. Normally, I would not attempt to self-publish, but in
this case, I wanted the book out as soon as possible.

I scraped up a measly budget and then started researching. Along the way
I came across printers, publishers, publishing-on-demand and a few
other options.

I wanted affordable books and complete control over layout, design,
content, and ownership of my ISBN. I did not want to do
all this work and still be handed a royalty check and not own the
rights to the book. Therefore, my only option was to cover all costs
myself and go with a printer.

I chose http://www.firstchoicebooks.ca which offered the best
price with good response service and a free self-publishing kit
which was more helpful than most.

My decision to go with a printer, meant that I had to do all the
marketing myself and so, right in the middle of my York U exams and
between wiping little noses and picking up socks, here I am -
marketing away like a madwoman.

Part of the marketing involved creating a shopping portal for the
book and a media room for media response. http://www.godaddy.com is
still the cheapest / value / service host that I've found.

Check out the book at http://www.canadianchildrensbooks.com. If you
want to read more about the actually writing of the book - you can
click "writer's blog".
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
9:09 am
[cherylrcowtan]
Books for Writers - Sale
One thing I would caution all writers about - don't spend too much time reading about how to write - write instead.

However, when it comes to submitting your writing, I highly recommend that you read - read - read!

Your query letter, synopsis, bio, and other elements of your submission are the first things a publisher or agent will view and if you don't do these right - they will never read your writing.

Purchasing books that provide query letter outlines and details on how to pitch your text, do marketing research and provide results and how to find the right publisher for you, are all investments in your future writing career.

A bargain bookseller in Canada (though prices are in US funds) is having a promotional sale right now - so now is the time to buy. If you purchase $25 worth of books you are eligible to choose $25 worth of free books from the 5000 titles they have set aside for the promotion.

So, if you purchase:

The Art of the Book Proposal $5.99 (US FUNDS) at 62% off
The Crime Writer's Reference Guide $6.99 61% off
The Everything Guide to Writing a Novel $4.99 64% off
HOw to Publish, Promote and Sell your own Book $4.49 65% off
The Romance Writers Phrase Book $3.49 68% off

You can then go to the promotion area of the site and choose $25.95 dollars worth of free books, which as you can see - at these prices - you can get a lot of books.

This link will take you to the Creative Writing section for Writers http://www.bookcloseouts.com/default.asp?N=1189&RID=books4p

Then, once you have shopped and have $25 worth of books in your cart, click the "promotion" tab at the top of the screen and shop for freebies.

The book company has over 5 million titles to choose from, which means you don't have to just select writing books.

Also - see the Stephen King audio cassette "On Writing" Price: $13.99 (60% OFF) US Funds

"In this master class on the craft of writing, Stephen King reveals the origins of his vocation and shares essential habits and rules that every writer can apply. Brilliantly structured and chock-full of master's experience and advice, On Writing will enable the work of writers around the globe. Read by Stephen King. Unabridged on 6 cassettes."

http://www.bookcloseouts.com/bc/display.book.asp?isbn=0671582364&rid=books4p
Friday, March 3rd, 2006
8:47 am
[cherylrcowtan]
The Publicity Push
Writers are great at creating stories, and therefore, I can assume that
many of you have a "story" of writing and selling that timeless book
that is featured on Oprah and sells enough copies to keep you in money
for the rest of your life (so you can write more without worrying about
bills).

Well the people behind all that "push" before publication are the
editor, the marketing or sales team or VP and the publisher. All of
these people on your team will be enthusiastic about your book - or
they would not be taking it on. They key is to get the press
enthusiastic as well and that may not always be easy.

"To give an example, an editor (who wishes to remain nameless) at the
New York Times Book Review, one of the most sought-after outlets for
print review attention, says that on average they receive more than one
hundred books for consideration daily. He estimates that the average
number of books covered in each issue is approximately twenty-five to
thirty (and "covered" can be just a mention, not a full review). This
means that, each week, they are theoretically leaving four hundred and
seventy-five books out in the cold." (Inside Publishing, Jessica G
Firger).

As a writer, what can you take from a comment like the one above? A
person with less-than steady self-esteem may give up before they even
begin or a person with wild delusions of success may scoff at the
importance of media enthusiasm and make the wrong decisions.

The reality, to me, is that there is competition in every career and
believing in yourself, will inspire others to believe in you.
Especially if you are willing to invest in that belief.

Publicists work on more than one book at a time and they promote books
through two ways - proactive and reactive. Proactive publicity is
selling something unique and new to the media and the public. Reactive
publicity is connecting a book to current events or issues and using
that as the hook.

One can imagine what kind of attention a "timely" publication could
receive, but it may not always be possible to predict and then get your
writing out there in time.

Proactive publicity works best when the author is willing to tour and
be available for the appointments that will be set for interviews and
reviews. Investing in your writing career comes in more forms than the
crafting of words, and is something we all need to keep our minds open
to.
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
9:06 am
[cherylrcowtan]
Query Letters for Non-Fiction
One way to find out contact names of publishers is to join The Writers Market. It will cost you a fee, but your membership gives you access to listings of publishers that you can search and narrow down to match to your writing. http://writersmarket.com/index_ns.asp

For example: I searched Non-Fiction publishers, women's issues, feminism, self-help, business/careers etc. I also stipulated that I only wanted returns that accept simultaneous submissions, had a web site and would accept non-agented materials.

Results: I received three pages of results. The next step is to read each publishers profile to determine which ones would be appropriate recipients of your work.

Details from the listings that are important include the following:

Publisher contact information:

BONUS BOOKS, INC.
1223 Wilshire Blvd. #597
Santa Monica CA 90403
E-Mail: submissions@bonusbooks.com
Website: www.bonusbooks.com
Acquisitions:
Editor

Note: This listing does not give the name of the editor, but searching their Web site may reveal it.


Freelance Facts:

Accepts simultaneous submissions.
Responds in 6-8 weeks to queries.
Book catalog for 9X11 and first-class stamps.
Manuscript guidelines for #10 SASE.

Non-Fiction Interests:


Needs:
Biography
Self-Help



Subjects include:
Business/Economics
Cooking/Foods/Nutrition
Education
Health/Medicine
Hobbies
Money/Finance
Regional
Sports (gambling)
Women's Issues/Studies
pop culture
automotive/self-help
current affairs
broadcasting
business/self-help
Chicago people and places
collectibles
education/self-help
fundraising
handicapping winners
home and health
entertainment

Submission Requirements:

Submission method:
Query with SASE

Submit:
Outline
Author Bio
2-3 sample chapters, TOC
SASE
All submissions and queries must include SASE.

Reviews artwork/photos as part of manuscript package.


You can see how specific the requirements of this publishing company are - and if you were to compare against other publisher listings - you'd see it even more clearly.

I cannot stress enough, the importance of following the publisher requirements. If you are going to take the time to write the Query etc., then invest as much as you can in getting it perfect so that your book has a chance.

A good way to "get it perfect" is to sign up for a course in submitting your writing.

Barnes and Nobel offers free courses, one that I actually took and found very helpful was about getting a Non-Fiction book to the publisher. The instructor was fabulous and hammered out my practice Query etc., whipping me into shape. The courses are free and I highly recommend them. http://university.barnesandnoble.com/

One of the things I learned from the course on Non-Fiction text was as follows:

"One frequent mistake new authors make is in believing they must prove all previously published authors on the topic hopelessly wrong. Remember that when you do so, you are simultaneously characterizing the readers in that category as ignorant dupes -- not a good way to start a relationship with people who will determine your fate as an author. Instead, if you think of your book as building on what others have done, a more pleasant persona will shine through in your work.
Your unique contribution has to do one of two things -- either it has to allow us to see a topic differently, or allow us to see a topic more fully."

If money and time are tight - do an internet search for "non-fiction publisher submission guidelines" or a similar key-word string until you find what you are looking for.

Good Luck!
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
10:52 pm
[space_ninja_o]
Query Letters
Eek. I'm ready to send off query letters to publishers. Adive? Tips? Good names/email addresses/ real addresses to use? The book is a non-fiction book about unplanned pregnancy in adult professional women.


How do I find names to address the letters to?
Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
11:31 am
[cherylrcowtan]
The Benefit of Kudos
My writing has been benefiting from a previously overlooked online writing gem - the writer's club.

Yeah, yeah. Join a club. You've heard it before, but here is the payoff part.

The particular regional club that I joined, sends out an email to all members announcing successful publication for every member. So, into my email box comes the names of publishers who are accepting work from people who live in my area.

I received one over the holidays that went something like this, "member's poem "title" will be featured in December's issue of Heritage Writer".

Heritage Writer? I did a quick online search and followed the link to Heritage Writer's submission guidelines. I opened my folder of poetry, chose one with a heritage flair, made adjustments for the publication and submitted. The next morning I received an acceptance email.

This is not the first time that I've been published as a result of this Kudos email. I'm finding it an excellent resource for submission options, with a better success rate than searching publications on WritersMarket.com or using online "calls for submissions".

If you are thinking of joining a regional writer's club or have joined, make sure kudos mailouts are offered and take a good look at them when they come.

Read the publication announcement with an: "I'm as good as anyone" attitude and you'll find yourself submitting to the same publication!
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
9:08 am
[cherylrcowtan]
The Lure of Poetry Scams
Sometimes, the easy route seems like the best route but this is not always true, especially when it comes to publishing your writing.

If you write poetry, or even if you don't, you've probably heard of Poetry.com. This site offers authors the opportunity to put their poem on the Web site for free so that others may see it.

Remember, putting your poem on a Web site is publishing your poem. So by doing this you have just lost opportunities to send this poem to publications who do not consider previously published works.

Some submission guidelines do state that they will accept "unpublished" poems that were posted to discussion groups for the purpose of sharing techniques etc.

Once your poem is up on the Web site, you are offered this great chance to join a community of poets for free and to have knowledgeable feedback provided on your piece.

First however, you must critique four poems. Your critique is judged and you are awarded gavels and such until you are given a title that may appeal to the seeking self-esteem. Then, others analyze your poem. You are informed when the critiques are ready for you to read but when you surf to the page you find you must pay to read them!

Back to Poetry.com. You assuage your offended senses by telling yourself that at least you are eligible for the monthly poetry prize. You've sacrificed your poem and perhaps that will be your reward. You are notified that you must fill in an personal information form in order to qualify for the poetry contest.

So, you do, but if you belong to any Nationality other than American, you will not be able to qualify for the poetry contest because the form fields will only accept American Zip codes.

The last straw. Now - try to get your poem off of Poetry.com. I haven't figured it out yet. In the meantime, I've received email offers from them which are obviously meant to cater to the unpublished writer who sits and waits for publication to come to them.

The last correspondence I received was a snail-mail letter offering me publication in their anthology. On the letter is a picture of previous anthologies and guess what? Poetry.com is the National Library of Poetry. (or what used to be)

Which means they've suckered me before. I submitted a poem to them when I was a teenager and loe and behold, they convinced me of my poetry abilities and published my poem. I could not get through life without a copy of this publication and even though my Father warned me at the time that it was their way to scam money from people, I still begged for $50 and sent away for my book.

Once I received it, I realized that it was chock full of small-type poems, crammed six to a page and that many of poems were downright horrible examples of poesy (mine included).

So, I would advise that you do not sacrifice a poem to Poetry.com, but that you rather invest your energy into writing and into submitting to valid publications. It can be fun and rewarding to share critiques with other poets, and it can be educational if you are sharing with poets who have more advanced figurative language skills than you do. But if you are flattering yourself by offering up educated critiques to "wanna-bees" and basking in their praise, you're wasting time. Time that could be used to fill those needs through "real" publication.

It's the temptation of the "quick-fix". We all want to be recognized writers. Decide how big do you want to go and then determine what amount of work and investment into yourself and your craft is needed.

On the upside, I guess that first "publication" through the National Library of Poetry boosted a belief in my writing (which I may not have deserved at that time), and encouraged me to continue in my delusions of grandeur toward poetic publication, which I have now achieved and continue to strive for.

For more information on Poetry.com and some examples of the poetry they might publish:

The League of Canadian Poets http://www.poets.ca/linktext/links/articles/vanity.htm

http://windpub.com/literary.scams/ilp.htm

http://tenderbytes.net/rhymeworld/marymenu/hihoward.htm

http://www.winningwriters.com/scambustingsites.htm
Monday, November 7th, 2005
8:40 am
[cherylrcowtan]
Calls for Submissions
Another plug for the Internet - finding calls for submissions. They are everywhere and it's a great way to recieve a writing prompt with results that someone is willing to pay for. Here are just a few of the current ones ...


> Rapid Magazine Canada
Whitewater paddlesports content
Query by email
$0.20 a word
Guidelines: https://www.rapidmedia.com/files/Rapid-guide.pdf
Editorial Department, Rapid magazine, Box 70 Palmer Rapids, ON K0J 2E0, Canada. Contact: Ian Merringer, Editor. Email:
mailto:editor@rapidmag.com

>Voices from the Storm
$25
For people affected by multiple disasters in Gulf States.
http://www.flashquake.org/editorial/voices.html

>How Stuff Works
$300
Original articles with business-style reporting. Break down complex ideas and explain in clear, simple language. Resume cover letter and writing samples.
freelance@howstuffworks.com

>Grip Magazine
Entertainment, fashion, sports, finance, entrepreneurship. Writing samples and resume to linda@grpmag.com


>The Growing Edge
0.20 word
Bimonthyl mag and web site providing latest news and info for indoor
and outdoor growers, hobbyists, educators and researchers.
http://www.growingedge.com/contributors_info.html


>Online Study Guide Writers
$550 a guide
Study guides on novels. Resume and two short writing samples on
humantities or literature in email to
feste37@yahoo.com
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
1:12 pm
[cherylrcowtan]
Database VS Print
Stop! Don't buy that 500 page directory of poet publishing resources! Consider purchasing a membership to the online version first.

I'm big on databases because:

- database searching is more time efficient than reading with a highlighter
- you specifically search markets that your writing style
- the information is updated on a regular basis as opposed to annually
- the results allow for "click-throughs" to web sites
- each search starts clean without dog-ears, highlights for a previous writing subject or slashes for out-of-date info

Are you sold?

The Writer's Market is the biggest database I know of, but being Canadian means that it is more difficult to find all of the Canadian resources listed there. http://www.writersmarket.com

The Canadian League of Poets has launched an online Poetry Market "database" and you can get yourself a username and password to it by calling 416-504-1657 and paying $20.00 CAN for the year.

This small fee gives you access to over 80 Canadian poetry periodicals, over 100 US periodicals and 85 international periodicals. You will be able to search over 130 Canadian reading venues and festivals and over 50 Canadian book publishers. However the database is not searchable. It is really just a list of resources.


Check it out http://www.youngpoets.ca/markets/
Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
10:28 am
[cherylrcowtan]
Spending time on Resources
As a writer, it is hard to balance writing with reading, even though reading will sometimes lead a writer to success.

Today, there is so much more to being a successful writer than just writing. A writer must know all about the genre, the market, the system or steps to publication. A writer must be able to propose an idea, write the text, edit it well, submit to the right publisher or agent and then market it to increase awareness and sales.

Reading time because less available and more valuable. Reading time must count as a way to improve you as a writer or your chances in getting published.

There are a number of free resources online. One of the most obvious would be e-books on writing. Others are Web sites for writers and newsletters for writers.

You can search for these nuggets of writing assistance individually or you can find a resource that provides the link list of your dreams.

The National Association of Women Writers offers a free ebook with subscription to their newsletter. The ebook, "101 Best Resources for Writers" is chock full of books, ezines, magazines and organizations for publishers and writers.

http://www.naww.org

The NAWW has done the work for you. Just scan through their ebook and if you want to check out the resources, type the book or magazine name in the text field and add the word "review". That should bring up some sort of feedback on the resource.
Friday, September 30th, 2005
8:07 am
[cherylrcowtan]
Smart Searching for Publications under the Gun
Usually a publication (print or otherwise) has in mind themes for its upcoming issues. These can be seasonal or topical and can be found listed under a "call for submissions" page. The call for submission may only deal with the upcoming issue. To plan far ahead, check out the advertising information. You might the editor's long term plans listed there.

When an editor puts out a call for submissions, they are asking for writers to submit or send in their work that is relative to the publications theme, topic or style.

Editors do not always receive the quantity of quality work that they were expecting and sometimes, will extend the deadline. This adds a little extra pressure onto the Editor and creates a window of opportunity for you.

1. Open your Web browser window and prepare to do a search on Google.

2. Type the following words including quotations in the search field:

"call for submission" and "deadline extended"

3. Research the results to find requested topics that you have writing on or that you could write about and submit. Remember that the top results in this type of specific search may not be the only relevant ones. Try clicking page 3 and page 4 as well to see what is showing on those pages.

4. If that does not work for you, try typing:

writers "call for submission"

Play with the words until you find what you are looking for.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
9:58 am
[cherylrcowtan]
What to Write? New Books, Great Books, Classic Books
If you want to write a book that has an impact on the book industry,
then you might want to start by seeing which books have been newly
released. One easy way to do this is to go to Amazon and see what
the new fall line up is.

http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/tg/feature/-/578411/ref%3Dpe%5Fb%
5Ffp%5Fmail%5Ffl/701-3724665-2908317

This will show you what is newly published, but these books still
have to stand the test of time. Do you think you could write a book
that would become a true literary classic? Check out the classics to
see which subjects, plot lines, characters and writing styles are
timeless.

http://www.classicbookshelf.com/library/

What makes a bestseller? Well a good start for children's books is
to start reading them - you might just have to read enough
bestsellers to figure out it out.

http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/bestsell.html

For adult bestsellers, you can check out the New York Times list
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/ The list is organized
by genre and gives you a good idea of what people are really buying
in literature.

Writing is like other professions in the sense that you can research
and apply what works and what does not work. Remember, the muse is a
wonderful gift. Add that to strategic thinking, marketing skills, an
understanding of the book industry (don't forget writing skills) and
you've got a mixture that spells success for your writing career.
9:10 am
[cherylrcowtan]
My Journey to Publication
Typically, I'm one of those writers who have been scribbling for years, filling up dusty boxes with the product of my muse, my indignation, my righteous advice and whatever else tickled my writing fancy.

Only recently, have I decided to focus more on publishing my work and so I began a strategic plan to motivate myself in that direction.

Last year in University I took a Professional Writing class which forced me to write. This was great, because along with all the other University assignments, I was actually creating what I wanted to create. In March 2005, my professor encouraged me to submit one of my poems to one of the University's publications.

Noticing a "call for submissions" poster for the feminist supplement of Excalibur (York University), I quickly sent in my poem, "Thoughts from a Bruised Mind: Why She Stays", written to explain the dynamics that keep abused women in dangerous relationships. (Based on my Social Work experience and training).

http://www.excal.on.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=377&Itemid=75

I was pleased to have my work accepted and though I was dissapointed when the piece was edited, which changed meaning, affected the layout (cycle of abuse) and removed some of (what I thought were) the best passages due to space restriction - I was still PUBLISHED! :)

This summer, not willing to give up the production of my previous months, I joined a free Barnes and Noble University writing course called The Art and Craft of Poetry. I learned a lot about writing poetry, which I applied to my new and some of my older works and at the end of the course, I learned about submitting poetry for publication.

I began submitting to well known poetry magazines and journals like QUILL and some newer publications like POETRY CANADA. I created an Excel Spreadsheet to keep track of what I was sending out and who was rejecting and accepting me and I keep this up to date. I searched for lists of eZines and online publications that would be interested in my poetry (topics) and I googled the term "Call for Submissions" to land right on those pages that wanted new writing. I searched Writersmarket.com's database and matched up with publications who would accept multiple submissions and email queries.

As a result, my poem "Residue of Retreat" was published in The Log Cabin Chronicles (Quebec).

http://www.tomifobia.com/lcc1.html (select poetry from navigation bar).

Two of my other poems, "Nothing Left but Tradition" and "The Hierarchy of Reincarnation" were accepted for the premier issue of The Centrifugal Eye, a poetry journal. THOR was written in the aforementioned Professional Writing class.

http://home.earthlink.net/~tinyviolet/thecentrifugaleyepoetryjournal/

So, though I am taking 30 credits this year at York, I signed up for the Barnes and Noble University course on Non-Fiction writing because a Non-Fiction text will be my next project after I finish editing my poetry manuscript, "The Hardiness of Hostility: Weeding the Garden".

The best advice I can offer is to carefully match up your writing style and topics to the writing style and topics of published authors and then find out where they were published. Or research publications and read the writing that they have listed to see if it matches yours. Then submit.
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
12:07 pm
[cherylrcowtan]
Book Distribution Companies
Most established publishing houses will already have distribution contacts. If you self-publish or publish with a small house, you can take matters into your own hands by paying a distributor.

Book wholesalers take orders for your book and provide fulfillment services like shipping. They do not do sales.

Distributors help place your book in bookstores, which do not often purchase directly from small press or self publishers. Distributors provide online and printed catalogues, a telephone order number, and they store, ship and handle any returns of your book.

This means that distributors make your book available, ship it when orders are placed, but they do not intensely market your book. If you are a self-publisher, you must create the demand.

Distributors may take up to 65% of the cover price. That's a chunk-and-a-half so make sure that the distributor you choose has nation wide coverage, distributes to online booksellers and is established enough to be stable. You can also negotiate with most wholesalers and distributors if they want your book.

According to a 1991 study for Chapters Bookstores, bookstores sold 54%, book clubs sold 16% and second-hand bookstores, mail order and supermarkets made up the rest. The Internet has not only created a shift in where books are purchased, but has provided access to reviews, online reader chat sessions and author profiles. Your distributor should offer online ordering and because Amazon.com can deliver a book in 2-3 days, your distributor should be able to meet that standard of delivery.

If you have a contract with a distributor, don't be afraid to email, fax or phone. Keep in contact to find out how you are being served and offer up ideas about sales, etc. Distributors may also offer suggestions on the price you should sell your book at. Be receptive to this information because distributors are in the business. They know what their customers will pay.

The Distributor will provide you with reports or print-outs on order fulfillment. Check these reports against your inventory notes and question any discrepancies.

Remember that distributors are the "middle-men" and if you can by-pass this step and tap into the sales via the Internet, then do so. You can save a lot of money and learn a lot about the industry.

Here is a quick list.


iUniverse offers publishing packages and contact with an "extensive distribution network". This site offers some useful information on marketing, publishing and editorial services as well as price details. http://www.iuniverse.com/book-publishing/book-distribution.htm

Publishing Central offers a section on distributors and some informative articles http://www.publishingcentral.com

One of the largest library book wholesalers is Baker and Taylor, Inc which has been in business for over 176 years. http://www.btol.com/

Lightning Source offers small press a "digital content connection" offering complete online fulfillment. http://special.lightningsource.com/link/ingram.asp

Consortium Book Sales & Distribution is the exclusive distributor for over 90 publishers from US, Canada, Europe, India and Australia http://www.cbsd.com/
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
8:53 am
[cherylrcowtan]
Contests Can Get You Noticed
Contests can get you noticed and not all contests require an entrance fee. Some offer cash prizes and publication as entry incentives. You can find contests that appeal to most genres, seasonal subjects, and topics.

See this list at the Writer Gazette or do a search online for specific keywords matching the work you want to submit.

http://www.writergazette.com/contests.shtml
Saturday, August 20th, 2005
10:25 am
[cherylrcowtan]
How to Propose an Idea to a Publisher
Here you will find an excellent article on proposing a book before you write it. A book proposal can be a daunting task, but it is less time consuming than writing a book, so it might be a good first step for you.

One tip in the following article was particularly supportive:

"Anyone who has published has lived through many rejections, and writers with thin skin are at a distinct disadvantage. The key to surviving rejection is to remember that it is not a personal attack—it's merely a judgment about the appropriateness of your work for that particular market at that particular time. Writers who let rejection dissuade them from pursuing their dream or who react to each editor's "No" with indignation or fury do themselves a disservice. Writers who let rejection stop them do not publish. Resign yourself to facing rejection now. You will live through it, and you will eventually overcome it. "

http://www.writersmarket.com/content/getting_published.asp
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
1:38 pm
[cherylrcowtan]
Exposure Comes in Many Forms = Spoken Word Olympics October Ottawa
Spoken Word in Canada is the equivalent of Poetry Slams in the States. This October, the Word Olympics are coming to Ottawa and this is another way you can create exposure for your writing.

They need volunteers, which creates an opportunity for you to network!

from October 7th to 10th
The Canadian spoken Wordlympics
National Library of Canada
Over 60 slam poets from Canada and around the world will compete
Volunteers are needed.

location: 395 Wellington Street
website: http://www.wordolympics.com
9:29 am
[cherylrcowtan]
Discount Print Resources to Help you Get Published (Coupon)
So you have written a great piece but when faced with writing a proposal, query or synopsis you find yourself frozen to the keyboard. No wonder. This is the ticket to having your creative writing read. It has to pass the publisher's first glance or it hits the slush pile and you're left believing that your creative writing was rejected. Often the reject may only be your proposal.

Therefore, you want to take extra time and care in creating a professional one that meets the standards of the publishing industry. For that you may want to hire help or purchase print resources that provide outlines of the various proposal formats.

I understand that writing is not the most lucrative business, so here are a few options, at discount prices, to help you succeed.


The Art of the Book Proposal
Author: Maisel, Eric
Published By: Jeremy P. Tarcher
Paperback
ISBN: 1585423343
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http://www.bookcloseouts.com/bc/display.book.asp?isbn=1585423343&rid=3720052
Price Comparison: Chapters.ca = $23.50 (CAD)



How to Write & Sell Your First Nonfiction Book
Author: Collier, Oscar Leighton, Frances Spatz
Published By: St. Martin's Press
Paperback
ISBN: 0312110014
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Price Comparison: Chapters.ca = $13.99 (CAD)



How To Publish, Promote, And Sell Your Own Book
Author: Holt, Robert Lawrence
Published By: St. Martin's Press
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Sale Price: $4.49 (65% OFF) US Funds
http://www.bookcloseouts.com/bc/display.book.asp?isbn=0312396198&rid=3720052
Price comparison: Chapters.ca = $18.99 (CAD)


If your order exceeds $35.00, use this $5.00 coupon to knock down the costs a bit. Input this information at checkout.

Coupon code: bookcloseouts
Coupon password: bargainbooks
9:09 am
[cherylrcowtan]
The Muse can be Trained
You may feel that your writing rises up from within and that may indeed be the case. However, no matter how strong your muse, your writing still needs to get your idea across to your audience (if you plan to publish).

Consider taking a writing course. They are plentiful and specific enough to meet your goals. Some are even free. At the very least, the courses will provide you with the motivation and some interesting prompts to keep your writing coming and you'll receive feedback from a professional.

Barnes and Noble University http://university.barnesandnoble.com/ offers a number of free writing courses. This August, they are offering the following:


Grammar Fitness

Do you want to have a way with words? A grasp of standard grammar can help you in your professional life, but it can also be a benefit in expressing yourself to those you love. Get started with this fun course!



The Art of the Short Story with Gotham Writer's Workshop

Explore 12 unforgettable short stories (both classic and contemporary), examining their spellbinding effect and the techniques used by the authors to capture "life" in a mere handful of pages. With lectures, readings, group discussions, and optional writing activities, you'll deepen your appreciation of the form, and even shed light on how to write your own short fiction.


Raymond Chandler: A Master of American Noir

In this course, we'll explore the history and evolution of the crime fiction genre as well as the role that Chandler played in perfecting the form. In the process, you'll have the opportunity to closely examine some of Chandler's earliest works while considering the impact that his life experiences and the 1930's and '40's culture had on his writing.


Thinking Like an Editor: How to Get Published

This course offers you a glimpse into the world of nonfiction publishing, courtesy of course creators and publishing veterans Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato.


Writing Memoir with Gotham Writers' Workshop

You don't have to be famous to write a memoir. Everyone has a story to tell. In this course you will learn how to recognize the many story possibilities in your own life and then turn these memories into compelling memoirs. Created by the acclaimed Gotham Writers' Workshop, this course will give you the confidence and inspiration you need to get started.

Writing Romance with Gotham Writers' Workshop

The heart of any romance novel is people. A heroine to admire. A hero to adore. A supporting cast. But how do you give these characters the flesh, blood, and passion necessary to ignite a great love story? No one knows the answer better than Leigh Michaels, author of more than 70 published romance novels. Through a combination of lectures, assigned readings, discussions, activities, and writing exercises, Leigh will reveal ways to create characters who may become the beating heart of your own romance novel. This course, by the acclaimed Gotham Writers' Workshop, will give you the confidence and inspiration to start writing romance.
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