How to Get Published
You’ve dreamed of writing a book. You have something to say. Maybe you’re a visionary trying to get the word out. Or maybe you’re a brand-conscious consultant or entrepreneur. All are good reasons to be an author. Here’s a fun look at the journey.
My Candy Land parody illustrates the many twists and turns of book publishing. So, with apologies for using so many mixed allusions, here’s the rundown:
The Mad Hatter – You have to be a bit mad to want to write a book, right? If you feel like you’re in a scene from Lewis Carroll, relax. It’s completely normal. In fact, if I end up helping you out, we’ll have that in common!
The Watchdog – Tock (from one of my favorite books, The Phantom Tollbooth) is the fearless adversary of wasted time. For a writer, it’s easy to lose entire days. I’ve developed techniques and resources to help you cope.
The Social Media Garden – Anyone who wants to publish needs a strong platform, a following of those likely to buy your book. That means some kind of notoriety, and a social media presence. It can be tricky. (And there’s the risk of getting eaten.)
The Ghost – You want to know how to get published, but do you actually have a book? Call me. I help authors develop their ideas and voice, create compelling book proposals, write the actual book, or edit existing work. (Just follow the yellow brick road.)
The Teleporter – OK, I admit this is a cheap gimmick. I needed a way to illustrate how to ask for help from any place on the game board.
Winning the Game (Option 1) – One way to win is when a traditional publisher—large or small—picks up your book. Starting with your platform and a book proposal, I’ll help you take your best shot at the prize.
Winning the Game (Option 2) – Self-publishing is NOT the same as “vanity press” publishing. Bypassing traditional publishers is a valid way to enhance your brand or convey an important message. I can help, starting with a self-publishing plan.
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