Back in the days when an agent was required to present your work to a traditional publishing house, there was a grim catch-22: in order to get published, you needed an agent, but to get an agent, you needed to be published. It’s amazing that any of those many authors who were repeatedly rejected doggedly persevered anyway. Indie publishing has evened the playing field somewhat, but we’re up against a new version of the same problem: to have successful sales, you need to have a readership, and to get that readership, you need to get your book read.
To do that, indie authors tirelessly work all the tools and references available to them, but one that I strongly believe is criminally underused is Bublish. I think it’s the very nature of its unique features that make authors tend to pass it by, which is a shame, because it offers reader engagement like no other site, and can help you catch the eye of a reader-to-be.
March 8th is designated as International Women’s Day, “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” I look forward every year to seeing how people share their thoughts and experiences on this day, and this year, I thought I’d share some of mine.
I’m writing today as a female author who writes books about strong women. I’m privileged to be able to publish these books under my own (obviously) female name. This was not always the case for women and, even in 2018, authors are still concealing their gender via a pen name.
Today is the official launch event for Sub Rosa! The party is over on the Facebook page and everyone is invited…there will be prizes, events, giveaways, interactive posts, videos and more fun stuff, so don’t hesitate to come by!
It’s all day, from 9am-9pm EST, and it’s all online, so you can pop in whenever you want to say hi and opt in to win a prize (including Amazon gift cards and autographed paperbacks).
If you could share the event with any other book lovers in your life, I’d truly appreciate it! Hope to see you shortly!!!
xoxo – Kate
Olivia Holman is living the life that 99% of authors dream of…a Hollywood producer’s wife has fallen in love with her pirate romance story, and it’s being made into a movie. It gets better…she’s being brought on as the screenwriter. And then even BETTER…hottie Tyler Sutton has been cast as the sexy swashbuckling lead, and despite his reputation as a ladies’ man, he seems genuinely interested in Olivia as opposed (maybe?) to his gorgeous co-star.
So obviously all of us all indie authors were pinching ourselves at this point, fondly wishing it was our life, but Olivia is a fun character to live it through instead. She points out the absurdities of Hollywood without going overboard, her friends and family are awesome, and Tyler is almost too good to be true. The downsides to being famous in Hollywood are realistically touched upon, but not flogged to death beyond reality.
In the digital age of Kindles and other e-readers, you might think that book clubs have gone the way of any other non-virtual interaction. I can personally assure you that you are wrong…Pistils was selected by at least two book clubs (that I know of) as a featured read. Considering it was our first venture into the world of indie publishing, I’m grateful and humbled by their faith in us. I’ve already been approached by one of those book clubs to read Sub Rosa as well, so I’d like to share with you how you can gain entrance into this fairly tough nut to crack.
First off, let’s split book clubs into two categories: local and online. We’ll define local book clubs as those that physically meet up, maybe at a coffee shop, bookstore, etc. Online book clubs are those that share their thoughts virtually, something that can include readers from across the world.
When I first joined Goodreads back in 2011, I joined as a reader since I was not yet an author. I did and still do love Goodreads as a reader; the sense of community and (what I feel are) more honest reviews than Amazon’s were a better-fitting home for my reading/reviewing style.
Fast forward to 2014 to when Britt and I published Pistils…I was now faced with the dilemma of whether or not to add my “author self” to my personal page. I wasn’t at all comfortable doing so…my page was linked to my personal Facebook account, and even if I wasn’t an intensely private person by nature, every piece of authorly advice you’ll ever read screams DON’T USE YOUR PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE FOR YOUR BOOK/S!