Stefanie Newell

Begin Creating your Team!

By Stefanie Newell
https://howtowriteabookthatsells.com

If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that writing is a solitary activity that keeps you isolated for long periods of time.

It’s important as a first time writer that you begin assembling a team of people that can coach and encourage you to success.

Here are the 5 most important people a writer can have in their circle:

A cheerleader. Cheerleaders come in many forms. This person can be a parent, sibling, or friend, but the only requirement is that they’re positive and encourage you to pursue your dreams.

An editor. Good edited content is crucial to your success! A good editor will help you to fine tune those areas where we’re no longer as proficient as we once were (i.e., grammar, spelling, and punctuation.)

Beta readers. Beta readers are avid readers of your genre. Think of these people as the “focus group” for your book. Because they are a part of your target audience, they will provide feedback to help cater your book to the needs of the genre.

A mentor. A mentor is someone who’s already achieved the success you are looking to attain. Being in the company of a successful person, (no matter the industry) is motivation in itself!

A writing coach. This is the expert. The person who knows the publishing industry in and out and can advise you of the correct steps to take every step of the way. Wondering whether your manuscript is ready to publish? That’s where a writing coach comes in. And of course a bonus…

Other writers. These are the people who are on a similar journey and can relate to your challenges. These are people that you communicate with regularly and help each other to become better.

I sincerely hope this list helps you to begin giving thought to the importance of a support system.

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Stefanie Newell
Writing Coach

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Stephanie Newell is an incredible resource for an aspiring writer. From a publisher’s perspective, any writer who has published less than three successful volumes (less than 25,000 units sold each) and doesn’t work with a proven writing coach is not worth investing time and resources into.

Let me put it this way, even a pro NFL quarterback at the height of his career will benefit from the expertise and guidance of a coach.

Stefanie Newell, Writing Coach
Pro Tip of the Day:

Schedule your coaching call by contacting Stefanie Newell at: snewell@writeonepublications.com

Or visit: https://howtowriteabookthatsells.com for more information and downloads.

 

~Malik Sharrieff

Publisher/Managing Director, Write On Press

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The Affects of Covid-19 on Traditional Publishing

I want to talk for a minute about why publishing is in so much trouble right now.

Its way more complicated than most people seem to think. First, you need to know that the vast majority of our business remains in hardcover and paperback books. Hard copies mean physical objects. The second strongest sector has been audio books. Ebooks are a distant third. Selling books is a very long and complicated supply chain. Ignore editorial — writers and editors can work at a distance and electronically. It really starts with the paper.

Storing paper for the big presses takes an enormous amount of warehouse space, which costs money. Printers don’t store a lot — they rely on a “just in time,” supply chain so that when a book is scheduled to go to press, the paper is delivered to the printer. Most of that paper is manufactured in China. Guess what isn’t coming from China; nothing, for the last three months.

Some of the paper comes from Canada. Guess what the Trump administration put a big tariff on at the beginning of the year? Yup, paper. So, we don’t have adequate paper supplies. Then consider that big printing plants are not “essential businesses.” There are only a couple printers in the US that can handle the book manufacturing business. One of them shut down last week. Covid-19.

We started rescheduling books like mad to deal with that. But supposing we had paper, and a printer and bindery, the books have to be shipped to the warehouse. Again, that’s non-essential movement. The freight drivers moving books? Staying home, as they should. Not all of them. I hope they remain healthy, because dying to get the latest bestseller to the warehouse doesn’t seem quite right to me.

Now consider the warehouse situation. Traditional publishers maintain huge warehouses. Lots of people are working there, bless them, but it’s putting them at risk. There they are, filling orders, packing boxes, running invoices. Giving those boxes to the freight drivers who take the books to the bookstores and distributors. Again, truck drivers risking their lives to bring books to the bookstores.

But think again. The bookstores are closed. The distributors are closed . No place open to deliver the books to. Some bookstores are doing mail order business, bless them, but they aren’t ordering very many books from the warehouses. Amazon isn’t ordering very many, either — because they have (correctly) stopped shipping books and are using their reduced staff to ship medical supplies and food.

So the books that distributors and sellers ordered months ago are not being printed or shipped or sold. And because of that, they aren’t making any money. And because of THAT, they are not ordering any books for months from now. Plus they aren’t paying for the books they got from publishers in February and March. Cash flow has ground to a halt.

Now, audio books….turns out that people mostly, almost 100%, listen to audio books while they commute to work. Sales of audio books collapsed about the Middle of March. Fortunately, there isn’t a physical supply chain there, so theoretically that business can restart immediately upon resumption of commuting. So given all the above, it’s not a good time in the publishing industry. The damage is going to last for a long time. The effects will be felt for at least a year to come, even if we do go back to business as usual in May. Or June. Or July…..

Oh let’s be real. We won’t go back to business as usual until there is a real vaccine for this corona virus.

Stefanie Newell

Make your Book Unique!

By Stefanie Newell

Stefanie Newell, Writing Coach

Do you know what usually happens in a romance book?

If you guessed that two people fall in love, then you’re absolutely correct.

Romance may not be your favorite genre, but I can assure you there’s a common theme within your genre as well. That’s why it’s necessary to stand out from the crowd and make your book unique.

With millions of books on the market, you may be thinking, “What can I do to make my book stand out?”

I have one simple tip that will help you! Well two actually…

The first tip is to research your competition prior to writing your book.

Read their books! Read their reviews! See which aspects their readers love and which areas they could improve. I can tell you from 10 years of coaching, that not enough people do this step!

By incorporating this step into your process, you are starting your writing career on solid ground.

For non-fiction writers, if most of your competition is in defense of a topic, don’t be afraid to take a different stance! Be authentic by sharing personal stories, anecdotes, and testimonials.

And if you really want to stand out, share new ways to do old things.

For fiction writers, take a chance and do the unexpected! Stories don’t always have to be tied up with a neat little bow! This technique takes some mastering. But if done correctly, it works.

My second tip is quite simple…

We are all unique and have our own “writer’s voice.” Stay true to your voice!

Click here for bonus tips that every writer should know!

https://youtu.be/x5dXiGBEIa0

Stefanie Newell
Writing Coach

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Stephanie Newell is an incredible resource for an aspiring writer. From a publisher’s perspective, any writer who has published less than three successful volumes (less than 25,000 units sold each) and doesn’t work with a proven writing coach is not worth investing time and resources into.

Let me put it this way, even a pro NFL quarterback at the height of his career will benefit from the expertise and guidance of a coach.

Pro Tip of the Day:

Schedule your coaching call by contacting Stefanie Newell at:

snewell@writeonepublications.com

Or visit: https://howtowriteabookthatsells.com for more information and downloads.

 

~Malik Sharrieff

Publisher/Managing Director, Write On Press

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