Malik Sharrieff

Have you Talked to your Publishing Consultant Lately?

In the Beginning…

Thousands of years after storytelling and hundreds of years after written language, someone recognized the financial value in the exchange of the knowledge and entertainment within what we consider a printed book. When that individual first commissioned some monk to copy a volume for sale to a noble instead of for their personal consumption, the industry of publishing had begun.

Many authors confuse the act of printing and the industry of publishing. Here’s the difference:

When you take your manuscript and have it converted for consumption, that’s printing. You could take a handwritten manuscript and photocopy it, or send your digital manuscript to a Print On Demand (POD) publisher and order 1,500 copies. Both of these actions are considered printing.

When you publish your work, you convert it for consumption, package it, price it, market it, and distribute it for the consumption of a market. There is an expectation that the author will deliver value to the literary consumer and that consumer is willing to pay their hard earned money for that value.

So, printing is an activity, publishing is an industry.

For the bulk of the publishing industry’s history, the requirements of the trade (i.e. printing, marketing, and distribution) have limited entry to the larger publishers that we know as today’s “traditional publishers.”

Because of these barriers to entry, many would-be authors were never published because they were never “discovered” by a publisher or their agent could never quite negotiate a deal. Fortunately, with the advent of modern technology all that changed over the past 30 years or so.

Publishing Today…

Since the early 1990’s the Internet has allowed individuals to economically publish their own works for mass distribution. By taking advantage of blogs, e-zines, e-books, audiobooks and self-publishing platforms and services, authors can bypass the traditional path to publishing and distribute to the public directly. In fact it was only 10 years ago that I had begun my own literary journey. It was actually my decision to self publish that eventually led to the creation of Write On e-Publishing, LLC in 2012, and getting your projects published has only gotten easier since then.

This means that likely all of you reading this article have absolutely no excuse to not publish your projects.

Of course now most authors complain that there are so many publishing options that they can’t figure it all out! The truth is that there are as many unique strategies to publish as there are unique projects and authors. And that’s why I see a new change in the publishing industry just over the horizon.

Where Are We Going Now?

When I began as a small, digital publishing house, Write On Press focused on e-books exclusively and supported the careers of aspiring authors. After a couple years, we expanded our offerings to include trade paperbacks because every author wants a book they can hold in their hands and can autograph. As technology has created more efficiency, we find that we are now able to expand into audiobook distribution. But through everything, the bulk of customer interactions and the lion share of our work with authors has been consultative in nature.

The industry is moving forward at an incredible pace now. More options will exist tomorrow for authors looking to get their books to readers and that means more confusion and a need for more direction and support.

It is likely that, just like we have realized, there is a insane amount of value in being able to consult with authors and help you plot out a publishing path as well as strategies and tactics to support your literary projects and career.

Here’s what This Means for You:

As you move into 2021 it will be important for you to include consultative services in the overall service mix that you use to support your career.

When you begin to engineer your literary career, it would be wise to seek out the assistance of professionals who can guide you through the publishing process. This type of support will help you optimize technology, available resources and service providers as well as identify what tasks within the process you can do yourself so that you can save time and money without driving yourself crazy.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with a Write On Press author service representative, please send us a note at: authorservice@writeonpress.com, or visit us at www.writeonpress.com.

We can connect via email or digital meeting platform (i.e. zoom, gotomeeting, etc.).

Feel free to comment or ask questions below, or discuss your past publishing plan(s).

Until next time, keep writing!

~Malik

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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.

Are you looking to connect with more writers?

Join my community of first time writers on YouTube. Get writing, publishing, and book marketing tips every week.

Click here to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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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

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

~*~

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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