We gathered for Danielle Gavan's workshop on self-publishing. The presentation was a dynamic one and we were all impressed by Danielle's enthusiasm and willingness to share her extensive knowledge with us.
I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed by the information, but I took good notes and hope to implement some of her excellent suggestions.
- Start promoting yourself the minute you write the first sentence of your book.
- Create Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.
- Start a blog and talk about your writing process. Post some of your chapters and invite readers to comment.
- Pay a professional to edit your book. A reasonable fee is $1 to $1.50 for every 300 words or $350 for an entire book.
- Post a chapter or more of your work on Wattpad or Smashwords and invite readers to comment.
- Visit the Savvy Authors website. Here, you will find other authors, editors, cover artists, agents and publishers. Every genre is represented. You can also sign up for online workshops. A few times a year, the site will sponsor pitch sessions where you can pitch your latest work. Premium membership is $35 per year, an excellent investment according to Danielle Gavan and Cindy Carroll.
- Get honest feedback from beta writers. A beta writer is a person who reads a work of fiction with a critical eye. She helps improve the grammar, spelling, characterization and general style of writing prior to the release of the book.
- Consider (POD) or Print-on-Demand publishing. The initial fee is $35 and you only pay for the books ordered.