Appeared today on my comic strips and cartoons website, Bugburbia.com.
I’ve started work on another kids book. The style is undergoing yet another transformation. I have recently discovered Sketchbook Pro. It’s simple, a lot simpler than Photoshop and Illustrator but it suits me just fine. Here’s a little character study of one of the characters.
Barbara Freethy writes contemporary romance – and other kinds of romance novels. Granted, that is the best selling area in all of publishing, but she managed to sell over 3 million books in a little over 2 years! In an article on her website she gives the short version of her story, including a bit about how she managed such a feast. She doesn’t go into details and oh how I would love to know what she learned from “observing other successful authors and watching a ton of tutorials”! In any case, I love her closing words to fellow authors:
“I’ve learned a lot, and the most important thing is to keep writing books. New material always drives sales, much more than any number of amazing tweets or FB posts. Social media/promotion are important but only as an adjunct to the most important thing which is writing more books!”
Congratulations to Dale Stout, who is the winner of the November 2013 edition of our Cartoon Caption Contest! He is one funny bug!
This article was published in September. I’ve found it recently on the PBS website and I think it is very, very interesting. Not only does it discuss the “free vs. low price” dilemma but it also showcases one of my favorite success stories in self-publishing: Hugh Howey.
(This cartoon appeared today on my comic strip website, Bugburbia)
I’ve run into this very interesting article about an author who started her career traditionally with a few very reputable publishing houses. She has fairly recently decided to switch to independent publishing. I love that she discusses the pros and the cons – including the fact that there is a perception that self-publishing is for amateurs. I also love that she shares her process for bringing a book into a store.
It may not be feasible for many of us to invest large amounts of money into hiring an editor, doing 4-5 rounds of rewrites that way, hiring a cover designer, a publicist and other professionals. But I think it’s a great list of things we might want to learn how to do.