Thursday, August 18, 2011

Promoting Your Book

Most new authors, once they get published, think that their work is done.  After all, they got published, didn't they?  The problem is that could be no further from the truth.  They need to get on their running shoes and they need to promote.  I've written a slew of articles about what doesn't work and what does (part 2, part 3 part 4, and part 5)

The reality is small press publishers aren't rich and we can only do so much.  We need authors to step up and take over the areas where we just don't have the time and resources to promote.  It isn't necessarily money (although, we don't object to authors paying for promotions), but it is energy and time.

I recommend Guerrilla Marketing for Writers to all published writers.  If you haven't checked this out of the library or bought it, do so now.  Seriously.  Read it from cover to cover.  Yes, the version I have is now antiquated, but it still has good ideas.  If authors employed only one quarter of those ideas, their publishers would be very happy.

Most of these things can be done anywhere with a computer and an internet connection.  Most require nothing more than effort and time.  Some, you actually make money with.  (Make money promoting?  Why yes!)

So, if your publisher tells you to promote, or you aren't happy with your Amazon rank, read my articles and follow the instructions.  It's easy, really.  And it's your career as a writer.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Call for Submissions: The Mystical Cat

Announcing our first cat-stories anthology!  Edited by Dusty Rainbolt.

Let's face it, those of us who write science fiction and fantasy own cats -- or should own cats.  Because our critters are extraordinarily wonderful and sources of inspiration, we at Sky Warrior Books feel that having a cat anthology is a good thing.

We want The Mystical Cat.  That means fantasy, magical realism, paranormal, mystery, and science fiction.  No "My Pet Cat" stories.  No horror.  No violence against cats or animal abuse.  We want clever stories with a beginning, middle and end with interesting characters.

Payment

Payment is author share divided equally among the authors.  We pay quarterly.

Deadline

Our deadline is January 1st, 2012.  We’re planning on the e-book coming out in May.  Hopefully a print version to follow.

How to Submit or The Nitty-Gritty

We accept RTF files via e-mail only to the publisher at skywarrior3@gmail.com.  Put the words: THE MYSTICAL CAT SUBMISSION in the subject line with the title of your piece.  Send us a virus and we will never accept anything from you again.  Double spaced manuscript in Times New Roman or some other pretty font (not Courier!).  Use italics, not underlines.  Have your contact information on the manuscript including your email address.  Let us know if this is a reprint and from where.  Again, be sure you have the rights to reprint – we won’t chase down permissions.  MUST HAVE A DOMESTICATED CAT IN IT IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.  No more than 6000 words (actual).  Query for longer pieces.  Be sure to send us a manuscript free from spelling/grammar errors.  Visit our website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.  Send to skywarrior3 AT gmail dot com.