December 6th, 2017

Debut Party Ideas

Little did I suspect that texting a non-writing work friend of mine the first pictures of P.R.I.S.M. arriving on my doorstep would start a wonderful cascade of events.

She was at a birthday party for one of our colleagues when she looked at the text. She started squealing and people wanted to know what was […]

September 6th, 2017

Why I’m Freaking Out Over My Book’s Debut

In twenty-five days my debut book, P.R.I.S.M. will be available for pre-order.

And I am freaking out.

For so many reasons.

Of course, I have the usual lists of tasks to complete. Marketing is the sad loser for garnering my time and efforts. I know I’ll pay for that later and bump up its priority.

For […]

August 23rd, 2017

Launching Your Book: How My First Novel Experience Can Help You

James Preston

“It’s all personal.”

      — Michael Corleone, The Godfather

 

We’ve all grown up with the image — finger over the button, second hand ticking down as a tense voice says — “3, 2, 1, 0. Blastoff!”

It’s such an iconic image.

I wanted to write about the launch process, because it’s […]

August 7th, 2017

Cover Art FAQ: Answered

June Stevens Westerfield

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That is good advice for life, but it doesn’t work for actual books. Readers DO, and always will, judge a book by its cover, and there is nothing you can do about it. No, wait, I lied. There is something you can do about it. […]

July 19th, 2017

SHOULD You Create Your Own Audiobook?

In light of June Westerfield’s recent post about creating your own book cover (if you missed it, you can read it here), you’re thinking I’m going to say you shouldn’t narrate your own audiobook, right? Wrong! My answer is:

 

Yeah, that’s helpful, right?

I think the easiest way to explain is […]