March 16 2014 Editor Assistance Newsletter
A number of you have talked with me recently about being nervous about finishing or publishing a book. It hopefully helps to realize that this is a natural and common reaction! I often keep delaying on publishing a book. For example, I wrote the second book in my Sutton Mass. Mystery series, Birch Blackguards, last August. I kept polishing. And polishing. Really, I was putting off publishing. I finally forced myself to publish on Friday, mostly because the IPPY deadline had hit and either I published or I gave up on any chance of winning a medal.
So sometimes setting a hard deadline can help. Mark that line. Publicize it. Set up release events. That will give you a reason to bite the bullet and publish.
If you're interested in me emailing you a free copy of this book, let me know and I'm happy to send one along. Just let me know what format (Kindle, EPUB, PDF, etc.) You can read about it here – I’d love any feedback on the write-up.
I write this series in a chapter-a-day format so that reading the book is like living in Sutton for a full month. The first one was done November 2012 as my first NaNoWriMo project. I did this second one in August so I could feature a different seasonal outlook on my home town.
I hemmed and hawed about a virtual party but in the end they really are key to the success of a project. So I am indeed throwing on Sunday the 16th, i.e. “Today” at 8pm EST. I’ll have fun prizes and games! Come on by if even for a few minutes to see how this works. I highly recommend throwing a party to help publicize your projects, whether it's launching a new book, re-releasing an old one, bringing on a new client, or anything else. It’s a great way to stir up publicity and is pretty much free beyond what you choose to give as prizes. It’s all online so you can “attend” in your PJs :).
Let me know if you have any questions!
Lisa Shea, owner
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