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Marketing 101

Once a story (article, novel, poem) is accepted somewhere what is the next step? Besides continuing to submit everything else of course: 52 rejections and 11 stories out right now. Anyway, the answer of course is marketing! I have this submission thing down, and with my “Rejection Rewards” program, I’m …

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Artists’ Business Meeting

The ongoing challenge with the business aspect of my writing is that I have yet to be published to the extent that I have anything much to market. So, when I attend these meetings, my ongoing goal is to continue to write, revise and submit to build up my body …

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Designing an Author Website: Part I

I am working on my website this month and I determined last night the boxes-inside-of-boxes model I had started on was about as interesting as a lunch room tray with the little divided sections holding peas and reconstituted potatoes and an unknown, breaded protein substance. Well, maybe not that bad, …

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Get Known Before the Book Deal: Book Review

Get Known Before the Book Deal Christina Katz Reader’s Digest Books (2008) While this book is primarily geared toward non-fiction writers, I found it to be quite useful in beginning the process toward building a fantasy fiction platform. Katz has divided each idea or practical step up into a short …

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Welcome to my New Blog!

I wasn’t planning on moving quite this quickly, but sometimes it just happens.  I just got a custom domain name and I will be developing a website soon, but I thought I’d start blogging over here now.  I’ll be fiddling with it to make it better – better layout, design, …

Boasting in the Mead Hall

As I work on refining my identity as a writer with an eye on creating a writer’s platform, I find that it can be very difficult to choose the words to describe one’s self and one’s writing.  It’s easy to say why I like other authors – this one writes …

Pledge of No Grousing

I have been working with a book called “Get Known Before the Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform” (Christina Katz, Writer’s Digest Books, 2008).  While its primarily focused on non-fiction, I have still been finding it useful and I enjoy Katz’s breezy, no-nonsense style.  I …

Audience Survey

Calling anyone who has read my stories:  If you are interested in helping me figure out who my audience is and what makes my stories compelling among all the other fantasy stories out there, please take this quick survey.   I am working on recognizing the themes that are the …

Marketing Idhua Part 1: Mission Statement

So, I have been working on my strategic plan – which is turning out to be a lot more fun than I thought it would be.  My sister, N, and I have observed to each other that often our challenge is not finding a way to do things, but to decide what …

Marketing Idhua: Introduction

I have been thinking a lot about marketing since I came back from Norwescon.  I chose panels that focused mostly on business and marketing aspects of writing and publishing, so it’s not surprising that it’s been on my mind.  However, I observed a pattern in the panelists – the ones who had marketing experience or deliberately set …