Episode 13 is all about getting ready for a writing conference -- an opportunity for writers to talk to an editor or an agent. At writer's conferences, there are meetings with prospective agents and editors, people who could potentially help you move your project or book idea forward.
So how do you talk to agents and editors at writer's conferences? I have four tips based on what I have learned over the last twenty years of trying to get a book published and working with new authors trying to get theirs published as well.
I remember my first time at a writing conference. It was the San Diego Christian writing conference. There was a lottery at this conference where you won the chance to meet with different people. I went there three years in a row, and I had an opportunity to meet with a few different agents, editors, and small publishing houses. Those opportunities were the number one reason I went to those conferences. It wasn't for the things that people were teaching from the...
Episode 11 of The Clarity Sessions podcast features Patty Scott.
In this episode, we cover how to promote your published work and grow as an author.
Patty has published two books and she wants to build a bridge between the excitement she has over her books and how to widen her reach to help people actually buy her book. She wants to do more speaking and coaching as a result of her book topics: how to slow down as mothers and how to parent teens. Right now her writing is a hobby, but with her great word-of-mouth grown and willingness to try new things, it can be so much more.
Patty is working on some videos and wonders if it is better to do Youtube videos or Facebook live.
Here are my main tips for Patty:
People buy things they want, not what they need. So what is the want behind the need? How do we find what someone will actually pay for? Youtube is a video library you can share with your email list. The videos are made with specific topics...
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Does your message really matter? What if you write about something that doesn’t necessarily “change the world” but is more of a fun hobby?
Angie specializes in the silhouette/Cricut niche. She is struggling with monetizing her blog while battling the insecurity of whether or not a craft blog really matters to people.
Angie is stuck thinking "It's just a craft blog." When she has that belief, it's important she starts to think about her reader. She has identified her ideal reader as a mom who is probably in her early thirties with maybe two or three kids, and she stays at home. She likes to do crafts but doesn't have a lot of time to do them. She likes her house and kids to look a certain way, and she likes to do it herself. Crafts give her satisfaction because she can do them herself rather than going out and buying stuff. They are something for her to...