To be a writer, one must write. By any means available or desired. Papyrus and ink, stone and chisel, paper and pen, computer, tablet, or whatever! And, to make money as a writer (climb to the mountaintop) most of us also need some education in the domain of selling what we write. For the book-writers among us, I suggest these 10 resources that you REALLY should make your own!! All are either free or VERY reasonably priced (less than $40) and if you follow through, you’ll make your money back every year, with some extra for the vacation fund (or your favorite writers conference.)
1) FREE – The Book Marketing Expert newsletter, by Author Marketing Experts, Inc. Penny Sansevieri’s company which “makes” best-sellers every year. Last count was 13 of them. AME provides high-quality services for authors for a price and they share terrific tips and links for free, every month, to those who subscribe to the free e-zine. Visit http://www.amarketingexpert.com
2) FREE – Savvy Book Marketing newsletter by Dana Lynn Smith. In addition to the info-packed newsletter, Dana offers useful, high-energy and affordable books, training programs and services, as well. Contact Dana@savvybookmarketer.com to get your newsletter, today!
3) FREE & FEE – visit BOOKAUTHORSTOUR.com by Sharon E. Buck to get your free weekly video newsletter with tips to sell more books! Also, for less than $10, her book, DIY BOOK TOUR is now available at the site, as well as from Amazon.com. This is a thorough and concise how-to guide to run a great book tour all on your own! Services for hire are available as well.
4) FEE – (39.99)Writers Market is a tool you shouldn’t be without. The online membership to this reference means up-to-the-minute information regarding publishing, marketing, agents, and much more. Includes ALL markets from articles and poetry to novels. Includes FREE Writers Marker newsletter! Visit http://www.writersmarket.com.
5) FREE & FEE – ($varies) Writers Digest is a magazine, available in print or electronic venues. 8 issues a year are jammed full of practical information on every topic a writer can dream of, from writing the breakout novel, to marketing poetry and indie-publishing. Contests, agent and publisher information, conference listings, etc. They have a FREE newsletter as well – go to http://www.writersdigest.com which feature other free offers, like workshops, downloads, and opportunities.
6) FEE – 52 Ways to Sell More Books, by Penny C. Sansevieri. Available at http://www.AMarketingExpert.com and Amazon.com.
7) FEE – Chicago Manual of Style – current edition. Even the YAHOO style manual defers to this one if there is no definitive answer regarding style. A good investment for any writer who is submitting work for sale.
8) FEE – The Dreaded Synopsis by Elizabeth Sinclair. Includes letter formats, plotting and editing tips as well. Available at B&N.com and Amazon.com.
9) FEE – Writing Books for Fun, Fame and Fortune by Rik Feeney. Short, easy to follow methods for getting your book/article/how-to written. Available through all on-line books sellers in either electronic or print formats.
10) FEE – A DARNED good dictionary – on line or in print. Useful for much more than just spelling! Quality writers use their dictionaries often. Get one that includes word origins and dates to be sure you are using the right words for the right time in history.
All of you probably have favorite resource or reference books as well. Leave a comment and share a few of yours with the rest of us, please!
Keep reading and writing!!
Photo courtesy of my friend H. Larson who visited Alaska last year!