Poems, Poetry, Spoken Word, Writing

Participation Poetry

Hey all my fellow poetry people. I’m running a little group poem over on my Facebook author page. Basically, I’m trying to get a bunch of people to contribute a line or two to a poem. Go over and check it out at the link below. If you decide to participate, be sure to like my page so I can tag you when the poem is done. Also, make sure to read the full post before participating. As always, stay focused and write on!

https://www.facebook.com/2072254459660665/posts/2223935467825896/

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Books, Haiku, Poetry, Spoken Word

Poetry Book

I mentioned that I had a poetry book published. It’s not full length, but you still get plenty of verse for the cost. Check it out on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Salt-Earth-Collection-Brad-Bott/dp/1948390604?keywords=brad+bott&qid=1534296031&sr=8-2-fkmrnull&ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmrnull_2

You can also get it from my publisher here:

https://www.penitpublications.com/product-page/salt-and-earth-by-brad-bott

As always, Stay Focused and Write On!

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Authors, Books, publishing, Writing

Getting Published: The waiting

It’s been a little since my last post, but I’ve been busy with getting a poetry book published and in the process of getting another children’s book published. Also, getting a wedding planned and organized. Needless to say, I’ve been busy.

After all the proof reviews are done and proofs are finished, the book will be sent to the printer. I’m sure there’s more that goes on behind the scenes, but I’m not in on that part of the process. As a writer, you probably won’t be either. So it basically becomes a waiting game from here.

This wait time can seem like ages, so here’s a few tips to occupy your time while waiting for printed copies to wind up in your hands and available to readers.

1: Start a new writing project. You don’t want to be a one and done writer.

2: Generate buzz on your social media platforms. You do have a couple of those, right.

3: Get some promotional/marketing materials ready. Think book marks, a sign with information to put on your table at book signings/author fairs. You can do pens, pencils, or something else. Think small and fairly cheap so you can hand them out to people wherever you’re at. I got 500 bookmarks for around $60 from https://smartpress.com/. They are professional and high quality. Just be prepared for a bit of a learning curve.

4. Go out and experience life and the world. You need material to draw from and the best way I’ve found to refill the creative well is just getting out and doing stuff.

I hope these blogs have helped clarify some of the publishing process. Until next time, Stay Focused and Write On!

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Authors, Books, Fiction, publishing

Getting Published: Approval Process Part 2

In my last post, I talked about the approval process for illustrations (which may only apply to the cover if you don’t have illustrations in the book). In this post, I’m going to talk about the process for layout and text approval.

This process for me was very similar to the illustrations approval. When the book was formatted and ready to be sent to the printer, the publisher sent proofs of the final version to be sent to the printer. I cannot stress this enough. Go Over The Proof Thoroughly! This is your chance to catch anything before it’s too late or costly to make changes.

With my proofs, the publisher and I changed several things before ultimately approving them. We did some formatting changes on a certain characters text, which wound up deleting or pushing two paragraphs off the page. If we hadn’t been diligent, we would have printed with missing text. And nobody wants an incomplete story.

A lot of this boils down to establishing a good working relationship with your publisher or contact for the publisher. Being courteous in your correspondence and timely with responses goes a long way in establishing this relationship. Remember, you want the publisher to want to work with you again.

Until next time, Stay Focused and Write On!

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Authors, Books, Fiction, publishing

Getting Published: Approval Process

In my previous posts, I talked about the submission and the contract when getting published. It’s been a little longer then planned since my last post, but life gets busy sometimes.

As a reminder, this is my personal experience with my first book, not a definitive guide on what will happen.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I wanted a product that looked good and I would be willing to buy. Once I had signed the contract, I checked out the different illustrators by scrolling through my publisher’s website. When I found a style I liked, I asked to use that illustrator. I did this early enough in the process that they approved. It never hurts to ask. Also, this was the only out-of-pocket cost I had.

After I got my illustrator, she came up with 2 sample illustrations that I had the chance to approve before continuing to make a total of 19 pictures plus the cover art. Keep in mind, my publisher can make the final decision if we didn’t totally agree on something.

I cannot stress this enough. Go over the pictures. Don’t just assume they’re perfect. I had to make some suggestions on a couple pictures. Look at them with a sense of what might other people think about them or turn it into. What could someone get up in arms about? Look at the cover fonts to make sure you can read them. A little diligence early pays off in the long run.

In the end, the book has your name on it and you want the best product you can get. I would caution you on being completely knit-picky, because you want the illustrator to be free to create. Plus, I feel like it will make both publisher and illustrator question working with you again if they’re constantly having to make changes.

My next post will be a continuation of the approval process about the actual text. Until then, Stay Focused and Write On!

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