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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