Nancy: May Recap – Books of My Heart

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It’s that time again! Time for my monthly (if belated) keepin’-it-real post about my writing progress. This time, we turn our attention to May, in which the writer does lots of career/publishing research-type things. I also had some important story/series breakthroughs and made solid progress on the writing front.

Marketing My Girls. Back in April, as I recalibrated my writing schedule and started pulling myself out of the writing doldrums to which I’d fallen prey during the first bleak months of 2015, I also knew it was time to start marketing My Girls. In April, I researched agents and ranked them based on those I thought would be the best fit for me and for my work. In May, I took the next step, submitting queries and partial manuscripts to the first several agents on my list. Nothing to report yet, positive or negative, but if I start to get rejections, I’ll move onto the next set of agents/agencies on my list. And I’ll have to do it, since it’s all on my marketing spreadsheet, and we all know the spreadsheet rules! Continue reading

Nancy: Another Publishing Option for Our Overtaxed Writer Brains

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This just in: the internet is not only changing the world, it’s changing the publishing world!

Okay, that’s pretty old ‘news’. But that doesn’t mean we writers have a firm grip on the new world order in publishing. In fact, with so many publishing options and terms to learn and understand – traditional big 5, small press, indie publishing, self-publishing, KDP, POD, Amazon sucks!, Amazon rules!, hybrids of any or all of the above – sometimes we just want to crawl back into our cozy little writer beds, pull the covers over our heads, and not come out until someone somewhere has tamed this publishing beast.

Yeah, that’s never going to happen. And waiting or someone to rescue us isn’t really the style of the ladies on this blog, anyway. The best we can do is partake of our favorite anxiety-reducing substance (my personal recommendations, which you’ve heard before: wine, chocolate, Bourbon), research out the wazoo, and in the end, hope we’ve made the choices that best suit the very individual needs of each of our careers. So in the interest of making your head explode sharing information, Continue reading