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New Author Education from Lauren Carr


Lauren Carr, top-selling mystery author, has a new book in the works: Authors in Bathrobes. It is a down-to-earth tutorial for the new author. It will be  available before Christmas on Amazon.

I want to share an excerpt from her book that describes where I am in the publishing process. It is an educational eye-opener for the new author who has a publication-ready manuscript and wants to know what comes next.

ARC: Advanced Review Copy

When you traditionally publish, approximately three to four months before a book is released, the publisher will send out advanced copies of books to publications, reviewers, or even celebrities. Authors will sometimes offer ARC’s as giveaways or prizes for fans.

The purpose of this advanced release of the book is two-fold:

The reviewers are able to read the book and provide reviews, which will come out at the same time as the release. This is how big-named books by major authors have hundreds of reviews posted, sometimes even before the book is released. Big publishers will send out hundreds (sometimes thousands) of ARC’s, also called Uncorrected Proofs, to get the publicity ball rolling. The reviewers know that they are reading a proof, so they are forgiving of typos and errors.

Meanwhile, the author is reviewing the book for any last-minute errors he or she may catch.

Because I am a new author and do not have a staff of editors to do the work of editing for me, I am s-l-o-w about getting my changes made. I grossly underestimated the time it would take to proof and correct my book manuscript.

Lauren’s book will help you avoid lots of mistakes that beginners make. Watch for it. It is coming soon!

 

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Quality Control for Authors @ Amazon.com


When an author forays into selling e-books, he or she finds Amazon.com offers a unique service to its stable of booksellers.

Amazon encourages readers to report errors, misspellings and the like. Then the company compiles the complaints and e-mails the information to the author. The writer has the option to let the e-published material stand as is or fix the manuscript, uploading the revision and removing the source of complaint.

Voila! Errors disappear for future readers.

The Five Mistakes Killing Self-Published Authors


The Five Mistakes Killing Self-Published Authors.

The link above is to Kristin Lamb’s blog. The linked article is invaluable to anyone who plans to self-publish. The key points she makes are:

  1. Self-publishing makes it too easy to publish poor material.
  2. Learn the business of writing before publishing.
  3. Marketing is a necessary evil in order to sell books.
  4. Don’t give your books away for free.
  5. The minute you publish your first book, start your next one.