1. If anyone asks me my biggest weakness as a writer, it’s definitely my marketing skill. I have none. But don’t worry; help is out there. Here is a post by Miral Sattar at Media Shift with some pointers on How to Put Together a Marketing Plan for Your Book.
2. Alon Shalev at Elf Writer claims that Writing An Epic Fantasy Series Is Not Easy. I couldn’t agree more. My current WIP isn’t even epic fantasy, but even a YA fantasy is difficult to write.
3. Do you binge watch TV on a streaming service? Most people do. It’s hard to not immediately watch the next episode after you see that cliffhanger. Here is a post from the always awesome Drew Chial’s blog looking at How to Make Your Book As Bingeable as a TV Show.
4. And now back to marketing, here is a post from Derek Haines with some tips on What More Can I Do To Sell My Books? His focus is on self-published novels, but the advice is good for small press and large press alike.
5. Finally, while on the topic of self-publishing, here is an interesting question posed by Kelsye Nelson: How Much Should I Pay for Editing? If you self-publish, I’d say a professional editor is a must. If you’re querying a manuscript, I’d say it depends. If you think getting a novel professionally editing will help improve your chances with an agent, then do it. But if your editing skill are good enough to produce a polished novel to present, then I wouldn’t spend the money.
And that closes out this week. I’ll be back in the editing room with my current WIP, but hopefully I’m still planning to pen a post or two next week, so be sure to check back soon.