The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
I’m going to cover two things today.
First, I recently attended one of the most amazing writers conferences ever. I’ve attended dozens writers conferences and book festivals in the past. Many require payment for a table or a percentage of the profits. But at this conference, tables for selling books were free to the speakers, we were paid a speaker’s fee, and we received travel expenses and free hotel. Plus lunch was free.
Beyond the compensation though, it was an incredible event. It was very interactive and the attendees were very responsive. I met some amazing people and sold a ton of books.
Authors looking at writers conferences need to weigh the expenses against the benefits. Sometimes it is all about exposure and networking. But don’t put yourself in the hole and don’t give up a huge chunk of your profits unless you are sure it will be worthwhile.
The second item I want to talk about pertains to book covers. Authors are at the mercy of their publishers when it comes to a book’s covers. Most publishers do an amazing job with a cover. It represents the author’s vision and dream.
That’s why responses such as these are just plain rude and unacceptable:
BG - Nice push for the novel but… the cover is atrocious. I wouldn’t buy it in a thousand years. (Yes, I judge some books by their cover).
Dz - The cover needs a professional touch, a bit of rework on the quality of the photo.
The author is excited and often in love with his or her cover. Don’t dash their hopes or make a snide remark about the cover. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. (And the covers for the books that received those comments were professional and beautiful.)
Have you attended an amazing writers conference or seen people bash book covers?
I wanted to thank Shelly for her recent video which featured my book, How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now!
And this is for Chrys Fey. In July 1980, I was in Portland, OR to see the dog races. Mt. St. Helens decided to give us a show.