At a writer’s conference a lot like AWP, an instructor said to me, pretty ominously, I thought, “Getting your first book published will just be the start of all your troubles.”
Crowdfunding continues to be a viable way to get independent projects funded, whether for literary journals, publishers, or individuals. Kickstarter alone has helped artists produce numerous projects in the book world
Publishing is a world of unspoken rules and traditions that one can, and does, unknowingly violate. It’s kind of like navigating a minefield, but this AWP 2018 panel offered the beginnings of a map.
Every writer deals with impostor syndrome to a greater or lesser degree—uncertain just how much they’re allowed to think of themselves as a writer, and how much they should let this identity dictate their lives.
A book proposal is a regular part of publishing a nonfiction book for most writers. Novelists and poets still typically need a full manuscript for publishers to consider, but for nonfiction books it’s quite the opposite—publishers and agents don’t even necessarily want an entire book to consider.
Writing groups can serve multiple purposes: to share craft advice and writing experiences and to increase visibility of authors’ books. A writer can never predict how quickly her book will take off after the launch, and having a group of writers who share the book will create a better chance for ongoing visibility.
The key to receiving grants is to apply for them steadily, plus the funding you seek should be tied to a purpose. But don’t expect them to equate to a full-time living. Most writers who receive funding have full-time or several part-time jobs that keep them above water.
It is difficult to quantify the value of social media. Even though you can track the number of people reached or how many people viewed something, it is difficult to quantify the building of relationships.
Professionalism is the key to making your event a success. In addition to arriving on time and prepared to connect with the audience, every author should have a press kit, a promotion plan and prepared talking points.