Partnering with Writers

When it comes to writing can you write well with others? I see many books, normally nonfictional works with multiple writers and then I’ve seen a few fictional works and I’ve always wondered do writers have issues when it comes to writing together. Are there rules and guidelines? Here are some problems that could exist:

-Neither agree on scenes
-One may have an attitude
-One can’t even write!

What to do, what to do?

-make sure you’ve read their work

-make sure negotiations are set beforehand including money

-establish on schedule

-get to know them personally too

Anything I forget? Have anyone of you written with others? How’d the experience go? Please share.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

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Pitching with Jeff Kleinman

Co-founder of Folio Literary Management LLC

Co-founder of Folio Literary Management LLC

What is a pitch? A pitch is a very short description of what your novel is about. That pitch can make or break whether you get a book deal with an agent or publisher. You need to always be ready with on because you just never know when you will run into one, an elevator or in line at the grocery store. I got someone for you though that can help you out – Jeff Kleinman.

Agent Jeff Kleinman who has been in the business for awhile (hello he co-founded Folio Literary Management LLC) is teaching writers how to pitch. In the course he will teach you how to:

  • find an agent
  • sell manurscripts
  • work with an agent

Classes start August 14th at 8-9p online. The price is $275. Go online and visit mediabistro.com to get all of the class info.

Peace and luv!

 

Are Writers Terrible Facebook Friends?

I’ve had such wonderful experiences with writers especially on Facebook. Some writers haven’t had such a great experience. Some have even said writers are terrible Facebook friends. Wow! So I thought I would put a list together about etiquette on Facebook.

1. Always introduce yourself. You would never walk into an interview and not tell the person your name or expect the job wothout the interview would you? Say hi and inyroduce yourself once you get the acceptance.

2. Stop begging for us to like ALL of your ish! Some people thrive on how many likes they have on every post. Writers are the worst. It’s ok if you don’t receive 1,000 likes. It’s not cute and quite annoying when you beg and then get pissed if not enough friends feeling your stuff.

3. Have compassion for a writer’s space. I’m referring to the space on their timeline. For instance, I don’t have a seperate page yet for my fans, writings, etc. So a lot of times I am bombarded with other writer’s stuff. No disrespect, I know that stuff is important to you but seeing what my fam and friends say too. Please be considerate.

4. It’s called networking not manipulation! There really isn’t a thin between networking and being rude as hell! The gist of it is to build a relationship so possibly create a long time business-ship. Don’t use Facebook to show your ugliness by threatening a writer to work with you on their timeline.

5. Be humble! Putting down writers isn’t cool either no matter if it’s your Facebook page. Also if you are not feeling what a writers says keep going on to other posts. And if one helps you don’t automatically think you’re too good or better than any other writer.

Writers are awesome. There is always is going to be those crazy ones that have no sense, please don’t be that one.

What are your writer friendship Facebook pet peeves? How do you navigate through the negative b.s. of narcissistic, overbearing and rude authors?

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Self Published Bestsellers for the week of June 17th

Amazon

  1. Forever Too Far – Abbi Glines
  2. Conquer Your Love – J.C. Reed
  3. Surrender Your Love – J.C. Reed
  4. Before Now – Cheryl McIntyre
  5. Beauty from Surrender – Georgia Cates

B&N

  1. Forever Too Far – Abbi Glines
  2. Don’t Leave Me – James Scott Bell
  3. Return to Paradise – Carol Grace
  4. Mine to Take – Cynthia Eden
  5. Conquer Your Love – J.C. Reed

Smashwords

  1. Beauty from Surrender – Georgia Cates
  2. Jocomo – Timothy Cohorst
  3. Salvation – Erica Stevens
  4. Forged in Blood I – Lindsay Buroker
  5. Elysian – Addison Moore

Apple

  1. Forever Too Far – Abbi Glines
  2. Forever Black – Sandi Lynn
  3. Forever You – Sandi Lynn
  4. Fallen Too Far – Abbi Glines
  5. Never Too Far- Abbi Glines

Peace and luv!

IndieBound bestseller list

IndieBound bestseller list (Photo credit: bookavore)

Digital first mystery/thriller imprint

Amazon has shook a lot of publishers’ feathers and they seem so unfazed by it all. What do a traditional publisher do? Make changes of course!

This will hopefully be a big year for HarperCollins as they roll out witness their first digital mystery/thriller imprint. WITNESS will debut this September. The first 10 titles under this new imprint will be released in October.

Why the sudden change? Well HarperCollins wants to grab as many self published authors as they can before Amazon takes them all. And of course they want to take advantage of unknown/new writers.

The benefits for writers hoping to land a deal? Quicker publishing process. They don’t say how soon your ebook will be out but I’m for sure it is better than the 18 months a traditional publisher takes.

Another bonus is authors of the Impulse imprint will start receiving royalty payments monthly just like Amazon Publishing offers their authors.

If you’re a mystery/thriller writer opportunity is knocking are you going to open the door and let it in?

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

What are you scared of? The sophomore novel jinx

You’ve heard a musician who had a successful debut album voice their fear of bringing it on their sophomore project. Well writers have the same fear. What? You ain’t know.

I published a novel myself about two years ago. Instead of the success I assumed I would get I ended up selling nothing. None of my friends bought a damn thing! My intentions afterwards was to publish again however somewhere along the lines I let fear seep right on in and get comfortable. I began to look at myself through the eyes of others who did not share the same vision and excitement as me. Bad mistake! Take my advice when I say don’t let anyone switch your mentality and make you doubt your God given talent! Real friends and fam will ride with you all the way through.

The quicker you realize that your fear is paralyzing you and your hustle the sooner you can get over it and get down to business.

Go ahead fail, fail, fail!

I know you are looking at the screen like, huh? You read it right, it’s ok to fail. Actually it is recommended because the more you experience failure the less you become scared of taking risks. You will be able to prepare yourself by using past mistakes and you will bounce back quicker. So get used to it and grow a thick skin.

Speak your goals to anyone who will listen.

If you tell your writing ideas and goals to everyone you meet they are going to expect you to deliver that promise. Seeing them as you tell them some lame excuse as to why you didn’t finish is the worse feeling. Replaced fear with pride and a big ass ego.

Prepare yourself better the second go round.

Sit down and write out everything that you did wrong the first time you published. Then create a detailed plan on how you are going to prevent that from happening. As you are writing have that list out, especially at those times when you feel fearful; look at it and realize you have ish under control this time. Then keep hustlin!

Nothing is guaranteed in this business called writing. But you will never know what you can accomplish until you do the damn thang! Make your passion slash those fears to shreds!

Peace and luv from your girl Ms. Talia!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Self publishing in local libraries

Self publishing has opened a lot of doors for writers such as myself. I self published about two years ago and trust me it is not as easy as it seems. Even with all of the blogs dedicated to self publishing and books it’s still a process.

Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords, along with FastPencil are on a mission to get self publishing into as many libraries as they can. Already they have offered self publishing programs to assist writers who are thinking about or is choosing that route. It would be nice if more could have them. I mean it only makes sense considering you want your books to end up there.

If your local library doesn’t have any programs ask them why and see if they can get something started. Maybe the reason why they don’t have one is no one asked.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia