LynneQuisition: Voracious Readers Only

Interviews by Lynne CantwellMarketing gurus these days recommend that indie authors work to build their mailing lists. But how do you find readers willing to give you their email addresses?

In an effort to answer that question, Larry Froncek founded Voracious Readers Only. He’s agreed to take a seat in the comfy chair and answer some questions for us.

Larry, what gave you the idea to start Voracious Readers Only? Are you an indie author yourself?

LF: Several years ago, I read an article about a group of romance authors who each had a sizeable email list and took turns promoting one another’s books. As I recall, these writers became rather successful. Continue reading “LynneQuisition: Voracious Readers Only”

Four Ways to Get Your Setting Right – Even If You Haven’t Been There

travel writing old-1130735_960_720It’s hard enough to write about a place you know well. What do you do when your story takes place somewhere you’ve never been?

Let’s say you have a great idea for a novel set in Granada, Spain, but you’ve never been outside the USA. How do you make the setting realistic? More to the point, how do you keep from making the sort of gaffe that will make readers who have been there throw your book across the room?

Fortunately, we have suggestions. Check these out: Continue reading “Four Ways to Get Your Setting Right – Even If You Haven’t Been There”

The Definitive Guide to (Some) Newbie Author Questions

newbie author question-mark-2546103_960_720Recently, I was invited to join a Facebook group whose membership includes a lot of new authors. I’d forgotten about some of these newbie concerns. I’d also forgotten how everybody asks the same questions over and over, to the point where those of us who have been at this for a while get kind of tired of answering them. So I thought I’d pull together some of these typical questions and answer them here. Feel free to bookmark this post and refer to it as needed.

Q: I have my plot, but I need interesting characters. / I have my characters, but I need a great plot. Can you help me? Continue reading “The Definitive Guide to (Some) Newbie Author Questions”

KDP Print Division Now Offers Proof and Author Copies

kdps print division paperback book-408302_960_720It appears Amazon is serious about recruiting indie authors to try their new paperback publishing option. Last week, the Zon sent an email to KDP users saying they have begun offering print proofs and author copies for paperbacks published through KDP.

If you’re unfamiliar with the terms: A print proof is a paperback of your unpublished book. Authors order print proofs when they would rather mark up a hard copy, or if they don’t trust themselves to catch every error when reviewing a digital proof. CreateSpace puts a watermark on the last page of its print proofs. KDP will instead put a watermark on the cover that says “Not for Resale.”  Continue reading “KDP Print Division Now Offers Proof and Author Copies”