As promised, P.O.P. Editorial Services is putting on a writers’ workshop, and I’m happy to announce registration is now open!
I’m very excited about this new opportunity to discuss writing, editing, and the publishing process as a whole. After working with self-publishers for the past year and a half, I have found the information available to writers is extremely limited in scope. While there is a wealth of resources on how to write, the methods of writing, and how to market your book when it’s done, most authors hear very little about the steps they can take while they are writing that will help them market the manuscript when it is complete, as well as how they can save money in the process.
I think one problem is that this information isn’t as sexy as how to design your plot or how to “show, not tell.” Those things are very important, and without solid writing skills, most authors won’t get too far. I would add, however, that knowing the market for which you are writing, defining your audience up front, and considering what kind of packaging you want for your final product are of equal importance — and in some genres, more important than the quality of the writing. Having a polished manuscript is key to saving time and money, and knowing how to work with editors is essential to your success.
I do not suggest sacrificing originality for trends or trading quality writing for gimmicks. I suggest having as much information as you can early on so that you are making the best choices for your book, whether it is fiction or nonfiction. Much of this you can do on your own, and when you’re lost, editors can help you find your way. In the end, the point is to give your topic its due, to get the most out of the work you have put in, and to find a way to get your ideas into the hearts and minds of your readers. That’s the philosophy behind “Sell Your Book!”
There is room for ten at the workshop, a small enough number to keep the information personalized and the group engaged, yet large enough to offer an honest exchange of ideas. With the passion we all feel for our writing, I know it’s going to be a great time.
If you are interested in learning more about the “Sell Your Book!” workshop or would like to register, please visit www.popediting.net.
“Sell Your Book!” workshop, Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Stone Spiral in St. Louis, MO.