Why Connect with Other NANO 2017 Authors
Are there really any benefits to connecting with other NANO 2017 writers like yourself, whether or not they are first-time authors? The short and long answer is YES! In fact, whether or not you’re a new author yourself, there are still lots of benefits to connecting with other writers who have accepted this writing challenge. Not only can new and experienced participants learn from one another, they can possibly help one another.
Advance Book Reviews
New authors may not know or understand this yet, but the importance of getting book reviews before the actual launch of your book cannot be over emphasized. This is something that you really don'[t want to think about right now, with all those characters, plots and dialogues floating around in your head. But the reality is, it will mean a great deal if you can secure some reviews before the book is actually on the Kindle or other publishing shelf.
Wouldn’t it be great to see some gold stars and comments on your Amazon book page, the same day or immediately following the book’s release. You probably wonder how some authors achieve this goal so quickly. I know I sure did, and after 3 works of fiction that are still undiscovered, I finally realize the answer; connecting with people in advance, to obtain some early reviews.
Why Fellow Authors
The reason that your fellow authors are a good place to start is because they understand your plight. Are you having a hard time getting anyone in your circle of family or friends to rush and review the book? Even when and if they step up and buy it (just to support you), they won’t always read it, let alone review it. Perhaps other writers may be more inclined to help out. I’ve often read this, but in the past, I’ve only made halfhearted efforts to try it. This year, I’m giving it a shot.
After November, I’m willing to read and review a few titles of authors who have written for the Nano 2017 challenge. I’ll even provided free help with book covers, if needed. I’ll do book marketing and promoting of titles that I review, by posting blog mentions, and social media tweets. I’m open to possibly swapping these activities when interested authors.
Writers can contact me about this NOW by dropping me an email but we can finalize any details by the end of November.
THINK BEYOND THE WRITING
In my efforts to think beyond the writing this year, I’m really focused on securing some early book reviews this time. I want people lined up to read my book by the time I’ve finished typing the last word.
Here is what I NEED for my NANO 2017 title: “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge”
BOOK COVER Opinions – I’ll be posting 3 photos of potential book covers in an upcoming blog post (FRIDAY) and I could use some opinions on which is the best cover.
BETA READING – People to read and provide a published review comment anywhere online [Blog, website, social media, etc].
Betal reader comments will potentially be used as a quote on the book’s cover (back jacket).
AUTHOR Beta Readers that are selected for my book jacket will benefit from their name and book title being displayed alongside their comments.
I NEED VOTERS – People to read and VOTE for my book in the Kindle Scout campaign starting around December 5th of this year (Exact details will be posted and provided later).
Are you an author who is willing to provide beta reading, reviews, or some other type of related assistance to fellow writers? If so, why not share what you offer at: #nanosquad2017 where anyone interested can respond.
Would like to be a beta reader for “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” or obtain a free copy and vote for the book (when the Kindle Scout campaign is ready). Please drop me an email and I’ll respond promptly.
Not Too Soon
I know what you’re thinking. The whole things sounds too premature right now. You might even be starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with the whole ideal. At the very least, you’re telling yourself that it’s too soon to worry about all this publishing and book review stuff right now. After all, you’re still writing the book! The only thing I can say is: “Been there, done that!” While the last thing you want to do is allow anything to interfere with the actual writing of the book, DON’T BE FOOLED! Any advance promoting you can do to help you obtain eyes on your book (when it’s done) is definitely worth it! Believe me, in the long run, you’ll be glad for taking out a little time to get this done.
So the next time you take a little break from your writing schedule, why not think about what you can do to connect with some other writers, without upsetting that oh so precious writing schedule.