Reading, wRiting, and Roaming with Author Valerie Biel

February 28, 2024

Book Marketing Overwhelm: How to avoid being crushed

Outrage over Terms of Use at Findaway Voices Forces Change

March Book Promotion Opportunities

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Book Marketing Overwhelm: How to avoid being crushed

The list of book marketing tasks you could be doing seems endless, right?? Sandra Beckwith has some freeing advice to share. She encourages us to pick just one task and master it, along with good advice on how to strategically choose that task. Read it here:

https://buildbookbuzz.com/book-marketing-overwhelm/

Findaway Voices and Their New Terms of Service Debacle

On February 15, the audiobook distributor Findaway... Continue Reading

February 22, 2024

Welcome to the WisMissus Podcast: Reading, Writing & Roaming around Wisconsin, the Midwest, & Beyond. 

This is a podcast for authors by authors! (And also readers who want the scoop on what authors are REALLY thinking.) Join Valerie Biel and TK (Tracey) Sheffield as we share topics to help our fellow writers as well as fun tidbits on what we’re reading and where we’re roaming. We're planning nine episodes in 2024 with topics like agent searching (episode 1), indie vs traditional publishing, book launch basics, helpful writing conferences (episode 2), elements of mystery writing, and more! 

ABOUT US—YOUR PODCAST HOSTS:

As you know—or maybe you don’t if you’re new to my website—I’m the author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series as well as a... Continue Reading

February 15, 2024

Here's the second edition of the new author series . . . Strange but True: Tales from Authors . . . where we'll learn the weirdest or possibly the most ambitious thing authors have done or learned for their writing. As an author I know that we often come across incredibly odd facts in our research, and sometimes, we endeavor to learn things firsthand, so we can describe it better in our stories. Has an author gained a new skill, traveled somewhere dangerous/exotic, tried a crazy sport? Inquiring minds want to know. 

Today I am pleased to welcome the lovely and talented Anne Louise Bannon with her own strange but true author story . . .

Drinking in My Research  - By Anne Louise Bannon

A few months ago, I... Continue Reading

February 8, 2024

We're joined today by another fellow Blackbird Writer, Carl Vonderau, who is sharing his wisdom on what he wishes he could tell his prepublished self as well as what he always does to make book launches successful. 

ABOUT CARL:

Carl Vonderau is an award-winning author of crime fiction. As a child growing up in Cleveland, he loved to write. His ghost stories scared the bejesus out of other kids. But it took a long time to become a full-time author. He left Cleveland to study at Stanford, then spent more than thirty years as a banker in the U.S., Latin America, and North Africa. Those international settings were sources of inspiration for his books. His first novel, ... Continue Reading

February 1, 2024

I realized I rather dislike the concept of picking a word of the year to guide myself through the coming 12 months. Why? My off-the-cuff reaction is that it is often trite, meaningless, and just overly fluffy . . . like I’m envisioning standing in front of a mirror with the chosen word scrawled in thick black Sharpie on a fuchsia post-it as a way to magically manifest goodness in my life on a daily basis.

Do you all remember Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live with his Daily Affirmations??

But when I think about the WHY of my reaction more, I realized I’m reacting to the magical thinking that often accompanies this—that if we simply pick this word, we’ll see results, when in reality an action plan is needed.

I’m not writing this to offend anyone who... Continue Reading

January 31, 2024

How Do You Even Sell a Book Anymore?

The Top 10 Publishing Trends for 2024

The Most Anticipated Books of 2024

A Scholar Discovers Stories and Poems Possibly Written by Louisa May Alcott

2024 All Star Publishing Predictions

Penguin Random House Acquires Hay House

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How Do You Even Sell a Book Anymore?

Very carefully! LOL Okay, I’ve included this article for comedy relief because yet again it shows how a traditional-publishing focus causes a lot of hand wringing while ignoring the fact that thousands of indie published authors (and some enterprising traditionally published authors too) have figured out how to market their books successfully directly to readers.

... Continue Reading

January 18, 2024

TK Sheffield and I had so much fun creating the 2023 Plotting Series together that we decided to continue our partnership in 2024. We felt the video format is so much more fun than standard blog posts that we’ve started a podcast. (Which is kind of ironic, because here I am talking about the podcast in a regular blog post.)

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

Welcome to the WisMissus Podcast: Reading, Writing & Roaming around Wisconsin, the Midwest, & Beyond. 

This is a podcast for authors by authors! (And also readers who want the scoop on what authors are REALLY thinking.) Join Valerie Biel and TK (Tracey) Sheffield as we share topics to help our fellow writers as well as fun tidbits on what we’re reading and where we’re roaming. We're planning nine episodes in... Continue Reading

January 12, 2024

Welcome to a new author series . . . Strange but True: Tales from Authors . . . where we'll learn the weirdest or possibly the most ambitious thing authors have done or learned for their writing. As an author I know that we often come across incredibly odd facts in our research, and sometimes, we endeavor to learn things firsthand, so we can describe it better in our stories. Has an author gained a new skill, traveled somewhere dangerous/exotic, tried a crazy sport? Inquiring minds want to know. 

I am pleased to welcome the first author in this new series, Saralyn Richard! Here's her strange but true story . . . 

One of the most important, ambitious, and interesting parts of writing fiction is research, and I also find it fun. When I started... Continue Reading

December 20, 2023

Survey Results: The State of Indie Authorship

Word of the Year 2023

Best Book Marketing Articles in 2023

2024 Literary Calendar

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Survey Results: The State of Indie Authorship

The Written Word Media survey is in . . . with more than 2,000 responses, this is their biggest sample ever. It’s divided into sections and provides key information on author income, book marketing, book pricing, cover design, how authors distribute their books, and more. This is quite the treasure trove of information.

https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/survey-results-the-state-of-indie-authorship/

Word of the Year... Continue Reading

November 29, 2023

Conference Recap 20 Books to 50k VEGAS

What’s the Future of Books

Earn Six Figures as an Author With This One Weird Trick

Holiday Gifts for Writers (and regular people, too LOL)

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Conference Recap 20 Books to 50k VEGAS

I went to the 20 Books to 50k Conference in Vegas earlier this month. This is a conference geared mainly toward those who indie publish their books, often with multiple series and multiple pen names. It’s mostly focused on marketing, but there were plenty of craft sessions, too. This was the biggest author-centric conference I’ve ever attended with nearly 2000 authors in person and many more joining in virtually. Here’s the good news for YOU (if you're an author.) Nearly all the sessions were... Continue Reading

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