- It's all about branding!!
Good thread and I won't repeat what anyone else has already said.
Self-publishing vs. "not" self-publishing???? Eh....some people care, some people don't. It's just a matter of finding the people who don't care how a book was published (which is just about everyone).
I had a major magazien publisher contact me to write an article based on the subject of one of my books (Cuba, and cigars). They never read the book, clearly didn't care that it was self-published, but I branded myself as a knowlegable person on the subject and got some work out of it - for great pay too!
So a big part of this is how you brand yourself, how you brand your website. Do you look like an amatgeur or a pro? If you look like an amateur, expect to be treated like an amateur.
--- In IAGfirstname.lastname@example.org, John Brown <theunspoken14@...> wrote:
> Dianne, you are right. Most authors think their writing is better than the next. I have experience that on this fourm. Some writers have to make up things to right( fiction that is) and some just have a natural. I think we are all in the same boat by only tring to get our thoughts heard.
> --- On Fri, 1/28/11, Dianne Ascroft <trimbell@...> wrote:
> From: Dianne Ascroft <trimbell@...>
> Subject: [IAG-members] Re: damn
> To: IAGemail@example.com
> Date: Friday, January 28, 2011, 10:18 AM
> I'm late getting into this discussion. Like the rest of us, I'm proud of my accomplishment in writing and publishing a book (I haven't got as many in print as some of you!). I just had one comment regarding Chester's post. I'm pleased that he has received so much recognition and respect from his peers but, unfortunately, it still isn't that way for many self-published authors (even if there's nothing wrong with the quality of their writing). I had it brought home to me when I attended a one day conference for a writing genre. I found very quickly when talking with mainstream published authors there that most did not consider self-published authors as genuine published authors - they were lumped into the still aspiring. Now, these people were friendly and helpful but you could sense the division that most made between 'them' and 'us'. Although I was still proud of my accomplishment I felt I had to keep quiet about it and had been 'put in my place'. I got
> the feeling that few of them were willing to even consider self-published writers as legit and on the same level with them. I think it may take a while yet to change the attitudes of many people.
> Dianne Ascroft,
> Does this result in any less respect for me among other authors? I served six years on the board of the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and turned down a request that I run for Chapter president. I have served three years as president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Sisters in Crime. I am a regional director of the Military Writers Society of America. I'm happy with what I've achieved and the route I've taken.
> > Chester Campbell
> > A Sporting Murder - Greg McKenzie Mystery No. 5
> > "Red herrings, plenty of action, and a smooth narrative." Gumshoe Review
> > Mystery Mania Blog: http://chestercampbell.blogspot.com
> > http://www.chesterdcampbell.com
- I had that problem, too, with trying to find a brand that would fit my writing, since I write in a myriad of genres, plus a couple of non-fiction books. After thinking about it for a long time, I finally hit on the idea of "Explore Roads Less Traveled in a Janet Elaine Smith Book." I use pictures of various well-hidden little-used roads on my promo materials, then I can use the platform to explain all the different places you can go in my books: Argentina, Scotland, London, Venezuela, across the USA with my wacky senior sleuths, etc. I think--or maybe I should say "I hope"--it is working. People do seem to recognize such things as being about my books, even without them reading it, but at first glance. I much prefer trying to find one single brand rather than a different one for each book separately. Hopefully, it will also lead readers to new places they had never dreamed of going, and to new genres they never thought they would enjoy.JanetKeith Trilogy in Kindle nowTravel with JES to Venezuela and back here ;Just click on the cover of Rebel With a CauseCheck out videos here
--- On Wed, 2/2/11, Lloyd Lofthouse <lflwriter@...> wrote:
From: Lloyd Lofthouse <lflwriter@...>
Subject: Re: [IAG-members] Re: branding/platform
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 11:03 AM