Those of us left on Unpubbed Island have been going through preparedness training.
If you want to get off the island you have to be able to envision your dreams coming true and you have to take steps of faith towards those dreams.
Here's a few things you can do to prepare:
1. Schedule an appointment with a professional photographer. By the way, make sure you purchase the reproduction rights. Discuss this thoroughly with your photographer.
Here's some recent shots I have had taken in the studio. I thought I'd let our Seekerville friends decide which picture captures my essence. So, which one do you think will look best on the back cover of a book?
2. As you decide on your brand, and the name you will be putting out there in cyberspace, you might want to check out NameChek:
"Check to see if your desired username or vanity url is still available at dozens of popular Social Networking and Social Bookmarking websites. Promote your brand consistently by registering a username that is still available on the majority of the most popular sites. Find the best username with namechk. "
3. Speaking of a cyberspace presence. Reserve your domain name with an Internet Service Provider such as:
4. Time to think about business cards, bookmarks, and postcards for promotions.
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Don't forget .....
Customized United States postage stamps!
5. Put together a Press Kit. Here are a few sites to refer to.
Creating an Author Press Kit by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
How To Fatten Your Press Kit When You're A New Author by Lorna Tedder
6. (Spew Alert Here) It is never to early to consider the film rights. When the screen writer and the director approach you for your suggestions, who will you recommend for your leading man and woman?
So now you know what we're doing on Unpubbed Island. Writing and preparing for our escape, I mean departure. Because you can never be prepared enough for Pubbed Land.
Next Week In Seekerville:
Monday: Steeple Hill Historical author, Janet Dean is your hostess.
Tuesday: Abingdon Press and Barbour Publishing author, Myra Johnson shares.
Wednesday: Revell author, Julie Lessman is here.
Thursday: Ruth Logan Herne, the newest addition to the Steeple Hill family posts.
Friday: Tammy Barley, Whitaker House author blogs.
The calls have gone out for the Maggie Awards, Unpublished and Published Division. While we haven't seen any official lists the following Seekers received the "call." Congratulations to:
Cara Lynn James (Unpublished Category) Love on Assignment
As part of the fun during the two-day celebration of Harlequin's 60th Anniversary at Don's Books in Kokomo, IN, Janet Dean is signing Courting Miss Adelaide and Courting the Doctor's Daughter from 11:30-2:00, along with Blythe Gifford, Jade Lee, Dana Corbit, Denise Lynn and Lori Foster.
Cara Lynn James is the current guest at Romance Writers on the Journey. Her post is titled "Saturday Special: Cara Lynn James Sold!" Keli Gwyn asks her about her sale, receiving The Call and what she's learned since she was Keli's guest in June. And there are giveaways too!
Be sure you stop by Julie Lessman's web page and check out her ICRS photos!
The Deadly Intent Blog Tour Continues...
8/8 Camy's lovely Genesis coordinator Erica Vetsch asks her to blog about the differences in writing category suspense and trade contemporary romance.
8/10 Camy spills ALL about visiting my friend Audra Harders and milking her goat! No joke!
8/11 Amy interviews Camy and reviews Deadly Intent.
8/12 Camy's friend and Love Inspired romance author Betsy St. Amant reviews Deadly Intent.
8/13 Camy's friend and women’s fiction author Christina Berry reviews Deadly Intent
(pre-order Christina’s debut novel, The Familiar Stranger!)
8/13 Women’s fiction author Trish Perry interviews Camy.
8/14 Gina Welborn reviews Deadly Intent.
8/14 Camy is on the blog of her friend Ronie Kendig, talking about her writing journey between suspense and chick lit and contemporary romance--with a bonus blurb from one of Camy's old manuscripts!
8/15 Fellow Love Inspired Suspense author Cara Putman asks Camy about any embarrassing research books I had to check out of the library.
Save The Date:
August 21, Christy Finalist, Pamela Binnings Ewen joins us.
September 2, Dorchester debut author, Marilyn Brant will be with us.
September 18, LIVE FROM ACFW it's Seekerville!
September 22, Private Eye Duo, Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman are sleuthing in Seekerville. They're bringing goodies too!
September 25, Our guest is Love Inspired Historical author, Winnie Griggs.
September 28, two-time Golden Heart finalist Anne Barton is back in Seekerville.
September 29, Barbour Publishing author, Marcia Gruver returns to Seekerville.
September 30, Cool Beans! NavPress author Erynn Mangum will be here.