It may sound a bit maudlin for this time of year, but it's the unvarnished truth.
Of course, I'm thankful for family and friends and readers of my books, and for my health, but I wouldn't be here to gush about any of those things if I had not escaped a near-fatal car accident—an end-over-end flip, landing on the roof—in 2003. The first thing I said when paramedics pulled me from the wreckage: "Cool! This means I have more books to publish!" The second thing I said was, "Oh, my neck!"
Two surgeries and a second death-brush later, I found myself with permanent pins in my neck… and a publishing contract in my hand from HQN Books, an imprint of Harlequin, for my female-gladiator novel Liberty.
Today, ten years almost to the day from the release of Liberty, I am proud to present my latest title:
Practical Insights for Independent, Hybrid, and Traditionally Published Authors
by Kim Iverson Headlee
14 November 2016
Have you written a book but don’t know how to go about getting it published?
Have you published a book but need advice distributing it to more sales channels?
Are you hunting for more ways to improve your bottom line?
The Business of Writing: Practical Insights for Independent, Hybrid, and Traditionally Published Authors is the go-to guide for everyone wishing to start—or jump-start—their writing careers.
Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, discover the answers to such questions as:
- Do I really need to incorporate, what “flavor” of company should I set up, and how do I take the plunge?
- How do I manage my writing expenses and taxes?
- What is an ISBN, where do I get one, and how many will I need?
- What is an imprint and how do I establish one for my books?
- What decisions must I face in the prepublication phase?
- Do I need to register my book’s copyright and how do I accomplish it? What about using other copyrighted materials?
- How on earth do I condense my 100K-word book to a 300-word description, let alone a 20-word tagline?
- How do I select the best keywords for my book?
- What makes for a great cover and how can I get one?
- What do I need to know about book formatting—print as well as digital?
- How can I turn my book into an audiobook?
- How do I develop and refine my author brand?
- How can I land invitations to speak at conferences and conventions?
- I use several pseudonymns. How do I manage them all?
- What’s an ARC? A media kit? A book trailer? A blog tour?
- Do I really need to start a blog? Send out a newsletter? Dive into social media? Give away my books?
- How do I price my book? Should I pick one price or vary it? Where are the best places to advertise my sale events?
- How much is all of this going to cost me??
Best of luck with all your writing—and publishing—endeavors.
KIM HEADLEE LIVES on a farm in the mountains of southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, fish, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet. She has been a published novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight, Simon & Schuster) and a student of Arthurian lore and literature for nigh on half a century.
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