Category: Publishing

Sales: How Can You Sell More Books When You’re Terrified of Selling?

Sales can be one of the most terrifying words in the English language. If one happens to be a creative professional, let’s just multiply that fear level by ten…or a thousand.

Commitment Matters: The Art of Embracing ‘The SUCK’

commitment, Steven Pressfield, how to become an author, Kristen Lamb, writing

I’ve learned that we need to first, test ourselves to even have an idea of our limits. Yet, even once that’s done, never underestimate what your commitments might actually demand.

Tough Choices: The Professional Writer’s Daily Grind

tough choices, going pro, becoming a professional writer, Kristen Lamb, publishing

Tough choices are the beating heart of anything remarkable. From being an excellent parent, to getting (then remaining fit) to being a professional writer, every day is a forked path. One road is usually easier, and a lot more fun. The other? Hard work, sacrifice, tough choices, and more hard work. You guys have NO …

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Amazon Past Prime: Why Major Retailers & Publishers are Going it Alone

The Penguin Random House site is a perfect illustration of businesses defecting from Amazon because they no longer NEED them. This is a laudable example of what I’ve been begging the publishing industry to do.

No Sales or Lackluster Sales: It Isn’t the Reader, It’s the Book…Really

sales, book sales, publishing, Kristen Lamb

Agents predicted market changes and trends. They looked at what was already out, what was slated to be released, what was already selling, what wasn’t, what was saturated, etc. Then, they used that data to maneuver their authors around the sales minefield. Still do to the best of their abilities. Yet, there often are REAL reasons a book isn’t selling and it isn’t the reader’s fault. It’s all on the book and the author.