The Reality of Writing a Book #TypeACon #liveblogging

Speakers: Melissa Culbertson, Jill Smokler

The Reality of Writing a Book #TypeACon #liveblogging ~ megan BLOGS

The Good

  • leaving a legacy= bragging rights
  • fun side of promotions
  • working with a publishing house= team work
  • gaining new knowledge
  • confession! most of the good stuff comes afterward

The Bad

“You keep using the word ‘royalties’, I don’t think it means what you think it means”

  • the money: an advance gives you the money up front, but also the pressure to sell a certain quantity
  • self-doubt: intimidating to work with publisher (publishers influencing your content to make it more marketable)
  • answering to thers: you aren’t the boss
  • a book is not a long blog post= 2 separate experiences

The Ugly

The Ugly: The Reality of Writing a Book #TypeACon #liveblogging ~ megan BLOGS

  • deadlines= book=life sucking vampire
  • business= some things are our of your control
  • marketing= they’re counting on YOU
  • obsessing= rankings & comparing yourself to others

Good, Bad, Ugly? ALL THREE

  • editing process= crying about it, learning from it
  • book take two= redoing entire book, but liked it better

Be Your Own Biggest Advocate, Always!

Nobody – NOBODY – cares as much about your book as much as you do.

—- @ScaryMommy @MelACulbertson —-


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