Video: Writing a Book

Video: Writing a Book


You asked; we obliged! This month we’re chatting about the daunting (and exciting!) process of writing a book. From finding a literary agent to the key differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, we tried to answer as many of your questions as we could in this video chat.

Resources we mention:

Ed Cyzewski (recommended by Melanie; “has a ton of resources and has published both ways”)

Melanie’s Write A Book e-guide

Query Shark (recommended by April; “this lady lit agent is hilarious and pulls no punches”)

Ashlee signed with Don Jacobson in January of this year. They are currently accepting submissions.

AuthorTalk (recommended by Ashlee; great place to find book proposal help if you have no clue what you’re doing!)

How Do I Decide? Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing (A Field Guide for Authors) (book Ashlee mentioned in the video; quick read, only $2.99 on Kindle!)

Writing conferences are a great place to meet with literary agents. Here are 30 conferences, via The Write Life. Melanie and Callie both highly recommend the Festival of Faith + Writing, and April has heard great things about The Muse + The Marketplace.

And, because we’re all friends here, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share with you the very first cover design of The Magic of Motherhood. When Ashlee talks about “advocating for herself and her team” in this video, please refer to this image:

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Um, yeeeeeeeeah. One freak-out e-mail to the agent and half a dozen conference calls later, we had a few other options to work with, phew.

Do you have a question about book publishing we didn’t get to in this video? Let us know in the Facebook group and we’ll do our best to answer!

Also, don’t forget to check out Melanie’s books: Women Are Scary, It’s Not Fair, Infreakinfertility, and Callie’s book: The Teacher Diaries: Romeo and Juliet.

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