Live video is something that freaks authors out … me included. But with a cheeky Chilean pinot noir in hand, this intrepid author attempts to answer your questions on Facebook Live!
Here's the replay from last Sunday 14 August where I get into ad stacking and other book marketing tips, as well as writing habits, why box-sets are still awesome and much more.
The video recording has time stamps below so you can fast-forward to the questions you're interested in. You can also watch it here on YouTube.
If you missed it and want to come to the next one, I'll be doing it again on Sunday 11 September 3pm US Eastern / 8pm UK time. Just come along to Facebook.com/TheCreativePenn and ask your questions live.
Time stamps for the Q&A
02:38 How do you publish a box set on Amazon Kindle? Read this post on box-sets.
05:35 How did you find the Masterclass.com screenwriting course with Aaron Sorkin?
08:01 How is my How To Write a Novel course? [It will be available in September 2016 – check the Courses page]
09:35 How do you use Dragon Dictate? For more on dictation, see this interview with Monica Leonelle
11:22 How do you get books out of expanded distribution on CreateSpace?
12:14 How do I find and illustrator for a children's book without breaking the bank? See this post on finding an illustrator
13:18 What has been your most lucrative marketing venue?
15:40 What are the most important things to consider when co-writing for the first time? See this discussion on co-writing
17:47 What is your daily writing habit?
20:47 Can you talk about linguistics in dialogue? See this discussion on dialogue with James Scott Bell
21:48 What advice do you have for self-editing? Lots on editing here
23:31 Do you think box sets discourage readers from purchasing single books in the set? Read this post on box-sets.
24:49 If there was only one piece of advice you would give to new authors what would it be?
27:37 On getting story ideas down in a sequence of events
32:21 If you have a non-fiction book and you want to include downloads, what software or system would you recommend?
34:01 How do you keep motivated throughout the editing phase? See The Successful Author Mindset
35:29 When it comes time to launch a new version of an old book, do you recommend uploading a new title to KDP?
37:08 On why the book market right now is almost “pay to play”
40:00 Can you recommend a good non-fiction editor? Lots on editing here
43:00 Have you ever done morning pages?
43:53 On non-fiction books with full-colour photos
46:40 On guilt about not putting words on the page every day See The Successful Author Mindset
47:13 When you write an outline is it detailed?
48:39 Should I write two novels at the same time?
50:03 Do you have any resources for helping us choose between traditional and self-publishing? Check out this article on the pros and cons of each.
52:19 What percentage of your time do you spend writing versus the business side?
55:05 How is the screenplay version of one of my novels coming along?
55:36 Have you heard of Vellum for ebooks?
55:57 Is it best to use the same name for writing in different genres? On having 2 author brands
57:59 What format do you use to share your draft with your editor?
58:21 On ISBNs
59:58 Are subscriber lists worthwhile
1:00:34 On the romance of writing and publishing
I hope you found this useful!
Come along to the next Facebook Live Q&A on Sunday 11 September at 3pm US Eastern / 8pm UK.
Just turn up at http://www.Facebook.com/TheCreativePenn and I'll be there! You can just type your questions as comments and I'll answer them live.
If you can't make it, no worries, I'll post the replay the week after. Please do let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this more casual approach.