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Apr 19Liked by Kristin McTiernan

No nonsense as always!

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It's kinda my brand 😁

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Apr 26Liked by Kristin McTiernan

These people have never:

Hired an editor or cover artist (because they’ve never finished anything)

I finished my first novella and self-published. I didn't hire an editor, nor a cover artist, though I am working with one for my second novella.

Funded a book launch promotion stack

I haven't done this, but would be interested in learning.

Reached out to big-platform ARC readers for reviews

Do you have any suggestions on who to contact?

Executed a PPC marketing campaign for their backlist

Or sold more than 50 books EVER

Is that copies of a book, or 50 different titles?

I can write, but I am no good at marketing. I could always use some advice.

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For many authors, marketing is indeed the hardest part. Mostly because it's an entirely separate skill to writing. To your points, I've mentioned in previous posts (and videos) that sometimes authors can get away without using an editor. If they have a good group of beta readers, for instance. I obviously recommend not skipping a proper editor, but I do understand finances can limit options for some authors.

Written Word media is a good site to check out for promotion stack ideas (they have many options to run promotions on your new releases). For ARC readers, the biggest site is Netgalley. Booksirens is another option, but is more limited in the genres it has reviewers for.

I meant 50 copies. Not 50 titles, though that is a good goal. The more titles you have (preferably in a series), the easier marketing and money-making becomes.

If interested, I had two case-studies on how two first-time authors (MIlitary scifi and paranormal mystery, respectively) successfully launched their books and what steps they took:

https://www.nonsensefreewriters.com/p/an-introverts-book-launch?r=17cajs&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

https://www.nonsensefreewriters.com/p/how-to-self-publish-a-bestseller?r=17cajs&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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Apr 26·edited Apr 26Liked by Kristin McTiernan

i have a book that could use some critiquing :3

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Happy to help! Depending on what stage you’re at, we’d love to have you in the critique group. Or if the book is done, I can edit it for you. Drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do

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It's done, it is on my substack page. 'Into the Hedge'

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"Saying it and doing it are two different things."-James Brown.

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Exactly right 🫡

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Apr 19Liked by Kristin McTiernan

"I beg your pardon?" 😂

It's great that we can trust the members in the critique group. I'm curious to see your upcoming video regarding the kerfuffle!

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It’s gonna be sassy 😆

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