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Become A Successful Author [Kindle Edition]

Deatri King-Bey
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Book Description

The publishing industry has shifted 180° in the decade plus that Deatri has worked in it as a developmental editor and author. The traditional route is no longer the only way to become a legitimate published author, and self-publishing is no longer a dirty little secret. As an author, should you travel the traditional or self-published route? Become A Successful Author does not tell you to pick one over the other or pit one against the other. Become A Successful Author gives you steps to capitalize on the strengths of both to build a strong brand readers can’t get enough of.

What is branding? How do you grow a large, loyal reader base? How do you break into traditional publishing? How do you publish your backlist? How do you format a book? How do you find your target audience? How do you market your books? It’s all in there and a whole lot more.

With the advances in technology, anyone can be a published author, but not all authors are successful. Keep your focus: Increase quality, credibility and visibility of your brand. Become a successful author.

Below is the the majority of the Table of Contents

Chapter One: In The Beginning

Chapter Two: Learn The Craft
Read, Read, Read and Read Some More
Writing Conferences/Events
Writing Organizations
Critique Groups
Constructive and Destructive Criticism
Continuing Education
Writing Coach

Chapter Three: Manuscript Draft
Get to Writing
Concept To Draft
Concept To Rumination To Draft
Concept to Outline to Draft
Writer’s Block
Handwritten, Audio, Word Processor
First Draft Complete
Second Draft
First Showing

Chapter Four: Types of Editors
Choosing An Editor
Developmental Editors
Copy Editors

Chapter Five: Developmental Editing
The Basics
Opening Hook
Point Of View (POV)
Show Versus Tell
Scenes and Chapters
Documentaries and Educational Shows
Subject-Matter Experts (SME)
Artistic License
Reaction To Edits
Edits Complete

Chapter Six: Submission Packet
The Submission Process
Query Letter
Taking On the Synopsis
Arrival Mistakes
Submission Mistakes

Chapter Seven: Agents, Publishing Houses
Publishing Houses
ePublishers and Independent Publishers

Chapter Eight: Self-Publishing

Chapter Nine: Cover
Cover Considerations
Populated Covers
Cover Images
Back Cover
The Spine

Chapter Ten: Interior Content
eBook Formatting
Print Book Formatting

Chapter Eleven: eBook Conversion Programs
eBook Submission

Chapter Twelve: Print Book Submission

Chapter Thirteen: Price and Stuff
Book Price
International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
Bar Code
Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN)

Chapter Fourteen: Marketing & Promotion
Target Audience
Author Website
Website Statistics
Mailing List
Grow Your Mailing List
Types of Mailing Lists
Online Group
Author Central
Book Signings
Book Discussions
Event Announcements
Social Media
Death By Social Media
Paying For Reviews
Review Publications
Review Teams/Sites
Book Clubs/Reader Groups
Bad Reviews And Review Issues
Should You Conduct Book Reviews?
Amazon Tagging
Book Trailer™
Business Cards
Advertising Space
$0.99 eBooks
Conferences and Reader/Writer Events
Six Weeks

Chapter Fifteen: Tasks and Goals


Product Details

  • File Size: 1371 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Hourglass Unlimited; 2 edition (August 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GAP21Q
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blueprint for success January 23, 2014
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Become A Successful Author is a literary bible. Award-winning author and freelance editor, Deatri King-Bey, has assembled information for authors that is the literary equivalent of a blueprint—a blueprint for success. Whether traditional or self-published (or a combination thereof), authors need to have the same knowledge. What is branding? What are the different types of editing? What is Point Of View (POV)? How do I write a query letter? How do I submit an eBook? This book covers it all—and more! It even references supplementary resources for those who may need additional guidance.

Authors should vet which publishing option(s) work best for them. If you’re looking for a trade secret for instant success, don’t buy this book. As King-Bey asserts, “There is no deep, dark secret to becoming a successful author. The key is creating a high-quality brand that readers can’t get enough of.” If you’re looking for a resource guide you can refer to time and time again, this book should be in your library. Become A Successful Author is a must-have for authors serious about the business of publishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Reference Guide December 9, 2011
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I'm always looking for something to help me move along with my writing/publishing journey. I stumbled upon the "Become a Successful Author" blog and after reading a little information decided to purchase the book. This is definitely one to grow on. The book was easy to follow and the author even had some fun with it by giving you a little chuckle every now and then.

The author gave some helpful writing, editing and publishing tips and information that writers, especially those who are new to the world of publishing, can use. The author also included other helpful resources to use which included web link information along with a couple of guest writers in the book who provided some great tips for self publishing and book promotion. I read the book from beginning to end and really appreciated the information. This is definitely one I will keep handy for a reference tool to reach for as I move on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Every Writer! May 30, 2012
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A fantastic book! A must have for every writer, published or not.

I am the author of six published print books and have since had the publication rights revert back to me. I wanted to digitally publish them myself, but had no idea how to go about it. I consulted an author friend who has published over 30 books, and she recommended this book, Become a Successful Author. She couldn't have given me any better advice! King-Bey's book is like having an experienced expert holds your hand every step of the way! There wasn't a single question about digital publishing that this book didn't answer and answer in depth. As a result I have now published two eBooks from my backlist, and will soon digitally publish the rest.

Although I was already a published author and mostly interested in the digital publishing information, the book gives a multitude of great advice and guidance for the unpublished author as well. The book is such a complete reference for writing for publication that I now recommend it to every aspiring writer who asks me about becoming published.

As an extra plus, King-Bey's writing style is witty and humorous, making what might otherwise be difficult to digest technical information a pleasure--even fun--to read.

King-Bey has written a book that is a virtual curriculum in becoming (and staying) published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Literary Bible June 13, 2012
By Tamyara
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I purchase this book a few weeks ago and was kicking myself for not purchasing this book first. Deatri 's book is the answer to understanding the business. She is a straight shooter from publishing, to POV( which I needed major help on) To character building recipe to book signings. For any one who wants to go far in this business please purchase this book and refer back to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New to the game...learn from a pro April 9, 2013
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Deatri has given fool-proof- signs- flashing- no- tricks way to Become A Successful Author. I have this downloaded to my Kindle. If you could see it, you would see yellow highlights on nearly every page. Having written my first novel in 2010, I can honestly say, I wish I had this book to help me on my journey. Nonetheless, I have it now and will keep it for the remainder of my writing career.
Thanks Deatri!!

~~Author Ebony Nicole Smith~~
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very helpful January 2, 2013
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I first stumbled upon this jewel from the blog with the same name. I released a devotional book in December 2012 and kind of stumbled m way through the process. This book helped me to market my book better and to more clearly understand the ins and out of ebook writing and publishing. It is an excellent guide that can be referred back to time and time again whether you are a print author or an ebook author. Excellent source of information.
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More About the Author

Deatri King-Bey began in the publishing industry in 2001 as an editor for Third World Press Inc., the oldest African-American owned publishing company in the country. Though she supported the non-fiction and literary mission of Third World Press Inc., she found commercial fiction more to her liking. On the fiction side of developmental editing, she freelanced for several publishing houses 0ver the years and has edited for authors such as L. A. Banks, Beverly Jenkins and a host of others. Deatri is also a women's fiction and romance author. In 2008, her title Whisper Something Sweet won the Emma Award for Best Steamy Romance of the Year. Deatri also writes dangerously sexy suspense with Curtis L. Alcutt under the pseudonym L. L. Reaper. Their first installment of the Black Widow and the Sandman series is available.

Deatri is currently the Chair of the Romance Slam Jam Organization, the place for readers and authors of Black romance to meet, is writing, editing, conducting workshops and whatever else she can get into.

On a personal note, Deatri fell in love with and married her hero while they were in the military together. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chicago State University and raised three fantastic daughters who have given her three fantastic grandchildren. Currently, she lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband of twenty-four years.

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