Book Launch Strategies, Part 2

by Marylee MacDonald, March 13, 2020 in Book launch, Book promotion, For Writers Ready to Publish

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Marylee MacDonald’s Book Launch Tracker can help you plan effective book launches. Essentially, a tracker functions like a runway. If you want your book to have liftoff, you need a three- to six-month lead time, but if you don’t you lay out the tasks in advance, the day of your […]

What’s the Best Launch Strategy? Part 1

by Marylee MacDonald, March 11, 2020 in Book launch, Book promotion, For Writers Ready to Publish

The answer to “What’s the best book launch strategy?” is that a successful launch strategy depends on you. The only thing that won’t work is to have no launch plan. And, yet, that’s the situation most writers find themselves in. Tongue hanging out, they can’t wait to “get the book up on Amazon,” and then […]

Your book launch simplified

by Marylee MacDonald in Book promotion

“A book without a book launch plan is just a fantasy.” Did I hear that someplace, or am I making it up? In any case, I’m launching a new book on April 17, 2020, and I thought it might be helpful if I take you through this journey with me. I am by no means […]

Find Readers and Get Amazon Reviews

by Marylee MacDonald in Book promotion, For Writers Who Need Readers

New authors need to find readers who will leave Amazon reviews, but if you’re a new author, how do you do that? Your friends may not understand why authors live and die by the quantity and quality of Amazon reviews. And, certainly, as a new author, you can’t be expected to have the name recognition […]

Scene and Summary | What’s the Difference?

by Marylee MacDonald in For Beginning Writers

Scene and summary are the key building blocks of any novel. Some novelists devote more of their page count to scenes. Other writers use fewer scenes and more summary. Sometimes, publishers want writers to cut a book’s length, and writers are forced to compress moments in the tale when they might have wanted to let […]

Could ARCs Help You Get More Amazon Reviews?

by Marylee MacDonald in Book promotion, For Writers Ready to Publish

Ever wondered how authors get tons of reviews the first week of their launch while you’re writing groveling emails to your family and friends, asking them to please, please, please read your book and write a review? The answer is that authors who get reviews provide free ARCs (Advanced Review Copies) to avid readers. Avid […]

A Protagonist Must Have a Goal

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Doing Revisions

Every protagonist must have a goal. Your protagonist (Frodo Baggins) wants to throw the Ring in the fires of Mt. Doom or, in the case of Harry Potter, defeat the evil Lord Voldemort. These are the protagonists’ “big picture” goals. A big picture goal describes the entire arc of the novel, from the instant a […]

What Stories Should You Write?

by Marylee MacDonald in For Beginning Writers

Most writers begin writing because they know they have one story to tell. Their goal is to “write a book.” But, most of us have more than one book we could write, and we have a wealth of material to draw on.   We also have different themes that occur in our lives. Possibly, we […]

Free Yourself from Writing Autobiographically

by Marylee MacDonald in For Beginning Writers

If you can free yourself from writing autobiographically, the whole world opens before you. But how can you do this? So often the stories that spring naturally to mind arise from personal experience. This is only natural. Our deepest emotional impressions occur in childhood. Childhood provides a rich source of emotionally-laden story material. Often, however, […]

Revising Fiction – Going Through the Door

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Doing Revisions

Revising fiction–deep revision–may require authors to expand scenes or add new ones. But how can any author know which scenes those are? We’re so close to our stories, it’s hard to have any perspective. And yet, we must provide our readers with a clear and accurate picture of our characters’ inner and outer journeys.  We […]