How to Make a Book Blog is going to describe and bullet-point some
things we think are helpful to authors. There are a lot of ways to do
stuff (and believe us, STUFF happens) and we’re not saying we’re total
experts, but based on some amount of deja vu all over again, we've made lists of hints and tips for authors, especially first-time authors. It's all about the details, and we want to help wrangle them.
Twenty-five years ago I saw a story where a reporter stood outside a store on Sunset Boulevard and asked every person leaving the store, “How’s the book going?” EVERY SINGLE PERSON answered without missing a beat. “It’s almost done.” “I’m editing.” “I’m trying to resolve a plot problem.” I had not been in Los Angeles for very long at that point and I was amazed. Now that I live in Book World (that is to say, I design and produce books as my day job), everyone I ask (still) has an idea for a book, is writing a book, or has a manuscript ready and is looking for an agent or publisher.
Things are a little tough in Book World at the moment, and the more organized you are, the better off you're going to be, no matter what the circumstances. So we will be posting our 2-cents' worth and you can use the info, think about the ideas presented, use as a starting point, or ignore completely.