Category: Rules For Authors

Rules For Authors

Melodee’s Rule for Authors — Number Five

Number Five Agents Who Represent Single Titles Instead Of The Author Are Con-Artists Do you have an agent? If no, you need to look into getting one. To make it to the real big time in the writing industry, you really need representation. Yeah, you can make some money on your own, but not much. …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Four

Number Four If Your “Publisher” Wants Money, They Are A Printer, Not A Publisher See also Rules One, Two, and Three as they are closely related to this Rule. This Rule summarizes the previous three rather nicely. Honestly, this is just common sense, and needs very little in the way of expansion. On the other …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Three

Number Three Never Pay For Cover Art See also Rules One, Two, and Four as they are closely related to this Rule. As outlined in Rule Number One, cover art is a part of the cost of doing business, but that cost belongs to the publisher, NOT the author. Just like with editing as detailed …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Two

Number Two Never Pay To Have Your Book Edited See also Rules One, Three, and Four as they are closely related to this Rule. As outlined in Rule Number One, editing is a part of the cost of doing business, but that cost belongs to the publisher, NOT the author. The biggest reason is Rule …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number One

We’ve reached the point in the cycle where the Rules for Authors return to the beginning. I repost the Rules instead of pointing to the prior iteration because the Rules are in a constant state of flux, just like the entertainment industry itself. So, here we go again! Number One Money Flows TO The Author …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty-Eight

Number Thirty-Eight Read A Few Books OK, more correctly, read a LOT of books. This all ties back to other Rules where we’ve talked about writing what will sell and keeping your books on the book seller’s hot lists. Yes, as I’ve said, a representative or (sometimes) agent will help you here, and a personal …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty-Seven

Number Thirty-Seven Don’t Pass Up Free Promotion In this post, I’m going to pick on Twitter only for the sake of simplicity and clarity. The same concepts apply to other social media sites and to promotion in general, so try to expand your awareness to those other areas as well. Promotion of your books is, …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty-Six

Number Thirty-Six Advertising Bang versus Bucks Many people think of promotion and promoting their books. In more general terms, promotion is just a subset of advertising. But no matter what you call it, you need to get the most bang for the buck when you are trying to sell your books. Now, if you’re really …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty-Five

Number Thirty-Five Ignore the Critics As a group, critics are pompous morons. Sorry, but I call ‘em like I see ‘em. Anyone remember Phil Collins? How many of his albums did you buy? Want to know what the critics thought of people who bought Phil Collins albums? Try https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Collins#Criticism on for size. And critics today …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty-Four

Number Thirty-Four Don’t Give Away the Store Let me start off saying that I do enjoy a little gambling now and then. I’ll buy lottery tickets from time to time. I’ll drop a few dollars in the one-armed bandits as well. I like to play penny-ante poker (real poker, not the assorted nonsense popular in …

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