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6 Takeaways from the PNWA 2015 Conference

Posted by July 21st, 2015

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Seattle, home of the PNWA 2015 Conference

It was a great weekend at the PNWA 2015 Conference in Seattle, talking with agents, editors, and writers about Book Country, social media, and the publishing process. (PNWA stands for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.) I want to share these six big takeaways from the conference with the rest of the Book Country community:

  1. Finding beta-readers is as important as ever. However you choose to work with beta-readers–whether in a real-life writing group, remotely via email, or on a workshopping site like Book Country–no one can dispute that a writer needs feedback on their manuscript prior to a successful publication.Technology that makes finding beta-readers easy has become indispensable to in-the-know writers.
  2. Feedback can be wide-ranging, but ratings are also revealing. The more feedback a writer gets on their book, the better informed revision decisions they can make. Getting reviews on your book from beta-readers is a great way to seek suggestions on how to revise. But different readers give different suggestions, sometimes contradicting one another. Your overall ratings can be a powerful way to aggregate your readers’ opinions. On Book Country, for example, your overall rating–so long as you’ve spent the time and energy to garner a large number of peer reviews–will help you gauge whether or not your book is ready to be published.
  3. Distribution is everything. Writers have gotten savvier about this since the last time I was at PNWA. Back then, I met a lot of writers who had self-published but their book was not widely available. It’s rare these days to find a writer who isn’t planning to publish their book electronically, and it’s also common for writers to make sure their book is available for many different types of eReader. On Book Country, for example, authors can publish once and simultaneously distribute to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Scribd, Kobo, iBooks, Google, and Flipkart. It’s essential for writers to stay on top of book retail trends.
  4. Social media takes time. Writers at PNWA knew how important it is for them to be growing their social media audience. It’s key to start building a following early, so that when your book does launch, it has somewhere receptive to land. Learning how to use social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and others now rather than later is a good use of an aspiring writer’s time.
  5. Social media takes time. Wait, didn’t I just say that? To be clear, it’s not just building a social media that takes time. Doing the real work of social media–writing posts, creating engaging images, reading social media feeds, and conversing with followers–takes big chunks of your day-to-day. So not only do you want to start early, you also want to get organized. Writers I met at PNWA were figuring out how to carve out time for social media tasks. One tip Andrea Dunlop shared in our “Dos and Don’ts of Social Media” session was to be realistic about how much time you will be consistently able to devote to your social media. It’s easy to sign up for a lot of accounts, but it’s better to be selectively active than to have a bunch of abandoned online profiles. (Go here for more tips from Andrea.)
  6. Professional author services are the author’s best kept secret. More and more writers–both those seeking self-publishing and traditional publishing–are hiring professional developmental editors, copyeditors, proofreaders, book publicists, marketers, designers, and more. The competition to get noticed is stiff, so figuring out what you need help with to make your book stand out is becoming a bigger part of the publishing process. Many writers are using editorial firms like Girl Friday Productions to develop and polish manuscripts. Authors who find social media either too daunting or too time-consuming are learning how to hire it out to professionals. While these services can be expensive, many writers and authors are finding them to be valuable. I predict that we’ll be discussing this aspect of the publishing industry much more here on Book Country in the next year.

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Book Country Top Rated Books for June 2015

Posted by June 15th, 2015

New Top Rated Books for June

A new set of Top Rated books is featured on the Read and Review page. We are excited to share with you the books that garnered great positive feedback!

  1. THE KITTEN AND THE CLOUD by Meg Ripley
  2. LEAF by Serena Sanchez
  3. LESSONS OF OUR FATHERS by Ivella Jacobs
  4. AS A CROW FLIES by Rob Emery
  5. NEW WORLD UNDERGROUND by Josh Vitalie
  6. RIDER OF THE SUN HORSE by RJ Blain
  7. DARKNESS BRUTAL by Rachel A. Marks
  8. THE NOTHINGNESS by Keith Rieger
  9. ONE GREEN BOTTLE by Curtis Bausse
  10. DELWYN OF THE REALMS by Kelly Proudfoot
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New Waiting to be Discovered Titles on Book Country

Posted by April 13th, 2015

New Waiting to be Discovered Titles on Book CountryWe’ve updated the Waiting to be Discovered section on the Read and Review page. Help fellow community members by leaving great reviews!

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New Book Country Editor’s Picks

Posted by April 6th, 2015

April Collage 2015

We’re excited to share with you the ten titles featured in the Editor’s Picks section. Check them out and leave a review! Continue reading

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New Books in the Editor’s Picks Section on Book Country

Posted by March 2nd, 2015

New Books in the Editor's Picks Section on Book Country

We’ve selected ten new manuscripts to be featured in the Editor’s Picks section on the Read and Review page. Check them out and leave a review! Continue reading

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Read and Review Waiting to be Discovered Books

Posted by November 13th, 2014

Waiting to Be Discovered November 2014A new set of Waiting to Be Discovered books is featured on the Read and Review page!

Every time we update the Waiting to Be Discovered carousel, we are always blown away by the diverse array of books we feature. All thanks to you! Continue reading

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New Waiting To Be Discovered Books on Book Country!

Posted by October 23rd, 2014

Waiting to Be Discovered

We’ve just updated our Waiting to Be Discovered section with new books for you to enjoy! Giving and receiving feedback are what make Book Country such a supportive online place for aspiring authors. Take a look at these titles below and start reviewing! Continue reading

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Noelle Pierce: Feedback on REACHING FOR THE MOON

Posted by August 29th, 2014

Noelle PierceNoelle Pierce, who’s been an active Book Country member since it’s beta-days, won a one-on-one manuscript feedback session at RT14. We chatted at the convention about her Regency Romance REACHING FOR THE MOON, which began as a NaNoWriMo Project.

I love the premise of this novel: Lady Anne Marwood is to marry Thomas Oakes, a noted ladies’ man with far less noble birth. Thomas and Anne were once friendly acquaintances–in fact, in another novel by Noelle, set in the same world, the two of them conspired to make a match between each of their best friends. But due to an embarrassing incident at a ball, they’re now engaged, however extremely wary of one another. Thomas doesn’t believe he’s good enough to marry Anne, and Anne believes Thomas feels she’s trapped him–and now hates her. Additionally, strong-willed Anne is completely horrified at the prospect of her husband having mistresses, common to men of the era. Continue reading

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Read and Review Top Rated Books on Book Country

Posted by August 21st, 2014

Book Country Top Rated August Ten new books are featured in the Top Rated section on the Read and Review page. The insightful feedback you give to your peers helps make Book Country a supportive community for writers. We are excited to share with you the books that garnered so much positive feedback! Continue reading

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Waiting to Be Discovered Books on Book Country

Posted by August 14th, 2014

Book Country Waiting to Be Discovered

A new set of Waiting to Be Discovered books is featured on the Read and Review page!

Every time we update the Waiting to Be Discovered carousel, we are always blown away by the diverse array of books we feature. All thanks to you! Here is a list of our Waiting to Be Discovered books: Continue reading

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