Why I like the Tucson Festival of Books

Why I like the Tucson Festival of Books

by Katrina Shawver

TFOB KS 2015

I first attended the Tucson Festival of Books four years ago. I now count it as an annual “don’t miss” event. Everything about it is a winner. Last year, attendance reached 135,000 people over the two-day event, so I am in good company.

The Festival exists as a community-wide celebration of the written word. All proceeds raised are used to sustain the event and support local literacy programs. Through 2017, the Festival has raised more than $1.6 million for literacy causes.

I firmly believe writers should be regulars at book festivals, regardless of whether you have a published book to market, are attending as a reader, or both. As an attendee, there are workshops, author presentations, events, and enough vendor booths to peruse for a few hours.

The Tucson Festival of Books takes place every March, on the campus of the University of Arizona. In the spirit of supporting a great event, here are my top 10 reasons for attending. Most should apply to many other books festivals as well, but I am most familiar with the Tucson event.

10. The entire weekend is free, except for a minor parking fee and personal travel costs. All proceeds raised support local literacy programs.

9. Festivals are a great opportunity to meet your favorite authors. The bigger the event, the bigger the names. Some authors choose to launch their newest books there. Attendees can meet favorite, and famous, authors who live across the country.

8. You can discover new authors. I have not met an author who does not love to talk about their book. I have attended sessions of authors I did not know, but who intrigued me. A few became new favorites I would not have discovered otherwise.

7. Network. Network. Network. Fellow writers and authors attend these events. Readers attend. When you sit next to someone you do not know, strike up a conversation. Are they writing? What genre? Or are they primarily readers? Promote your blog and books to new readers. I have met some interesting people I would not otherwise have met.

6. Be prepared to take notes. In almost every presentation, I discovered new websites, Facebook pages, and other helpful references I had not previously known about. Festivals and conferences are part of my perpetual learning curve as a writer.

5. There are usually one or more sessions on finding an agent, or an agent panel discussing their likes and dislikes. Sometimes you can pitch your book. Some agents only accept queries from people they have met at events, so ask for their cards.

4. The weather is usually perfect and makes for a great day to be outside. The TFOB is a two-day event, with five free sessions each day. Each year I try to attend nine and pick a time slot just to browse the hundreds of booths. I stay all day, both days, and go home re-energized about writing.

3. It’s an ideal place to have fun, and enjoy the festive spirit. At the TFOB, there is something for everyone, beyond just books. Past festivals have featured a science pavilion, national parks area, culinary stage, children’s area, food vendors, performers, and more. I got to see one of Shakespeare’s first folios, on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Very cool.

2. You have the chance to learn the business of writing. Attend panels on how to publish, working with an editor, how to get your book reviewed, marketing, building a social media platform, or whatever other topic is of interest.

1. Support other authors. Meet them, ask them questions, and buy their books.

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Katrina ShawverKatrina Shawver  is the author of Henry, A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, officially released on November 1, 2017. The book is published through Koehler Books and is available in hardback, paperback, and ebook formats on most book sites worldwide. Visit KatrinaShawver.comwhere she blogs regularly.

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What Do I LOVE about Marketing and Promotion?

What Do I LOVE about Marketing and Promotion?

by Patricia Grady Cox

Love of marketing

Yes, that was a trick question. Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love, but there is nothing I love about marketing/promotion. I don’t know a single person who claims to enjoy the time, effort, and commitment required to successfully market any product, let alone something as difficult to manage as written content. Just finding your audience is hard enough. Then, if you somehow stumble upon the right demographic, you have to design the best way to get their attention and then convince them to buy your offered information, instruction, entertainment, and/or escape.

While I try to attend a many of Laura’s presentations as possible with the Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion Meetup, I also seek out marketing and promotional advice at every conference I attend and read about the topic extensively. Promoting your work is a big part of every writer’s life, whether independently published, small-press published, or even a legacy/traditionally published.

SWOT analysis

As a basis for deciding what advice to follow, I’ve adapted the SWOT analysis model, used by businesses for strategic planning. What are your Strengths? What are your Weaknesses? Observe the Opportunities. What are the Threats to your plan? (I have paraphrased here, but you get the idea.)

  • My Strengths, as I see them, are in writing. Which may sound stupid, since I’m a writer, but really … I enjoy writing, all kinds of writing. I enjoy research! I enjoy organizing information and presenting it in a way that readers might find entertaining to read, even if the piece is informative. Even more fun: making stuff up! I’ve written nonfiction, essays, newspaper articles, newsletters, speeches, plays, television scripts, short stories, and novels. So, writing is my Strength.
  • My Weakness is in having the confidence to really push for signings, speaking engagements, and sales. I don’t like asking others for help or permission, and that’s what these seem like to me. I always feel as if people are doing me a favor by granting me a forum. Don’t judge me! This is how I feel – it does not necessarily have anything to do with reality. I do publicly speak on occasion and usually end up enjoying it – it’s just not my strong suit, compared to other writers I know.
  • So what Opportunities should I be looking for if writing is my Strength? I comment on threads in Facebook groups or individual postings in order to let folks out there know: (1) I’m alive, (2) I have opinions, and (3) I know something about certain subjects. Along the same lines, I write a blog. I try to be as regular as possible with this, and I try to write entertaining, short pieces with photographs that illustrate some aspect of whatever novel I’m trying to promote. See “My Story to Tell?” as an example of sneaking in some real history while talking about character development.
  • Threats to my marketing plans? Probably the same as everyone else’s out there. Time. Organization. Commitment. Diligence. I’m always working on these threats, trying to overcome, or at least diminish, them. We all know what we have to do. I’m currently promoting a recently self-published novel while another novel, traditionally published, is preparing for launch in April. So far, I have a slot in the Author Pavilion at the Tucson Festival of Books (Saturday, March 10, from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.) for the self-published Chasm Creek; a book signing in Providence, RI, on Saturday, May 12, for my newest novel, Hellgate, at Books on the Square at 4 p.m.; and closer to home, a signing for Hellgate at the Peregrine Book Company in Prescott at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. I had to overcome my Weakness in order to arrange the appearances, and I’ll have to give talks at two of them.

Chasm Creek and Hellgate - Cox

What are your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats? What are you doing about them? Is there something you LOVE about marketing and promotion?

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Patricia Grady Cox
is a member of Western Writers of America and Women Writing Trish Coxthe West. Her nonfiction work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and ghost-written memoirs. Patricia has volunteered at the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum where she experienced, first-hand, the realities of life in the 1800s. Her love of the Southwest – the landscape, the history, the culture – infuses her work with authenticity. Originally from Rhode Island, she moved to Arizona 24 years ago and currently lives in Phoenix. Her novel, Chasm Creek, is available on Amazon or through her website. Patricia blogs weekly at Patricia Grady Cox, Writer. Her second novel, HELLGATE, will be released by Five Star Publishing on April 15, 2018, and is available for pre-order.

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Virgin Birth

Virgin Birth

by Rita Goldner

komodo dragon

The English translation for the word parthenogenesis is virgin birth. Usually the subject of mythology or religious beliefs, it’s also a well-documented scientific feat for some animals. The most imposing expert in this practice was Gaia, a female Komodo Dragon I visited during several sketching sessions at the Phoenix Zoo. By imposing, I mean more than 8 feet long and looking very prehistoric and scary.  Her brother was even bigger, and since Komodo Dragons are sometimes cannibals, the zoo kept Gaia separate from him, and any other males, for her own safety. Aye, there’s the rub, when it came to mating.

Komodo Dragons can have offspring from unfertilized eggs, and Gaia did just that. This is not to be confused with a starfish ripping off one of its points and growing a new point, while the ripped-off part becomes another starfish. Parthenogenesis is a lot more sophisticated, and the mother actually gives birth. It can be done both in the wild and in captivity.

Gaia has died (old age) since those days I sketched her, but she held the distinction of having given birth both ways during her lifetime, with and without a mate. According to the information poster at her habitat, scientists were surprised by this.  Apparently her biological decision-making was based on who she could scrounge up. Or not.

In the parthenogenesis births, whatever she gained in expediency she lost in DNA diversity of the offspring, so there would be problems later with the gene pool.

This month’s blog has a segue that is obvious, from the weird traits in animals to the same behavior in the ranks of some fellow authors. We sometimes refer to our stories, especially pre-published, as our “babies.” I’ve noticed a double-pronged paranoia in some authors, especially newbies. They fear that their baby will be critiqued harshly, stolen, or both.

On several occasions, I’ve met authors while rubbing elbows at “meet and mingle” events who plan to finish their work-in-progress manuscript without critique, edit, or sharing. They then plan to submit their virgin-birth baby to a publisher, without having to put up with the angst of input from anyone else. In my opinion, these offspring are weaker and flawed, like their counterparts in the animal kingdom. Their brother books, who were conceived with a little help, are more resilient and able to withstand the harsh environment of publishing, marketing, and sales.

My critique group is fabulous. We know and trust each other well enough to tear into each others’ babies in a constructive way, and the final book is always better for it. I recently attended a seminar on writing and publishing where an attendee asked the speaker if she should have critique group members sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before discussing her manuscript. Thankfully, he said no, for two reasons. First, the members should be people you trust, with professional ethics like your own. NDAs are appropriate for an illustrator you may hire, but not for the critique-mates in your intimate little group. Second, the manuscript you walk out with is going to be different than the one you walked in with, if the members are worth their salt.

Input into your creative process shouldn’t be limited to help from people. It should also include classes and lectures, webinars, how-to books on your craft, and joining a few writers’ organizations. It’s a convoluted process, but this ensures you’ll give birth to a better-looking baby.

PS: To sign up for my newsletter, Orangutans and More, and get a free coloring page of my Komodo Dragon, plus kids’ activities, visit http://bit.ly/OrangutansAndMore.

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Rita Goldner
is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book, Orangutan: A Rita Goldner2Day in the Rainforest Canopy. Rita has also written and illustrated two eBooks, Jackson’s History Adventure and Jackson’s Aviation Adventure, in the Jackson’s Adventure series.For orangutan facts and images and to purchase the book (also available as an ebook), visit OrangutanDay.com. Or by the Kindle version here. Rita’s newest book, Making Marks on the World: A Storybook for Left- and Right-Handed Coloring, is available for purchase here. Works in progress: H2O Rides the Water CycleThe Flying Artist, and Rose ColoredTo view additional illustrations and Rita’s books in progress, visit Rita’s website. Contact Rita here. Follow Rita on Facebook. Subscribe to Rita’s newsletter, Orangutans and More! and receive a free coloring page of today’s illustration.

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That’s about That!

That’s about That!

by Marcus A. Nannini

 

I can be as guilty as anyone when it comes to overusing the word that.

“That” said, there is a strong case to be made for excluding up to 90 percent of its appearances in your writing. I’ll admit, if I am in a hurry I can slip and the word will appear. I will catch it in my books during the edits and I also run a word check to take a look at how often certain words appear.

Recently, my editor actually indicated it was appropriate for me to use the “that” word. In fact, she inserted the word herself. I looked over the passage in question and realized, without it the wording would have been awkward. Believe me, I looked at it long and hard before deciding not to reword the entire sentence.

It is impossible to read news stories in such prestigious papers as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times without being inundated with unnecessary use of THAT.

Examples:

MSN Sports: “Jon Gruden confirmed that the Raiders are…” Drop “that” and it still makes perfect sense without the unnecessary word.

The Boston Globe: “…the Krafts made it clear that to Belichick that Brady isn’t…” Frankly, I’m not certain what the Globe was trying to say here. At a minimum, the first “that” needed to go, if not both.

The New York Times: “Additionally, the State Department announced earlier on Thursday that it had placed…” Again, drop the word as it has no place here.

Use of “that” appears two and three times in sentences so often I do not need to put forth any more examples, though I will do so regardless. Go ahead, read anything in print, be it on the web or hard copy, and you will not need to read very far before you come across the completely unnecessary use of the word.

As you all know, literary agents and publishers look for certain words to ascertain the potential quality of the writing. You may assume “that” is usually on the list.

As a writer, you are already on the alert for repeated use of the same word within a sentence or paragraph, or paragraphs. “That” is one word, the use of which you should be able to stop pretty easily. Doing so simply elevates your writing, and you never know when an agent or publisher may “have it in” for the word. When they run a “find word” search of your work and “that” only appears a handful of times, mostly in quotations, you already have a leg up.

I readily admit, should you check out the various dictionary definitions for “that,” you can find justification for most of the instances you come across. Or I could say: I readily admit that should you check out the various dictionary definitions for “that” that you can find justification for most of the “thats” that you come across.

It is my position, however, if each time you come across the word and you look a little more closely at its usage, you will realize it was likely an unnecessary word and, as such, its use serves to clutter up one’s writing.

Here’s one from the Wall Street Journal: “Some even suggested that a push to expand America’s nuclear capabilities is of a piece with President Trump’s reckless personality that risks getting us all killed in a nuclear war.” Drop the first appearance of “that” and the sentence still works fine. The second “that” would likely be better as an “and.” The second use works, but is it the best word? And yes, the quote is correct.

Clean writing is easier to read. Save the additional verbosity for when you are “setting the table” or otherwise creating a picture in words. My opinion is the word in question here has become part and parcel of everyday conversation and has therefor made its way into our writing. I suggest a writer be aware of the word: each time you find yourself about to type it into your manuscript, stop and consider what you truly desire to say. More often than not, you will either decide the word is superfluous or you will edit “that” out and replace it.

Of course you cannot change a quote. If someone used “that” three times and you are quoting said person, you are locked in. I read a three-“that” quote in a tiny 12-word sentence just the other day. If you change it, you aren’t quoting.

Remember, literary agents and acquisitions editors are looking for reasons to deny your submission and move on to the next aspiring author. They have time constraints, and if your pitch is full of “that,” you will be shooting yourself in the foot, and “that” hurts.

 

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Marcus Nannini
began his journalistic career when he published his own newspaper in the Marcus Nanninisixth grade, charging 25 cents for the privilege of reading the only printed copy of each edition. During his undergraduate years, Nannini was a paid reporter and worked three semesters as the research assistant for journalism professor and published author Richard Stocks Carlson, Ph.D. Nannini is a life-long history buff with a particular interest in World War II and the Pearl Harbor attack. His continuing curiosity over several Japanese aerial photographs and the turtling of the U.S.S. Oklahoma lead him to write Chameleons, first as a screenplay and now as a full-length novel.

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Four Ways to Face a Blank Page

Four Ways to Face a Blank Page

by C.K. Thomas

Pique Curiosity

The Happy Prince

Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince” opens with the description of a golden statue of a prince. Early in the story, the statue begins to cry and a swallow perched at its feet feels the tears as they drop on its head. The opening of this precious short story draws the reader in by arousing curiosity. We want to know more about this golden statue and how such a statue could possibly have feelings.

Lead with a Real-Life Situation

Gift From the Sea

Draw the reader in by introducing a familiar scene, like going to the beach. Here is an example from Gift From the Sea, by Anne Marrow Lindbergh:

The beach is not the place to work; to read, write or think. I should have remembered that from other years. Too warm, too damp, too soft for any real mental discipline or sharp flights of spirit . . . books remain unread, the pencils break their points, and the pads rest smooth and unblemished as the cloudless sky. No reading, no writing, no thoughts even – at least, not at first.

Appeal to One or More of the Five Senses
Secret Life of Bees
Set the scene by describing the location so the reader can not only picture it, but feel it. Sue Monk Kidd does it well in this excerpt from The Secret Life Of Bees.

At night I would lie in bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room, making that propeller sound, a high-pitched zzzzzz that hummed along my skin.

Arouse an Emotion
weathered old barn

Here’s an example I wrote using the emotion of fear.

The barn seemed miles away on a night as black as this. Beth hesitated, holding the screen door open until her mother said, “Beth, go on now. You’re letting in the mosquitoes.” Reluctantly, Beth started across the lot toward the weathered old barn. The milk bucket handle squeaked with each quick step, announcing her presence to whatever lurked outside her lantern’s circle of light.

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C.K. Thomas
lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Before retiring, she worked for Phoenix Newspapers while raising three children and later as communications editor for a large United Methodist Church. The Storm Women is her fourth novel and the third in the Arrowstar series about adventurous women of the desert Southwest. Follow her blog: We-Tired and Writing Blog.

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Writing for an Anthology

Writing for an Anthology

by Barbara Renner

Have you ever written a story that was published in an anthology? If you are struggling through a writer’s block, or just wanting to write short stories to hone your storytelling craft before tackling the novel that’s been percolating in your brain, consider contributing to an anthology.

I joined a group of authors online to write a horror story anthology for young adults. There were about 13 of us (by design), and each author chose a room or area of an old house about which to compile a ghost story. My tale took place in the backyard. My main characters were a young couple who bought an old, run-down house. They decided to use a portion of the large backyard for a vegetable hanted asylumgarden. As they cultivated their soil, they were taunted by corpses that rose from the ground. They discovered the house had been an asylum in the in the late 1800s for women who had been banished for displaying depression or post-partum anxiety. Unfortunately, the anthology was never published, and the authors disappeared. Since I spent many hours polishing my story for publication, I decided to enter it into a literary contest. It didn’t win even honorable mention, but at least I had the opportunity to practice my story-writing skills.

Another opportunity to contribute to an anthology has arisen, so I’m encouraging myself to tackle another short story. Publisher, Pink Umbrella Books, is commemorating the

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Louisa May Alcott

150th anniversary of Little Women with an anthology of stories inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s novel. Stories to be considered will be creative nonfiction inspired by Little Women.

I’ve also considered submitting a nonfiction story to one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. The story, however, must be a true experience that inspires the readers in some way. It’s not a venue for every author; however, there would be no second guessing as to the validity of submitting a piece to this popular, well-established publication.

 

If anthologies interest you, but you don’t want to contribute to one that includes other authors, consider publishing a collection of your blog posts. In 2009, I jumped on the blog wagon, and for several years I wrote snarky stories about observations in my life. My friend liked them and suggested I publish a book, something like Erma Bombeck’s If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? I laughed. Erma Bombeck I am not.

I think the initiator of the horror story anthology brainstormed the idea without researching the complexity of the task and tossed the suggestion out to a bunch of authors, who all said, “Yeah, great idea!” “I’m in!” “Woo hoo!” A few of us asked questions like: “Who’s going to publish the book?” “Who holds the copyright to our stories?” But we never received any definite answers, and after a year, the coordinator told everyone the anthology wasn’t going to happen and disbanded the group.

Here are some questions to consider before coordinating or participating in an anthology:

  • Formatting guidelines: What is the desired word 

    count for each contribution? A short story can range from 2,000 to 7,000 words. Will every story be the same length? Other items to consider would be the tone, language, narration style, theme, and formatting. Even though the authors of the horror story anthology knew their ghost story took place in a specific room or area of an old house, they were unsure what time period in which to place their story.

  • Legal details: Who will own the copyright to each story? Will the authors sign a contract? Can the short story be one that had been previously published?stack of books
  • Author pay: Will the authors be paid a flat fee for their stories, be payed per word, or share the retail sales of the anthology?
  • Editing: Who will edit each story? Will the authors have an opportunity to revise their story, or does the editor have the final say? I know an author whose short story won 3rd place in a literary contest. Her story was published in a magazine along with the other winning stories, and when she read her printed piece, the editor of the magazine had changed, added, and deleted words.
  • Publisher and distribution: Will the anthology be pitched to a traditional publisher or independently published? Who will design the layout? Who will decide on the cover art and illustrations?

Whether we blog for fun, write stories to satisfy our creative urges, or dream about writing the next great American novel, consider contributing to an anthology. Has anyone written a story for or published an anthology? I’d love to hear about your experience.

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Barbara Renner
and her husband have lived in Phoenix for more than 40 years. As “Sun Barbara RennerBirds,” they fly away to Minnesota to escape the summer heat – and to fish. While in Minnesota, Barbara became fascinated with its state bird, the Common Loon, and was prompted to write four picture books about Lonnie the Loon, because everyone should know about loons. However, books about loons don’t sell very well in the desert, so she is writing a new series of picture books about Quincy the Quail. Barbara visits elementary schools as a guest author to read her books and share interesting facts about loons and quails. She’s working on other children’s books and a special book about her yellow lab, Larry: Larry’s Words of Wisdom. Learn more about Barbara at RennerWrites.com, as well as on TwitterFacebook, and GoodReads.

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Lessons I’ve Learned from “Shark Tank”

Lessons I’ve Learned from Shark Tank

by Katrina Shawver

shark tank cast

I can watch Shark Tank again and again. This business-themed reality television show allows entrepreneurs to pitch their business plan to a panel of five self-made titans in various industries in hopes of gaining a strategic partner (the Shark) and a crucial financial investment in their company. After watching dozens of episodes, I have gleaned several key analogies between Shark Tank and launching and marketing a book.

Know your pitch and keep it short. Rehearse every word. Less is more. As the entrepreneurs walk into the room, the announcer gives a one-sentence introduction. The entrepreneurs then have one to two minutes to present their product with sufficient credibility to interest the potential Sharks. Similarly, I have a synopsis in multiple lengths: one-sentence, 50 words, 100 words, and 250 words, and have employed all of them for different scenarios. They are the core answer to: “What is your book about and why should I care?” The elevator pitch still rules, and first impressions do count.

Research the Sharks before you enter the Tank. Determine in advance who will be your most strategic partner(s). Closing a deal with a Shark is about more than the financial investment. It is about partnering with the best match for you and your business. Do they have a personality you can work with? Do they have the business experience and personal connections to match your genre and target market? If a Shark makes you an offer, there is usually very little time to make a decision. Waver too much and they may withdraw the offer. Similarly, before I sent queries for my book to agents and publishers, I thoroughly researched who they were, who their other clients were, which genres they represented, and then targeted specific ones. For me, a deal with the wrong publisher would have been worse than waiting for the right deal.

Know what you are willing to give up to get the deal. Negotiations have to include the WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) for the other party. The Sharks only offer deals they will profit from and believe in. Similarly, most publishers, agents, and bookstores considering hosting an event for an author need reasonable assurance they will sell enough copies of your book that it is worth their time and effort to partner with you. On the darker side of negotiation, be careful about which rights you’re willing to give up in order to get the deal, and be sure you can walk away if you do not benefit from the deal. On the show, some Sharks often demand fifty-one percent of the company to assume control. Essentially the entrepreneur would no longer be the primary owner and decisionmaker. This can be a deal-breaker for some, but I’ve seen others readily take the deal. Forty-nine percent of a $2 million business is far more than 100 percent of a $100,000 business.

Be professional and do not argue with the Sharks. This rule should seem obvious, but I have watched many entrepreneurs argue with Sharks, become defensive, or even speak while the Shark is talking. Listen to what the Sharks are saying. It is one thing to make a reasonable counteroffer, and often Sharks admire that, unless the Shark clearly makes a take-it-or-leave-it-decide-now offer. Just as when a Shark says “I’m out,” if a publisher or agent turns you down, say thank you graciously and consider any other deals still on the table. The sharks watch to see how the entrepreneur will act in a high-stakes business negotiation. Arguing with potential investors or customers will gain you nothing. Publishing, like many businesses, is a small world. People will spread the word about authors who are difficult to deal with.

I continue to learn the business of publishing and marketing a book, and I am still fascinated by watching the decision process of self-made millionaires and billionaires when making a deal. While I am passionate about my story, I know publishing is also about the numbers. For bookstores, publishers, and agents to want to work with me, they must believe I have a quality product that matches their customer base, and that I am willing to expend the effort to sell enough books to make it worth their time and money to invest in me.

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Katrina ShawverKatrina Shawver is the author of Henry, A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, officially released on November 1, 2017. The book is published through Koehler Books and is available in hardback, paperback, and ebook formats on most book sites worldwide. Visit KatrinaShawver.comwhere she blogs regularly.

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