Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Road That Lies Ahead

A few months ago I joined a Google + Community. The community was created by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch who wrote the book APE ~ How To Publish a Book. 
It's a fairly small community of about 2000 people but the information being shared about how to edit, format, and market  your book is incredible. 
I made a suggestion to Guy, who is a social medial guru, and has millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Google +, that his team do a makeover on some of the community members so that everyone could get a feel for how to write bio, and how to improve their brand online.
Guy, Shawn, and Peg Fitzpatrick who manage the Google + Community thought that was a good idea and they've had two sessions where they gave authors advice on how to improve their image.
I found out today they are doing another session and I will be one of the authors getting the makeover. The online event is this Friday at 5 p.m. Central time on Google +. I am excited and a little apprehensive.
In the "old days" agents and publishers held the writer's hand and helped them navigate the rocky waters of publishing. These days, writers have to not only know how to write, but they also must know a little about distribution, marketing, sales, accounting, and law. I can tell you, it's not for wusses.
My hope is that I learn ways in which to connect with a broader audience and lay the foundation for the road that lies ahead.


  1. Looking forward to hearing how your author makeover goes on Friday. Great that you were picked.

  2. How lucky for you Ron - anxious to see how this goes!!!

  3. Anonymous10:12 PM

    wow, talk about cutting the middle man, that really leaves you complete control of your work though.
    you must be excited to have this challenge, best of luck, though you don't need luck, you have talent!

  4. Wishing you great success, Rick!

  5. You will be wonderful...can't wait to hear all about it!

  6. What a wonderful adventure! I wish you the best although I've no doubt that your gift will see you through.

  7. Good luck Rick! Also, it's awesome that your suggestion led to these sessions!!

  8. The cream rises to the top as they say. Good luck with your project.

  9. That is wonderful for you Rick... good luck, learning is always good:)

  10. Sounds so complicated.
    There is a book in there somewhere lol
    Dangers and pitfalls of an author.

  11. I never knew it was so tough to publish a book....maybe you should have written about vampires or zombies and all would be good! Good luck with new adventure! You can do it!

  12. How exciting (and a bit daunting). Good luck, Rick- I am sure you will do great! Diana


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