The following people have uploaded content and a request for assistance with promoting their work! Wily members can feel free to scavenge it and share and post about the author and their works. It’s excellent content! And don’t forget, you can always ask the author for an interview to further boost the value of your content to your followers.
Reviews can boost your sales if they’re good. If they’re bad, they can hurt your sales. Requesting a review is a risk worth taking.
Don’t be shy about cold-contacting them.
Look to see if they’ve posted review guidelines on their website (many have), and if so, follow them to the letter.
Familiarize yourself with their reviews so you know whether they’re in sync with your style.
Maintain a list of which ones you’ve contacted. Wily Writers has created an Excel spreadsheet for you to download, customize, and use: Wily Writers Reviews Tracker
Over time, you’ll build a list of trusted reviewers who enjoy your work and recognize your name. You might consider sending hard copies to these reviewers.
If sending to a reviewer who requires a hard copy (some places do), don’t expect any more from them. They may or may not actually do a review, and it may or may not be positive.
It’s okay to send advance-reading copies (ARCs) of your book to reviewers even if your book is out—unless you made extensive revisions to the final version.
Do share the review via your social media once it’s live. Share and share again later. This helps both you and the reviewer.
Let Wily Writers know if you got a good review, and we’ll post about it in our public newsletter.
Be on your most professional behavior with all reviewers.
Remember that reviewers receive a TON of requests, so don’t be surly with them if they don’t review your book. Never let them see you sweat.
Make it clear up-front that you’re offering an ebook version of your book if you’re not willing to send a hard copy. To make it easier on them, include a link to the download in your email to them. An excellent site for setting up a free download of your ebook is Bookfunnel.com.
Never argue with a reviewer who has given your book a negative review, especially not in public. Bad juju.
Never publicly berate a reviewer who has given your book a negative review. Burning bridges burns you more than them.
If you’ve read any great resource books that you’d like to share, note it in the comments. If you’ve read one of the ones listed and have insight into how useful it is, please comment (put the title in brackets at the beginning for easy scanning).
There are many interesting podcasts out there about dark arts, but there are few that specifically serve writers. Here’s a list of those we currently know about. If you’ve listened to any one of them, leave a note/review of it in the comments so others know what to expect. Also, if you know of one that’s not listed here, let me know in comments and I’ll add it to the list.
Each of these presents an opportunity for self-promotion. You may contact the podcast and offer to appear. Many are actively looking for guests.
NOTE: Just because a podcast is dead, doesn’t mean it’s gone. The episodes of all those listed here are still available for listening.
Keep your mind fresh. These videos will challenge you, inspire you, and maybe teach you something you didn’t already know. Share your thoughts in a comment or discuss them in the forums. Have a suggestion for a video that moved, changed, or inspired you? Let us know in the comments.
Few events energize a writing career more than going to a writers conference or a fandom con. This year, we have a unique opportunity. Most of the conferences are virtual, which means you can attend them without having to pay for flights, restaurant meals, or hotels. Broaden your horizon each month with a virtual trip to visit a different group of your peers.
fan: primarily for fans/readers film: hosts a film festival free: free to all hybrid: both virtual and in-person in-person: non-virtual elements live: scheduled live online moderated: limited attendance, must apply on-demand: recorded videos pitches: holds pitch sessions scholarship: offers scholarships specific: specific to a population/genre trade: focused on industry pros workshops: offers writing workshops
This is a living list and will continue to change over time. The keywords in parentheses will help you decide if the con is right for you.
Have a con you’ve attended? Click on the star rating, then tell us why it was good for you in the comments below. (REQUEST: Put the con name at the beginning of any comment about a particular one so it’s easy for others to read through them.)
Organize your convention list with a spreadsheet template for either Excel or Google Sheets.
One of the most exciting truths about being a writer—and maybe about everything—is that you can never perfect your craft. As a writer, maintaining a “beginner’s mind” is critical to keeping your creativity and your work fresh. Your understanding of wordsmithing will continue to evolve right up to the very last word you ever put to paper.
Not only deeper insight into wordcraft, but technologies, new and old, may appear on your radar to make your work more efficient; and even the industry itself continues to evolve in surprising ways as evidenced by the rise of ebooks in the last decade or so.
KEYWORDS free: free to all indie: for indie authors live: scheduled live classes on-demand: recorded videos scholarship: offers scholarships specific: specific to a system varied: offerings change
Online Course/Seminar List
Have a course you’ve taken? Click on the star rating then tell us why it was good for you in the comments below. Put the course name at the beginning of the comment so it’s easy for others to read through them. Note any we failed to list, especially if you recommend it.
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