Webinars for Writers

Busy man typing on old typewriting machineCan you empathize with this?

When I started writing books, I wasn’t sure what genre I wanted to write.  The first writers conference I ever went to was for those interested in writing for the Christian market. I pitched some romances to a few editors and got some great responses, but there was always something in my stories that caused the editors to pass.

I heard about “chick-lit” books, checked them out, and thought, “Finally, books written the way I would do it if I didn’t have to follow any publishing house rules!” So I wrote another romance aimed at the mainstream market with this chick-lit voice. I got an agent, she sent it out, and we got the nicest rejections from editors. Chick-lit was on its way out and they weren’t willing to gamble on buying more.

By then, I was getting tired of writing books that were all about the romance. I wanted to write books with action and adventure and humor as well as romance. So I wrote my first superhero book. When I pitched it to editors (I no longer had an agent), they said it sounded fun but they didn’t know how they would sell it. Where would it be shelved in the bookstores?

I was beginning to think I was never going to get published. Certainly not if I continued to write the stories in my head.

Asian woman typing on laptopSo in September 2011, I decided it couldn’t hurt to try self-publishing using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. I loved it! I didn’t have the back list to be an amazing success on Day 1, but I’ve sold more books every year than the year before. I’ve got four titles out, two of which are also available as audiobooks, with more on the way. Self-publishing is working for me. Even better, I really enjoy it.

If you’re interested in self-publishing, I’d like to help. It’s not difficult, but there are a lot of steps, and usually some unexpected potholes. And getting your book up for sale is not the last step. Having a good teacher can make a huge difference. I’ve been teaching at writers conferences since 1998, and I love to teach. Will you let me help you?

Here is the initial list of upcoming webinars I’ll be teaching or hosting over the next few months. I’ll add to this list regularly as I get more of my classes converted to webinars.

Monday, July 27, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm Pacific
10 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Self-Publishing
with Kitty Bucholtz

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm Pacific – RESCHEDULED
10 Easy Steps to Starting Your Self-Publishing Business
with Kitty Bucholtz

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm Pacific
Successful Facebook Parties for Authors
with Elena Dillon

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm Pacific
Pinterest Promotion for Authors
with Elena Dillon

Each webinar will offer 60 minutes of quality content followed by 30 minutes of Q&A taught live during the time indicated. Registered participants will be able to watch the recorded webinar (assuming there are no technical difficulties!) as often as they like afterward. Each participant will also have access to a downloadable PDF of the slides for their personal use.

All this for only $27 each.

If you sign up for my email list, not only will you get a free checklist on starting your self-publishing business, but you’ll hear about upcoming webinars and other classes as they’re announced. And would you mind helping me spread the word by clicking the share buttons to your left or below this post? I sure appreciate it!

I hope you’re excited about what the future holds! I am! 😀

Kitty Bucholtz

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Chris Blizzard - July 25, 2015 Reply

I have two books I self published through Createspace and Amazon Kindle. What I need help with is marketing. People seem to be lovign my books (One a nonfiction, one a romance), but I need help getting the word out. Any suggestions? I think I would be great for TV and radio interviews, but I need help getting those too.

    Kitty Bucholtz - July 25, 2015 Reply

    Chris, this is one of the most challenging parts of any business – getting the word out and finding more customers who love your product. I’ve joined a couple of self-publishing groups in Yahoo Groups so I can ask questions and hear what other people are doing. I’ve also started following Rick Mulready (also has a podcast called “Art of Paid Traffic”) and Mark Dawson on how to do Facebook ads. I also joined Nick Stephenson’s “Your First 10,000 Readers” group, but I haven’t started doing the work yet. However, you can get some free training here: http://www.yourfirst10kreaders.com/ My best advice is keep Googling what’s going on, follow what other people are doing, and start trying things that you learn one at a time. I’ll add more blog posts about marketing as time goes on, both about what’s worked for me, and from other guest bloggers, so keep checking back. And good luck!

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