Paying-it-forward with author education
“Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal” - Author Jennie Shortridge
“Melissa Foster is as kind as she is successful. With her experience, Melissa is the best advocate for writing, publishing and marketing. Hands down.” – Rebecca Berto, Editor
“Melissa Foster is a touchstone for the indie publishing community.” - Ashley Barron, The Priyas
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe, and Fostering Success. Melissa has sold well over 300,000 copies of her books, and has helped many authors learn to sell their books and build their platforms. Melissa can help you find your path to success.
A Note From Melissa
Every well-written book has a chance to be a bestseller, whether it is traditionally or independently published makes no difference. It takes time, energy, and dedication to not only hone your craft, but also to build relationships with readers. It won’t be easy, but it is attainable. Shoot for the stars and believe in your work—most importantly, don’t rush to the publication line. Take your time with edits and rewrites. A polished novel will bring readers back for more. With that in mind, here are my top three recommendations for finding your path to success:
1. Write the best damn book you can, then hire an experienced, professional structural/developmental editor. Edit for as long as it takes, until the manuscript is polished and perfect. Then send it out to beta readers and see what they think BEFORE publishing. Choose readers who will be blatantly honest without fear of hurting your feelings. Listen to their suggestions, and then decide what should be done. Finally, hire a strong proofreader/copy editor and make sure your book is the best it can be. Don’t forget to dress your lovely piece of work up for the occasion by hiring a professional cover artist.
2. Learn to market your book before publication. This is vital. Plan your book launch well before the day you publish your book. Don’t lose out on the print marketplace, make your book available in paperback. There are two mistakes independent authors make. The first is marketing to only the indie authoring community, and the next is minimizing their readership by negating the value of the paperback buyers. Even if you only sell one paperback per month, the cost to you is nothing more than hiring a cover artist for the full-wrap design. One never knows where that one reader will take your book. Learn to market your book before publication (Fostering Success CORE program is a great place to start) <<
3. Join a community of supportive literary professionals. Every career needs support, whether you are a writer, mother, doctor, or lawyer. Having knowledgable people (in your field) to turn to for questions and assistance is priceless.
Member: Maryland Writers’ Association
Member: League of Extraordinary Authors
Member: Independent Author Network
Community Builder for Alliance for Independent Authors
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