Friday, January 26, 2018

Do You Want a Second Marshmallow?

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In a recent episode of the St. Louis Writers Guild's Write Pack Radio, "Is it Ready to be Published?," steampunk author Brad R. Cook brings up "The Marshmallow Test" and relates it to reaping rewards in publishing. "Some people finish the book and query right away. Those people will not get a publishing contract," says Cook.

What is The Marshmallow Test? The Stanford marshmallow experiment was a series of studies in which children were given marshmallows and told that if they didn't eat the marshmallows for a while, they would be given more treats. The kiddos who ate the marshmallows right away didn't get any more treats. "The people who know to wait before querying, to work — and you know, run through the process," Cook continues, "they will get the second marshmallow." Fellow St. Louis author Fedora Amis chimes in, "But it's not just a matter of waiting in order to get the reward. It's also a matter of doing the other things that need to get done... the work doesn't stop just because you've written 'The End.'"

The struggle is real.

"Running through the process," in Cook's terms, means vetting your book and improving it. It means re-reading it yourself and revising it, as well as having some other trusted readers give you their feedback. It means editing, in a nutshell, but for self-publishing authors it can mean so much more — it means everything.

While the marshmallow metaphor is easy (just wait, kid), the process of getting a book ready to publish is a lot of real work. Cook is talking about getting a manuscript ready to submit to an agent, which means soliciting advice and opinions (from professional editors or from beta readers, for example), then processing that feedback and revising your book accordingly. Self-publishing authors, however, are given 3 marshmallows, and they aren't allowed to eat any of them too soon if they want more sweets:

  1. Production
  2. Marketing
  3. Management

To get good results out of your book, it has to look professional, and it needs professional production. To get good results with your sales, it has to catch the eyes of your buyer. And it has to be maintained and kept going.

Remember that rushing a book to publication often means foregoing the opportunities you could have built by waiting and working. Be patient, and you'll get your just desserts.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Gift Cards Are Here! AND the Editwright Referral Program!

We have two exciting announcements for you today!

First, be sure to order your Editwright gift cards today to get them in time for the holidays!

Editwright Gift Card

And second, you can earn $100 credit simply by referring someone to Editwright! If you refer someone to Editwright who spends $100 or more, you'll receive $100 in credit. It's as simple as that! (Be sure to keep in touch about who you've referred, and remind them to let us know who referred them, too.)

And yes, gift cards count toward that referral total, so buy someone a $100 gift card and earn yourself $100 when they spend it!

To buy a gift card or to refer someone to Editwright, send an email to andrew@editwright.com.

Monday, November 20, 2017

MO Humanities Magazine - New Issue Out Now

The Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 issue of MO Humanities, the official magazine of the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC), is arriving in mailboxes now!


Subscribe to get your own issue for free at mohumanities.org/mo-humanities-magazine, where you can also download PDF copies of previous issues (and soon, this issue too!)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Write and Be Published Workshop in St. Louis

Write and Be Published!

In this workshop, get a great start to seeing your name in a magazine or literary journal. Receive a custom writing prompt from editor Andrew Doty and a nice, relaxing environment to write in. Doty will remain available for questions and suggestions. Learn more and register at events.eventzilla.net/e/write-and-be-published-2138921133Hurry, time is running out and only a few seats are left!



Thursday, November 2, 2017

"How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know" Workshop November 18


Learn everything you need to know to publish your own book: The St. Louis Publishers Association, in partnership with St. Louis Community College–Meramec’s Continuing Education Program, presents “How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know,” a 4-hour workshop dedicated to teaching you how to lead your own way in the world of publishing.

This workshop will take place on Saturday, November 18 and will feature sessions with 4 publishing experts from the leadership of the SLPA:

Thursday, August 31, 2017

3rd Annual ShowMe Writers Masterclass

ShowMe Writers Masterclass

At the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO (or Mizzou, colloquially), Heather Tearney and Deb Sutton have been busily preparing for the third annual ShowMe Writers Masterclass to take place on October 28 and 29 in partnership between the Columbia Writers Guild and Mizzou Publishing.

The Masterclass will feature presentations and workshops from over 20 experts and authors including fiction writer and writing professor Trudy Lewis; award-winning filmmaker and former Program Director for the Chicago International Film Festival Susan Mroz; author and nonfiction professor Dinty W. Moore; filmmaker and animator Meghann Artes; author and teacher Maurice Broaddus; playwright, screenwriter, and actor Jim Henry; Nehmen-Kodner owner and designer Peggy Nehmen, and Editwright owner and editor Andrew Doty in addition to literary agents, a PitchFest, and round tables on topics like international perspectives, people of color, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities.

Topics covered will include editing, poetry, playwriting/screenwriting, organic characterization, book design, writing mysteries, working with a children's book illustrator, marketing panel, sci-fi/fantasy, and more, so there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss this massive opportunity to spend a weekend learning about every aspect of writing and publishing. Learn more and register at showmewriters.com, or check out the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Early bird pricing ends today, August 31!

Monday, August 7, 2017

2 Ways to Get 10% Off Editing

10% off. Period.

This Wednesday, August 9, come visit the Editwright table at the St. Louis Publishers Association’s Service Provider Showcase. The Showcase is free and open to the public and will feature 15 publishing service providers, including editors, designers, book coaches, publishers, and printers. At this showcase, Andrew Doty will be giving out editing advice AND coupons for 10% off any purchase! Even if you can’t make it to the Showcase in person, you can participate online. Here are two ways to snag a 10% discount: