Advice for authors who Need a New Publisher; Low-cost/no-cost Marketing Ideas
Mike O’Mary and Madeline Sharples
Roundtable discussion September 13
4 PM PDT 5 PM MDT 6 PM CDT 7 PM EDT
During this free Roundtable, you’ll learn from Madeline Sharples, author of Leaving the Hall Light On, what to do if your publisher goes out of business. Madeline and Mike’OMary, owner and publisher at Dream of Things, will discuss what it’s like to “start over” with a new publisher. Sometimes loss of a publisher can be a blessing in disguise.
Madeline and Mike will also talk about what it takes to promote your memoir in today’s marketplace, including a variety of low-cost and no-cost ideas that any author can use to promote his/her book.
The audience will learn:
- What to do if your publisher goes out of business.
- How to stay positive and promote yourself while looking for a publisher — including building your platform as an author, getting your work featured on various blogs and websites, and more.
- What publishers are looking for in new memoirs.
- Low-cost and no-cost ideas for marketing/promoting your book.
- The state of the publishing industry today and the many options available to authors today.
Mike says, “I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to be an author because there are so many opportunities today to get your work out there. I will talk about self-publishing, vanity presses, indie presses, the health of the small traditional publishing business, big publishing houses, and how eBbooks and print-on-demand are changing the industry.
Mike O’Mary is founder of Dream of Things, which publishes memoirs, anthologies of creative nonfiction, and other books. Mike is series editor for Dream of Things anthologies, which are intended to fill the gap between the Chicken Soup series at one end of the spectrum, and the Best American Essays at the other end. The goal for Dream of Things anthologies is to be not “short and sweet,” but “short and DEEP.” Mike was also a commentator on Northern Illinois Public Radio for many years, doing commentaries as part of the local segment of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” program.
Books from Dream of Things include:
- Saying Goodbye, a collection of true stories about how we say goodbye to the people, places, and things in our lives.
- Everything I Never Wanted to Be by Dina Kucera, which has been ranked among the top memoirs by women in Amazon’s Kindle store for 13 consecutive months, and has been optioned for development by an independent filmmaker.
- MFA in a Box by John Rember, an award-winning book about creative writing that is part memoir, part writing instruction and part philosophical tome.
- In addition, Dream of Things just released the trade paperback and eBook editions of Leaving the Hall Light On, a memoir by Madeline Sharples about her son’s bipolar disorder and suicide, and about the impact on Madeline and her family. And coming up this fall is another memoir, plus two more anthologies. www.dreamofthings.com @dreamofthings
To Madeline’s book on the Dream of Things website: www.dreamofthings.com/hall-light
Mike’s personal FB page: www.facebook.com/mikeomary
Dream of Things FB page: www.facebook.com/dreamofthings
Madeline Sharples’ memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide, was released in 2011, and has just been released in paperback and as an eBook edition by Dream of Things, a small publisher. She chronicles the path back to her own life after the loss of her son to suicide. She wants to inspire others to heal their own tragic experiences.
She also co-authored Blue-Collar Women: Trailblazing Women Take on Men-Only Jobs (New Horizon Press, 1994), co-edited the poetry anthology, The Great American Poetry Show, Volumes 1 and 2. Madeline’s articles appear in Naturally Savvy, PsychAlive, Open to Hope and Journeys Through Grief and occasionally for The Huffington Post. Madeline’s mission since the death of her son is to raise awareness, educate, and erase the stigma of mental illness and suicide in hopes of saving lives. Madeline and her husband live in Manhattan Beach, California. Her younger son Ben and his wife live in Santa Monica, California. http://www.MadelineSharples.com @Madeline40
Madeline’s blog, Choices: http://madeline40.blogspot.com
Red Room: http://www.redroom.com/member/madeline40 FB author page: https://www.facebook.com/Madeline.Sharples?ref=hl
This Roundtable sounds perfect for where I’m at right now. With no bites, I’ve given up on the agent querying chore and am focused on finding a small publisher. Thank you to everyone involved in presenting this relevant discussion!
Madeline, I just started reading “Leaving the Hall Light On.” You pour all your emotions into your memoir and I feel like I’m right next to you as I read. I can almost hear you breathe. I’m sure you’ll share so much information today with your roundtable discussion with Mike.