Sunday, July 9, 2017

Kwame Alexander: Business Tips for Writers

Newbery winning author Kwame Alexander answered business questions along with his agent Arielle Eckstut. 

Some generated tips
  • Build relationships with your local independent bookstore even before you sell a book. 
  • Have a plan that has reach. 
  • Know what you don't know and surround yourself with people who know.
  • When you are searching for an agent, you need to identify all that you want in an agent.
  • You've got to make the hard decisions that are going to impact your career positively. 
  • With his books, Kwame never mentions poetry. 
  • Consider putting some money aside from an advance for promotion or travel to help promote your book. 
  • Make connections with librarians and booksellers. 
  • Marketing energy should all depend on your book, and you know your book better than anyone else. 
  • Figure out a desired mechanism to engage with your audience when presenting your book. Do it in a way that is you. 
  • To get love, you have to give love. To give love you have to have it. 
  • If you don't have the passion driving you, it makes the challenges harder to sustain. 

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