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Self-Publishing Sensation

September 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Last week I mentioned the book,  The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.”  It has become a sensation and was just acquired by Penguin Random House. It is by Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forsses Ehrlin. It is a book that gives suggestions to a child’s unconscious mind to sleep.

It is a watershed moment in self-publishing and traditional publishing.  If you are a self-published author there are many lessons to be learned her.

1. The book was published in 2011 and translated to English last year.  This is by no means an overnight sensation.

2. It was word of mouth that made this popular.  Get reviews and more reviews.

3. Have a professional looking web site.  His web site is simple but very sleek.

4. Tell a story with a good hook.  This is a children’s book but its hook is it uses methods to tap into the unconscious to help a child sleep.

5. Finally, never give up.

Best advice from an editor

August 7th, 2014 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

My wonderful husband sent this to me this week.  Great advice.  I would add two more.

1. Show don’t tell me.  My boss at my internship told me this.  Don’t use tons of words to describe your thoughts.  Paint me a picture.

2. We have to kill some babies.  My journalist professor told me this.  It means we have to cut words, pages, whole sections to fit the space.

Here are more suggestions from Random House: