Celebrating the Best of Royalene Doyle
and her fantastic Conversations
The “Connecting With Experts” Series
Those of us who’ve spent much time in the world of self-publishing will understand instinctively just how difficult it can be to scrape by unassisted. The same is true for many of those who publish traditionally, of course, and who find themselves neglected by publishing houses who tend to focus on their blockbuster successes and not their struggling midlisters. No matter whether you’ve pursued a traditional or a self-publishing path in the past, this series by Royalene may prove revolutionary as you set out to publish your next book!
Here, in her first post for the series, Royalene examines the topic of Ghostwriters and other assistants to the writing process, including Editors and Coaches. As Royalene goes on to explain, plenty of people have great ideas for books, but not everyone has the desire or the confidence to write it alone. For those people, there are experts ready and eager to help–and they can mean the difference between no book and a beautifully-written, finished manuscript ready to publish! How do you know if you’re ready for an editor, a ghostwriter, or some other form of writing assistance? Royalene walks us through some of her own story and some of her own past partnerships as she explains just what makes for the ideal writing relationship.
In this, the second post in her series, Royalene takes a look at Publishing Consultants. When do you need them, and what do they do? Royalene goes on to share some of her own publishing story, a story which showed her she needed “a personal guide who would explain all the publishing options (services) their company offered—someone who would hear what I told them about my book and the audience it could reach—and then help me select the perfect combination of services to achiever my publishing goals.” That person, as it turns out, was a Publishing Consultant (in her case, someone at Outskirts Press)! But this is only the first post in her series ….
In her third post in this series, Royalene zoomed in on Book Cover Designers, those intrepid few who know how and why certain covers make us tick, and how to make more covers which both reach their readers and reflect the content, spirit, and the individual needs of both book and author. That’s a lot of work! And it requires a great deal of skill, skill which truthfully often deserves compensation. A good book cover can be the difference between poor and good book sales, and Royalene walks us through why that’s the case.
Last but certainly not least, Royalene dug into the thorniest of all issues in which writers often require assistance–marketing. How will you know you need help? Well, sales figures have something to do with it. But so too will your own desires and attitudes, and here as always Royalene demonstrates that she truly understood the needs and hopes of those many authors she has walked through the publication process. Marketing is hard, and knowing when and how and who to reach out to for help is even harder. Luckily, we have Royalene’s words to guide us, and in this closing installment of this particular chapter of her writings, we may have one of the most useful guides to seeking marketing assistance out there.
That’s all for this week! We’ll be back next Friday as we detail more of Royelene’s greatest hits, as determined by our blog’s analytics. You can follow Royalene’s further adventures by checking out her Twitter feed (her handle is @RoyaleneD) or her website at www.DoyleWritingServices.com. We miss you, Royalene! ⚓︎