Learning to Outsource and Then Let Go

by Sharon Bially on May 9, 2017

In a few weeks I’ll be leading a session with independent editor Nicola Kraus at Grub Street’s annual Muse and the Marketplace writers conference, on “Outsourcing for Writers.”

When we first pitched the idea to Grub Street, the conference organizer confessed that the idea “freaked [him] out a bit.” After all, writing is such a solitary endeavor and as writers we like to think we can — and should — do everything ourselves, every step of the way.

Nothing else feels right. And after years of solitary drafting and revising, of silently dreaming and imagining what the pages will look like and what publishing this book will mean for your identity and your future, it’s hard not to feel anxious about getting help.


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BookSavvy Author News Roundup – March

by Sharon Bially on March 30, 2017

Is it spring already? At BookSavvy, we had such a busy winter lining up press coverage for our authors that we were unable to make our last two news roundups! We’ve even added a new member to our team just to keep up with the staggering volume of author coverage! In March alone, our authors have been featured and reviewed everywhere from to Harvard Business Review and Pop Sugar. Here’s is a closer look at a few of these:

  • featured Diane Mulcahy’s book The Gig Economy, highlighting its tips on how to live your best life and reach your personal vision of success.
  • Pop Sugar ran a feature of Susan Peirce Thompson, explaining how she broke her cycle of obesity and addiction and went on to become a cognitive scientist and healthy-living author.
  • Harvard Business Review featured Diane Mulcahy’s article on the obsolete office and how the Gig Economy is changing the way we work.
  • Forbes featured Angela Sebaly’s thoughts on how courage makes the difference between being a good manager and an exceptional leader.
  • Hitched Magazine ran Nadine Kenney Johnstone’s tips on what to know before starting infertility treatments.
  • Business News Daily featured advice from Angela Sebaly on why humility matters in leadership and how managers can better exercise humility.
  • Guardian Liberty Voice featured Christopher Arndt’s warning from Washington — how factionalism incites foreign meddling.
  • Guardian Liberty Voice also included Angela Sebaly’s article on how Trump can lead with confidence, not arrogance.
  • Brazen Woman featured a guest post from Maggie Lamond Simone, on her first-hand experience with confronting her OCD.
  • SO Rhode Island called Leah DeCesare’s Forks, Knives and Spoons a “delicious debut”!
  • The East Greenwich Pendulum reviewed Leah DeCesare’s debut novel Forks, Knives and Spoons.
  • Ad Pulp reviewed Tim Pollard’s The Compelling Communicator.
  • Wandering Educators ran a guest post by Chandi Wyant, author of Return to Glow.
  • Central Valley Business Times included Tim Pollard’s advice on why you should ditch Powerpoint when making your next presentation and what to do instead.
  • Money for Lunch interviewed Tim Pollard on how to craft communications that really stick in the brain.

Considering PR for your book? We were already a great bargain — meticulous, persistent and results-oriented — for most budgets, and now we have even more options for scaling up and down on a campaign depending on your needs. Let’s talk about your book and media coverage! Facebook ; Twitter: @sharonbially


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Got Galleys? What They Are and Why You Need Them

by Sharon Bially on March 1, 2017

At the risk of making everybody’s eyes glaze over, today I’d like to talk a bit about one of those hands-on, practical issues that’s key to any book’s life cycle but totally unsexy: Galleys.

No, this has nothing to do with seafaring or food.

The truth is, there’s a lot about writing and publishing that’s not only unsexy but – as my French husband likes to say about certain other things – real “love killers.” (Picture husband sneering at my comfy fleece PJs and saying, “un vrai tue-l’amour.”)

But like with those PJ’s, we’ve just got to have them. Editing, revisions, production timelines, marketing, sales reports….  These are just as important to your book as those sexy, dazzlingly inspired late-night write-athons we’d all much rather be talking about.

Galleys are one of these things.  While we’d love to ignore them and just keep writing, if we do they’ll eventually get in our way.  (Just like those PJs…) Because at some point, most authors publishing and publicizing a book will need to understand galleys and make decisions that involve them. Otherwise, vetting your book and getting it the visibility it deserves becomes extremely complicated.  I’ve seen this happen all too often.


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