What to Do about Author Platforming When You’re Burned Out

What to Do about Author Platforming When You’re Burned Out

Everyone is burned out these days. But authors tend to be especially busy people, even in non-crisis times. But now, we’ve had two years of pandemic on top of everything else.  Are you burned out? I’m burned out.  And yet. The platforming machine demands to be fed.  The Pressure to Platform Let’s be honest: For… Read more »

Tales of a Solopreneur: When to Formalize Your Business Entity

Tales of a Solopreneur: When to Formalize Your Business Entity

Disclaimer: DIY MFA does not provide legal, tax accounting, or financial advice. In making decisions regarding whether and when to formalize your business entity or other decisions that may have legal and/or financial ramifications, we strongly urge you to speak to a licensed attorney or financial adviser in your specific jurisdiction for the most accurate… Read more »

Aimlessly Acquiring an Agent

Aimlessly Acquiring an Agent

Dear Lauren, I am an aspiring writer who hopes to publish traditionally. After getting my MFA, I worked on my memoir as much as I could and began the journey of trying to secure an agent. I queried literary agents—big and small—and wanted to hit 100 rejections before revisiting my memoir and rethinking my approach…. Read more »

#5onFri: The Five Stages of Dealing with Rejection

#5onFri: The Five Stages of Dealing with Rejection

In life, rejection is inevitable.  In publishing, it’s an absolute.  Over the course of querying three novels and going out on submission three separate times, I have faced over five hundred rejections. And that’s not an exaggeration. Some were very difficult to handle, like the full requests that turned to no’s or the near offers… Read more »

Tales of a Solopreneur: To Trademark or Not to Trademark

Tales of a Solopreneur: To Trademark or Not to Trademark

Disclaimer: DIY MFA does not provide legal advice. In making decisions on whether to trademark your business name or any other decision that may have legal ramifications, we strongly urge you to speak to a licensed attorney in your specific jurisdiction for the most accurate information. My first installment of Tales of a Solopreneur invited… Read more »

How to Engage Book Clubs

How to Engage Book Clubs

As an author, it’s a wonderful feeling to connect with readers who love our work. Book clubs are one of the most engaging ways to create deep meaningful relationships with readers. Today, we’ll cover ideas to create fun and memorable experiences as you engage book clubs!  Why Engage Book Clubs? First, think of a book… Read more »

Start Guest Blogging to Build Your Author Platform

Start Guest Blogging to Build Your Author Platform

There are a lot of ways to build your author platform these days. But guest blogging is still one of my favorites. Writing an article for a popular blog has long-term value that far outlasts the effort, and offers an engaged audience within a focused niche. But my favorite perk is seeing my own work… Read more »