I'm so excited to announce the launch of a new website from book industry pros -- Carin Siegfried, Nicole Campbell Ayers, Betsy Beaven Thorpe, Karen Milholland Alley and myself -- that offers authors high-impact editing, publishing and marketing tools.
At All About the Authors we share our knowledge and experience with authors so they can take their writing experience from inspiration and creation through to publishing and marketing their books.
Here's more about All About the Authors and how it all began:
High-impact editing, publishing, and marketing tools for authors.
Many writers dream of one day seeing their work in print. But the road from writing words down on paper to getting them published in a book is a challenging one. At All About the Authors, book industry professionals share their knowledge and experience with authors through videos, blogs, articles, and online chats, all centered on the process of editing, publishing and marketing with fresh content added weekly.
How did it all begin?
It all began several years ago with the founding of the Charlotte Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and a lot of serendipity. That’s where Carin Siegfried (the first president) and Betsy Thorpe (the first vice-president), met. A few years later, Betsy reached out to Carin to encourage her to start freelance editing after Carin left the Charlotte-based book wholesaler Baker & Taylor. Betsy was successfully working as a freelance editor. Both had work in New York City at Random House (Betsy) and St. Martin’s Press (Carin) before moving to Charlotte.
Next, also through WNBA, Carin and Betsy connected with Nicole Ayers, another freelance editor, and they would discuss their work and best practices. Nicole had over a decade of experience teaching writers and working with a National Writing Project affiliate before she turned to freelance editing. Carin also discovered that a college friend, Karen Alley, had begun freelance editing after a career that included work as an assistant editor in book production for Digital Text Construction, and time as editor of two separate magazines, the IGA Grocergram and Carolina Gardener. Carin encouraged Karen to join WNBA. And, in 2013, Priscilla Goudreau-Santos, a freelance publicist, writer and editor with over 20 years of public relations, journalism, and marketing experience including book publicity, also joined WNBA and a dynamic alliance was born.
These five book professionals decided to launch All About the Authors, a platform for writers to learn more about the publishing process and meet editors and publicists who are experts in the business. These savvy book pros knew from their clients and workshop attendees how much confusion there is about the process of getting a book from one’s head into printed form.
And, between them, they have a great deal of knowledge that can help. Combined, they’ve worked with authors whose successful books have included a New York Times bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a Kirkus Books Best Indie Book, an iBook Pick of the Year, and a Red City Review Book Award Finalist. Now, with the launch of All About the Authors, their knowledge is available to authors who can learn about publishing from the comfort of their own homes.
All About the Authors will take authors through every step of the process, both big and small. The group encourages author subscriptions to the new website, www.allabouttheauthors.com, which offers in-depth, invaluable information from book industry experts. They know that writing a book and getting it published is a confusing and daunting task, and they strive to make it more understandable. With their guidance, authors can determine which path is right for them to achieve the results they want. That’s their vision and their mission.
Why Join All About the Authors?
It’s flexible. Online access allows authors to learn at their own pace, and the growing library of content means authors can choose the type of material that best fits their learning style.
It’s powerful. The Author Resource Center provides advice and information from published authors and industry experts who know what it takes to succeed. Their first-hand knowledge will help authors find success in their writing careers.
It’s affordable. For a small monthly fee or a reduced-rate yearly subscription, authors get full access to all of the content on the website. Join today for a special introductory rate!