If you don't write it, you have nothing to be an Author about."
- Michelle M. Pillow
RAMN was formed by NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors Mandy M. Roth and Michelle M. Pillow as a way to help bring authors together to discuss marketing options, advantages, techniques, day to day life as an author, industry related topics and more.
Do you offer one on one time for new or aspiring authors?
Sorry. No. But Michelle has co-authored a post to help authors that can be found here.
But I don’t have time to read all the books listed there. Can’t you just help me?
If you dont have time to do research, then you don't have time to correctly write a book. Michelle can’t help you.
Michelle Specific Writer FAQs:
There are a ton of books and how-to articles out there for you to google and research that answer most industry, writing, and craft questions. The best advice is to do your research. You can start that research by going here: Romance Author Marketing Network or RAMN
The only advice I really have that is worth anything is to do your homework. Publishers and vendors put their submission guideline out on their websites for a reason. Follow them! There is info on the web as to how to write queries, etc. You just have to spend the time and read up. There is no magic formula or secret handshake. I wish there was. You just have to put in the hours and do the work.
And, yes, it is very hard to get published. It’s a very competitive business.
NYT Bestselling Author
I want to write fan fiction of your characters and worlds. Is that okay?
No. Michelle M. Pillow does not authorize fan fiction of her work. Her worlds and characters are copyrighted and belong to her and her alone. They are not to be included or used in any fan fiction.
But I really want to write fan fiction.
Please look into legal ways to do so, such as Kindle Worlds. Michelle stands firm in her choice NOT to authorize fan fiction of her worlds or characters.
Great, tell me more about Kindle Worlds.
A simple google search will assist you. Be sure to read all the rules and guidelines.
I have a story idea, can I send it to you?
Legal Team says No. Any story ideas sent to Michelle will not be read by the author and will be deleted immediately.
Will you Co-Write a book with me?
Michelle has a full writing schedule. She is very particular about the projects she takes on.
What if I do all the work? Can I put your name on my book as Co-Author?
Will you publish my book?
Can you recommend a publisher to me? How should I publish?
Michelle can't help you. You need to do your own research and make the decisions that are right for you.
Will you introduce me to an agent/publisher?
Will you read my unpublished book/manuscript/writing sample?
Due to legal reasons, No. All unpublished material will be promptly destroyed or deleted, unread. Sorry, no exceptions.
Michelle is honored that you value her opinion and wish to seek it out, but please don’t ask.
Will you help me or someone I know get published?
After a flood of email requests, we needed to post this: Michelle CANNOT help you get your book published, nor can she tell you how to write a book (the process is different for everyone), nor can she do test readings of your material. Refer to the individual publisher guidelines for submission information. Everything you need to know is there.
How do I promote my books?
There are several, cheaper ways for promotion on the internet. The best route is to do your research, visit author blogs, websites, publisher sites, review sites. Offer to do interviews, set up newsletters or chat groups, and open a facebook account, twitter, etc.
The number one thing for marketing yourself and your books? Have a website. Make sure the style represents you and your books. Extra content can be key to getting readers there, but remember the number one reason they come to your site is to learn more about you and your books. Make it easy to navigate and try not to have a lot of outside advertising clogging up the pages. Also avoid auto play sound features like music or videos. You want readers to be able to find the information they need in a non-intrusive environment. Everything you want readers (and possible media outlets) to know will be centrally located in one place, and everything you do--inside the books, advertising, chats, blogs, vlogs, social media bio pages, etc--can point to that central location where you control the content.