If you don't write it, you have nothing to be an Author about."
- Michelle M. Pillow®
NYT Bestselling Author
RAMN: Romance Authors Marketing Network
RAMN was formed by NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors Mandy M. Roth® and Michelle M. Pillow® as a way to help bring fellow authors together to discuss marketing options, advantages, techniques, day to day life as an author, industry related topics and more.
The RAMN blog is now closed. You can read my articles from it republished on my blog .
Do you offer one on one time for new or aspiring authors?
Sorry. No. I just don't have the time. But I can recommend David Gaughran's Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should as a decent place to start learning about the industry.
But I don’t have time to read all that. Can’t you just help me?
If you don't have time to do research, then you don't have time to correctly write and publish a book as a professional author. I can’t help you. However, if you are willing to put the time in and do the work, I will cheer you on!
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.
I’m fortunate to have published traditionally before going hybrid/indie. I was able to take a lot of knowledge into the indie world with me. The main lesson, though, was to be flexible. Things change in the indie world so fast and working authors have to keep on top of those changes. As events happen or opportunities come up, you have to be willing to toss an entire marketing and publishing plan out of the window and start over, again and again.
can i interview you (or have a guest post) for my blog?
YES!!! (If I have the time, or finally complete my diabolical cloning project....the husband doesn't seem to want that second option for some reason...something about one of me being enough.) Feel free to contact me with the details. Interviews are generally easier to fit in than guest blogs. And thank you for thinking of me.
There is no magic pill. You have to do the research and the work. Well, coffee is kind of like magic, and energy helps do the research, so maybe that’s my secret.
Research everything—your book, marketing, promo, your genre—and think about the long-term goals, not just instant career gratification. That’s what separates career authors from hobbyists. Writing as a hobby is fine, if that’s what you want to do. If you want to be a professional, you just have to spend the time and study up. There is no magic formula or secret handshake. I so wish there was. You just have to put in the hours and do the work. Knowledge really is power.
But the Number 1 Thing? Write the book. No book, no reason to go through the trouble of everything else. The book is the fun part!
And, yes, it is very hard to get traditionally published. It’s a very competitive business.
NYT Bestselling Author
WILL YOU CO-WRITE A BOOK WITH ME? Will you be in an Antho?
Maybe... Michelle has a full writing schedule. She is very particular about the projects she takes on but that's not a no. You are welcome to contact her through. It never hurts to ask.
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. Michelle stands firm in her choice NOT to authorize fan fiction of her worlds or characters. Want to know why? Check out this blog articles explaining one of the main reasons authors say no: https://www.themarysue.com/writers-fanfiction/
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. Want to know why? Check out this blog articles explaining one of the main reasons authors say no: https://www.themarysue.com/writers-fanfiction/
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. There are pros and cons to both Indie and Traditional publishing. It's why Michelle chose to do both, because it was right for her.
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.
Want to know why? Check out this blog articles explaining one of the main reasons authors say no: https://www.themarysue.com/writers-fanfiction/
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. We also recommend finding a critique group for help and feedback with your manuscript.
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.