My 6 Rules for the Publication Process

Anything worth doing comes at a cost. The bigger the dream, the higher the cost.

Having accepted that being a novelist will take my life, sweat and blood, the economist within me has a few questions. Agents in economic models seek to maximize utility (wellbeing) at the lowest cost. In other words, the economist in me is very interested in finding the most efficient way of achieving my goals – you could even call it the maximization of resources.

Thus emerge the 6 Clarag Rules for the Publication Process, which are meant to keep the process moving as efficiently as possible. They can be applied to those who are working on any writing project, whether in blogs or through books (self or traditional publishing). Importantly, they are based on information shared by those who know much more than I do.

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Hacking Twitter, 2 hr Bootcamp in 450 words

 This post is part of a series of posts that fit lots of information from specialists in Publishing, Writing and Marketing in 450 words or less.

This post highlights the main ideas of the webinar entitled “Twitter Bootcamp”. For the 2-hour-long video, please click here.

  • Today Twitter is the leading social network in which to advance business opportunities. After 5000+ hours of researching Twitter, Khan published “Hack the Bird”, which contains detailed information on how to ‘hack’ the social media site for your intended purposes.
  • The most encouraging, yet challenging fact is that high quality content is still the most important factor in your success.

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Author Spotlight: How did Tammara Webber make it?

You’re always going to have to learn through your own experience, but it’s best if you’re prepared by having read others who have gone through it.

In 450 words or less, the “Author Spotlights” help shine light on contemporary writers of different genres, and concentrates on how they gained popularity so that you can have a head start on yours.


Indie author Tammara Webber published four books (and wrote an additional four) before hitting a bestseller with Easy. Prior to its release, she wrote weekly teasers and shared the upcoming novel’s cover. Although she “honestly has no idea” how her book got noticed, she does note that  favorable reviews from book bloggers really helped spread the word about it. Her entire marketing strategy is simply to “interact with readers and know [her] audience”.

Her advice to us [this has been shortened, for the full text visit this page]:

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The Secrets to Finding a Literary Agent, 3 key points

In 450 words or less, this post highlights the main ideas of the webinar entitled “The Secrets to Finding a Literary Agent: Fiction & Nonfiction Books “.

For the hour-long video, please click here.

Who is the speaker? Carole Sargent is Director of Scholarly Publications at Georgetown University and guides tenure-line faculty through the scholarly book and article publishing process for university presses and first-tier academic journals.

  1. Get yourself some “platform”.

The single most-iterated word throughout the webinar, Carole stresses the importance of “platform”, which she defines as the audience and space you carve out in which you will later promulgate your work. The idea of platform ties hand in hand with marketing, which she repeats time and again is the always the author’s responsibility, even if the book is not self-published.

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Share YOUR writing

Are you working on a writing project? Do you want everyone to know about it?

Writers are first and foremost readers, and as a writer, I want to know what’s going on in the aspiring author world. Whether poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, whether a in blog or book format, this is the spot for you to share your blurb.

Please send it to me at and follow these guidelines so that you get practice with writing these types of promotional pieces. It’ll come in useful when you’re asked to do so from a publisher.

Once posted, I will share the blurb with my social networks. Please, also share your blurb published here on your social networks!

I can’t wait to read all about your exciting projects!

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5 things I learned about writing, while blogging fiction

  1. Online story-telling is a good way to establish a writing discipline.

When I began my fiction blog Of Poets & Heartbreakers, most people I spoke to about it would ask me what I was trying to achieve. After thinking about my incentives, I realized that what I wanted was practice and feedback. I mean it exactly in the “basketball practice”, “volleyball practice” type of way.

When you write for yourself, you don’t get feedback and practice can lag. But, when you start writing for others, even if you’re looking to attract just a couple followers who enjoy and critique your work, you must let them know your publication schedule and stick to it. If you don’t stick to it, they will stop coming back to read your story (yes, I’ve learned this the hard way).

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