If you follow my twitter stream @cjlyonswriter (and you do, don’t you?) you probably saw my tweets about the Tools of Change conference live-streaming their inaugural Author [R]evolution Day.
For free! Seriously, awesome, amazing thing to do, kudos TOC!
The speakers were engaging, well-informed, and obviously excited about the possibilities of this new author-centric era of publishing.
They elucidated WHAT authors need to know clearly.
(Hint: if you’ve been following this blog or any other industry blog for awhile, it will be nothing you don’t already know. Basically it boils down to: start with why, have a clear vision, and build strategic partnerships—told ya, you’ve already heard it here and elsewhere)
What frustrated me was what was missing in this day aimed at helping authors take control of their success: HOW to achieve all this.
For instance, I was excited about the session on meta-data because it’s something that stymies my indy efforts as well as my NYC publishers (me because I don’t have access to their tools and need to learn how to do it myself and them because…well, I have no idea why they don’t use those tools they spend so much money on…)
What did we learn in the session: that we need metadata…not how to do it, not where to find resources to help you include it, not even what resources exist that an individual author could access.
We only got the what, not the how…ironic since the conference is called TOOLS of Change, not what you need to change.
I commented on Porter Anderson’s post on Jane Friedman’s blog about this and another commenter said she thought it was because we’re all just starting out with this…no we aren’t. Some of us have been doing this for years and NYC publishers for centuries. So the fact that we still can’t agree on best practices for either group is especially frustrating.
So, I thought why not tackle some of those Hows right here?
Below in the comments (please do not send it via email, click through to the blog HERE to leave your comment) fill in the blank on this question: How do I _____?
I’ll try my best to answer them—or find someone who can. And of course, if you know the answer to someone else’s “How do I” then feel free to post your comment in reply.
There’s no reason why we should be stymied by lack of information—it’s out there, let’s find it and share it in our own Author Revolution!
Have fun with it,