SFFMP 154: Getting into Libraries, Urban Fantasy Launches, and Writing Tips from the Donald Maass Workshop
Today, we were joined by librarian and urban fantasy author Dale Ivan Smith who launched his first series, The Empowered, earlier this year. He talked about the challenges of writing across genres, getting into a crowded subgenre such as urban fantasy, and why he started in Kindle Unlimited and later went wide. We also asked him how one can get self-published books into libraries and what he learned from attending the Donald Maass workshop on the emotional craft of fiction.
Here are a few of the specifics we touched on:
- Pricing your ebooks to be attractive to librarians.
- Talking to local librarians and what it’s good to show them (i.e. reviews, awards) when you’re pitching your book.
- Asking your readers to put in requests at their local libraries for your books.
- Whether libraries cycle books out of their system based on popularity.
- Whether workshops are worth the cost and travel expense.
- Creating protagonists that the readers connect with right away.
- The challenges of creating an antihero protagonist.
- Launching an urban fantasy series as an author starting today.
- Writing the story of your heart (as many authors start out doing) versus one that’s to market and perhaps more likely to sell.
- Whether to launch into KDP Select/Kindle Unlimited or to take an urban fantasy series wide.
- Promotion sites that accept a new author and that Dale found worth it.
- Tips for other newer authors.