Writer’s Digest Conference 2015!

WDvert_colorThe Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC is where my author career started and I’m thrilled to be returning again this year as a speaker! This weekend, July 31-Aug 2, I’ll be presenting “The New Era of Publishing: Combining Traditional & Partnership Publishing for Success” with my agent, April Eberhardt, “Beyond Bookstores: Selling Your Book in Unexpected Ways & Places” with author Anjali Mitter Duva, and I’ll be participating in the panel discussion of “Breaking In: First-time Novelists Share How They Got Their Books Published.” For more information and the session schedule, click here or follow #WDC15 and @WritersDigest on Twitter!

“Combining Traditional & Partnership Publishing for Success” @ the WDC 2014!

Thank you so much to Writer’s Digest and the fabulous group of aspiring and published authors who came to my presentation yesterday at the Writer’s Digest Conference! Our hour-long chat about traditional and partnership publishing, along with a lively Q&A was a blast! For those who attended, or those who missed it, you can download the “Cheat Sheet” with the most important tips from my presentation by clicking here.

A special shout-out to my agent, April Eberhardt, and fellow She Writes author Liz O’Connor (Trinity Stones) who also fielded some questions from the crowd. And speaking of questions, if you didn’t receive an answer to yours (because we ran out of time!), please submit your question by clicking on “Leave a Reply” below or by clicking on the “Contact” tab above, and you’re questions will come directly to me!

Thanks again guys! Kristen

Reviewing the Printer’s Proofs

One of the wonderful benefits to partnership publishing my novel in the U.S. is that I’m able to choose the printer and sign off on the interior and cover proofs before we go to print. It’s wonderful, but scary, because the buck stops with me! These proofs arrived from Color House Graphics today. Now it’s my job to review them with a fine-toothed comb before we print this week in anticipation of our August 5 paperback pub date!

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Cover proof of The Vintner’s Daughter from CHG

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Text proof of TVD from CHG

Although I adore the french flaps and deckled-edge pages of the Harper Collins Canada edition, to print the same paperback in the U.S. would have been too costly. For my indie-published writer friends who may be choosing their printing options right now, do ask for multiple quantity and shipping quotes from at least three printers–I was shocked by how much the quotes varied! Also, ask for the text and soft cover proofs as part of the quote.

For my U.S. paperback, I chose a 6×9 book (a little larger than the standard 5.5×8.5, to match the size of the Canadian edition), 55# natural paper, 360 PPI, and a matte layflat film lamination on the printed side. The cover stock is 10pt C1S. All pretty standard, and I have to say, the proof has the exact look and feel I want. Yay!