Guest Post: Savita Kalhan

Thanks to Savita Kalhan for stopping by to share the top ten things she wish she knew before writing a book. You can check out other stops on the tour for her thriller The Long Weekend over at Teen Book Scene.

When I wrote The Long Weekend I was very much a novice in terms of my knowledge of the publishing industry, and in terms of book marketing and publicity and the internet. All have undergone considerable changes over the last few years, but it is only in the last six months that I became aware of the many different hats a published writer must wear.

Here’s my ten things I wish I had known before writing a book.

  1. Join a writers group. Most full-time writers write in long periods of isolation, so it’s good to know other people in the same situation. It’s a great support network!
  2. Research your publishers, so that you know exactly who they are, their reputation and what they will do for you.
  3. Find out where and when your book will be placed in different markets – and make sure your publishers adhere to the plan.
  4. This one links to the above two – maintain a good relationship with your publishers and as far as possible, work together on a publicity plan for when the book is published.
  5. Get a good agent – an agent is invaluable in fighting your corner.
  6. Get on the internet and research all the book magazines and papers that review books and make sure review copies have been sent out.
  7. Stay on the internet and research all the book blogging sites – this may take some time as there are many and they are spread across the world! Most publishers are now sending review copies to book bloggers on your behalf – if they are not then you may have to do this yourself, but it’s money well spent. Ask the bloggers to review your book – that’s what I did! They are wonderful, committed readers who love books and love reading, and if they like a book, they do a lot of shouting out about it for you.
  8. Before your book launch make sure you have told the world about your book and when it will be published. Surround the event with as much hype as you can – raise your profile on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter.
  9. Arrange to have your book launch in a book shop – if you’re lucky your publisher will pay for such an event. Make sure the event is well-publicized. Invite everyone you know, and people you don’t know too! Invite your local librarians, school librarians, any teachers you know, any book reviewers or bloggers.  Publicity is the key factor to success, and the more you can generate for your book the better.
  10. Don’t give up the day-job, but don’t stop reading, and never stop writing!

The Long Weekend Giveaway

Savita Kalhan is also generously providing a copy of The Long Weekend to one lucky giveaway winner. This contest is international and ends on February 9th. Leave a comment to enter; one person will be chosen randomly from the comments and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.


9 Responses to "Guest Post: Savita Kalhan"

  • Great post! #1 is helpful in so many ways. For brainstorming new ideas & also realizing you aren’t the only crazy writer around!

    1 Colleen said this (February 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM)

  • Sounds like a good book!

    2 Harley said this (February 2, 2011 at 8:39 PM)

  • You’ve received an award on my blog! Stop by to check it out!

    3 Thinking Cat said this (February 2, 2011 at 9:16 PM)

  • That’s a lot of good advice for new writers!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

    4 Meredith Miller said this (February 3, 2011 at 12:45 AM)

  • Sounds creepy! Please count me in. Thanks so much!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

    5 nfmgirl said this (February 3, 2011 at 2:39 PM)

  • I am participating in a book tour in March for The Long Weekend and I can’t wait to read it!

    Savita has some great tips in this post – I’m sure it’ll help a lot of aspiring writers!

    6 Tara said this (February 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM)

  • These are great tips, especially number 1. Publishing is so exciting but also a little scary so it’s really nice to hear from someone who has been through it and can offer practical advice.

    7 tc said this (February 3, 2011 at 3:14 PM)

  • This sounds chilling! I’d love to read it. Thank you for letting me know about it!
    javaintheam at hotmail dot com

    8 Kristie said this (February 4, 2011 at 7:10 PM)

  • I’ve started seeing this book everywhere! definitely looks creepy, and I love me some creepy 🙂

    anedia @

    9 Serena said this (February 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM)