FIVE THINGS LEARNED WRITING
featuring Ingar Rudholm
Flynn Parkes, a shy kid from Whitehall, is kidnapped by a mysterious traveling circus. With the help of his friend, Albert the fortune-teller, he finds his courage.
Five Things I’ve Learned About Writing a Book:
1. Find an editor that can give some constructive criticism. Someone who can explain why something doesn’t work in a manuscript.
2. Write a dozen or more book descriptions in 200 words or less. Breakdown those book descriptions into two or three sentences. Whether I’m in a bookstore or expo, if I can’t “pitch” the story in less than 3 sentences, I have a hard time selling my book.
3. Come up with a book marketing plan. Have a list of every library, radio station, tv station, facebook friends, writing groups, art fairs, expos and independent bookstores. Pound the pavement. Pick-up a book called “Gorilla Marketing” by Jay Levinson.
4. Find a few “target” audience readers and pay them to do a book report. In the book report, ask them “What do you like about the book? What don’t you like about the book? What could’ve been better about the book? What would you change about the book?”
5. Have fun! If you’re not passionate about the subject, find another topic.
About the Author
Ingar Rudholm was born and raised in Whitehall, Michigan. His mother owned Homestead Art Gallery on Mears right across the street from the Howmet Playhouse. When he’s not writing and illustrating books, Ingar designs store fixtures for Industrial Assemblies in Fruitport, Michigan.
The book cover was on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art for the 87th Annual Regional Exhibit until August 5th and a limited edition print of the book cover was purchased by West Michigan Symphony.