Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Writer’s Publishing Team by DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills
A writer’s passion for a book project isn’t enough. Success depends on her team’s 100% commitment to the project. Writing and publishing are not single-handed ventures. It takes a community of specialized people to write, edit, design, market, promote, and sell a story that readers will eagerly purchase, read, and recommend.
Take a look at the overall picture of what goes into placing a story in front of a reader’s eyes.


That’s us, the people who create story. We pen our books with unique and lovable characters who live on long after the last page. The plot can’t be a repeat of last year’s TV series or another writer’s bestseller. Neither can the setting be boring or the dialogue flat. Every technique must be handled according to our voice and the characters struggling to work through a problem. Writers also have a visible social media platform and share information with readers.


Our first encounter with an editor is the person who acquires our books and shares the same enthusiasm with other colleagues. Several types of editors from overall story to line edits examine plot, character, setting, dialogue, etc., to ensure a credible and unpredictable story. Editors are a writer’s best friend; they take our challenges and weave them into strengths. Our best book becomes our finest writing project.


This is the art team that takes a long look at our stories to develop a book cover that reflects characters and genre. These extremely talented, behind the scene people peer into the psychological workings of our stories to create an exciting cover.

Marketing and Promotion

The marketing and promotion team are strategists. They use imaginative and innovative means to place our books in venues that remind the reader of its fine attributes. Various Individuals focus on our online presence, social media, ads, book tours, contests and the many other means for publishers and authors to feature their books.

Sales staff

These people are a writer’s silent warriors. They use our story blurbs, cover copy, and a bit about us to entice bookstore buyers to carry our stories. Their approach is at the grassroots level, and unfortunately, they are often unappreciated.

Many gifted people are a part of a writer’s publishing team, but these five groups are the top tiers in the process. We writers are not alone. Whether our publishing plan is through a traditional house or we are independently published, a writer’s publishing team is her most valuable asset.

What is the most challenging part of writing and publishing for you?

About the Author
High Treason by DiAnn Mills
Releases February 6, 2018
High Treason
When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised—and none too happy—when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit—plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince—or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Mountainside Marketing Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/diannmills, Twitter: https://twitter.com/diannmills or any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.


  1. We're so thrilled to have you back, DiAnn! And you're right, it takes a team to write a book.

    I think the most difficult part of writing for me is having time to do it all: write the book and maintain an active social presence. Any tips?

  2. Writing is about discipline - establishing a schedule that works for the writer and sticking to it. Some of us are morning writers and others are evening. No matter what time is best, stick to it and let others know this is your treasured writing time. But writing and publishing also includes social media. Again, establish a time and stick to it. Sometimes developing a schedule and sticking it on our computers is valuable too.

    1. Great advice, DiAnn. You're so right. I've discovered the necessity of setting the time and sticking to it. Good to have you back on SW. :)

    2. Thanks,Sandra, Another tip to time management is to complete all projects at least a month before the due date. That helps with life interruptions.

  3. Thanks for joining us here today, DiAnn! We always love having you as a guest.

    Although I enjoy some pieces of marketing, sometimes it feels a bit discouraging to spend so much time on it for so few sales. So, it's difficult to decide where I should place that precious time.

    And getting reviews can also be a struggle. Although readers tell me they love my books, a lot of people aren't comfortable writing reviews. I've also found that a very small percentage of people who say they'll write a review if I send them a book actually follow through.

  4. Dawn, my first suggestion is if a writer is spending more than 30 a day going through email and posting on social media (through a scheduler), then the writer needs to reexamine priorities. First of all, we are writers. I agree finding reviewers is tough. Perhaps you might want to look into Review Grabber through http://authormarketingclub.com Hope this helps!

  5. Thanks for visiting again, DiAnn! We love having you here. And thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience with our readers. I have a challenging time with the marketing end as well. But I appreciate your advice (that I gathered from the article and your comments to others) to allot time and then get back to writing. That makes the task seem less intimidating.

    1. We all can get bogged down with "stuff" that solves not useful purpose. Thanks!

  6. DiAnn, I love your visits to Seriously Write! You hit on my weakness - discipline. I need to be more disciplined in managing my time. I'm quitting the day job at the end of August and I'm working to develop and stick to a schedule now.

    I'm looking forward to reading High Treason.


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