Archive for the 'Authorship' Category

Maybe You SHOULD Give Up

Friday, April 15th, 2016

I meet and hear from many authors who are on the verge of quitting—giving up on their book. “It’s too hard.” “I’ve done everything I possibly can and my book’s still not selling.” “I don’t want to go out and talk about my book, commit to a blog and all that.” Generally, I try to […]

Where’s Your Writers’ Pain?

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Where is Your Writers Pain? If you’ve spent as much time writing over the years as I have, you are probably experiencing at least occasional pain of the repetitious sort. This is especially true if you sit at the computer for as many hours per day as I do. So where is your pain? In […]

Authors Hate Silence

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Are you like me? When you come out with a new book, are you eager for feedback? Do you wait rather impatiently hoping to hear from a reader or see a review posted to your Amazon page? All you want is a little validation that the book you worked so hard to produce has struck […]

Author to Author/Writer to Writer

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

I’ve always fielded a lot of questions from authors over my forty-plus year career. As my writing interests have changed, the questions have changed. When I was writing articles for magazines, hopeful freelancers wanted to know how to break in. As my published books began to stack up, folks wanted to know more about publishing […]

From Rejection to Success

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

If you want to know about rejection, ask an author—any author. Others may see authors as confident, successful, and living a charmed life. What the casual observer doesn’t see is the constant rejection from editors, publishers, reviewers, even readers. (Even though the majority of readers may love the book, there are always those who are […]

Want Publishing Success? Join Webinars and Seminars

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Yesterday I had a ball joining Brian Jud for one of his Book Marketing Matters webinars sponsored by APSS (Association of Publishers for Special Sales) and the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. I spoke on “How to Craft a Persuasive Book Proposal for any Genre or Topic.” What an enjoyable way to spend ninety minutes. […]

Authors Need Readers Who Know How to Research

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice? We go to a lot of trouble to put ourselves out there—to be noticed by readers of our topic/genre. And still you meet people and hear from people who have never heard of you or your book, even when you write in their favorite genre or on a topic of their […]

Book Promotion is a Frame of Mind

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Authors often contact me after their book is published and say, “Help! My book isn’t selling. What’s wrong?” What’s wrong is that the author didn’t consider sales before deciding to write the book. Sure, he probably imagined his books flying off the shelves at bookstores and being delivered to homes and businesses all over the […]

Is Writing a Chore or a Passion?

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Over the years, hopeful authors have come to me complaining, “I want to write, but I just can’t find the time.” They ask, “How do you find the time to write?” I tell them that it boils down to priorities. You have to want it badly enough to make it a priority. If the wannabe […]

How Long Should a Book Series Continue?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Book 13 of the Klepto Cat Mystery series is in the works. Book 12 is being formatted for your Kindle as we speak. The Purrfect Lie (12) should be available some time early next month. At what point should a series end? Is there a typical or a logical stopping place for a series? It […]