Archive for the 'Research' Category

You, Your Research Project and the Internet

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

How to you solve problems these days? If you’re like many, you turn to the Internet. If you’re old school, however, sometimes you forget to consider all of the information, guidance, resources, personal experiences and even professional advice on the Internet. And sometimes an Internet search—especially when it involves a medical question—can be overwhelming and […]

Learn to Conduct Research, or Else…

Friday, March 14th, 2014

It doesn’t matter what you write—fiction, nonfiction, ads, technical stuff or even poetry—some research is necessary. If you’re writing a historical novel involving soldiers and you don’t know the design of uniform for that period, you’d better go in search of a photo so you can describe it. If your story includes a visit to […]

More Online Directories for Authors

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Here are links to more directories for authors. Cover Designers Book Distributors Fulfillment Services Social Media Sites Directories I am Patricia Fry and these resources are from my book, Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author. Available at […]

Start Your Internet Searches With Directories

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Often I share information from one of my books. Today, I’d like to talk about something I  cover in both Publish Your Book and Promote Your Book—directories. I’m big on directories. Why? If I’m looking for book reviewers, mail order catalogs, newsletters, booksellers, cat-related blogs, newspapers or writers conferences, for example, doesn’t it make sense […]

Just When Authors Think the Research Phase is Over…

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Are you close to publishing your book? Or has it been published? So no more research, huh? The research phase of publishing is over, right? Don’t be too sure. If you are ready to choose a publishing option, you’ll need to conduct research to figure out which company to go with, whether to publish a […]

Research is Necessary for All Authors

Friday, December 27th, 2013

As writers, we want to write. We don’t typically love doing research. We aren’t crazy about conducting interviews. We just want to write the stories that fill our heads—share the opinions/knowledge that we’ve accumulated. But don’t most writing projects destined for publication require research? Yes. It’s rare when I don’t recommend to a budding author […]

How to Successfully Use Today’s Book Publishing and Marketing Services

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

What happens when you launch an Internet search using keywords, “publishing” or “book promotion?” You are barraged with advertisements—“let us publish your book for a fee,” “we can help you sell your book.” Services that did not exist even five years ago are now vying for your patronage. There are so many companies—so much competition […]

How to Get the Most From Your Website Research Efforts

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Do you get everything you could out of the Internet searches you conduct or do you limit your potential for information, understanding, resources and perspective? If you’re an author, you conduct research. Even novelists need to know whether camellias grow in Alaska before putting their main character in a charming home in Anchorage surrounded by […]

Writers/Authors Submission Guidelines

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

I just finished writing the SPAWN Market Update for the member area of the SPAWN website. This month, I included information about Writer’s Market, what it contains and how to use it. I’ve been purchasing Writer’s Market for most of the 40 years I’ve been writing as a career. They’ve been publishing the directory for […]

Cleaning the Clutter

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

I’ve spent time this week decluttering my life. I have yet to tackle my desk and we won’t even talk about all of the shelves surrounding me here in my office. But I have stopped the invasive hammering of spam coming through my blog site. Whew, it is sure a relief to no longer be […]