Archive for March, 2008

Travel With Your Book and Travel Because of Your Book

Monday, March 31st, 2008

The Atlanta Spring Book Show is over for another year. I applaud the organizers for a job well done, especially in light of the unexpected tornado that caused a change of venue two weeks before the event. I taught a 3-hour seminar on how to write a book proposal. I think it went well. It […]

Competition in Publishing

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

I’m here in Atlanta ready to work all day—if you can call talking about what you love “work.” I’ll present a 3-hour seminar on writing a book proposal this morning and, this afternoon, I’m speaking about the 2 secrets to publishing success. At the same time, the Spring Book Show is going on here at […]

Your Potential Earnings as an Author

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

I promised a blog entry about earnings as an author and I promised it yesterday. Instead, I spent the day traveling and visiting with our hosts on the first leg of our trip. It is Thursday morning in Ohio and I am sitting in a lovely room overlooking Lake Mohawk in the tiny town of […]

Your Earning Potential as a Freelance Writer

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

According to my built-in MS thesaurus, freelance means “self-employed,” “temporary,” irregular,” “casual” and “ad hoc.” These terms describes freelance writing work fairly succinctly. The opposite word (or antonym) noted in my thesaurus is “permanent.” After 30+ years in this business, I can tell you that there is nothing permanent about freelance work, except for the […]

Ideas Come and They Go

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Do you ever jot down an article, story or blog idea and then can’t figure out why? I’m a great note-taker. If an idea comes to me while I’m involved with a client or in another project, I write that idea down. I typically hope to use it in my blog or, perhaps, as a […]

How to Get That Speaking Gig

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

I planned to just say Happy Easter this morning before exiting to the kitchen. I’m preparing brunch for 25+ family members who will arrive in about 5 hours. But, as often happens, a topic occurred to me the minute I sat down in front of the computer. As you know, I’m leaving in a few […]

The Lion and the Lamb of Writing

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

March is the month that is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Certainly, the lion has been active this month with flooding, tornadoes and violent snow storms tearing through parts of the country. Here in Southern California, we’ve seen more of the lamb. Except for some strong winds […]

Are You a Writer or Not?

Friday, March 21st, 2008

The process of writing can be daunting, difficult, gut wrenching or it can be joyful and pleasant. Writing is sometimes a release—it helps us to become free of our demons. Other times, it awakens within us, monsters that we would rather let sleep. We each write for different reasons and we tackle various writing projects […]

Help, I Think I Just Killed My Book

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I guess all authors, if they live long enough, must occasionally kill off one of their books. Well, yesterday, I put one of my books to rest. After 25 years of producing and distributing my 360-page comprehensive history, The Ojai Valley, An Illustrated History, I have decided not to do a reprint. I made my […]

Change in Venue Patricia Fry’s Atlanta Seminar

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

It’s official, the amazing organizers for the Spring Book Show and Writers’ Conference were told that the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta is off limits until the tornado damage is repaired. So rather than throw in the towel and cancel the event, they have found a new venue. Please join us at the Hilton […]