Archive for July, 2008

How Long Does it Take to Write an Article?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Yesterday, I received two article requests. One editor wanted a short piece on article-writing and the other requested a 1,200-word article on book promotion. How quickly can you respond to an editor with a completed article on your book’s topic? Does it take you days or weeks of contemplation and indecision and another few weeks […]

What’s Going on in Your Writers’ Group

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

There are many ways that you can get help as a writer/author. You can read books about creative writing, article-writing and book publishing. You can enroll in on-line or real-time classes and attend conferences. You can hire a writing coach, editorial assistant or publishing/manuscript consultant. You can subscribe to appropriate publications and scour the vast […]

Book Promotion Facts and Fiction

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

You must visit Terry Whalin’s July 26, 2008 blog. It features the 5-star review for my book, The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book. And Terry has posted my article on the post-publication book proposal, as well. See it all here: Some of my clients are suffering something that others only […]

How to Turn Your Book Idea Into a Viable Product

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

I’m off to another book festival today at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, CA. I hope to earn a bit above expenses and make some interesting contacts. I am always seeking out hopeful authors who can succeed and, in fact, excel if only they had a little knowledge. I did a lot of “helping” […]

Hire a Publishing-Savvy Editor for Your Book Project

Friday, July 25th, 2008

This week, I’ve been responding to a lot of client questions related to publishing and book promotion; details involving the all-important book proposal, the query letter and publishing in general. It occurred to me that not every editor from every editorial service could fill the needs of my clients or those of most hopeful authors. […]

Writing and Promotion Go Hand in Hand

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

In order to become a successful writer or author, marketing and promotion are essential. Yet, countless new writers and hopeful authors try to reach their publishing goals without paying their dues. And then they wonder why they aren’t getting any work, why they can’t find a publisher or why their self-published book isn’t selling. Folks, […]

Will This Title Get Me On Oprah?

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Are you hoping to attract Oprah’s attention with your pending book? Can you just envision yourself sitting on the sofa alongside the Talk Show Queen discussing your wonderful book? Well, don’t make important decisions about your book with Oprah in mind. Your first and continuing concern should be your audience&#8212your readers. So you know that […]

What is This Book of Mine?

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

You’ve spent months and months writing a book. In fact, maybe it has been nagging you to be written for years. Finally, you sit down and put it on paper (or up on your computer screen). You finish it, show it to your spouse, best friend and oldest child&#8212they all love it and encourage you […]

First, You Must Sell the Publisher on Your Book AND Yourself

Friday, July 18th, 2008

You’ve heard me and other professionals urge you to write a book proposal. I suggest that you write one before you start writing the book. But no matter where you are in the writing process, it’s never too late. I’m working with 4 hopeful authors on writing their book proposals now in a workshop format. […]

How Can I Get My Books Into Bookstores?

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

It’s every author’s dream to have his or her book boldly standing face out on the center aisle in all major bookstores throughout the U.S. and beyond. Even to see one’s books clustered on an inside shelf, spine out, is a thrill for most authors. But few of us, today, ever get the pleasure. Why? […]