Archive for December, 2008

Fraud and Dishonesty in Publishing

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

I missed chatting with you yesterday. I woke up to a problem that took me two hours to resolve. Someone ordered a book through my website and inadvertently placed the order 11 times. This meant that I had to issue 10 credits and this turned out to be a rather complicated, time-consuming process. Let this […]

Increase Your Income as an Author or Freelance Writer in 2009

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Sarah took my on-line article-writing course during November and December. Here’s what she wrote this week: “Thank you so much for all of the feedback and such a useful course. I have taken dozens of classes over the years and this was definitely one of the most useful and practical courses. I got the green […]

Meet Your Publishing Goals in 2009

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Are you still unpublished? Or are you only getting a piece published here and there, now and then, without any sense of regularity? Maybe this is the year that you will finally publish that book, create a presence in the world of article-writing or establish yourself with a variety of clients who will pay for […]

Your Creative Writer’s Space

Friday, December 26th, 2008

How does it feel to wake up on the other side of Christmas this morning? Doesn’t the tree look bare? All of those pretty packages have been opened and you have large plastic bags and dented boxes filled with new socks, electronic gadgets, scarves, kitchen utensils and maybe a few toys. The cookie plate is […]

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

It’s Christmas Eve 2008. I hope your heart is filled with joy as you anticipate a visit from the “Big Guy.” May he bring you whatever your heart desires. My most fervent wish, however, is that you spend time this week sharing and laughing with those you love. This is a wonderful time to renew […]

Which Publishers Organizations Should You Join in 2009?

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

R.L. (Becky) Coffield contributed to the Suite 101 blog site this week with a piece on how joining a small publishers’ networking organization can increase book sales potential. Sarah Bolme, Director of Christian Small Publishers Association, in her blog last year gave four benefits of joining publishers associations. And she named 5 main organizations, including […]

Tips for Successful Publishing

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Do I have a Christmas gift for you! It’s straight from Oprah&#8212well, via my friend, Angela Hoy at In her current newsletter, Writer’s Weekly, she offers this link to a whole list of topics coming up on Oprah’s show. If you have a book, check out these topics and see if you would be […]

Writers Must Do What it Takes to Succeed

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

There’s a story that circulates this time of year about a pastor who gave each member of his congregation $50 and asked them to double the money and bring it back to the church. Children received $10. The first thought of most church members was, “I can’t do this. I have no skills or resources […]

Publishing and You: A Few More Tips

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

My article, “This is No Time to Cut Back on Promotion” was published in Francine Silverman’s Book Promotion Newsletter this week. This is certainly a topic that should be of great interest to anyone with a book to promote during this difficult economic period. Check it out at: Speaking of this “downturn,” has it […]

Risk-Taking for Authors–Does it Pay Off?

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Well, I’ve done it. I started working on my cat stories book again. If all goes well and I don’t get swamped with client work (which would be a good thing), I will complete it within the next month or so and publish it as an ebook. I’m excited! How many of you would be […]