Archive for February, 2009

Editorial Mistakes by Professionals Revealed

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

In a recent post, I suggested that you should take advantage of those articles that contain information and resources that you might be able to use in writing, publishing and promoting your book. Well, I followed my own suggestion this week and studied a few articles on subjects that attracted my attention. (Of course, I […]

How to Keep Your Authoring Dreams Alive

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Check out my article in the February 2009 edition of Publishing Basics. This one features “What You Need to Know About Publishing BEFORE Getting Involved.” There are several additional articles that might be of interest to you, including: “Publishing Industry – Change or be Damned” by Mick Rooney; “8 Questions to Ask Yourself in […]

Treat Your Readers With Respect

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Do you think of your reader while writing your article or book? As you’re writing, do you look at your message, story or instructions from their point of view? Or are you all caught up in how your words make you look? These are important questions that many writers and authors neglect to consider. And […]

Don’t Let Your Editor Down

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

When you work with an editor, it is lovely when you sing her praises—tell others about her work, hand out her business cards and so forth. We editors really appreciate it. But please, please do not give your editor credit for work that she hasn’t done. Here’s what I mean. Yesterday, a client showed me […]

The Stretch to Connect

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Kathleen Ewing is a writer living in Arizona. I met her in person when I spoke in her town last year. When I received my Writing For Dollars Newsletter this morning, I was surprised to find a very entertaining essay by Kathleen all about the “Big O”—no, not the one you’re thinking of—this “O” stands […]

What Goes Into Your Final Manuscript Edit?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

I read someplace that you are not supposed to apologize for being lax in posting at your blogsite. I find this a difficult policy to follow as I have pretty much spoiled you with fresh postings daily over many months. Some of you have become accustomed to hopping over to my blog every day and […]

KUDOS for The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

It’s wonderful to have your work appreciated by the very people you produced it for. But you don’t always have the privilege of positive feedback. Not everyone who is ecstatic over your self-help book, novel, book of poetry or children’s book, for example, will tell you so. But when they do, it’s a day-making experience. […]

Authors Must Embrace an Open Door Policy

Monday, February 16th, 2009

As you may know, I do book reviews for SPAWNews. I review only writing/publishing-related books and, of course, those of interest to screenwriters, artists, photographers, as well. (SPAWN is Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) Subscribe to SPAWNews FREE. Well, yesterday, I was preparing to write a review for a new book for authors […]

Need an Article Idea? Draw From Your Own Life.

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Are you trying to make ends meet by submitting articles to magazines? I think most of you, who read my blog regularly, know that I made my living writing articles for magazines for many years. Some of you do so occasionally. But, when times get financially difficult and you need extra money, you might decide […]

Successful Publishing–You Must Pay Your Dues

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Was yesterday’s blog post encouraging? Inspiring? You read about four people who are doing well with their books. Or maybe yesterday’s column was discouraging because you now feel that, in order to sell books—to succeed as a published author—you must be somebody, have a strong platform, be an expert, have money to spend. Certainly, all […]