Archive for June, 2009

Who Do You Write For?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

When you write a story, how-to or self-help piece or something instructional, who do you write it for? Of course, you’re going to say that it’s for your audience. Right answer! But is it really? You may address your audience using “you” a lot in your nonfiction works. You might believe that you are providing […]

Writing Contests: A Good Idea or Not?

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

I was one of three final judges in a memoir contest this week. That was an eye-opener. As I understand it, there were several dozen entries which were evaluated by a large group of volunteers. The final judging involved the ten best manuscripts. Now I’ve judged several writing contests and I know a lot of […]

Lessons For Authors

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Isn’t it grand when you learn something new? I received a manuscript for evaluation recently. I told the author that I thought the manuscript was in pretty good shape, but that he really needed to remove the extra space between sentences. He told me that he was aware of the new one-space rule, but wasn’t […]

Writing From a Broken Heart

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

I’ve been absent for a few days. I hope my useful, informative, insightful blog posts were missed. I haven’t felt much like working for several days. First, I had some sort of summer cold and was feeling more like crashing on the couch than blogging, editing or anything else pertaining to work. Ever feel like […]

Do I Have to Do What My Editor Says?

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Authors often contact me asking my opinion about their editors’ advice. “Do I have to follow her suggestions?” “She’s trying to change my voice, what shall I do?” Some of my own clients question my recommendations. And that’s okay. I always tell them, “It’s your manuscript. You make the final decision.” Of course, I explain […]

Yes, You Do Have Competition

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

I recall a conversation I had with a hopeful author once at a writer’s conference. He sat on the edge of his seat, notebook open and pen poised in eager anticipation of my wise counsel. Upon receiving it, however, he slammed the book closed, tossed the pen on the table in front of him and […]

Are You Getting Your Energy’s Worth?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

If you are a freelance writer or an author with one or more books to promote and you’re darn serious about succeeding, you lead a busy life. As a freelance writer, you are always in promotion mode. You face frequent deadlines. Either you work with editors or you serve clients; and their needs don’t always […]

Innovative Creativity for Writers and Authors

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

We all know that when the world around us begins to change, we must alter some of our plans, ideas and goals in order to conform or to fit in, so that our lives continue working. You may notice that those who cling to their dreams rigidly, without any sort of flexibility, even in changing […]

Become Alert to the Writing/Publishing Info You Need

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Speaking of schedules, as we sort of were for the last few days, what is your blogging schedule? Do you have a blog through which you promote your writing business or your book? Do you visit other blog sites in your quest to continue learning about writing, publishing and/or book promotion? How do you manage […]

Time-Management For Writers

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Writers generally have one of two dilemmas. They can’t find the time or inclination to work the number of hours they must in order to make a living or they can’t stop writing. The former writer isn’t very well disciplined. He isn’t motivated to put in the time it takes to create success. Perhaps he […]