Archive for July, 2009

From Blog to Article and Back Again

Friday, July 31st, 2009

What do you do with your spent blog posts? After you post them, do you forget about them or do you recycle them? Often, I will expand a good blog entry into an article and submit it to an appropriate magazine or ezine. Sometimes I will locate an article I wrote months or even years […]

Publishing is Not an Exact Science

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Some hopeful authors want a detailed blueprint showing them how to publish their books. They want a guide to follow from start to finish—from approaching a publisher to distributing boxes and boxes of books. There are actually many guides for new authors, but not the kind most authors desire. Authors want to know: • What […]

When is Enough Promotion Too Much?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

I had an email from a colleague/friend last week asking me to write a blog on a subject that’s been on her mind, lately: Over-Promotion. She says, and I agree, that some professionals are giving more space in their newsletters and on their websites to self-promotion than to useful advice, information and resources. During our […]

Exposure Results in Book Sales

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

I spent the day in my element yesterday—amidst hopeful and struggling authors at the Ventura Book Festival and Writers Conference. It was a great day. I saw authors I’ve met before—several who have read some of my books. I talked to authors who knew my name and came looking for me and I met new […]

Changes Begat Changes For Writers

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

I guess I’ve lived long enough to learn a few lessons. One of them has come to light this week—that when one thing changes many things change. As you know, we are in the midst of a big transition here at SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network). We are getting a new website and […]

Online Article-Writing Course Begins Today

Friday, July 24th, 2009

I just sent the first lecture and assignment for my Article-Writing Course to the students who have signed up for this session. It’s not too late for you. There’s still time to join in. Sign up at http://www.matilijapress.com/course_magarticles.htm Make the $125 investment in your career and this time next year you could be writing for […]

Break Through Your Comfort Zone

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Most of us set limits for ourselves related to the things we will and won’t do. You may want to make some money writing and selling articles to magazines, but you can’t imagine setting yourself up for all of that rejection. You might want to have your book published, but you can’t stand the idea […]

Is it a Book or Just an Idea?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

You may have discovered that a book idea and a book are two different things. In fact, for many people there is a huge gap between the two. Some hopeful authors never expand their ideas into actual books. They just can’t figure out how to develop the idea and put it on paper. The thing […]

Book Writing

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I was working on my book number 30 when I was interrupted by a client. Actually, I am thrilled to have a paying client. I thrive on helping those who have a publishing dream. So book number 30 will go on hold—until I have another smidgeon of time between clients. The new book will be […]

Fiction Faux Pas

Monday, July 20th, 2009

It takes an incredibly astute writer to maintain the credibility of characters and plots throughout a fiction story. I mean, you’ve probably read stories that suddenly stopped making sense or in which a character has fallen out of character. And what did that do for you? It’s a disappointment, isn’t it? As far as you […]