Archive for April, 2010

What’s Your Writing Job of Choice?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Do you write for a living or would you like to? Are you aware of the multitude of writing jobs out there? We freelance writers are on constant radar seeking writing work that pays us enough to stay out of the corporate world, away from the unemployment lines and off of the streets. So where […]

Selling Books in a Sluggish Economy

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

What are you doing today? If you are an author, you’d better be doing something to promote your book. Those of you who have a published book know what I’m saying. If you want to sell copies of your book—whether it’s fiction, nonfiction or a children’s book—you must promote it. With the competition out there […]

What Good is a Book Review?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

They say that any publicity is good publicity. I am wishy washy on that concept. Sure, it’s true to an extent. But an author still wants to produce the best product possible and hopes for great reviews. More people are going to purchase a book that others like than one that they harshly and negatively […]

Book Promotion Blues

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The Internet is a wonderful resource and research tool. However, isn’t it frustrating to find so many outdated listings? I’ve even received a few very old listings in my Google alerts, lately—one of them, a comment posted in 2006. What’s up with that? We’ve been told that what goes on the Web stays on the […]

Critique for Authors

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Life continues to cycle and we are experiencing the joy of children again. It struck me recently how differently we approach children with each generation. I started my family at a very young age and was a pretty naïve mother. There’s nothing like the reality of parenthood, however, to help in the maturity process. I […]

Go Away, and Improve Your Writing

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Why do writers go on vacation? What good is a day off? What does a break accomplish? I mean, as writers or authors, we’re doing what we love as often as we can. So why do we need to get away? Maybe you will notice that I didn’t post a blog yesterday. That’s because I […]

How Many Review Copies Should You Send?

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Some of you are finding the blow-by-blow report of my book promotion activities interesting. For those of you who don’t know, I am in the early stages of promoting my newest book, Catscapades, True Cat Tales. http://www.matilijapress.com/catscapades.html One thing I preach and teach students and clients is to get plenty of book reviews in appropriate […]

Publishing After Publishing

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

How many of you were so eager to publish your magnificent works that you went with the first publishing option that presented itself? How many of you did a “test” product—self-published your book just to see how it would fare in the marketplace? I see many hands in the air—mine included. There was minimal research […]

The Book Promotion Commitment

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

My article on how to write a daily blog appeared this morning in Fran Silverman’s Book Promotion Newsletter. I sent out four more review copies of my newest book, Catscapades, True Cat Tales today. And today, I plan to explore cat specialty shops. Believe it or not, I located a directory of cat specialty stores—they […]

Online Courses for Authors

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Have you ever taken an online course? Do you know how they work? Let me give you some insight as to how I manage the online courses I teach. It’s as easy as emailing a friend, but much more rewarding and beneficial to your writing/publishing career. It’s like going to school in the comfort of […]