Archive for May, 2010

What Does an Author Need to Know About Business?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

You’ve heard and read it many times—writing is a craft, and publishing is a business. Once you become a published author, you must shift from a creative being to a businesswo/man. What does this mean? Will you need to rent shop space downtown, start watching the stock market, establish a corporation, hire employees? Not necessarily. […]

Freebies and Discounts for Authors

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

There’s quite a bit of free stuff for authors online—free webinars, teleseminars and podcasts. There are free reports, free introductory classes, free ebooks, free consultations and free editorial estimates. We offer a free book of your choice (among 10 books and ebooks) when you join or renew your membership with SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and […]

Authors, Choose Your Book Style Carefully

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Authors are writers and writers are creative beings. Thus, authors sometimes take extreme liberties in designing the books they write. Think about the various styles you’ve encountered in books—narrative, character-driven, illustrated, instructional, interactive, handwritten, as-told-to, first person and collaborations/anthologies. There are stories told through poetry, vignettes, photographs, journals, cartoons/graphics and recipes. There are workbooks, picture […]

Author Lies on the Internet

Friday, May 28th, 2010

You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. And the more well-known you become in your field, the more “lies” (or shall we say “inaccuracies”) you will discover about yourself. One way to help avoid having lies spread about you is to keep your website current. Update your “about us” page whenever you add […]

Straighten Your Workspace and Unclutter Your Mind

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

It really, really works. Have you tried it? Simply put stacks of books back on the shelf, file piles of receipts and research notes and organize the other scattered papers, sticky notes, etc. in neat stacks and just see how much better you feel. Your cluttered mind will clear. Your writers block may even be […]

The Joy of Writing

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

What does writing mean to you? What do you feel like when you are writing? Most hobby writers or writing enthusiasts happily write what they want. They write for pleasure when they have the opportunity or when they feel inspired. Writing is a relaxing process for them. They do it to de-stress—as a form of […]

Online Learning Opportunities for Authors and Writers

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Don’t forget I’m offering a 20 percent discount on all of my courses throughout the month of June, 2010—even the newest ones on self-editing and memoir-writing. Check out the May 24, 2010 blog for details. Sign up now. http://www.matilijapress.com/courses.htm Have you ever taken an online course? What does it consist of? What is expected of […]

My Thoughts on Writing

Monday, May 24th, 2010

As many of you know, I’ve been writing for publication for over 35 years—actually it has been 37 years and counting. I did a lot of writing even before deciding to establish a writing career. I wrote stories for my three daughters when they were small, kept travel journals and was an avid letter writer, […]

Your Successful Book Signing

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Do you dream of having a book signing? Or maybe you have done book signings. Were they successful? How did you measure your success? How many book signings have you attended? How would you judge their success or failure? I signed copies of Catscapades, True Cat Tales yesterday at a local upscale pet store and […]

Celebrating 800 Blog Posts for Authors With FREE Ebook

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Wow! It’s a big day. This is my 800th blog post. Now, what does an avid blogger who is serious about her mission write about in her 800th blog post? Hopefully, you realize that my primary mission is to help authors make better, more informed decisions throughout the process of writing, publishing and promoting their […]