Archive for June, 2010

Book Promotion: It Takes a Village

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The experts will tell you that it is up to you, the author, to promote your own book. They say that no one cares about your book the way you do and that you are the only one who can successfully promote it. I agree. But it is also true that we can’t do it […]

Little Known Secrets to Publishing Success

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

It’s a jungle out there. Yes, I know this is a cliché. I happen to love clichés, but publishers and readers would rather see fresh, clever, creative writing instead of tired, old clichés. So this is my first secret to publishing success. In no particular order, I’m going to spew a variety of tips to […]

Flakey Writers and the Editors Who Hate Them

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Many mornings, when I face my blank blog page, I don’t have any idea what I will write. Generally within minutes, however, something comes to me. Today, I became aware of my topic while reading one of my many morning emails. The topic has to do with writer reliability and responsibility. Here’s the deal. When […]

An Author’s Priorities

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

There’s so much to do and so little time in a day. Are any of you finding this to be more and more true? In talking with other authors, it seems that part of the problem is the type of work we do. Most authors have only so many hours in a day that they […]

Encourage Repeat Customers by Doing Good Business

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Yesterday, my blog title promised something I realized that I didn’t provide—how to treat your customers well. In my early morning fog, I ended up talking about how to get customers rather than how to maintain a healthy customer base. What comprises good business practices? How do you make a good impression? • Communicate clearly […]

Treat Your Readers Like Gold

Friday, June 25th, 2010

One thing an author needs is readers. This is true whether you are a one-time author who just wants to get your memoir down on paper or a career author with many books in your future. Readers are your bread and butter, your best support system and your harshest critics. It is important to establish […]

Self-Publishing Versus Self-Publishing

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

It happened again yesterday. Someone said to me, “I self-published my book.” The old-school side of my brain responded with an image of him having established his own publishing company. But no. When he handed me a copy of his book, I could see that it had been produced by one of the many pay-to-publish […]

Don’t Miss the Next Writers’ Conference

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Are you interested in attending writers’ conferences and entering writing contests? Do you sometimes miss deadlines because you didn’t know about the event or activity in time? Here’s a tip that might help. Don’t just lament the fact that you missed the opportunity. Make note of the conferences and contests you discover in your favorite […]

Celebrate Your Writing Milestones

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

We all experience milestones in our lives and in our writing careers and projects. Do you recognize yours? Do you celebrate them? Some of you may ask, “What’s the point?” Let’s examine the concept of the milestone. What is it, anyway? I consider a milestone as a high point in one’s life or career. Most […]

Listen to Your Publishing Experts

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Irene Watson offers an excellent article for hopeful authors in her June 21, 2010 newsletter, Reader Views. I recommend that you read it BEFORE writing your book—or, at least before you choose your publishing option. Her title is, “Why I Wouldn’t Read Your Book.” Read it here and learn: Are you sometimes confused as […]