Archive for July, 2010

All in the Day of a Writer

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Editing, judging, article-writing, oh my! I’ve been a busy writer, lately. I wrote to a friend of mine yesterday telling her how busy I am—that I have a couple of large client jobs, just received a book contract and need to do more revisions on the book, have an article due, judged a writing contest […]

Parts of the Book Proposal

Friday, July 30th, 2010

For Nonfiction: • Cover letter. (Generally one page.) • Title page. (One page—include projected word count.) • Table of contents for the proposal itself. • Synopsis or overview of the book. (One and a half to four pages.) • Marketing section. (Who is your target audience and how many people does this group comprise.) Two […]

Cover Letter Versus Query Letter

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Do you know the difference between a cover letter and a query letter? Many authors do not. A cover letter accompanies your book proposal or manuscript when sending it to an agent or publisher. It’s a formality designed to identify your package. A query letter introduces your project. It is generally the first thing that […]

Your Book Isn’t Selling Because…

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

What are your excuses for low or no book sales this year? The economy? Or is your book stagnating because of decisions you have made? Here’s a checklist of possible reasons why your book isn’t selling: • You didn’t take the time to study the publishing industry. • You didn’t have a clear idea of […]

Build Your Author’s Platform NOW

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Don’t wait until you have a book to start building your author’s platform. This is something you should have in place before you even think about writing a book. Too many authors produce books on a particular topic or in a particular genre without any background in that topic or a track record in that […]

Create Balance in Your Book Promotion Methods

Monday, July 26th, 2010

You hear from your friends, therapist, minister, doctor, support group leader, authors of self-help books, etc., that you need balance and variety in your life. Even I teach and preach the necessity for writers to establish balance in their lives. And this important message spills over into your book promotion efforts, as well. In most […]

Tracking Your Book Sales

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I love to wake up in the morning to book orders. This morning I had an order for my book, The Mainland Luau, How to Capture the Flavor of Hawaii in Your Own Backyard, an order for How to Write a Successful Book Proposal in 8 Days or Less and SIX orders for Catscapades, True […]

Authors’ Questions

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Over the years, I’ve responded to a lot of questions from authors at all stages of their projects. Here are a few I’ve had lately—along with my answers: Q: What can SPAWN do for me? A: SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) is an online networking organization and resource center for anyone who is […]

How is Your Audience Going to Find You?

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Over the years, I’ve fielded a lot of questions about writing, publishing and book promotion. I planned to list some of them here this morning and share with you my responses. But something else occurred to me when I started to list the ways that people find me to ask those questions. The sentence listing […]

Bookselling for Authors

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

I have several new blog followers. Welcome! Each time I speak or attend a book festival, for example, I meet new authors and hopeful authors who visit my blog. And some of them hang around to see what we’re talking about here. Some of them also buy books from me and/or hire me to edit […]