Archive for December, 2010

Two Steps to Publishing Success in 2011

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Well, it’s the last day of the year. Tomorrow begins a new year and a new decade. Are you satisfied with your writing/publishing/book promotion accomplishments to this point? Are you excited about your writing/publishing/book promotion goals for 2011? Are you aware of the steps you can take in order to change your bad “luck” in […]

The Writer’s Deadline Dilemma

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Do you feel as if you are up against a deadline? There’s just one more day of 2010 and it’s over. Do you have regrets? Unfinished business? Do you feel a need to hurry to complete or start something in order to meet a goal you set early in the year (or even several years […]

Query Letter Versus Cover Letter

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Today, I want to discuss query letters and cover letters and explain the basic differences. Query Letter The query letter is your sales pitch. You send a query letter to a publisher first in order to inform him about your wonderful book and to pique his interest in seeing it. Here is where you introduce […]

What Can an Editor Do For My Manuscript?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

“What do you do as an editor?” This is a question I get fairly often. “What can you do for my manuscript?” My typical response is, whatever your manuscript needs. My main concern with your manuscript is readability, flow and consistency. I want to make sure it is organized logically and that we catch any […]

Online, On-Demand Courses for Authors/Writers

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Today is the first class of my free book proposal course. I’m excited. I always enjoy working with authors on their projects—which is why I do this for a living. Hopefully, there will be several success stories emerge from this course. And word will get out about the value of what I offer and bring […]

Our Writing Habits

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

If you’ve spent any time at all studying the world of book publishing, reading articles and books on authorship, visiting blogs like this one, etc., you know that publishing professionals highly recommend that you hire a good book editor for your book before publishing. I am one of those who advises authors to hire an […]

How to Get Just What You Want

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Merry Christmas. I hope you all get exactly what you want most today. There’s only one way to make this happen, isn’t there? You must make it known what you want. I remember those years when I would only hint at what I wanted for Christmas. I spent months hoping that my husband would notice […]

Google Yourself

Friday, December 24th, 2010

When is the last time you Googled yourself? Have you noticed something different? I run a search on my name every once in a while. I believe it is good to know who’s talking/writing about you, which links are most prominent in a search using your name, how you are being represented—as an author of […]

Competition for Authors, Not What You Think…

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

We talk about the publishing industry being highly competitive. There are a couple of reasons why we use that term and they might not be what you think. Definitions of “competition” include “opposition,” “rivalry,” “contest,” “war.” And this isn’t exactly the tone I intend portraying to new authors. I don’t actually see authors fighting with […]

The Professional Life of a Writer

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Do you remember when writers were not well-respected because it was believed that no one could make a living as a writer? I was there—making a living with my writing at the time. Writers weren’t taken seriously because, after all, writing is an art—something that you do when inspiration strikes, not on demand. In those […]