Archive for January, 2011

Book Review Blog Sites

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Are you interested in having your book reviewed? If you have a published book, you should be. Yesterday, I came across a list of 100 blogs for book reviews. Here are a few that I checked out. You might want to visit them and see about having your book reviewed at an appropriate blog site. […]

Report on Free Online Book Proposal Course

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I’m teaching my Book Proposal course for free. We just finished class number five out of eight. And boy are the students getting a lot out of the classes. The comments and the gratitude coming from them is heartwarming. Those who are keeping up are making great strides in their book proposals and in the […]

When the Book Promotion Well Runs Dry

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

If this post seems familiar, congratulations. This means that either you have been visiting this blog site’s archives or that you’ve been following this blog for five years. I’m drawing a rare—extremely rare—blank today as I contemplate my blog post. So I’ve decided to reach into the archives and remind you of this message: Excerpted […]

The Author’s Commitment

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Are you dedicated to your book project? Or is it something you work on only when there is nothing else to do? How do you know if you are really committed to it? • Your book is a priority. • You make sacrifices in order to pursue your project. • You have the discipline to […]

Hot Resources for Writers and Authors

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

How would you like some resources today? These are just some of the resources for freelance writers and authors that I have included in the February SPAWN Market Update, which is posted each first of the month in the member area of the SPAWN website. Several years of this meaty newsletter is archived at the […]

Tax Time for Writers/Authors

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Are you ready to meet your tax preparer? If you’ve been freelance writing for money or if you are an author with books to sell, you should be collecting receipts for your taxes. What receipts should you keep? Those for expenses, supplies, equipment, etc. related to your writing or publishing business. File away receipts for […]

Learn From Your Book Proposal

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Yesterday, I experienced one of those perfectly orchestrated days that somehow went awry. You know, you plan your day, but things happen that change your plans dramatically. Yesterday, it was a sudden death in the family. So a nice outing with my mom to visit her sister at a nursing home where she was rehabilitating […]

What Does the Publisher Really Want?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

We all like samples and examples. Today, I’m not talking about food samples like you get at the grocery store, but examples to illustrate a certain process in writing or publishing. How much does it help you to write your query letter when you see an example of a query letter posted someplace? When you […]

Do Bookstores Matter to Authors?

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

If you’ve been studying the publishing industry for any length of time—reading this blog, industry newsletters, books by myself and other professionals—you’ve probably crossed bookstores off of your list of potential sales outlets for your book. You’ve been told that it is next to impossible to get your book into bookstores—that your book is liable […]

Second Chances for Your Book

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

We talked recently about the possibility of your self-published or pay-to-publish book being picked up by a traditional royalty publisher. Well, it happened again to one of my clients. This time it is a children’s picture book—can you believe it? Instead of illustrations, this author used photographs. It is a charming book. Delightful. I will […]