Archive for May, 2011

How to Sell Books This Week

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Brian Jud, in his Marketing Matters newsletter this week has included number 14 in my 50 Reasons Why You Should Write That Book ebooklet. This one is about connections. Do you have important connections that will serve you in the task of book promotion? Order a free copy of this ebooklet here Freelance Writer’s […]


Monday, May 30th, 2011

Are you writing a memoir? Many, many people are. Did you know that there are different types of memoirs? There are the family legacy, personal struggle, military, spiritual, nostalgia, coming of age, travel, occupational, healing/recovery, self actualization, self help, tell-all and near-death memoirs. While some memoirs are meant simply to share a story, others become […]

What Does “Word Count” Mean to You?

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

When a magazine or newsletter editor tells you they want a 500-word article, what does that mean to you? When a website owner asks for a book review of 300 words, how do you interpret this? When your publisher asks for another ten pages or 2,500 words, how do you respond? The correct and most […]

What Kind of Writer Are You?

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

“I have an idea and I’m going to write a book. I’ve never written anything before. But I think my idea is valid and I want to share it with the world. The best way to get my idea out there is to put it in book form.” “I would like to build my credibility […]

Storytellers Are Not Necessarily Writers—and it Shows

Friday, May 27th, 2011

I’ve decided that there are writers and then there are storytellers. Storytellers can spin a good yarn, as they say. But when it comes to writing, some of them have trouble penning a piece that their audience can follow. Many of them seem to have trouble grasping the concepts related to good, clear and concise […]

7 Tips for Writing a More Publishable Book

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Today’s blog has two purposes. First, it offers you–my readers–valid tips for writing a more publishable book. Second, it is a good example of a “tip sheet.” You could be getting similar tip sheets related to the topic of your nonfiction book published in magazines and newsletters as well as ezines that publish articles related […]

The Emotions of Writing

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

I don’t spend a lot of time talking about the process of writing or even thinking about it. I just write. But occasionally I notice a feeling of giddiness as I sit in front of the computer and begin stringing words together. And it reminds me how much a love what I do. Do you […]

How to Attract Readers for Your Book

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Are you alienating your readers? Does your message or your way of presenting it turn off the very people you hope to attract? How do you know and what can you do about it? Maybe it’s time to review your presentation. • Are you writing with clarity? • Is your topic popular with one or […]

Be Consistent in Your Writing

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Have you noticed how professionals always hound authors to have their books edited? Anything you read about writing and publishing includes this advice. Some of you decide that you don’t need or want an editor because you know your way around punctuation and spelling. You have a handle on the fine points of grammar. But […]

5 Secrets to Getting Your Book Reviewed

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Every author has heard the term Book Review. Many of them consider a book review to be an honor bestowed only on famous and lucky authors. Some authors believe that you can get your book reviewed, but you’ll have to pay for it. No, no, no! Well, let me say that there are certainly a […]