Archive for August, 2011

How in the Heck Do You Promote Fiction?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Most authors strive to get book reviews. Book reviews sell books. But it is irritating when your book is misrepresented by the reviewer. Yet, it happens more often than one would think. You see your book in one light—you wrote it with a certain audience in mind and you believe that you spoke to that […]

Who Should the Author Listen To?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

There certainly is no shortage of publishing advice. Everyone who has ever produced a book has an opinion and most are willing to share it. I maintain that each of us—from the first time author to the prolific author of many books has had different experiences that can be of value to others. That’s why […]

Tips For Maintaining a Daily Blog

Monday, August 29th, 2011

“A daily blog? How in the world do you come up with something to write every single day?” People—even writers—often ask this question. The workshops audience I spoke to on Saturday, were curious about this, as well. I think it is easier for those of us who do consulting, speaking and writing on our topics. […]

4 Good Reasons Why Authors MUST Be Proactive

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

I met a cordial group of writers yesterday who seemed to have an insatiable appetite for learning all they can about the world of book publishing. They have been involved in a 6-week workshop on self-publishing and I was invited to top it off by talking about book promotion—the topic of many of my blogs […]

Why a Publisher Now?

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Many hopeful authors start their search for a publisher after they have finished writing their novel, nonfiction book or children’s book. What’s wrong with this approach? A couple of things: • Too many authors lack knowledge about how to locate publishers and appropriately approach them. So they are rejected by a series of publishers who […]

Meet the 2012 Writer’s Market

Friday, August 26th, 2011

I received my new 2012 Writer’s Market this week. It sure has a different look. There are a lot more pages of instruction and guidance, which is nice for many who will pick this book up. In fact, the help material would fill a regular size book. It encompasses over 200 pages. There are new […]

How to Overcome Book Proposal Stumbling Blocks

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Which comes first, when creating your book proposal? Generally, it is the synopsis. What if the synopsis has you absolutely stumped and you just can’t get off dead center with it? This happens to some of my online book proposal course students. And I tell them to set aside the synopsis for a while. I […]

Book Promotion Update

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

We’re up to around two dozen reviews of my new book, Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author. Seventeen of them (at last count) are at Check out the book page at If you have a book in the works or are struggling to promote one, […]

Be Careful What You Write and How You Write it

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Are you an astute self-editor? Do you thoroughly check every submission, blog post and email before sending them out? Are you careful to always make a good impression with anything you write? Sure, we all make mistakes. We miss errors and fail to notice problem areas in our manuscripts and email. But I believe it […]

How to Get Book Reviews

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Two new reviews appeared at my new book’s Amazon page this weekend—both 5-star reviews. Excellent. The book is, “Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author.” One reviewer says: “If you’re looking for a combination road map, recipe and shopping list for developing a marketing plan for your book, […]