Archive for September, 2011

Can You Publish Without Money?

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I get this question in an email every once in a while: “I am an author, but I don’t have any money. Is there any way that I can get my book published?” Here’s how I typically respond to that question: Sure you have a chance of getting published without spending money. Here are my […]

Write Books That Are Fun to Read

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Some weeks ago (September 2, 2011, to be exact) I wrote a blog post about how it’s okay to have fun while promoting your book. We keep talking about how much work it is—and it is. But it can also be fun and I urge authors to let it be fun and to make it […]

To Critique or Not to Critique Your Writing

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Do you know what effect your words have on others? Certainly, you hope to move readers, inspire them, make them think, cause them to smile, give them hope, teach them something new, give them a different perspective—touch them in some way. But how do you know that your attempts are successful? One way is to […]

Subscribe to Succeed

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

There’s so much to learn and take in and so little time. At least that’s what it feels like and that’s what we believe when we try to accomplish all that we want in a day or week. Yet, we need the information, resources and tools in order to become the best writer/author we can. […]

Book Promotion Help for the Reluctant Author

Monday, September 26th, 2011

I spent the entire weekend promoting my book, Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author. I must have sent out 500 or more press releases by hand to individuals—no mass mailings to people unknown. And I watched the numbers at Amazon change throughout the last two days. They […]

Tips for Maintaining Your Author’s Website

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Do you keep your author’s website up-to-date? It’s easy to just let it ride—assume that it is doing its job of showcasing your book, introducing you and your qualifications/attributes, offering ordering options, etc. But wait—is what you posted three years ago or even last year still accurate? Is there anything new there to attract visitors […]

Why is Your Book Bombing in the Marketplace?

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

What good is promotion? You may sometimes wonder why you spend so much time promoting your book when it seems for naught. You create press releases and send them out, sit for long days at book festivals, talk about your book all the time and you even have a few copies in book and specialty […]

What Kind of Author Are You?

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

There are different types of authors. I had a little fun in my workshop conducted at the writer’s conference in Alaska a few weeks ago when I labeled writers. Here’s what I presented. • There are those who write purely because they have something important or amazing to share and plan to do so in […]

Tips for Writers and Authors

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Things are hopping here in the offices of Patricia Fry and Matilija Press. My most recent interview—related to book promotion and my new book, Promote Your Book, is live. Listen here:–patricia-fry Also, the book is reviewed in the October 2011 issue of Freelance Writer’s Report. I’m receiving inquiries as to my editing work from […]

Promote Your Book by Spying on Other Authors

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author is getting lots of attention. I did a podcast yesterday—I’ll let you know when it is available. Writing for Dollars published my piece on “8 Tips for Successfully Promoting Your EBook” this week. And the numbers at Amazon are looking good. […]