Archive for December, 2011

Busy Year for Me: Opportunity For You!

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

My plate is full as we sail into 2012. I am writing a new book for Allworth Press on a tight deadline. I got word yesterday that my latest book is finished. I’ll receive author copies within the next few weeks. It is so new that Amazon isn’t even up to speed with it, yet. […]

How to Sell More Books in 2012

Friday, December 30th, 2011

What are the five things you are going to do different in 2012 to help boost your book sales? Let me offer some suggestions? 1: Spend more time promoting your book. If you are like most authors, you promote in blasts. You do a book signing or write an article and then go back to […]

Message to Hopeful Authors Everywhere

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

I frequently get questions from hopeful authors about writing a book. Most of these authors are writing a memoir. Many feel they’ve been wronged and they want to make it “right” by exposing the culprits (often a major company or the government). These people contact me for writing help. But I generally give them a […]

Go Into Research Mode and Sell More Books

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Are you constantly in research mode? If you are a freelance writer or journalist, you most certainly are. How else would you come up with enough ideas for articles to bring in those paychecks? But as authors who are promoting our books, we must also be in research mode all the time. Here’s what I […]

How to Score BIG as a Published Author in 2012

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Are you thinking about writing a book, are in the process of writing a book or have completed one? Maybe you’re right on schedule with your project—you figure your big year is 2012. Perhaps this is the year you’ll meet those publishing goals. Well, there’s a lot to consider before you head off into parts […]

How to Get a Book Deal From Your Blog

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Yesterday, we talked about the phenomenon whereby publishers go visiting blog sites looking for potential book projects. So how could you fall into one of those sweet deals—where a publisher comes to you and says, “Love your blog topic. Would you consider writing a book for us? I can give you an advance that would […]

From Blog to Book Deal

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

It’s Christmas morning. I didn’t expect to give you a blog today—thought I’d be too busy. But Lily (my cat) and I woke up early (must have heard the tiny reindeer hooves outside the window), so I have time to write this before heading over to my family’s house with my homemade cinnamon rolls. I […]

Sell Books Through Excerpts

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

I’m wildly busy this week and will be for the next eight weeks or so working on my latest book for Allworth Press. So I want to share with you an excerpt from my book about sharing excerpts from your book as a way to promote it. Excerpted from Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, […]

It’s Your Book Your Way

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

How often do you visit your book page at I try to get over to the page featuring my latest book, “Promote Your Book,” a couple of times each week. I check to see how many books Amazon has left in stock, what they are selling the book for, how the book is ranked, […]

How to Shift From Creative Writer to Savvy Author

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

I’ve been commissioned to write another book. The publisher for Promote Your Book (August 2011) AND Publish Your Book (scheduled for February of 2012) has issued me a contract for a third book. Due date for the completed manuscript is February 29, 2012. That’s three books accepted in 2011. I will tell you more about […]