Archive for February, 2012

Writer needs Domestic Chore Muse

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

I discovered something odd about myself—the writer—last week. Don’t laugh. I realized that I need inspiration in order to vacuum or deep clean a bathroom or the kitchen, for example. But I can write just about anytime under any circumstances. I need a housecleaning muse. I suffer, sometimes, from domestic chore block. And procrastinate? Oh […]

How to Write a More Successful Book, Part 2

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

As most of you know, I’ve been writing for publication for nearly forty years. I have 35 published books to my credit. So I hope you hear me when I advise the following: Before you write a word—or, perhaps, while you are outlining or conducting research for your book: Study the publishing industry. How? Read […]

How to Write a More Successful Book in This Highly Competitive Publishing Arena

Monday, February 27th, 2012

We’re nearly two months into the New Year. Remember those resolutions or promises you made January 1? How are you doing toward those goals? Have you started that book? Have you resumed work on a book project that you set aside months or years ago? Or are you still just thinking about it? Perhaps you […]

Do You Have an Author’s Platform to Stand On?

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

I hear from some of you from time to time and it seems that most of you are in the process of writing books. Are you also building on your platform? Do you know the steps to take toward establishing and adding to your author’s platform? Do you even know the reasons you need a […]

Bookselling Opportunities and Resources for Authors

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Some of you subscribe to SPAWNews, the free enewsletter distributed by SPAWN on the first of each month. And you read my promo each month for the SPAWN Market Update, which is posted in the member area of the SPAWN site each first of the month. Here’s what I wrote in the March SPAWNews describing […]

Networking Brings Many Gifts for Authors & Writers

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Do you belong to an organization of writers and/or authors? Do you attend meetings in your area? Some of you know that SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writes Network) started out as a face-to-face networking organization with chapters in three counties. The Internet brought us all home and made it possible for us to connect […]

Amazing Resource for Struggling Authors

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

I now have a pdf file of my latest book—Publish Your Book, Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author. I will send that file of this most valuable book to anyone who is willing to write a review for What’s in it for you? Free access to a book that could change […]

The Basics of a Successful Query Letter

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Your magnificent query letter must: 1: Contain an intriguing beginning or a hook—something that catches the agent’s, publisher’s or editor’s attention. Don’t fret over this—just come up with something that creates enough interest so the editor will keep reading. Don’t try to be too cute or clever, you might come across as trite. 2: Identify […]

How Long Should You Wait For a Response From a Publisher?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Excerpted from my latest book, Publish Your Book, Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author. (By the way, I’m offering a free copy of this book to the first 5 people in the US who contact me and who will read the book and write a review for the book’s page.) Contact me […]

Should You Send Simultaneous Submissions?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Excerpted from Publish Your Book, Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author. Here’s a question I get fairly often and my response: It is perfectly okay to send out query letters to numbers of publishers at once. Some publishers even sanction sending a book proposal to more than one publisher at a time. I […]