Archive for August, 2012

Guest Blogging for Authors

Friday, August 31st, 2012

I’ve been asked to contribute regular posts to the BookBaby blog. So watch for my posts at Do you have one or more books to promote? Do you address, inform, educate and entertain your audience through your own well-targeted blog? Do you comment at other related blogs? And do you seek out guest blog […]

Information for Authors

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Good morning. Did you miss me yesterday? I had jury duty. While I was off doing my civic duty (I didn’t get chosen to sit on a jury), a lot was going on in the Matilija Press and SPAWN office. My guest blog was posted at Book Baby. Here it is: Also, Pubslush is […]

What Will You Name it?

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Some authors come up with titles for their books without much trouble. Sometimes we have a title in mind even before we write the book—a title we are attached to for one reason or another. Other times, we struggle with a title up until the day the book finally goes to the printer—changing it, fretting […]

Let Your Editor Help You Become a Better Writer

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Do you stress and strain over every word you write? Are your sentences sometimes difficult to form? Do you have trouble writing what you think you want to say? Do your paragraphs seem a little rough when you reread them? Or do you firmly believe that, because you have worked so hard on your manuscript, […]

5 More Publishing Mistakes to Avoid

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Yesterday we explored five publishing mistakes and how to avoid them. Today, we’ll cover five more. 1: Authors neglect to study the publishing industry. To understand the importance of this task and to learn where to go to get the information you need, check out my blog posts for August 23, 2012. 2: Authors decide […]

5 Publishing Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

Friday, August 24th, 2012

It happens fairly often. I meet disgruntled, disillusioned, almost bankrupt authors who admit to making most of the mistakes listed below. They might have wonderful books in hands, but little understanding of the publishing industry and even less marketing savvy. They learn too late that the time to ask questions and study options is BEFORE […]

How to Study the Publishing Industry

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

You keep hearing (reading) me and others nag and advise on the importance of studying the publishing industry. Do you really need a whole bunch of information about the industry when all you want to do is produce one book as quickly and easily as possible? Absolutely, unless you have a death wish for your […]

Does Your Book Proposal Represent Your Project? Really?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

I see quite a few book proposals from new authors . And I have to tell you that some of them are spectacular, some are pretty good—just need a little tweaking—and others… Well, some authors just don’t quite get the purpose and intent of the various aspects of a book proposal. This is a shame, […]

Opportunities and Help for Authors

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

I got some new cover design samples from my publisher yesterday for my latest upcoming book, Talk Up Your Book, How to Sell Your Book Through Public Speaking, Interviews, Signings, Festivals, Conferences and More. I did not like the cover they had planned for this book and I argued hard against it. They heard me […]

How Do You Write Fiction?

Monday, August 20th, 2012

How do you go about writing a story? Do you have a technique for writing a short story or a book that works for you? Do you have a plot and characters in mind when you start to write? Or does the plot develop as you write and do the characters emerge over time? Do […]