Archive for October, 2012

Coming Soon—Interviews With Novelists

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Today is Halloween. It is no trick. I have a treat for you. Have you ever wondered how other novelists approach their projects? How do they keep track of each character—their descriptions and traits? Do they plot out the story first or let it unfold as they write? What are some of their writing habits? […]

Make Activities a Part of Your Platform

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

I read survey results yesterday indicating what I’ve been telling you for a while—personality sells books. Authors claim they sell more books through personal appearances than any other way. This might include the following: • Public speaking. • Workshops and presentations at appropriate conferences. • Setting up your own workshops. • Teaching adult education classes […]

Get Speaking Gigs at Conferences

Monday, October 29th, 2012

I have a busy week ahead. I’m preparing a presentation for the Cat Writers Association Conference in Los Angeles Friday morning. I’ll be talking about self-publishing (or pay-to-publish services). Saturday morning, I sit on a book promotion panel at the Ventura County Writers Weekend in Camarillo, California. I have been asked to prepare a brief […]

How to Prepare for Publishing Success

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Are you planning to write a book for publication? Are you in the process of writing a book? How are you preparing for this event? Learn what you should be doing now to prepare for publishing success. Download my FREE ebooklet, “50 Ways to Prepare for Publishing Success.” Perhaps you have a book to […]

Why You MUST Promote Your Book

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

My new book is up at my website. If you have a book to promote, please do yourself a favor and order it. It’s Talk Up Your Book (Allworth Press) 300 pages, $19.95. Speaking of book promotion, an interesting story came across my desk yesterday. It seems that a publisher was interested in producing […]

This Blog Deemed One of the Best!

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Interesting things are happening here at the Matilija Press offices. For one thing, my new book, Talk Up Your Book, is now showcased at my website. At least that is what I’m told. I can’t see the changes, yet. I think I have to click the refresh button and I can’t remember where it is. […]

Changes for Authors

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

I apologize for being absent for a few days. I was enjoying a little R&R. I attempted to post a blog, but the wi fi where we stayed was not cooperating. So I am posting the one I wrote the second day of our brief vacation. Changes. We all experience them. Some we ask for—seek […]

5 Book Promotion Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

You wrote an amazing book, designed it to perfection and even managed to get it published. But it isn’t selling as well as you thought it would. What went wrong? 1: The author wrote the wrong book for the wrong audience. Way too many authors write the book they want to write without truly considering […]

Who Cares About the Content of Your Book?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

People—even prolific authors—are stunned when they learn that I turn out a blog post per day and that my posts now number over 1,600. A common question is, “How do you come up with all those ideas?” I think it is partly my background as an article-writer for so many years. I think it is […]

How to More Successfully Address Your Readers in Person

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Talk Up Your Book, How to Sell Your Book Through Public Speaking, Interviews, Signings, Festivals, Conferences and More has its first review—a 5-star review. You can see it at or at the reviewer’s website: Order your copy at Amazon today. It’s discounted already! To get to the book page at Amazon, type the […]