Archive for November, 2012

CAPTCHA on duty!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Okay, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve added CAPTCHA to this blog site. Some of you know that I have periodically turned my “comments” option off because of the amount of SPAM I get. It drives me crazy and takes up a lot of time deleting the SPAM comments from my blog each day AND […]

The Benefits of Networking

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

What have you shared with a colleague, friend or acquaintance, lately? When you read that an editor is looking for good mysteries, do you immediately let members of the mystery branch of your writers’ group know? If you see a chest of drawers at the curb with a FREE sign on it, do you call […]

Talk Up Your Book

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I was shopping at Barnes and Noble this week and decided to check the writing/publishing section to see if my books are there. I was surprised to find such a small section of books for writers and authors and nothing—nothing—on book promotion. Still, one of the largest sections in nonfiction seems to be diet, dieting […]

Three More Tips for Freelance Writing Success

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

1: Use your time wisely. Becoming a successful freelance writer takes discipline and realistic scheduling. Failure comes to those who procrastinate, who have trouble prioritizing tasks and who are easily distracted. Those who succeed in this business have found a way to organize and discipline themselves. While some freelance writers schedule certain hours each day […]

Tips for the Serious Freelance Writer

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Today, I’m giving you three tips for starting or amping up a part- or full-time freelance writing career. Tomorrow, you get three more. There aren’t many careers that allow you to follow your passion while earning a living. And there aren’t many people who can establish the balance one needs in order to create a […]

What Authors Should Be Doing NOW!

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Today, I want to talk about your speaking plans for next year. You know that once we get through Thanksgiving, the New Year is right around the corner. Are you set up to promote your book in 2013? Have you booked some speaking engagements, workshops on the topic of your book, college classes or readings […]

The Author’s Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Today is America’s annual day of giving thanks. However, as authors, we should express our appreciation more often than once a year. We should thank those who give to us as we journey through the tough process of writing, producing and marketing a book. I actually received a lovely expression of thanks from a client […]

It’s All Up to the Author

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

If you have something to sell, you need to find your particular buyers. You must identify them, locate them and approach them. Otherwise, how will they know about your book? Think about it. I mean, really think about it this morning. How will they know your book exists? Some of you may remember a time […]

Public Speaking for Authors

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

You go out and listen to authors speak on topics related to their expertise. You attend workshops on writing by authors. You buy books by these authors because you recognize the value in their messages. But, when you start planning your book, it never occurs to you that you should be going out and speaking […]

Notes to Yourself—What do They Mean?

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Do you ever write a note to yourself during what seems to be a cognizant moment, only to look at that note some time later in total confusion? I think most writers have had this experience. You wake up in the night with an idea, jot it down using only the dim lighting from the […]