Archive for December, 2012

Books and Services for Authors

Monday, December 31st, 2012

It is that time of year when we find ourselves reflecting and setting goals. If your goals for 2013 include starting or finishing a writing/publishing project, please keep me in mind for your editorial needs. If you have gained knowledge and guidance from this blog, my articles in the magazines and newsletters you read, my […]

The Book Proposal—a Rundown

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Yesterday we talked about the reasons for writing a book proposal. But do you actually know what goes into a book proposal? Here’s a rundown: Synopsis Whether you are writing a book proposal for a publisher or you’re creating a business plan for yourself, the synopsis is important if it describes what the book is […]

Why a Book Proposal?

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Yesterday, I mentioned that I help authors write and edit their book proposals. I blog about book proposals fairly often, but that’s because it is important. And, though, you may read this blog often and have seen my posts on this topic, there are people just discovering it. Here’s the drill—some publishers require a book […]

How to Prepare Your NaNoWriMo Manuscript for Publication

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Did you participate in the NaNoWriMo (Write a Novel in a Month) this November? Now what? Do you plan to trash it and chalk it up as experience? Or do you feel it is something worth publishing? If you hope to find a publisher or if you want to self-publish, there’s still a stringent process […]

Get Your Book Reviewed at

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Talk Up Your Book has a new review. Check out all of the reviews at the Talk Up Your Book page at Do you have a published book? Is it showcased at Amazon? Have you been collecting reviews for your Amazon page? Or are you waiting for some to show up? Yes, it’s […]

Want to Sell Books? Take Action!

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The hustle bustle of the major holiday is over. Once you finish up the leftovers, toss the turkey bones or use them in soup like we do, put away the tree and gifts, you look forward to getting back to normal. But is this the best plan? Is it wise to settle back down into […]

Holiday Obstacles for Authors

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas. I hope you’ve noticed that I haven’t been blogging daily this week. It is good to be missed—to have people disappointed when they get up and head to their computer for words of publishing wisdom, only to find nothing new posted. It’s not that I want to disappoint you. Rather, I hope that […]

Your Book According to Amazon

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Today is our family Christmas celebration. There will be 23 of us here at my home this afternoon. And thirteen of them call me “Nana.” Eight of them are grandchildren and great grandchildren from age 1 to 31. Another five of our guests, who also call me Nana, are the spouses and girl/boy friends of […]

Top Ten Book Promotion Activities

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Would you like to know my 10 top book promotion recommendations? Here they are: 1: Start Promoting Your Book even Before it’s a Book Build promotion into your book by involving other people, writing about popular issues, adding elements to attract more readers, etc. Talk about your book everywhere you go and start building your […]

When Authors Make the Transition

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

I finished another novel—my second this year. What fun. This one is also what I call a light-mystery. I think they are now termed “cozy mysteries.” It was fun, yet frustrating to present all of the clues in logical order. I found that if I changed the order of an event, I sometimes had to […]