Archive for February, 2013

Promote Your Book Out of Town

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

This is excerpted from my latest ebooklet which I will offer for free as soon as I get it finished (maybe today). It’s called, “50 Ways to Sell Your Book Through Your Personality.” If you have a book to promote, you’ll probably be out doing some public speaking to bring attention to it. This is […]

50 Ways to Market Your Ebook

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Are you aware of my ebook, “50 Ways to Sell Your Ebook?” I offer it for sale at my website for $3.95. http://www.matilijapress.com Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to this ebook: Some of you may recall when the big six publishers looked down their noses at the ebook concept and refused to get […]

Tips for Children’s Book Authors

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Are you writing or thinking about writing a children’s book? It’s not as easy as you might think. There are standards and rules for children’s literature. And in children’s book writing, age makes a difference—not your age, but the age of the audience. You need to understand the vocabulary for the age group you are […]

How to Start and Maintain an Active Blog

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Most mornings I have no problem coming up with a message to share via this blog. Other times, I don’t feel so inspired. Well, how many of you have written 1,749 posts or articles over a period of 7 ½ years? Yes, this is post number 1,750. At this rate, I will reach number 2,000 […]

You are in Control of Your Publishing Success (or Failure)

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

There are certain things that I constantly harp on. And sometimes I repeat my mantra over and over to the same clients, audiences and students. When speaking to groups of writers in various cities, often a hand will go up during the Q and A session and the individual will ask me something that I […]

Make Sure Your Book is a Good Idea

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Is your book a good idea? Are you sure? Do you have a potential customer base for the book you want to write? How do you know there are people out there eager to read your book? When I ask new authors if they read books similar to the one they’re writing, most say, “Well, […]

Tips for Driving Visitors to Your Website

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

How do you entice people to your website? Do you have something there that your audience wants? Why do people stop by your site? You know, they aren’t coming there just because they want to support you and your book project—well, not very many people will do that. If you want to lure potential customers […]

The Process of Writing a Book

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

This morning I received a question about how to turn a dissertation into a book. This student had read my book, “Publish Your Book, Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author.” Here’s my response: “Thank you for your interest in my work. You asked about the process of turning a dissertation into a book. […]

Designer Publishing Contracts

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Have you seen some of the creative contracts publishers are presenting these days? Many of you already know about the variations available when you sign with a pay-to-publish company. But what about traditional publishers? What sort of contracts are they offering? Numbers of new authors who have produced their own books rather successfully are now […]

Things Authors Do To Sabotage Their Success

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

1: The author either doesn’t attend lectures and workshops presented by professionals in the publishing/book promotion field or he attends some, but discounts the speakers’ suggestions. 2: The author hires an editor or a publishing consultant and doesn’t heed their advice. 3: The author neglects to hire an editor. 4: The author writes the book […]