Archive for March, 2013

Do You Need an Editor?

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

This is something that authors often ask themselves. Sometimes they ask me if I think they need an editor. The answer is usually yes. Traditional publishers want to receive a completely edited manuscript. Yes, they will have their editing staff spend some time with it before it goes to publication, but they still want the […]

How to Solve Your Book Promotion Puzzle

Friday, March 29th, 2013

The easiest book promotion idea isn’t always the best. Nor will the most elaborate idea necessarily result in the most success. When I came out with my first two books of national/International interest in 1996, I planned to sell them through bookstores. Remember, we had a lot of independent bookstores then and it was a […]

Use Your Connections to Promote Your Book

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Do you belong to organizations related to writing, publishing and/or the theme or genre of your book? Does this organization produce a newsletter? Do they have an online discussion group? Here’s the big question, are you taking advantage of these opportunities to promote your book through these avenues? Most organizations have newsletters that include a […]

Changing Character Names

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Now that I am dabbling in the area of novel-writing, I can understand a bit about why authors change the names of their characters. Sometimes it takes a while to settle on a name that fits the character’s personality and that doesn’t conflict with other names you use throughout your story. Sometimes you decide to […]

How to Go Out and Talk About Your Book

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

It’s common for me to get questions from authors. And it’s interesting to see how the nature of the questions have changed over the years. It used to be that hopeful authors asked, “How do I find a publisher?” “Do I need an agent?” “What publisher/agent would you recommend?” “How do you write a query […]

Exposure for Authors—Not Just an Ego Trip

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

See my article in the April 2013 issue of the IBPA Independent. It’s actually an excerpt from my book, Talk Up Your Book, How to Sell Your Book Through Public Speaking, Interviews, Signings, Festivals, Conferences and More. The article is called, “For Better Sales at Author Events.” I also have a piece in the March […]

What Can You Say About Your Novel?

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Here’s number 30 of my 50 Ways to Use Your Personality to Sell Books. This is a free ebooklet, available now at http://www.patriciafry.com 30: How to Speak About Your Novel There are basically two types of audiences for the novelist. Those wanting to be entertained by excerpts from your story and those who want to […]

Patricia Fry Teaches Online Courses

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

I teach several online courses. One of them is a Freelance Article-Writing Course. This course is designed for those who want to make money writing articles and for those who want to promote their books through article-writing. Check out the course here: http://www.matilijapress.com/course_magarticles.htm What my students learn through this course is that freelance article-writing is […]

Write Articles or Stories for Publication

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

I sometimes get to teach my online article-writing course. I love helping good writers channel their energies and talents in a way that computes into cash. More than that, I like watching writers finally see their work in print—to hold a magazine with their article and their byline right there on the printed page. Is […]

NEW Free Ebook for Authors

Monday, March 18th, 2013

We have just posted a new free ebooklet for you at my website: http://www.patriciafry.com It’s 50 Ways to Sell Books Using Your Personality. Many of you are familiar with my recent book, Talk Up Your Book, How to Sell Books Through Public Speaking, Interviews, Signings, Festivals, Conferences and More. Well, the new FREE ebooklet is […]