Archive for July, 2013

Misconceptions About the Publishing Industry

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I’ve been vacationing with family and, while the landlords of the place we’re staying advertised wi-fi, we can’t get it to work. I have felt crippled without it. Oh, I can stay in touch and field important questions and address or, at least, acknowledge most issues using my SmartPhone, but there are some things I […]

Four More Platform-Building Activities You Can Do NOW

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Four More Platform-Building Activities You Can Do NOW Excerpted from 50 Ways to Build Your Author Platform. A FREE ebook from 16: Participate in conferences. There are conferences in practically every topic. These are great venues for getting exposure for your book, meeting members of your potential audience and getting ideas for additional books […]

Platform-Building Activities

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Excerpted from my FREE ebook, 50 Ways to Establish Your Platform. Download your copy here: Begin These Platform-Building Activities Now It is never too soon to start the following eight platform-building activities. (Note: I’ll share four today and four tomorrow.) In fact, I recommend that you take action today and keep the momentum going […]

What is Your Author Platform?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Your author platform is your: • Popularity • Level of Recognition among your potential audience • Prominence in your field or genre • Visibility—Reach within your field or genre • Level of Influence among your potential readers • Credibility in your field or genre It may consist of the following with regard to your field […]

Build Your Author Platform—50 Ways

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Now available for download FREE: 50 Ways to Establish Your Author Platform. Download your copy here: Click under FREE Ebook in the right column. Those of you, who have been reading my books, my articles and my nearly 2,000 blog posts, understand that if you have a published book, you must be prepared to […]

Promote Your Book Even on the Busiest Days

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

I’ve been remiss in posting here, lately. As many of you know, I try to maintain this blog daily. There are just too many large projects, small tasks and annoyances vying for my attention. I find that I just can’t get it all done. Something has to give and, lately, my blog and household duties […]

More Public Speaking Tips

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Use vocal variety. Make your talks more enjoyable by using an assortment of vocal tones and pitches. If you need help developing vocal variety, practice reading to children. Consider joining a story telling group. Eliminate non-words. Inexperienced speakers unconsciously use so many filler words that Toastmasters have an “ah counter” at every meeting. This person […]

Tips for More Effective Public Speaking

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

We were talking about public speaking and communication for authors last week. Here are some specific tips for more effective public speaking: Speak up and speak out. Many inexperienced orators speak too softly or they allow their voices to drop toward the end of their sentences. Whether addressing a large audience or a small group, […]

Police Writers in Las Vegas

Monday, July 15th, 2013

I apologize for being MIA this week. I was in Las Vegas at the Police Writers’ conference for four days and wasn’t able to post the blogs I had prepared for you. (Not sure if it was the connection, my computer or a glitch with WordPress…) The conference was presented by the Public Safety Writers […]

You as a Public Speaker

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Yesterday’s post featured one of the challenges public speakers face. You don’t consider yourself a public speaker? If you have a book to promote (or you’re working on one), I urge you, no matter how distasteful it seems, to get out there and talk to your readers (or potential readers). You can’t sell a book […]