Archive for November, 2013

12 Unique Ways to Promote Your Novel During the Holidays

Friday, November 29th, 2013

The holidays are in full swing, which means you’ll probably be slacking off on book promotion. You’ll be too busy planning, shopping, preparing for guests, sending good wishes to friends and family all over the globe and so forth. Yet, this is the biggest shopping season of the year, so why not take advantage of […]

Publishing is NOT a Hobby

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Every time I launch out to do some marketing research—locate reviewers for my novels, seek bloggers who attract my readers and who host guest bloggers or conduct interviews and look for other promotional activities, I find new opportunities. If I stay in my comfort zone and do not pursue opportunities, I do not find them. […]

Are You Killing Your Novel?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Are you promoting your novel? Or are you sitting around waiting for people to notice it? Are you more interested in writing the next story than promoting the one you’ve just published? This is pretty typical. It’s not a good idea, but it’s typical. And this is also the reason that way more books fail […]

How to Avoid Lawsuits When Writing About Other People

Monday, November 25th, 2013

When is it safe to write about other people in your book and when is it risky? I include other people in many of my books, but not in any sort of slanderous way. I quote them for my publishing and book promotion books. I also get permission from them before I go to press. […]

Tips for Locating Publishers’ Submission Guidelines

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Excerpted from Patricia Fry’s book, Publish Your Book. http://www.matilijapress.com/PublishYourBook.html Once you have found several appropriate publishers, visit their websites for more specific information. Print out a copy of their submission guidelines (or “editorial guidelines” or “writers/authors guidelines”). Sometimes the guidelines are difficult to find. If you don’t see a link button to the submission guidelines, […]

Five Common Author’s Mistakes

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

This is excerpted from my book, Publish Your Book, Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author. http://www.matilijapress.com/PublishYourBook.html This book is also available at Amazon.com in print, audio and Kindle as well as other online and downtown bookstores. 1: Inexperienced authors write a book that is not publisher-friendly. In other words, they write the book […]

The Editing Dilemma

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Authors often ask me what type of editorial services I offer. “What kind of editing do you do? My response: “Whatever I feel your manuscript needs.” Sometimes an author will come to me for proofing. “All I want is for you to proof my manuscript.” So what is proofing? In my world, it is whatever […]

Animals at Work

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

No I’m not talking about the supervisor in the cubical across from yours who looks like a walrus or the creepy boss who can’t keep his hands to himself. I’m referring to our pets—those sweet souls we invite into our homes and who adore us in return. For those of us with pets who write […]

Truth and Reality in Fiction

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

I finished writing another novel yesterday. I’ve spent a good part of a week, many hours each day, carefully going over and over it to make sure it rings true to my readers. There’s truth in fiction? Oh yes. Readers want believable characters, consistency in elements of your story, true-to-life plots and a storyline that […]

Why Authors Fail: Part Two

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Yesterday we discussed some of the attitudes authors have and excuses they make that holds them back from succeeding with their books. Here are four more actual excuses I’ve heard from authors. 4: “I have publishers interested in my book so I don’t want to promote it.” I got this response after asking an author […]