Archive for December, 2013

FREE Stuff for Authors

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Are you aware of the FREE ebooklets I offer at Currently, you can download my 21-page ebooklet, 50 Ways to Establish Your Author Platform. Formerly, I offered 50 Reasons Why You Should Write That Book, 50 Ways to Promote Your Ebook and 50 Ways to Use Your Personality to Sell Books. See them listed […]

What Does Your Author’s Brain See?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

I’m still putting the finishing touches on my Klepto Cat Mystery number 3—Sleight of Paw. Yesterday, I was stunned to discover that my chapter numbers weren’t matching up. Now this is something I often catch in manuscripts when I’m editing for others. Somewhere along the process, the author moves a chapter, deletes one, adds one, […]

Just When Authors Think the Research Phase is Over…

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Are you close to publishing your book? Or has it been published? So no more research, huh? The research phase of publishing is over, right? Don’t be too sure. If you are ready to choose a publishing option, you’ll need to conduct research to figure out which company to go with, whether to publish a […]

Research is Necessary for All Authors

Friday, December 27th, 2013

As writers, we want to write. We don’t typically love doing research. We aren’t crazy about conducting interviews. We just want to write the stories that fill our heads—share the opinions/knowledge that we’ve accumulated. But don’t most writing projects destined for publication require research? Yes. It’s rare when I don’t recommend to a budding author […]

The Genre Dilemma

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

What genre are you writing in? In fact, how does one choose a genre? Do you write the book and then try to figure out what genre it fits in? Or do you consider the genre before you start writing and then try to conform to the standards of that genre. Who decides those standards, […]

Authors Must Learn to Receive in Order to Succeed

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

On this, the most giving season of the year, I’d like to talk about the other end of the spectrum—receiving. It is definitely more fun to give to someone who is a gracious recipient. Right? We give in order to bring joy to someone else—to make their world brighter, thrill them, bring a smile to […]

The Authors’ Lie

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Yesterday we talked about some of the things we miss when self-editing and how crucial it is to have a fresh set of eyes for your manuscript. If you doubt this, just turn yours over to a trusted and astute reader or editor and ask for an honest evaluation. They are likely to point out […]

Yes, You Need That Extra Set of Eyes

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

I used to be hesitant to turn my completed manuscripts over to an editor, proofreader or even a friend to review because I didn’t really want their ideas mixed up with mine. I was afraid they would suggest changes to suit their own tastes—try to get me to write their story, article or book. In […]

Reach Out and Sell Books

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Promotion can be a silent and lonely activity. As an author with a book to sell, you spend quite a bit of time each day/week trying to find readers. (If you aren’t doing this, you should be.) You are building an emailing list; writing and rewriting press releases and other promotional material; searching for appropriate […]

Competition for Authors, Not What You Think…

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

We talk about the publishing industry being highly competitive. There are a couple of reasons why we use that term and they might not be what you think. Definitions of “competition” include “opposition,” “rivalry,” “contest,” “war.” And this isn’t exactly the tone I intend portraying to new authors. I don’t actually see authors fighting with […]