Archive for April, 2014

The Author Platform for the Novelist

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

“What? I need a platform? But I write fiction. Aren’t book proposals and platforms for people writing business and other commercial books?” Actually, when you decide to publish a book—whether nonfiction, fiction or a children’s book— you are entering into a business. If you want to succeed with your novel, you must prepare to take […]

7 Reasons Why Your Novel Needs a Book Proposal, continued

Friday, April 25th, 2014

4: A book proposal will help you to identify your target audience. Yes, even fiction has a target audience. Who is yours? Readers of historical fiction? Mysteries? Thrillers? Science Fiction? Chick Lit? How many such readers are there? Is there another genre that is currently more popular? Perhaps there’s something you can do to make […]

7 Reasons Why Your Novel Needs a Book Proposal

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

I’ve been commissioned to write a new book. It’s on book proposals. This book will include book proposals for novels and children’s books. Now why would the publisher and I decide to include them? Because more and more publishers want to see book proposals for novels and even children’s books. Here, I’d like to cover […]

Bookselling is Personal

Friday, April 18th, 2014

You may have heard the term “Special Sales.” Do you know what this means? It represents sales outside of the traditional bookstores. Although this seems to be a new term, it certainly isn’t a new concept. Authors have been generating sales through specialty stores, presentations, book festivals, online marketing, article-writing and so forth for years […]

Navigating Changes in the Publishing Industry

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

There’s a lot of talk (and complaining) about changes in the publishing industry. The changes have been taking place since around 1996, but they seem to be accelerating. I reported strong evidence of the shifting publishing sands in yesterday’s blog post. I just proofed the May issue of SPAWNews and read articles reflecting the shifting […]

What’s to Become of the Book Festival?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The giant Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (LATFB) is over. Typically, we would still be planning for the event, but it came earlier than usual this year. I guess the timing of Easter had something to do with that. SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) had a presence at the LATFB as we […]

See You at the LA Times Festival of Books

Friday, April 11th, 2014

I’m headed out to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend. SPAWN has secured two booths where some of our members will display and sell their books to some of the 100,000 or so visitors. If you make it to the book festival at USC Saturday or Sunday, be sure to stop by. […]

Patricia Fry Guest at The Writing Nut AND My Writing Blog

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Today I’m featured at the Writing Nut website. It’s kind of a fun premise–they want pix of your workspace and ask you some interesting questions. If you’re a writer, you might want to get the exposure by being one of their Wednesday guests. Check my interview out and meet Lily kitty here: I’m also […]

A Rant Against Unprofessional Author Slackers

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A blog can be many things—a place to share, a teaching tool, a resource center, and more. Sometimes we use our blogs to vent—to rant and complain. Today, I’d like to vent a little while also providing some gentle advice. (Although some of you may view this as a slap in the face.) You’ve heard […]

Contributing to Your Success as an Author

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The April issue of my e-newsletter, Publishing/Marketing News and Views is out. If you’re on my e-mailing list, you received it last week. Be sure to read it. If you’re not on my e-mailing list, you can still read this issue and all previous issues here: Sign up here to receive all subsequent issues […]