Archive for May, 2014

Does Your Lifestyle Support Your Writing Dreams?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

I’ve been gone this week. I didn’t do any writing. Didn’t keep up with my blog. I didn’t even do any book promotion. I just played and chilled and thought. It’s good to get away from business—even when your business is your passion and you love what you do. Not only is it healthy to […]

7 Ways to Promote Your Book Through Your Blog

Monday, May 26th, 2014

A blog can be many things and serve many purposes. When you have a book to promote, it makes sense to turn your blog into a promotional tool. Whether your book is a historical novel, a how-to gardening book, a memoir or a book of poetry, let your blog entries spread the word and you […]

Embrace Your Publishing Dream

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

I heard a surprising statistic this week. Ninety percent of businesses in America fail. I was shocked at first and then I remembered the recent statistic saying that nearly eighty percent of books fail in the marketplace. Now that statistic began to make sense. When you decide to publish a book, you are entering a […]

It’s Not Me, It’s You!

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

I was discussing the interesting and controversial subject of book reviews the other day with a colleague and we agreed that reader reviews are often swayed by moods. If a reader picks up a book to escape and is faced with a more serious conflict than she expected, this might launch her into a foul […]

Reviews, Reviews, Damn Reviews!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Those of us with books to promote are always striving to solicit reviews. When regular customers post a review, we get ecstatic, unless…it is a negative, nasty, mean-spirited review. Then we wonder, “Where do these people come from?” “Why do they read a book that clearly involves cats, dogs, murder, clowns? and that’s obviously a […]

Your Book Review

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

I read the other day through one of my online discussion groups that Amazon was running a paid review program. Color me gullible, but I was ready to believe it—but I couldn’t actually believe it. I mean, things are changing so fast and furious in publishing and companies are reaching out and trying new things… […]

What is a Query Letter?

Monday, May 5th, 2014

I’ve been writing for publication for over 40 years and I’ve written hundreds—maybe thousands—of query letters. Recently, however, it has come to my attention that this document has taken on a new shape and style. It used to be that a query letter was a one-page introduction to your manuscript or proposed magazine article. Today, […]

The Author’s Email Signature

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Do you have a signature? I mean one of those blocks of information—maybe a logo—that appears at the bottom of each of your emails? You’ve probably seen them on incoming emails. People sometimes tack on a meaningful saying under their messages or they use signatures to advertise their businesses. Well, when you’re an author, you’re […]