Archive for October, 2014

Why Does Your MS Keep Getting Rejected?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

I own a publishing company. I established Matilija Press in 1983 in order to produce my own books. I do not publish books for others. Yet, I receive inquiries every once in a while from people asking me to publish their works. Folks, when you decide to publish a book, you are entering into a […]

What Can You Teach?

Monday, October 20th, 2014

If you’re an author who wants to sell books, you need readers. A good way to get readers is to reach out to those who would be interested in your book with something they want, such as information and techniques. I often recommend that authors of nonfiction books teach workshops on topics related to the […]

Who Cares About Your Life Story?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Many people today are writing their memoirs. It’s been kind of a trend since the advent of the home computer. But how many others are truly interested in our lives, our philosophy, and our challenges? The fact is, that probably the least successful books published in the last decade are memoirs by ordinary people like […]

Should You Consult Other Authors?

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

I appreciate authors who help other authors. We can all learn from others. However, I caution you against following too closely in another author’s footsteps. What a single author of a single book often doesn’t understand is that each book and each author is unique and what worked for a retired author of a children’s […]

Should You Write a Series?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

If you’re writing your first book, you might resent my even suggesting this. You’ll be happy if you can make it through the stress of creating one coherent, meaningful, interesting, readable novel. And I’m suggesting you write another one—maybe several other ones? What am I thinking? Well, I’m thinking about your future and your pocketbook. […]

Your Book Reviews–for Better or Worse

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

If you have a published book, you may already know something about book reviews. You’ve received a few or many—depending on how aggressively you’ve researched and approached reviewers. I’ve blogged many times about the process of getting book reviews and I’ve provided links to reviewer directories. Today, however, I want to talk about the different […]

Online Courses for Authors

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

It appears that online courses are returning. Learning writing and publishing techniques via email used to be popular among authors. I kept busy teaching several different courses for many years. Then, it seemed, that the phase took a downward turn. Sure, there were plenty of webinars, podcasts, and teleseminars for authors, but the email course, […]