Archive for February, 2015

Your Story’s Timeline

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

One of my challenges in story-writing is the timeline. And boy am I a stickler about it—almost obsessive, at times. As I teach and preach, even fiction must ring true. Saturday has to follow Friday. If it is summer in Honolulu, you’d better not write in a sled ride in freezing temps. Readers don’t trust […]

How to Manage a Blog Tour

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

I’m planning another blog tour in order to promote my Klepto Cat Mystery series. I’ve shared with you before, the process of setting up and managing a blog tour. In case I missed some of the important points, or you missed that post, here’s a rundown. Why launch a blog tour? It’s a good way […]

An Author’s Adventure in Promotion

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Yes, I’m in promotion mode again. Well, an author who wants to sell books should be in promotion mode all the time—handing out bookmarks, talking about your book, dropping copies off in hospital lobbies and doctor office waiting rooms, for example. But there are times when an author must shift his/her promotional efforts into high […]

Juggling Authors—Which Manuscript Should You Publish?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Most new authors, when they decide to write a book for publication, are narrowly focused. They have a story rolling around in their heads that needs to be told, they want to teach a skill or concept, or they’re eager to share a philosophy or, perhaps, their poetry. Occasionally, however, I meet an author who […]

Offer Your Book For Free—Advantages and Disadvantages

Monday, February 9th, 2015

I just ran another free promotion for one of my Klepto Cat Mysteries through the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. It was The Colony Cat Caper Kindle version. During the three day promotion, there were nearly 12,000 downloads. WOW! That’s almost 12,000 mostly new potential readers. Now the theory is that a good percentage of […]

Are You Destined to Fail as an Author?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

“How can I possibly take time to promote a book?” “I have a life, you know.” “I wrote the book, isn’t that enough? Now it’s time for me to take my life back and collect royalties, right?” “Anyway, this book will sell itself!” This is the mindset of many, many new authors. In fact, this […]

How to MUCH More Successfully Promote Your E-Book

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Many of you know that I’m sold on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This is an Amazon program for Kindle books. While I was in the process of writing my first Klepto Cat Mystery novel, I heard from a friend whose husband had published his first novel through this program. This unknown author had sold 2,000 […]