Have you ever read something you wrote and wondered, “What was I thinking?? Did I really think that sounded good?”
For me, late-night sessions, tight deadlines and too much caffeine create a bad combination that leads to sloppy, meandering writing.
The truth is, bad copy happens to even the best writers at some point. The goal is to catch that less-than-stellar writing before it’s published. Continue reading
I want to write a book.
Someone told me I should write a book about my experiences or expertise.
A book would be a good way to market my services or leverage my knowledge.
If any of these statements sound familiar, it’s time to take the next step and decide if you’re really going to write that book. Answering the following questions may help you work through the deliberation stage. (No dice required.)
Before you commit to the process of writing a book, you’ll want to know your reason, your points of differentiation and your audience. Getting clear about these three things will bring focus and help reduce frustration as you write. Also, realize that writing is only part of the process. Marketing is essential if you want to sell more than a handful of books.
Are you ready to write a book? The 8 Weeks to Authorship program will help you develop and stick to a doable writing plan.
There were no signs of wear or peeling paint. All the pieces were still intact. Nonetheless, it was obvious by the posting dates that no one had lived there in quite a while.
What a shame! The ideas presented were well thought out and interesting. I even learned quite a few things. In fact, I wanted more! Continue reading
A writer recently asked me for advice on how to make her writing more effective. She’s working on a book about her personal story, and a smart reviewer suggested that she continue to share her story (descriptive details), but also add in how-to’s (prescriptive details) that others could use to overcome the same issues she dealt with in her life’s journey.
She wanted to know how to best combine descriptive and prescriptive details. That’s a great question! Continue reading
A somewhat frustrated author told me recently, “It feels like I have to sell every book.” She’s right. Getting noticed is tough business, even for the best of authors published with the “big” houses.
To have a hope of getting your potential readers to pay attention, you need a strong marketing plan. As guest blogger and owner and executive producer of Trailer to the Stars Misty Taggart puts it, you have to be creative and you must meet people where they are. One way to do both is by adding a video book trailer to your promotion tools. Read on as Misty explains how a book trailer can help boost your book sales. Continue reading
For months, I wracked my brain trying to think of ways to write without deadlines. After all, I reasoned, I’m much too free spirited. Life is busy. Surely, writing will be effortless if I just work at my own pace.
I was delusional. Continue reading
You have an idea for a book. Or maybe you’ve already written a book (or two). Now you need an agent, right? Well, maybe. In this guest post, Molly Blaisdell, a prolific children’s book author, explains when and why you might want to engage an agent. With all the changes going on in the publishing industry, you may find that moving forward without an agent is a viable option. Continue reading
In this post by guest blogger, freelance writer and travel book author Deborah Huso, you’ll read an insider’s perspective on travel guidebook writing. You might be surprised by what you learn.
Read it, and let us know what you think in the comments below. Continue reading
Creating a multifaceted marketing plan can include participating in contests, getting reviews, doing radio and TV interviews, selling in bulk, speaking to groups, attending book shows, and connecting with people through blogs and online forums. It can be time-consuming and tedious. But without a solid plan and consistent effort, your book is unlikely to get the attention it deserves. Continue reading