The zen author

| April 30, 2013

I have finally reached the end of the A to Z Blogging Challenge 2013. It’s been a lot of fun! I’ve met some great fellow bloggers—and even picked up a new client along the way. The best thing was forcing me to blog daily, and I plan to take that discipline with me long after [...]

Xenoglossia, other unusual words, and some websites you can use to find them

| April 29, 2013

I struggled with my “X” post on the A to Z Blogging Challenge 2013. So I am taking an easy way out today and listing websites of interest to wordsmiths. Happy word hunting! Ask a Linguist Ask a question and get responses from a panel of professional linguists Banished Word List Released each New Year’s [...]

Quotes for your book—how and why to get them

| April 19, 2013

Everyone has seen the quotes on the front and back of book covers (and often in the inside of books as well), talking about how great the book is. Known as quotes, burbs, endorsements, or testimonials, these little gems can provide big-time marketing value. Schedule your book so you have some time between your completed [...]

Juggling the many aspects of self-publishing

| April 11, 2013

Most people go into a bookstore and pick up a book without thinking about the work that went into it. New authors are often no different. I get a lot of phone calls from authors who have read my book, The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, 5th Edition, and frankly, they usually sound pretty overwhelmed. One [...]

17 apps for writers

| April 1, 2013

There are apps for just about everything these days, and writing is no exception. Here is a list of some of the more popular apps. Please note that I haven’t tried many of these and the descriptions have been pulled from information available at the app website. If you have experience—good or bad—with any of [...]

Why bookstores are a waste of time for self-publishers

| March 6, 2013

One of the most common questions I get from authors is “How can I get my book into bookstores?” I know many authors fantasize of one day walking into a bookstore and seeing their book on the store shelves. For some reason, many authors perceive bookstores as the be-all of book sales. They seem to [...]

Why self-publishing authors should think “foreign rights” from the outset

| March 1, 2013

Not all power tools are in the Black & Decker aisle at Home Depot. Foreign rights sales are often an underappreciated power tool with great potential. Few people realize that what keeps many smart mid-sized to small publishers thriving is the revenue generated from these sales. Although some believe books need to be published traditionally [...]

Guest Post from Brooke Warner, SheWritesPress.

| October 9, 2012

A Unique Vision for the Future of Publishing I first heard about Kamy Wicoff long before She Writes burst onto the scene in June 2009. I’d been working at Seal Press for five years by that point, and I’d contacted her in 2007 to blurb a book I’d acquired called Offbeat Bride. Kamy had written [...]

Create marketing magic with energized editorial and electrified titles, part four

| September 12, 2012

This is part of a continuing series based on the forthcoming Jump Start Your Book Sales, 2nd Edition, by Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier. The book is scheduled for publication in early 2013. Don’t miss part one, part two, and part three of this series. Planting strategic editorial “zingers” Just as one has to water, [...]

Guest Post: Things to Keep In Mind When Marketing and Promoting Your Book

| July 5, 2012

Today’s guest post is from Brendan Egan. Brendan offers simple SEO packages for small businesses and also provides consultancy services. It is never easy for authors to sell their books. If you are a new author or are self-publishing your book then you may have to spend weeks or even months just finding stores that [...]