Last week, I was in Ajijic, Mexico speaking at the La Chapala Writer’s Conference over a four-day period plus travel days. Forty-five writers and authors came together for an enthusiastic two intense days masterminded by Herbert Piekow. In addition, I had 23 one-on-one consults. Whew!
After being in Mexico—at least the touristy side—many times over the past two decades, Cancun and Cozumel became a big yawn for me. I’ve spent many days in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, …
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One of the most frequent questions I get from independent authors and publishers I meet at writing conferences is “How do I get my book into libraries?” Here are some insights and advice for indie authors in how best to get their book onto library shelves.
Library Organization and Purchasing Decisions
America’s 123,000 libraries fall into four basic types: Public, School, Academic and Special (armed forces, government, corporate). Like bookstores, most libraries …
I love to laugh … do you?
Do you use humor … any type of humor in your writing? How about presentations you make about your book or expertise? Do you know there’s a difference between humor and comedy? How would you like to spend a day with one of Hollywood’s super secrets—the guy the comes in as the Comedy Doc to fix scenes, add lines, get a script or TV show back on track? That’s …
Facts for a weekend for you to noodle on:
1 Authors need traditional publishing less and less. Oh my, that hurts, but it’s the truth. With all the resources available to new and old authors, the question has to be asked: do we need you? With all the resources like IngramSpark, great blogs that we put out on both The Book Shepherd and AuthorU sites plus the zillions of others, the information is readily available to write, create and publish a book. …
Are you feeling overwhelmed in the publishing maze?
This week is the official launch for my latest book, How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. I love the fun of it … and the essentials/must haves and knows of it. And you will too
For everyone who lets me know that they already have a copy—and if you do PLEASE post a REVIEW on Amazon NOW … it makes a huge difference in your …
It’s a glorious weekend here in Denver, Colorado. Lots of sun, no snow. It’s a Happy Dance for me!
Be open for ideas that just “drop in” … 10 days ago, I was working on something totally unrelated, in an article buried up that I wrote last year … actually, it was an article that I spun into a chapter for a friend’s book. This time, it lured me to look it over. What if … …
The Stages of Writing and Creating Your Manuscript
1. Write 50 to 100 words. Congrats … that’s a PARAGRAPH.
2. Next, string 225 to 250 words … that’s a PAGE.
3. Depending on your chapter length—remember, I’m a fan of “short is the new black”, create anywhere from 1,000 words to 2,000 words … that’s a CHAPTER.
4. You are on a roll. Now, expand your creativity. How many chapters to you think are needed to deliver your story …
Authors need feedback, reality checks and plain old-fashion butt-kicking. And they need a little kindness. Few think about putting together an “official” type of board to serve in the feedback/reality check/butt-kicking honors. An Author Inner Circle … a type of Advisory Board. It’s time to create yours. The Author Inner Circle … trusted colleagues, pals, and always someone who has “been there, done that.” Most likely, it’s not going to be your sibling, mom or dad. Not unless they’ve authored or work with authors, publishing, books. You want someone who has got an inkling of what is going on in the publishing business; someone who is connected with others; someone who has a sense of humor; someone who has a kaleidoscope of business experience; someone who will say it as it is and not side-step the elephant in the room (which could be you); someone who loves to brainstorming and bounce off-the-wall ideas around; someone who will move you to action; someone who gets what social media marketing is about; someone who gets your Vision for your book and where you want to go with it.