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What Is Involved in Self-Publishing?

Self-publishing involves an extensive list of tasks. Before you embark on a self-publishing project, be sure that you’re willing to take on the following: Prepublication: Edit or obtain editing for your manuscript Proofread or obtain proofreading for your manuscript Obtain any artwork or illustrations you wish to include Take any necessary steps to establish yourself…

Why a Writer Needs to Stay in Shape

Writing is an extremely physical activity—something that never occurred to me when I started out. Forty-one years ago, we didn’t have computers; we were lucky to have electric typewriters. Mine was a little, blue Smith Corona portable. I couldn’t afford an IBM Self-Correcting Selectric, which I coveted for years. I remember the feel of my…

When Fear Gets in the Way

I am 21 years old. I am sure that I can be a very good writer; this isn’t just my opinion. The problem is that I have no energy and no inspiration, although I have brilliant thoughts. Can you help me find inspiration? The problem you describe is not so uncommon. What you’re looking for,…

Social Media Isn’t Broadcast Media

We are all familiar with broadcast media. We grew up watching our favorite television shows interrupted by commercials and hearing our favorite radio stations interrupted, again, by advertisements. Television and radio programs talk at us. They don’t offer opportunities to engage with their viewers and listeners. When was the last time a TV executive asked…

Eight Criteria to Consider When Working on Your Book Title

It’s a huge and common mistake to fiddle around with possible book titles and expect a bolt of lightning to hit when you finally spot “the one.” Often the one you fall in love with is the title no one else understands – or worse, gives entirely the wrong impression of the book. On the…

7 Ways a Coach Can Help You Write Your Nonfiction Book

If you are working on your first book, guidance and support from a knowledgeable source is a gift. But, even if you have done this before, a book coach can make writing a nonfiction book smoother, more organized, and more efficient. Here are some of the things a book coach can do for you. 1….

Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing

What Are the Primary Advantages of Self-Publishing? The advantages of self-publishing are numerous: You retain full control over the content, design, and marketing of your book. You retain all rights to your manuscript (with the exception that self-publishing is itself a use of “publication” rights; you cannot then sell a book to a publisher as…

The Four Ps of Public Speaking

Speak in public? Most people shake in their boots at the very thought. Yet, as a writer, chances are you will find yourself in front of an audience sooner or later. The ability to speak confidently and comfortably to a group will help you communicate your knowledge in an engaging style, enhance your credibility, and…

Why PowerPoint Doesn’t Suck, After All

Speakers love to criticize PowerPoint. I was one of them. I’m not any longer. When speakers slam PowerPoint, they say things like: “You shouldn’t read your presentation.” “If they can read your presentation, then what extra value do you bring?” “PowerPoint takes the attention from the speaker – and you’re the reason they are there.”…

How To Publish Your Blog to Amazon’s Kindle – Step-By-Step Instructions

Publishing to Kindle has always been a great way to build royalty income and a fan base.   But one very smart play is to publish content to Kindle that already exists or is being published elsewhere. Alas, Amazon has a solution for this too.   Fact is, now bloggers of all genres can publish their blogs to…

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Find the Right Graphic for Your Ebook Cover

The cover forms readers’ first impression of your ebook, and the cover graphic can make or break your ebook. People decide in seconds whether or not they’re interested in a book. Whether in the bookstore or online that gives them about enough time to scan the title and graphics, which makes both critically important in…

Get Your Ebook Done

It seems that everyone is “thinking about” publishing a Kindle ebook, or they are “working on” one. But fewer people have actually finished and published their ebooks. Are you one of the people planning to write and publish an ebook? Maybe you started writing months ago, but you have put it aside and can’t seem…

Dealing with Negative Reviews on Amazon

“This book is the worst book in the world. I read half way through the book and gave up because it made no sence” [sic] —Actual One-Star Review from Amazon.com Every author has it happen sooner or later: the dreaded one-star review. Any review less than glowing is likely to sting a bit, so a…

Ray Bradbury on Creativity

Ray Bradbury is one of the most respected American authors of the past century. He is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories, including the classic novels Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. Here are some of Bradbury’s thoughts on creativity: Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and…

Ebook Statistics: Who Reads Ebooks?

Are ebooks replacing printed books? Do ebook readers read more than print book readers? How many people even read ebooks? There is a lot of debate in the publishing world about the future of print vs. ebooks. Although more people than ever are reading ebooks, they have not given up on print. A study released…

Writing Motivation – The Carrot or the Stick?

If you need some motivation to get writing, I have a couple of resources that could be just what you need. One offers a small carrot to encourage you to write, the other whacks you with a stick–-from a small branch to a large limb. First the carrot: Written? Kitten! displays a random cute kitten…

Quotes About Books

Author Blogging Interview on Authors Access

Last week, Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman interviewed me about author blogging for their Authors Access podcast. Listen and learn whether blogging really sells books, the best way to set up a blog (and what you should never do), blog ideas for fiction and non-fiction authors, how to find the time to blog, guest…

How to Send Kindle Ebook Review Copies

Reviews can help sell more copies of your books, including Kindle ebooks. However, many authors are unsure about how to send review copies of Kindle ebooks to potential reviewers. It turns out that Amazon provides a simple way to send copies of your ebook to anyone. The above video explains it in more detail. To…

Quotes About Writing

Here are some of my favorite quotations about writing, from writers and others. Writing is a solitary endeavor, but not a lonely one. When you write, your world is populated by the characters you invent and you feel those people filling your life. —Danielle Steel If my doctor told me I had only six minutes…