It's a known saying to "write what you know." And it's true, your very best writing will come from areas of your life that you're most familiar with. I've followed this advice in my own books - from writing about child loss and poverty in The Road to Hope, to actual stories of my life … Continue reading Write what you know, and what you don’t know
It is said that everyone has a book inside them just waiting to get out, and thanks to advances in self-publishing, getting that book out is easier now than ever. Authors who have previously experienced slammed doors from the gatekeepers (agents, editors, publishers, etc.) are skirting around these middlemen by going indie. By doing this, … Continue reading Should authors self-publish or seek a traditional publisher?
If you're getting ready to publish a book, you have to spread the word about it. You can email everyone you know that you're writing a book, contact every blogger you've ever heard of, or even post a sign on your car so that drivers will be compelled to look you up (yes, I've considered … Continue reading Create a rocking press release for your book
Hi, my name is Crissi, and I'm a stats-aholic. You might also be a stats-aholic if you do the following things: Check your book stats numerous times a day, whether it's reviews or sales. Obsess about whether it's moving or not. Spam your social media accounts to create movement in your stats. Repeat. So why … Continue reading 12 steps toward seeing results in your book stats
I was searching through Amazon today for an interesting book to read, and came across one with a great cover and intriguing title. I clicked on it and read the description of the book. It sounded good, but I wanted to know what other people thought about this author's writing. The book had just recently … Continue reading How will readers find you?
This post is for authors just starting out with a Facebook page. Welcome to Facebook Fan Pages! I know it's a bit daunting to look at that blank page, the status bar telling you to write something, but you don't know what. It's especially hard when you don't have many fans who will even read … Continue reading What should you post to Facebook?