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?
It happened again today. Two books were placed on my desk in our busy newspaper newsroom, sent by a hopeful author. “Do you think you can do anything with these?” my editor asked. I thumbed through them, my face surely revealing the doubt I was feeling. “I’ll try,” I said, and I placed them on … Continue reading 5 reasons the newspaper isn’t covering your book
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
For an indie author, very little is sweeter than having someone else mention your book in a positive light. One of the favored ways for this to happen is for the media to catch wind of it, and then share the information with their readers. However, the media won't exactly "catch wind" of your book … Continue reading 4 ways to take advantage of the media spotlight as an author