Friday, April 18, 2014

The dreaded “If she can do it, why can’t I?” comparison


It happened again. While checking authors’ websites in preparation for adding them to the interview list for my blogs, I came across an author (and homeschooling mother of six and volunteer and wife and speaker!) who has more than 35 books to her credit. (I’m not naming names but you know who you are!) 

If I were a better person, I would applaud her productivity. If I were a less threatened writer, I’d add her to my list of potential interviewees and give her the yellow-highlight priority status. Instead, I move on to someone else—resolving to put her on my “to be contacted” list when I feel better about where I am in my writing life. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

7 Ways to Promote Your Book with a Blog — Guest post from Nina Amir

So you've written a book. You've even had it published: in print, e-book format or both. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to promote it.

You could take out an ad, send out press releases, schedule real or virtual book tours. But as you're developing your promotion strategy, don't overlook blogging.     

Not sure how to make it work for you? In today's guest post, Nina Amir will share seven strategies for using a blog to promote your book. 

But first, a little about Nina: Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, Nina moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. 





Nina writes four blogs—Write Nonfiction Now, How To Blog A Book, As The Spirit Moves Me and My Son Can Dance, and is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.

For more information, visit her website or connect with her via the following social media sites: Twitter, Facebook,  LinkedIn,Google+ and  Pinterest.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Focus on… Increasing your writing income with Kelly James-Enger




So how has the writing life been treating you so far? Have you barely had time to run to the bank and deposit all those payments because you are too busy meeting all your deadlines?

Or does it sound a little more like this:
“Where is that @#$%^& check my client promised me? And why I haven’t I had a yes or no back from the editor on my article idea? Oh, and what about that big copywriting job that I bid on—what’s going on with that? Rats, I guess I’ll have to start doing cold calls again and I hate them! Wait—what’s this letter from the bank? Great—another bounced check!”
Kelly James-Enger
If you are struggling to make your writing a viable income source or want to push it to a higher level (do I hear “six figures” out there?) then today’s “Focus on” with Kelly James-Enger is tailor-made for you! 
The woman knows her stuff—a freelancing expert, she’s been a full-time freelancer, ghostwriter, and author for 17+ years, writing nearly 1,000 articles and more than 20 books, including Dollars and Deadlines: Make Money Writing Articles for Print and Online Markets and Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money, Second Edition
And if that isn't enough to keep her busy, Kelly is also  the owner of Improvise Press, a niche publishing company.

Want to know more about her? Visit her Dollars and Deadlines blog and Improvise Press Facebook page or follow her on Twitter: @kellyjamesenger. Now, on to the good stuff with Kelly!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's cover time for TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER!

The cover reveal parties are over—and my thanks to all the bloggers who helped promote the book cover! —so I can now post the cover of my upcoming fiction collection, TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER, on my own blog!

Want to know how the cover image came about? Here are a few details to whet your appetite until the book's release!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The latest on TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER

Designing your book cover is a big deal. It has to be compelling, intriguing, fit the concept of the book, and, in general, be something that leaps off the shelf (virtual or physical) and into the reader's mind.

So when my publisher, Pixel Hall Press, and I started working on the artwork for my upcoming short fiction collection, TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER, we wanted the perfect image. And, by George, I think we got it!

And, unwilling to let the momentous choice pass by unremarked, we asked a few select bloggers if they would host a "cover reveal" party. Being the wonderful people that they are, they agreed!

So, starting March 16th, the cover for TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER will appear on the following blogs:

Drop by and see what you think of the cover and read the book-related tidbits! I'll see you at the party!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Favorite Essays, and Essays You Learn From — Guest post from Pat Olsen


Pat Olsen

Essay writing can be a unique way of exploring  your emotions and experiences from another perspective, diving deep into what happened and how it shaped you. It also gives you a chance to write about others and bring their experiences to a wider audience.

And like all good writing, it  requires skill, ability and a willingness to learn about the form as well as how to handle rejection. In this guest post from Pat Olsen, she shares her  experience writing essays and what she learned in the process. 

(A little about Pat—her essays have been published in Proto, the Chicago Tribune, NextAvenue.org, and others. Learn more about her background by visiting her website.)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Focus on... Freelance Copywriting with Brannan Atkinson



Many freelance writers have opted to play for both teams, so to speak: writing for magazines and copywriting for ad agencies and PR and marketing firms. This allows them to use their skills to earn a living and have multiple revenue streams rather than have all their eggs in one basket.
And in many cases, being a copywriter can be far more lucrative and faster paying than writing for publications. That being said, if you are interested in getting into this field, you need to know what the firms are looking for and how best to position yourself as the writer-of-choice.
In today’s “Focus On” post, Brannan Atkinson APR, a partner at Amy Atkinson Communications specializing in the integrating marketing specialties to help clients grow their businesses, provides insight from the other side of the table. (For more about the company, visit the website or follow Brannan on Twitter and Google+.)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Be careful what you wish for...



So in my last post I was talking about the need for a "thaw" in terms of writing work. Well, I got it. More than I had anticipated. 

I am darned near drowning in stuff to do: corporate projects, guest posts for other blogs, interviews — even a request to act as a judge for the NYC Midnight 8th Annual Short Story Challenge! Geez Louise! 

And, as the TV infomercials go, But wait! There's more!