As writers, we are expected to create consistently for our livelihood. But what happens when that creativity has problems expressing itself? That’s right, folks; I’m talking about the dreaded writer’s block.
We all get it: That horrible feeling when you sit down to type or write out some great material only to find that you seem to have lost every idea you’ve ever had. Your fingers lie stagnant, waiting for the inspiration to come, and it …
When authors finally send their books to a printer, it means STOP. You are DONE with editing.
STOP adding new content
STOP deleting content
With every addition, deletion, even a minor tweak realize that you could be “pulling” your book for the printing queue. Once out of line, others move ahead. Whether your book can be squeezed in quick … or has to go to the end of the line, will be a printer’s choice. …
As an author, do you think of yourself as just the author? And wear only the author hat … most likely, you would rather be writing.
Or, do you think of yourself as an author … and a business owner—the business owner of all things authoring? Or, if appropriate, as the business owner of a small publishing company? Meaning that once your book is written, and in production, you put your author hat down and …
The deer in the headlights look is common when authors hear the phrase “social media marketing.” When the glaze factor settles in, the heels dig in and resistance oozes from every pore.
I know that resistance—I resisted it too. The last thing I needed on my plate was something that could literally suck hours of my time each day. That was then; this is now. One of the first things I need on my plate is …
Publishing Blunders aren’t fun … as pointed out last week with the first 5 Publishing Blunders.
Last week, I identified the first 5 on my hit list of blunders: Not niching your market-get over that your book is for everyone–it’s not; not grasping that this thing called authoring and publishing is a business; using the wrong editors (sorry Mom); not creating a Author and Book GamePlan from the get-go; and believing that your book will …
It’s always a challenge to know what categories to put your book in with Amazon. Initially, you get two slots. Within them, are sub-categories which enable you to drill down from the main category.
If you start showing sales, contact Amazon via either the “contact us” tab on your Amazon.com/Advantage page or Author Central and ask if you can add additional categories. Once something is submitted, the respond quickly.
Note: If you are planning an Amazon campaign, …
Reading … cooking and eating … movies … some of my favorite things. A day/evening of cooking with a good movie–either at home or on TV sometimes becomes the catalyst for writing ideas. I was ready to love, love, love the book that had them all, and I didn’t.
First of all, I have to tell you . . . I did not like Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat, Pray, Love. Oh, there’s no question that …
Do You Quack About Your Book … or Just Peep Here and There?
When the year began to unfold, many authors who entered their books in award competitions got good news—their books were award winners. Author U has gotten notification of several members who have earned recognition from book awards, with the latest being the National Indie Excellence Awards. Congratulations to Members who picked up a variety of awards and honors:
Judith Briles – Author YOU: Creating and …
One of the most common questions the about to publish author asks is, “Where do I get my ISBN?” Excellent question—start here:
The International Standard Book Number is known to all in the book world as an ISBN. It costs $125 for one and $295 for a block of ten. It’s highly recommend that you purchase a block of 10 because the author usually has at least another book on the “back burner.” If you do a …
What is independence in publishing? Good question to think about on this 4th of July. As the Author and Publishing Worlds Turn, the words “self” and “independent” have almost become interchangeable. There is a difference, agreed, a fine line at times.
A self-published book can mean almost anything … from what gets spilled out of the fingers and mind of the author to the presentation from the local printing shop and sometimes looking like it was put …