Day 21: Demographic Who?

So yesterday I mentioned that indie or not, book promotion is all on the author. This is my cue for sighing and hand-wringing. On the other hand, advertising is a skill like any other, right? Meaning that promotion--smart promotion--can be learned. The secret to effective sales is identifying the market. Who is buying my books? Today's prompt … Continue reading Day 21: Demographic Who?

Day 20: Pride and Self-Publication

It's easy to forget how quickly the stigma of self-publishing has vanished. At the turn of the century--this century!--self-publishing was the domain of the vanity press and a few hardy souls willing to take the risk. And humble their pride... As print-on-demand technology became available, many small publishing houses sprang up. My first book series was … Continue reading Day 20: Pride and Self-Publication

Day 8: Favorite Fictional People

Today's prompt wants to know which literary character I would invite for coffee and why. But--must I choose only one? Hey, how about one at a time? That's the way I prefer to entertain anyway. Good conversation and good eats. Off the top of my head, here's my guest list: For a hearty Second Breakfast: The Hobbit's … Continue reading Day 8: Favorite Fictional People

U is for Unwillingness

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line. Tom Clancy What Tom said. Because doing something meaningful with your life always involves risk.   Photo: Charles Hoffman (Creative … Continue reading U is for Unwillingness

T is for Trust

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. Rita Mae Brown  Fair skies, a following sea, a flower-strewn path. How's that for ideal? Ah, but that path, it climbs steadily---and so must we as working writers. … Continue reading T is for Trust

P is for Praise

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. The same spirit which makes us love the praise of men makes us dread the threats of men. You cannot be pleased with the adulation of mankind without becoming fearful of your censure. Charles H. Spurgeon There's nothing like the satisfaction that … Continue reading P is for Praise