35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Baby Steps · Book Production Stuff · Darcy By Any Other Name · Kristen Lamb

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?

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · An Encouraging Word · Book Production Stuff · Cover Design · Darcy By Any Other Name · Kristen Lamb

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

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Agatha Christie · C S Lewis · Charlotte Bronte · Dorothy L. Sayers · Favorites · Georgette Heyer · J.R.R. Tolkien · Jane Austen

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

Book Production Stuff · Darcy By Any Other Name · Friendship · Michael Hyatt · Teamwork

Borrowing Brains

So the next step in publishing my book is getting the cover underway. The graphic design firm I've chosen has an online application that is formidable. Not that it's hard, but it asks me to think. Think? Yeah, right. There's a reason I chose that dog photo. There he is, flopped on the floor, rolling… Continue reading Borrowing Brains

An Encouraging Word · Eleanor Roosevelt · John Green · Looking Ahead · Still Alive!

Doing the remarkable

On July 31st a switch flipped or something. I felt not only well, but normal. Normal? I've been trying to force that feeling for months. But like the doctors said, it needed time and rest to happen. So in August I hit the ground running. No more scardy cat. No more waiting until my book is… Continue reading Doing the remarkable

A to Z Challenge 2015 · An Encouraging Word · Tom Clancy

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

A to Z Challenge 2015 · An Encouraging Word · Rita Mae Brown

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

A to Z Challenge 2015 · An Encouraging Word · Christopher Morley

S is for Sell

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue---you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night---there's all heaven and earth in a… Continue reading S is for Sell

A to Z Challenge 2015 · An Encouraging Word · John D. MacDonald

R is for Read

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. So I want a story, wit, music, wryness, color, and a sense of reality in what I read, and I try to get it in what I write. John D. MacDonald Here's to the wonder of joyous discovery. A good book, one… Continue reading R is for Read

A to Z Challenge 2015 · An Encouraging Word · Charles H. Spurgeon

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