Book Production Stuff · Book Promotion · Friendship · Robin Helm

Celebrating ‘Understanding Elizabeth’

Rejoice with those who rejoice… (Romans 12:15) Oh, how I love behind-the scenes stuff! I am one who enjoys rehearsals, even when I’m not performing.  There’s just something about that crackle of creative energy. The writer in me ponders intelligent adjustments that are made to the script. And then there’s the laughter and camaraderie of… Continue reading Celebrating ‘Understanding Elizabeth’

Book Promotion · Darcy By Any Other Name · In Real Life

Maybe it’s not a “beach read”?

So I’ve been promoting Darcy By Any Other Name as a “beach read.” You know, the perfect book for a vacation. But maybe I’m wrong. Last week a reader shared a “book selfie” on Facebook. Oh, the places my books go. How I love seeing them! Darcy, can’t I squeeze through the Kindle and come along… Continue reading Maybe it’s not a “beach read”?

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Author Business · Book Love · Book Promotion · Looking Ahead · Think like a businessman

Day 29: From California to the New York island

Along the indie publishing road, it’s tempting to think that I must go it alone. The wheat fields are waving, the dust clouds are rolling–and I am traveling that lonesome highway on my own. After all, I make the decisions, hire the services, and set the deadlines.  Daunting, yes. But I’ve discovered that I kind… Continue reading Day 29: From California to the New York island

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Author Business · Book Promotion · Looking Ahead · Think like a businessman

Day 28: Social Media, baby!

For today’s indie author, social media is the only game in town. It’s the most effective way to promote my books. Most of my sales are ebooks. And with a series? An eager reader can get the next book right away. It’s kind of perfect for word-of-mouth impulse buying. See it, click it, read it. Shazam!… Continue reading Day 28: Social Media, baby!

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Book Promotion · Editing · Think like a businessman

Day 27: Platform Growers

A solid platform can be likened to a network of high-voltage electric towers. You know, the grid. For an author, a platform enables a longer reach, which in turn generates buzz. And, we hope, sales. Successful indie authors advise the following: Release books consistently, two a year Blog regularly and engagingly about topics with universal appeal… Continue reading Day 27: Platform Growers

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Book Promotion · Think like a businessman

Day 26: Um, Bookstores?

I don’t know about where you live, but around here traditional bookstores–offering new, not used, print editions–have all but disappeared. Save for Powell’s, which is a Portland icon, a destination for tourists and locals alike. Today’s prompt asks about non-bookstore sales. I’m thinking that’s all I’ve got! Non-bookstore retail is suited to non-fiction. Self-help books… Continue reading Day 26: Um, Bookstores?

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Book Promotion · Friendship · Pamela Aidan · Susan Kaye · The Inside Story

Day 24: Book Signing and the Contact High

Today’s prompt wants to know all about my first book signing. So I’m taking you on a smiling trip down memory lane. I was invited to sit at the author’s table at the annual general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America. The year was 2010 and the host city was Portland. And… Continue reading Day 24: Book Signing and the Contact High