• Publishing and Marketing,  Writing

    9 Tips Learned in Marketing Workshop

    As I draw nearer the point at which I hope to have my manuscript in the hands of editors and beta readers, the more nervous I get about various topics: publishing, marketing, sales, book reviews, and the list goes on. A few weeks ago, to stem the tide of nervousness, I attended a two-hour marketing workshop presented by PDX Writers, a local organization committed to helping writers do their best. The guest speaker was John Sibley Williams, a local writer and literary agent, with years of experience in both areas. Did it help? Well, the most important thing I learned is that two hours is too little time to cover…

  • Guest Post,  Platform and Branding,  Publishing and Marketing,  Writing

    Who Is Your Audience? by Patricia Fry

    Today it is my pleasure to introduce my guest, Patricia Fry, to you. Patricia is a writer, editorial consultant, and speaker. With over four decades of writing behind, Patricia has written many articles as well as 45 books. Her experience in publishing and editing makes her an ideal consultant for projects of many kinds. More about Patricia in her bio below. Join me in welcoming Patricia Fry to the blog. Before putting pen to paper, I always recommend that hopeful authors study the publishing industry before getting involved in this highly competitive business. Most new authors consider publishing an extension of their writing—something they can ease into once the writing…

  • Guest Post,  Publishing and Marketing

    The Dip or the Dead-End?

    My guest today is Mary Gottschalk, author of Sailing Down the Moonbeam and most recently, A Fitting Place. Mary shares her insights into marketing and the challenges marketing presents to writers today. I encourage you to visit Mary’s blog and to take a look at her books. Mary is an excellent writer and someone I look to for guidance in many ways. Now let’s welcome, Mary. Back in the days when I was a financial consultant to multi-national corporations, I loved Seth Godin’s little tome called The Dip.  In it, Godin offered a way to deal with that awful feeling of being ”stuck” … with those days when you’re wondering why on earth you’re doing…

  • Book Review,  Publishing and Marketing,  Writing,  writing resources,  Writing Tools

    How to Sell Your Memoir: 12 Steps to a Perfect Book Proposal by Brooke Warner | A Review

    How to Sell Your Memoir: 12 Steps to a Perfect Book Proposal By: Brooke WarnerPublisher: She Writes PressPublished: October 25, 2013Genre: NonfictionSource: Author Synopsis: How to Sell Your Memoir: 12 Steps to a Perfect Book Proposal offers memoirists an easy-to-follow formula to create a winning book proposal that will attract agents and editors. Brooke Warner is a former acquiring editor and current publisher who breaks the nonfiction proposal into three editorial components and three marketing components. This ebook includes a section about platform-and an explanation of why memoirists need one and how they can build one-as well as real samples from authors who have sold their memoirs to traditional publishers off…