If you haven’t impregnated a Kardashian, toppled Wall Street, or starred in your own syndicated un-reality show, you may not have an instant platform for promoting your newly minted book. Let’s face it, for most first-time authors—and even for many of the multiply published among us—the first…Continue
Lately I’ve noticed that when I’m walking around, I have a feeling that I’m leaning to the left. Or at least my head is leaning left. It’s due, I’m sure, to all of the recent exercise I’ve been doing in there which has resulted in my new mental muscle. As with any new exercise, sometimes there’s some pain involved. At times, I feel I can hardly hold up my head. Ouch! This book launch stuff has got my left brain exhausted and kinda sore.
I first have to admit that I'm over 50. That likely predisposes me, much as I hate to admit it, to some natural reticence about social media. I still write thank-you notes, with a pen. I make phone calls. I send cards. While I’m not hesitant to admit my age, I don’t like to admit my reticence. I like to think of myself as progressive, embracing of new ideas, and an ever growing, evolving type. But the whole Facebook, Twitter thing--from the outside looking in, anyway--just seemed a silly…Continue
First, the confession. For years--decades even--I've harbored a small, secret, but acrid judgement about the self-publishing world. I confess this now, red-faced in front of my dear friends and esteemed authors who have gone the self publishing route. Please forgive me. I'm confessing a dirty secret here and I've developed a new outlook. And even you fine self-published writers with beautiful, well-written books have to admit that the self-publishing process has created a certain…Continue