"Sure, Julie! I housesat in London for 8 weeks last summer -- during the Olympics! -- and blogged almost daily at my old site: http://www.PeacePATHFoundation.org. I was based in Beirut this summer and blogged…"
"Julie, great post! I've "given up" a lot to maintain a full-time writing schedule, but I feel as if I've gained more...
For income, I rent out my home in Los Angeles to vacationers and live elsewhere by housesitting.…"
"Hi, Brooke, the point I'm making is that authors should consider what their career goals are beyond publishing their books. I wrote that one of my goals is public speaking at colleges -- a very specific audience whose decision-makers tend…"
"Wow, very thorough post with important considerations. Here's one more consideration:
6. How does your book position you for your next career move? For example, I'm hoping my book (a journalistic memoir about my…"
"Great post and responses!
My best writing time is in the afternoons -- before, during or after a siesta. Sometimes I wake from a quick nap with the perfect response to a writing problem. I also "write" in the mornings while…"
"Thanks for the sweet comments! Honestly, the only thing I like more than talking about my book is pre-selling it! It's like any other business where you want to network and make a potential sale.
Tyrean, how about this description…"
"I LOVE when people ask me what my book is about. First thing I do is say, "Thanks for asking" in a tone of voice that sounds like I've never been asked that before.
Then I give my "elevator speech":…"
"I understand from my published friends that the 2 biggest "fights" they have with their publishers are over the book title and cover artwork. Personally, I'd welcome a publisher's marketing experience to help with my…"
"Great post, Ellen! A couple of things I've learned to maximize conferences:
1. Sign up to read early and often at open mic. It's the best way to expose other supportive writers to your work. At one conference,…"
"Pamela, ambitious schedule! I wish you all the best...
I'm doing a "non-body" strategy to build an audience for my book: Radio. Like you, I have a book topic that is current (I'm writing about my experiences…"
"P.S. I'm heading back to Baghdad this August and hope to be employing more multi-media journalism. In the meantime, I'm trying to secure paid assignments in the mainstream media using my writing style of "journalistic…"
"Great post! For me the answers are simple: Tell the truth. Make up nothing. But the execution is a bear. As a freelance journalist, I abhor the phrase "creative journalism," as it implies poetic license.…"
"Pamela, thanks for your comment! I just checked out your web site (http://pamolson.org) -- very nice! And what great blurbs! This is a good example and inspiration to us all.
If you'd like to blurb my book and link back to…"
"Sorry, Chitra, but I feel your priorities are off-kilter...Book blurbs (whether for your web site or your book jacket) are not about the author and who is important to her or who she admires. They are about attracting potential readers.…"
"Hi, Rosalind, I don't do much social media on this site....Too much to keep up with! Please feel free to email me at HayesRaitt (at) aol (dot) com. Would love to hear what you are up to with your anthologies!
"My 2013 NaNoWriMo novel is tentatively titled - Justice Is Your Only Ambition. The title is taken from my main character's mentor's dying last words.
"Left an orphan after a Russian mobster tortures and kills her family, Nikki…"