Last fall I had an interesting encounter with an indie author, and it inspired me to write a post for this space. At the time of our meeting he gave me a little postcard about the book he had written, so after I finished the blog I fished out the postcard so I could send him a link. The postcard, however, didn't have…Continue
I receive a lot of emails from authors who read this blog, and by far their biggest reason for getting in touch is to express how discouraged they feel about their book sales. To let all you know that you're not alone, I thought I'd share a personal story.
A couple weeks ago I received a text message from one of my best girlfriends. I won't quote it directly, but in it she said that she was embarrassed to tell me that she'd finally read my sixth novel, which came out nearly two years…Continue
I receive a lot of messages from readers of this blog, which I always enjoy. Lately I've noticed that more and more of you are utilizing your email signatures as an indirect way to promote your work. I think that's a great strategy and have suggested it more than once in this space, so it makes me think (hope!) that people are taking my advice.
Many of the signatures I see, however, are kind of out of control. I've seen signatures that include…Continue
For the past year or so I've been working on a new novel, and this one has caused me a lot of angst--and stress. I realize now that the main reason I've had so many problems is that I didn't spend enough time thinking about the protagonist before I started writing. I figured (hoped) she would evolve into a believable, empathetic character as I wrote, but she never really did. The result was a first draft with a heroine who seemed...not real.…Continue