Featured Blog Posts – April 2012 Archive (39)

Yesterday - a best-seller. Today - a nobody.

Fiona writes: Over the past few two days more than twenty thousand people have downloaded my new novel The Most Beautiful Thing. They were going like hotcakes. Every few seconds I could click on…


Added by Satya Robyn on April 29, 2012 at 11:38pm — 36 Comments

The Best Writing Advice YA Novelist Kimberly Reid Ever Got

Kimberly Reid is author of the Langdon Prep YA mystery series, featuring a high school girl named Chanti Evans, who's mom is an undercover copy. Book 2, Creeping With the Enemy, is out this week. Since I'm writing an advice book for writers, I've been asking…


Added by Carleen on April 26, 2012 at 8:14am — 6 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] What’s in a name? Your reputation.

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living. If you do sloppy work, no one will want to deal with you, especially if they don’t have to.


When it comes to writing, “crap” is subjective.  Can you believe some of the crap being published today? Who would…


Added by Zetta Brown on April 25, 2012 at 6:16am — 12 Comments

Remember to say thank you

A couple months ago, I received an email from a woman who had heard me speak at an event out on the West Coast. She had recently self-published a short story as an e-book, and she said that even though she knew I was extremely busy, she was hoping I would give it a read.

The short story was available on Amazon for just $.99, so I bought it for my Kindle. Then, I replied to her email and told her I'd purchased it and was looking forward to reading it.

I never heard from her…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 24, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

My Most Beautiful Thing (what's yours?)

Today people all around the world will be blogging about their most beautiful things, in celebration of the release of my new novel…


Added by Satya Robyn on April 24, 2012 at 2:10am — 16 Comments

How to Write a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal

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Writing a nonfiction book proposal is critical to getting a nonfiction book deal. Your book proposal is a tool. The work it does is invaluable in that it helps your editor and agent sell your work.

The chain of events goes like this: You send your proposal to an agent, who, upon signing you, uses that proposal to shop your book to an editor. Your editor uses that proposal to sell…


Added by Brooke Warner on April 23, 2012 at 5:29am — 7 Comments

Did Women Once Rule Society?

Sarah Glazer examines the legend of female rule and finds some problems.

Once upon a time, women ruled over men, and women goddesses were worshipped as supreme. That’s a world view that’s been picked up by Wicca and The Da Vinci…


Added by State of the Art on April 20, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

The WNBA ....and I don't mean women's basketball

Great Group Reads!  That is how I found this group --I was searching for book recommendations for my book club, and I joined.  I'd like to recommend the WNBA to others.  No, it's not women's basketball, (though I'm a NY Liberty fan!), it's a long-established group of women interested/working in the business of publishing (not necessarily writers, though there does seem to be several group) -- the Women's National Book Association.

There are multiple chapters. …


Added by Caroline Bock on April 18, 2012 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

Do You Haiku? Why I do.

I love writing a haiku when I am stressed over my writing.  Why?  These days, I write novels and screenplays-- and sometimes, it all gets overwhelming. Just so many words, pages of them (I print everything out so I literally do I piles of pages around my desk). But here's the thing, some days I need to focus on the small not the big. On the syllable and not the sentence. I need to re-charge my writing. I do so by writing a…


Added by Caroline Bock on April 18, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments


Book trailers are tricky.  I wasn't planning to have one at first -- at least, the publisher was not going to produce one for my debut young adult novel -- LIE.  Then a few weeks before publication in the summer of 2011, my editor called me and asked, a bit sheepishly, if I would consider making a trailer.  To be very specific: this meant for me to produce a trailer.  She even said that it could be very basic -- just something on video -- me…


Added by Caroline Bock on April 17, 2012 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Two HYPER-LOCAL Ideas for Your Book Promotion Tool Kit

Think global, act local -- this environmentally-friendly axiom can also be a way to think of your public relations effort for your book.  And by local, I mean hyper-local.  Get your community talking about your book and knowing you as an author.

The ideal would be to have your local bookstore work with you on launch event for your book.  However, in lieu of a local bookstore being willing to have you talk and…


Added by Caroline Bock on April 17, 2012 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

When you cut a scene, you like, save it!

As you begin a novel, you may have an idea where you're going, but you probably don't know the exact route you'll take to get there. I've written three complete novels, and in only one of them did I (loosely) adhere to an outline. I've found that plot lines often take on a life of their own, and when that happens it's best to follow them to see what happens.

This freewheeling approach can work well, but not always, and sometimes it can lead you to a dead end. If that happens,…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 17, 2012 at 8:22am — 4 Comments

What We Talk About When Talk About Book Titles

Above my desk: 

Writing is easy… just a matter of staring at blank page until your forehead bleeds-- Gene Fowler.

Gene Fowler was a screenwriter during the Golden Era of Hollywood. Today, we’d have to modify his quote to read “staring at a blank screen.” But the idea is the same. We struggle as writers. The screen stays blank. We wish for blood. Worse yet, we have no one else to commiserate with except other writers (thank goodness for she writes). We obsess. I obsessed…


Added by Caroline Bock on April 16, 2012 at 8:19pm — 18 Comments

Five Marketing Tips to Drive Excitement and Buzz

Larger books than this post have been written about effective book marketing strategies. But since I'm a brand and marketing consultant by profession, many believe I have some sort of mystic edge when it comes to promotion.

I don't. I just apply some common sense principles about "who is my audience?" and "who will care about this book?" and go from there.

The book world we all know is its own unique animal. Sort of like an ostrich, which seems to defy the laws of nature. Large…


Added by Maria Ross on April 12, 2012 at 1:00pm — 24 Comments

No Free Launches

Sometimes all you have to do is ask. For some of us this isn’t easy. I suspect I take on more than I have to not only because I don’t know how to say no – that’s a blog for another day – but because I don’t know how to ask for help. This comes in part of having been let down and left hanging at times in the past. But it’s probably, as well, a result of my working class background, of never having had anything handed to me.

I also knew though that with no money and fewer reserves, if I…


Added by Joanne C. Hillhouse on April 12, 2012 at 2:00am — 13 Comments

It Pays to Give Back

I remember submitting an article once to a writer’s site in which I spoke about my school visits and my work with my youth writing programme, the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. I remember it was rejected on the premise that they were concerned with publishing pieces that showed writers how to profit from their writing. And while it’s true that I have yet to cash in big on my writing, I feel like my involvement as an advocate of the…


Added by Joanne C. Hillhouse on April 12, 2012 at 1:51am — 5 Comments

Writing About Real People: The Ethics of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

When my memoir, The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community and Coming Home to the Body, was in its just-about final, final, final draft, a friend who had recently read it told me to cut the part where I kind of diss a family member. As soon as she suggested this, a chord stuck through the core of me. I knew she was right, and I also knew how much I didn't ever want to use my writing to counter negative family dynamics in this way, and more to the point, how I wasn't…


Added by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 11, 2012 at 3:23pm — 14 Comments



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Hello Victoria, thank you for allowing us this interview. Tell us about your current novel "Letting Go".

“Letting Go” is a collection of eight short stories, all with a twist in the tale. The common theme in each of these stories is how one split second can change your life. Most of them are quite dark tales but I like to think they…

Added by GMTA PUBLISHING on April 11, 2012 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

Lessons from Poet Laureate Experience


After being Kansas poet laureate for over two years (2007-2009), I came away with many ideas about the importance of poetry to a region. Some were unexpected. Among them are the following:

Poetry promotes the most profound literacy.



Added by Denise Low on April 11, 2012 at 7:46am — 9 Comments

When To Tour On Your Own Dime (And When To Stay Home With a Good Book)

We all know the oft-repeated bad news: the publishing world, which was always going to hell in a handbasket, is now rushing down the mountain on steroids. Translation: there's little opportunity or money to be had when it comes to getting big publishers to promote their writers, send them on tour, and pick up the tab. I remember a friend of mine, who has written nine bestsellers, telling me that in the good old days, she actually had a credit card from her publisher that she could use to…


Added by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 10, 2012 at 5:26pm — 6 Comments

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