When I got into book publishing I was an inexperienced 23-year-old whose previous work experience was waitressing and a couple of cherry college internships that had nothing to do with publishing. I worked my way up the ranks, learning publishing and how to edit…
It was one of those rare and beautiful October days that we get here in the Pacific Northwest. My husband Michael and I had anchored the night before in a secluded cove on our trawler with a half-dozen other late fall boaters and sailors. After breakfast on the boat we rowed our small dinghy to the shore for a day hike.
Without a map, we ventured into the deep woods of the largely uninhabited Cypress Island and relied on…Continue
I'm in the middle of writing another romance novella, the latest installment of "The Affair with Mr. X." It's hit a little snag, so I thought I’d take a break and tell you about a post I did for Angela’s Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing blog entitled,…Continue
During my thirties and forties, I had a number of books of daily meditations. The idea was that by reading these positive reflections every day, eventually I would internalize their message and change negative thinking patterns. I read them faithfully for years.
I remember one meditation that spoke of depletion and depression. When starting to feel down, the reflection encouraged the reader to think depletion rather than depression. If we are depleted,…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on September 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
“An emotional roller coaster!” That’s how one reader described my memoir, The Sportscaster’s Daughter. The same could be said of the book’s first month of publication.
The official publication date was August 23, but it seems that only the likes of JK Rowling can keep those boxes sealed until the release date (friends advised me Amazon preorders had shipped the week before). So my local book club had an early, impromptu gathering. I advised them: they were only invited if they…Continue
Social media is an excellent way to establish a brand, which is an amazing opportunity for all authors. A Facebook author page helps to establish credibility and an online reputation, while allowing you to control what your audience sees and focusing on a target demographic. Are you having trouble driving traffic to your Facebook author…
I have had a lifelong obsession with the works of Ernest Hemingway. What classics-obsessed writer hasn’t at some point come across his work and marveled…Continue
Added by A.D. Vuittonet on September 12, 2016 at 2:19pm — No Comments
If you're an aspiring author, get ready to hear the following question approximately 10 billion times:
"What's your book about?"
As you already know if you've already written a book, pretty much everyone and anyone in your life will ask you that question, from people you know well to people you just met in the waiting room at your dentist's office. So it's really important to be able to answer it quickly.
Short and sweet.
Make it count.
Success is scarier than failure for me. It took me years to figure this out. It took even more years to recognize when and how I got in my own way. It was usually through some sort of minimization of my accomplishments or efforts, a decision to change course midstream, running away or giving the big F-U and heading out the door. Years of trying to meet people’s expectations and please others at my own expense were a way of life. When I wasn’t doing…Continue
Added by A.D. Vuittonet on September 7, 2016 at 7:40pm — No Comments
Perhaps you were once the type of alcoholic-addict who drank and used drugs the way I used to: as much and as often as possible. Maybe you got comfortable driving under the influence as well as lying to friends and family about how much and how often you used. You may have convinced yourself that you were just…Continue
On the heels of my post about when to use "who" vs. "that," today I thought I'd address an equally thorny differentiation: "that" vs. "which."
Mind you, somehow I managed to receive a degree in English without learning the difference between "that" and "which," so don't feel bad if you have no clue. It wasn't until I was in graduate school that my friend Debbie laid it out for…Continue
So, you’ve hired an editor for your book. Congratulations! You’ve just tackled one of the most important steps in the prepublication process. Now, the trick is to sustain that momentum so you can reap the benefits of this new arrangement. The tips below will help to set you up for success as you move forward into what will ideally become a fun and fruitful…Continue
CAROL K. WALSH
Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.…Continue
Added by Carol Kurtz Walsh on September 4, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
This summer I was invited to the Mendocino Writers Conference, where at the opening reception in downtown Mendocino (where one can’t help but evoke Jessica Fletcher of Murder, She Wrote) each presenter was asked to come to the microphone to share their best piece of writing advice. I was…Continue
When my debut novel was published by She Writes Press in 2013, the publishing was new to me. I made a bunch of mistakes. I had a few successes. My second book, a memoir, will launch in May of 2017. I know more now than I did for Book 1. It seems like a good time to reflect on a few of the biggest lessons I learned.
When I started writing my memoir, I gave it the working title “Five Years and Ten Months.” It was actually more than a temporary title; I was committed to it. In the first chapter I had depicted the ambivalence I felt on my wedding day towards marrying a man who had just hit me two days before. The chapter ended with the words “. . . and he slipped on the ring that I wore for the next five years and ten months.”
In an early workshop, I got feedback that the title was…Continue