Featured Blog Posts – December 2016 Archive (16)

A Book Blogger's Tips for Building Relationships with Publishers and Authors

If you publish a book review blog, one of the biggest obstacles you face is getting access to books you can review. Perhaps you started blogging – as I did – by reviewing books you already owned and now you want to expand the scope of your reviews to include forthcoming books or a wider variety of…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on December 20, 2016 at 1:04pm — 6 Comments


As I write this, I am waiting to hear the outcome of yet another writing competition I entered several months back. As in, today is the announcement day. But have I been checking my email since last week at a rate only a crazy person would understand? Yes.

I gathered up a bunch of words I thought…


Added by Cindy Eastman on December 20, 2016 at 11:52am — 2 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Next, my Break-Out Novel!

My first She Writes Press novel, A Drop in the Ocean, hit the bookshops in May this year, the culmination of years of writing, revising, and marketing. The glow returns every time I spot my lovely cover or read another nice review, or acquaintances spontaneously tell me how much they loved my book. “I…


Added by Jenni Ogden on December 20, 2016 at 11:48am — 2 Comments

How to embed hyperlinks in marketing copy

Last week I received a lovely email from a man named Keith. He'd recently self-published his second book and signed up for my newsletter looking for any and everything he could learn about marketing. Beneath the message he included his name and a (long!) hyperlink to his book's Amazon page, so in my reply I suggested that he embed the link into the text to keep the signature cleaner. This is something I recommend authors do not just in email signatures but in all marketing materials, e.g., a…


Added by Maria Murnane on December 19, 2016 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] Tips for Using Video to Promote Your Book or Business

Years ago, as a grad student at USC film school, I never imagined I’d be producing videos to promote my writing, teaching, and coaching practices. But here I am doing just that. Since completing my memoir, …


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on December 19, 2016 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

5 Things I Discovered from a Taking a Month Off from Writing

For the past five years I’ve kept a rigorous writing schedule. I’ve written or co-authored four books and one e-book. I’ve blogged religiously every other week, plus written countless guest posts and, for the last year, a monthly column. In my most recent book, I wrote…


Added by Brooke Warner on December 17, 2016 at 1:30pm — 17 Comments

My Book Wasn't my "Baby"; It Was My Potluck Salad

I published a book last weekIt's called Brain Changer: A Mother's Guide to Cognitive…


Added by Janine Kovac on December 15, 2016 at 12:07pm — 4 Comments

5 Differences Between Traditional and Self-Publishing

Debating whether to go the traditional or self-publishing route to make your book publishing dreams come true? Every author was in your shoes at one point or another, unsure of which publishing path was the right one. We are here to share with you the five key differences that will help you make an…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on December 15, 2016 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Marketing Tip: Create a Social Media Presence for Your Main Character

A great way to get your readers to tell their friends about your book is to stay in touch with your readersA newsletter is certainly one method to do this, but it's not the only one. A creative way to maintain a relationship with your readers over time is to bring your main character to life through social media. I've done this for the protagonist of my Waverly Bryson series via…


Added by Maria Murnane on December 12, 2016 at 8:51am — 3 Comments

Notes From A 2016 NaNo Rebel

I am a NaNo rebel. That…


Added by Jude Walsh Whelley on December 12, 2016 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Writing is a Humiliation Banquet

One day, needing to vent, I wrote and sent this piece to my friend and fellow writer Carole Geithner, the author of the lovely book If Only. Carole and I have commiserated often about the trials and tribulations of the writer’s life since our recent books came out in tandem. Carole urged me to share my…


Added by Sara Mansfield Taber on December 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Writers Groups are My Essential Tools

Writing groups for me break down into the ways I communicate: face-to-face, by telephone and/or email, and social media, the cybersphere.  All provide invaluable support to me as a writer.


1) The "live" group is a once-a-month face-to-face writers association, Central Coast Writers…


Added by Diana Y. Paul on December 8, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Characters Over 50

My two recent novels , Fading Past and The Opposite of Never have a heroine over 50.

I strongly believe that the last part of our lives can be a Grand Finale if we want it to be. Literary agents aren't picking them up,even though affluent,Baby Boomer women are called the "Silver Economy," and they still buy lots of books-- actual books.

Has anyone else had this experience?  

Added by Mary Kathleen Mehuron on December 7, 2016 at 6:59am — 2 Comments

To write or not to write a book proposal

I am currently writing a memoir and feel I have a solid first draft although I'll need at least another year to fine tune and rewrite. But, what is stymieing me is the book proposal. After researching what goes into a non-fiction book proposal, it feels like a much higher mountain to climb than just writing the damn book. If anyone has any helpful advice, I'd really appreciate it. My new thought is that it would be far more advantageous for me to spend my time writing a book proposal instead…


Added by Rebekah Crawford on December 7, 2016 at 4:26am — 2 Comments

When a Memoir May Not Really be One

Recent headlines for book reviews in the Chicago Tribune caught my attention. “Springsteen’s Father Looms Large in Born to Run Autobiography.” A few months later another headline claimed, “Anna Kendrick’s memoir: A simple song, pitch-perfect.” And then a small blurb said Caitlyn Jenner has an upcoming memoir due out in April. I noticed how these books claimed autobiography and memoir labels, but I questioned if they really were what they purported to be.

As I consider reviews,…


Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on December 1, 2016 at 1:28pm — 3 Comments

A Few Words about Jargon

In the great sea of online information about how small businesses, nonprofits, and freelancers can use social media to reach more customers, I’ve noticed a troubling thing: most of the information is geared towards people who already know the lingo.


Those who make it their business to write…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on December 1, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

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