Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and a happy new year! I will resume blogging January 3rd.   “Merry Christmas” design by Mariana Musa, a wonderfully talented illustrator whose company is Floating Lemons. Her designs appear on cards, stationery, journals, phone cases and more. Feel free to visit her art blog or shop for her...
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What’s Your Holiday Writing Plan?

What’s Your Holiday Writing Plan? Ah, the holiday season. I have to admit, I absolutely love this time of year. I’m crazy about Christmas music, decorations, and Colorado sun shining on the snow. But the holiday season can lead to frustration when we’re trying to juggle work and family with the increased demands the holidays put on our time. The time available for writing dwindles and you start to feel behind and get stressed that you’re not meeting your goals or deadlines. So I propose that today, or this weekend, you take a few quiet moments to make yourself a Holiday Plan. Let’s face this time of year with a strategy that will take us through to January 2nd with the least amount of stress possible. How should you create your Holiday Plan? 1. Take a look at the next three weeks on the calendar...
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My Editor Wants Me to Change What??

My Editor Wants Me to Change What?? Guest blogger: Richard Mabry, M.D. (@RichardMabry) I had delivered my latest manuscript to my publisher, and a few weeks later received my revision notes from the editor. I was, to put it mildly, caught off guard. The notes suggested some pretty big changes. As I read through them, I kept saying, “But that’s not what I had in mind.” I wondered why the editor wanted to rewrite my manuscript. Aren’t I the writer here? Isn’t my name on the book? I wasn’t happy. But after sitting with it a few more days… I noticed that my in-house editor, my substantive editor, and my beta reader (yes, my wife) had all made the same suggestion for the opening. Hmm. I started rewriting, and amazingly enough, it was all coming together.  By the time I’d reached...
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Free Webinar: 7 Secrets of Effective Author Websites

Free Webinar: 7 Secrets of Effective Author Websites As an aspiring author, you probably realize that potential agents and publishers are looking at more than your manuscript when deciding whether or not to work with you. It’s common for publishing house decision-makers to Google the author during meetings. Your online presence can be an important factor in whether or not you are offered a contract. How to make a strong first impression. A website should effectively communicate your brand as an author. Think of your website as an opportunity to make a great first impression. It’s like the marketing equivalent of the first five pages of a novel. If you’re marketing yourself as a professional author, your website needs to make a strong professional first impression on your visitors. Your website is the key to your...
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Friday Fun

Friday Fun I came across this cute video on YouTube. Enjoy!
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Have You Ever Thrown a Book Across the Room?

Have You Ever Thrown a Book Across the Room? I’ve belonged to several book groups over the years, and recently one of my groups selected a book I knew nothing about. I began reading and quickly pegged it as a Really Bad Book. Not that I’d tell anyone, of course. But I couldn’t stop thinking about how poorly the book was crafted, how I would have edited, how cheesy it was. Normally when I read for enjoyment, I’m fairly good at turning off my internal editor. But not this time. Then I found out that Really Bad Book had been out for almost a decade, was a perennial strong seller, and had even been made into a movie (direct to DVD). Clearly others had a different opinion than I did. What gives? How can this happen? How can such a badly written book (in my opinion) go on to such success? Click here to read the rest of...
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Are You Ready for the Pain of Publishing?

Are You Ready for the Pain of Publishing? Guest Blogger: Ed Cyzewski (@edcyzewski) “Publishing a book would be neat.” I hear that all of the time from people when I mention I’m an author. I rarely tell them what my experience of book publishing has actually been like—except for this one time. A friend was just starting to explore writing full time with the goal of publishing a book. “You’re serious?” I asked. “Definitely,” he replied. “Are you ready for two or three years of rejection?” I began. “It could happen. That’s how long it took me to get my first book deal. I’ve heard of successful authors being rejected thirty, fifty, or more times.” His eyes widened as I continued. “And then there’s the chance of a contract being cancelled—that’s happened to me and several friends. And...
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Should You Send that Quick “Thank You” Email?

Should You Send that Quick “Thank You” Email? Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., my thoughts turned to the idea of being grateful and saying “thank you.” One thing I’m thankful for this week is the fact that I’ve gotten on top of my email and it’s no longer a scary behemoth. Since email is a constant challenge for me, I’ve always been torn over whether to send quick “thank you” emails to acknowledge something, or to finish up an email conversation. I’m very hesitant to contribute to others’ email glut. But I will no longer struggle with this. I’ve concluded that I will always send a “thank you” email when it makes sense. Here’s why: 1. Gratitude is always appropriate. I don’t think it’s ever wrong to say thank you. 2. The...
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Does Your Project Need Funding?

Does Your Project Need Funding? Guest Blogger: Caleb Jennings Breakey (@CalebBreakey) Imagine finding hundreds of people eager to read your book. Now—are you ready for this?—imagine those same people financially backing you to write it. Enter the crowdsourcing awesomeness of kickstarter.com, faithfunder.com, and indiegogo.com. These sites are funding platforms for creative projects. But their concept isn’t centered on folks just shanding you money—it’s centered on connecting you with people who want exactly what you’re creating. Like your work in progress. SIX WEEKS, $10,000 I started my Kickstarter campaign after learning that enthusiastic backers pledged $100,000,000 to projects in 2011, a 300-percent increase from the previous year. How amazing, I thought. People believing in what their artists believe...
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Are Writers Too Insulated from Their Readers?

Are Writers Too Insulated from Their Readers? Guest Blogger: Mike Duran (@CerebralGrump) Each year, Writer’s Digest selects “101 Best Websites for Writers.” Sadly, their list is just the tip of the iceberg. I say sadly not just because I’m one of the plethora of writing blogs out there (although I don’t talk exclusively about writing at my website), but because of the effect that so many “writing sources” have upon authors and aspiring authors. Writing blogs potentially insulate writers from their real audience: Readers. To illustrate how this could be possible, read this excerpt from J.A. Konrath in The Value of Publicity: Here’s the deal: Readers are my customers, not writers. Readers don’t even know who the Big 6 are. They don’t care. I’m mentioned a lot in the...
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Announcing My E-Book Series

Announcing My E-Book Series In response to numerous requests over the last few years, I’m excited to finally announce my first series of e-books: “A Field Guide For Authors” I’m starting with four titles, which I’ll roll out in November and December: * * *   Taking a cue from the inimitable Michael Hyatt, I’m forming an official Field Guide Launch Team of 100 people to help me get the word out about the books. Members of the Launch Team will receive the following benefits: Free copies of any two of my e-books Membership in a private Facebook group for me and my launch team A listing on this blog that includes your brief bio and a link to your blog or website My undying gratitude! Membership on the Launch Team means you agree to: Help spread the word via all means of...
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Too Much Coffee? No Such Thing.

Too Much Coffee? No Such Thing. I’m a huge fan of memoir. I enjoy reading stories about people’s lives. And I love getting to know you, my blog readers. Every once in awhile we have a day here on the blog where you get to tell us about yourself. So today, let’s do Six Word Memoirs. I’m game if you are. (My Six Word Memoir is the title of this post.) Put your six word memoir in the comments. Let’s get to know each other, six words at a time. Have a good...
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Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Master Your Craft

I could be wrong, but I believe we’re moving into an era in which high quality, intensive pre-publication editing is going to be harder and harder to come by. While many publishers are still doing a tremendous job in this area, others have cut their editorial staffs and are spending less time and money on editorial. On top of that, many of you will be going the indie publishing route, in one way or another, within the next few years. The amount of editing you can get for your work will be limited by what you can afford or are willing to pay. All of this adds up to more books getting into readers’ hands without benefit of the level of tender loving care that used to be considered normal. Why does it matter? Find out and read the entire post by clicking through to the Books & Such...
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Try RescueTime for Free in November

Try RescueTime for Free in November Participating in National Novel Writing Month? I’ve teamed up with RescueTime to provide my blog readers the opportunity to use the productivity-tracking tool FREE in November to help you reach NaNoWriMo success. Read on. Last week on the blog we discussed productivity, and the idea of using auto-analytics to track your online habits and find ways to be more efficient in your work. I introduced an online tool, RescueTime, that can help with this. Since then, I’ve been talking with the folks at RescueTime and was impressed to learn that they’re actively seeking ways to improve their product so that it’s even better suited to the particular needs of writers. As part of this endeavor, RescueTime has come up with an experiment in which YOU can take part, and it involves being able...
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