If you seriously pursue writing for very long, you'll soon hear it, especially if you write any form of non-fiction. "You need to become an expert to build your platform." "But an expert in what," you might ask. I used to ask the same thing, but here's a few things I discovered about becoming an expert… Continue reading Becoming an Expert to Support Your Writing
You can have the greatest book idea in the world, but if it won't sell, what's the point in writing it? Unless you simply want to leave a legacy for your family and friends with no concern for sharing the message with anyone else. As a Christian author, I'm driven to offer lasting hope to… Continue reading Writing Nonfiction that Sells, Pt. 1
Looking for a resource to encourage someone who may be suffering from some heartbreaking life event? Or have you lost hope of ever getting over a traumatic experience? Many people experience abuse, financial disaster, serious illness, death of loved ones, and other common traumas, but they never seem to move past the pain. In Anita Brooks… Continue reading Anita Brooks: New Book!
It happened to me again -- this makes twice in a row. My book baby came early, while I was out of town. Photos of smiling people happily holding my new release came via text, Facebook, and Twitter, while I ground my teeth in anticipation. Desperately wishing I could see its newborn features with… Continue reading Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over’s Surprise Release
Fear finds us all. Even when we don't realize it, all humans fear something. Whether it's death, illness, betrayal, or something else, we all fear loss. Even the most hardened criminal, who would argue by saying, "I ain't afraid of nothin'," isn't making an honest statement. The fact is, facing an unknown future, losing control,… Continue reading The Secret Fears of Writers
One of my coaching clients has to guard against his propensity to chase every shiny new object. I can identify with his temptations, as I struggle with similar ones in my writing. Can I author both fiction and non-fiction? Can you? Let's explore the question, and see if we arrive at the same conclusions. Recently,… Continue reading Should a Non-Fiction Author Write Fiction and Vice-Versa?
"It's getting harder to find places to sell books." Public speaking is still the most effective sales tool for book authors according to many professionals. But with conference attendances lowering, and some closing down, the opportunities are dwindling. And without a strong marketing plan, you often can't get a publisher to bite on a proposal… Continue reading Marketing In and Out of the Box for Authors and Speakers
I'm reading several books as research for my current work in progress, Getting Through What You Can't Get Over. And as I review my own stories of surviving great adversity, as well as those of others, I see a pattern evolving. And it's not new. According to historical documents, this pattern has existed for millennia, stemming back… Continue reading The Gift Writers Give the World
This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. (John 15:13 MSG) I've been blessed to have a few people in my writing life that have stuck with me during some of my darkest days. And even though most of my writing friends live miles away, they… Continue reading Writers Celebrating Friendship
It's a Parade! What a great way to end the workweek! Check out the parade of author blogs on the WordServe Water Cooler. If you haven't discovered the WordServe Water Cooler in the past, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with this community of authors represented by WordServe Literary Group. It's a Parade! features links articles… Continue reading WordServe Authors Blog Parade: Our First Steps to Publication