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
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
Please forgive me, I'm doing it again. Cheating that is. Because of my heavy writing schedule, (manuscript deadline is September 1st), some personal challenges our family is facing, topped with a need to produce immediate income, time is tighter than usual. With that said, I need to cheat and forward you to my personal blog, where… Continue reading Serious Advance Readers Wanted
"Write brave." When Kathi Lipp challenged us at the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association conference, it struck a chord. There's something about unveiling circumstances of shame and grief we humans try to avoid. However, it's in these raw places, that our writing touches other people's lives. Just this morning, I practiced writing a little braver. The post… Continue reading Don’t Get Left Behind — What’s Your Story Purpose?