Let's see, sit down at my laptop and work on my book/marketing/website/other writing task, or play with Bodie? I think I have a new definition for writer's block, and his name is Bodie. Sometimes I would much rather toss a ball or go for a walk with Bodie than put my butt in the chair … Continue reading Is This What Writer’s Block Looks Like?
Writing and publishing a book is an incredible learning experience. It’s exciting, confounding, and sometimes downright scary—especially if you’re putting your life on display in a memoir. In other words, there are plenty of mistakes to be made. I thought it might be helpful to those coming down the same path to share mine—so far. … Continue reading My Mistakes – So Far
When publishing a book, careful thought must be put into the back cover blurb. That's the marketing copy that will make people want to read your book. For eBooks there is no back cover so the blurb will be the description that is posted online to entice readers, but for printed paperback books, the … Continue reading Back Cover Blurb
I'm still standing! As I wrote in my last blog post, I sent my manuscript off to an editor for a modified copyedit, which included feedback on the pacing of the book, whether any sections should be cut, or if there were any obvious aspects of the story that just didn’t work. I’m happy to … Continue reading Survived the Red Pen!
One of the toughest decisions a writer has to make is whether to try to get a traditional publisher, or go the self-publishing route. Both have their drawbacks. Getting a traditional publisher almost always requires getting an agent, first. Then the agent tries to find a publisher. It also usually means the author gives up … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions
Many new writers ask, "How many drafts does it take to write a good book that is ready for publication?" The frustrating answer is, "As many drafts as it takes to write a good book ready for publication." Some writers can create beautiful, publication-ready prose right out of the gate that only requires minor tweaking … Continue reading How Many Drafts?