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 have a book cover! Thanks to the talented folks at ebooklaunch.com, I have beautifully illustrated cover art. I was really impressed with how fast my designer worked and what a great job he did. I have read many times the importance of the cover and wanted to make sure I had a good one. … Continue reading A Not-So-Sneaky Peek at My Cover
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
Work, commute, family responsibilities, exercise, chores, errands--oh, and don't forget having fun and maintaining relationships and friends. When do I find time to write? I've been struggling with this for a long time. Usually I end up squeezing in little bits of writing in the evenings and on the weekend, in between other things, and … Continue reading Revision Sprint
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?
What determines whether someone--whether they are an athlete, artist, musician, or in any other profession--is successful? It turns out it's not natural talent, or even intelligence. It's grit. At least, that's what Angela Duckworth says in Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. I've been listening to this book on Audible, and have been greatly … Continue reading Grit