Monthly Archives: December 2011

Fear and Moaning in Burbank – (Ya gotta have faith)

I made a trip to Barnes and Noble yesterday to buy some children’s books for a local politician’s book drive. I usually do my book buying at a local independent or online, but I was in a hurry picking up … Continue reading

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Book Marketing 101 – Part 1.5 of 3

I have to pause here and explain something about self-publishing so that part three makes sense. Many authors think that getting a publishing deal is when they can sit back and rake in the dough. Nawww. Doesn’t work that way. … Continue reading

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Book Marketing 101 – Part 2 of 3

Okay if you coming into this post cold, you might want to read part one. Here we go months 24 – 13 Month 24 – Buy or recycle a 3 ring binder for Marketing then identify local newspapers and media … Continue reading

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Book Marketing 101 – Part 1 of 3

It seems there was an interest in book marketing ideas as I noticed that post got two hits. (I love it when I double my hit count). Expanding on the concept of preparing marketing material during the writing process, here … Continue reading

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Why I like my critique group

I had a good day today. Got some real quality work done. I was excited about showing the results to someone. This is why I work with critique groups. In the past I would write something and try show or … Continue reading

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If I don’t care about them, I won’t read about them

One of the most important aspects of a story is liking the protagonist and her friends that help her accomplish her goal. (The buddy and the clown). If the reader is not interested in the main character or worse, dislikes … Continue reading

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weekend word warriors

writing during the less hectic days of saturday of sunday is sometimes necessary. The demands of being a parent, a stressful job or even a lifestyle that does not allow a daily writing routine. thee 3by3 writing method insists that … Continue reading

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Oh, you deluded writers who dream of millions.

You dream, don’t you? You read about self-published millionaires. You hear about Stephen King’s income. You read about million dollar advances (they’re loans by the way) and you dream of a beach house working at a laptop that spews dollars. … Continue reading

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Save the world, save the dog, or create conflicted relationships

When I started writing fiction I KNEW there was only one way to write a book – have the main character try to save the world. But that was because I was watching blockbuster movies, not reading real books. Then … Continue reading

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Marketing comes way before you sell that masterpiece

We like to think of ourselves and writers first and salespeople second. Unfortunately the number of books published has actually increased due to the incredibly low costs of POD and eBook publishing. Getting the attention of agents, publishers and readers … Continue reading

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