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Step 6 To Becoming An Author

6. Printing too many copies. In the event you decide not to do the print on demand route or get a small number of books printed with your print on demand source, there are several things to consider. If your research is giving you a clear direction that your topic is in demand and you […]

Step 5 To Becoming An Author

5. Thinking bookstores don’t matter. While it’s nice to think that most of us do our shopping online and via Amazon, bookstores (especially local stores) can really help or hurt your marketing efforts. If your book isn’t going into bookstores, then you’ll want to get to know your local area stores to see if you […]

Step 4 To Becoming An Author

4. Ignoring social media. While social media may seem confusing to most of us, it’s important to know that it can sometimes be a make or break situation when it comes to marketing your book. If you can’t make heads or tails out of Twitter vs. Facebook, then hire someone who can help you or […]

Step 3 To Becoming An Author

3. Not getting to know others in their market. Who else is writing about your topic? If you’re not sure, then you should do your research. Getting to know your fellow genre authors is not only important, but it can really help you with your marketing. How? Because most readers don’t just buy one self-help […]

Step 2 To Becoming An Author

2. Not having enough money. I see it all the time; authors spend all their money on the book process (book cover, editing, printing.) and then don’t have enough for the marketing. That’s like opening up a store and not having money to stock it with inventory. Before you jump headlong into publishing a book, […]

The Twelve Steps To Becoming An Author

Writing, publishing, promoting, publicizing. First you need to start out by doing the right things and knowing what can contribute to or set back your success. Keep in mind that while there is always a creative element, publishing requires a specific set of steps. It’s important to know your business to be successful. Consider these […]

Stories From Your Childhood

What was you favorite bedtime story? What about it was appealing to you? Could you use it as an example and write a story that might appeal to a child you might know today? Now if you do not have any children in your life-borrow one from a family member or neighbor. Not literally, but […]

Creative Writing Ideas Are Everywhere

This time of the year creative writing ideas are everywhere. From¬† cooking highs and lows to shopping adventures to visits with friends and family to touching stories you either remember or can see happening in the world around you. No limits here to things to write about so get those pencils sharpened-do finger exercises so […]

Write About How You Will Spend The Thanksgiving Holiday

What is Thanksgiving… Thanksgiving means many different things to many different people. For some it is a time to reach out to ones that don’t have or aren’t able to visit with their family. For others, it is a time of service, giving time at a homeless shelter or helping an elderly neighbor. I think […]

Creative Writing Using Visual Images

Let’s take a specific example.¬† If you want to write about a yacht, visualize a yacht, there are numerous mental images you can see in your mind: * If you normally see surface details, notice all the visual and sensory details: the colors, the shine, the feel. * If you normally see things in relation […]