Publishing

Will My Publisher Let Me Self-Publish Too

Will My Publisher Let Me Self-Publish Too?

These days, I’m sensing that many authors are gung-ho to write and publish as much as possible. Now that the term “hybrid author” has been coined, referring to those who are both traditionally and self-published, everyone thinks they want or need to be one. As one author put it, “It seems like the time is now! It’s…
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Never Lose Your Work

Never, Never, Never Lose Your Work!

I received a panicked email from a client—and this was serious panic. His computer had crashed and died; his external backup was corrupted. His manuscript—the one he’d been writing for months—was due to the publisher in a couple of weeks. And it was GONE. Just…pffft. Gone. All of his hard work. All his moments of epiphany,…
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3 Things You Need for a Successful Book

3 Things You Need for a Successful Book

I was going to title this post, “3 Things Publishers Look for in a Book,” or maybe “3 Things Agents Look For.” But then I realized that the three keys of a successful book apply across the board. It doesn’t matter you’re using an agent, if you’re going through a publisher, or even if you’re…
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Publishing Myths

Busting Publishing Myths

One of the  best things about the Internet is that it’s so easy to find information. One of the worst things about the Internet . . . is that it’s so easy to find information. Much of the information is misinformation. So let’s bust some myths. Myth: Getting published is a catch-22. You need to be published…
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Give Customers What They Want?

Give Customers What They Want?

Lessons from Steve Jobs, part 2 As I wrote in Monday’s post, I found Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs to be full of insights about life and business — not all of them revolutionary, but presented in such a way as to have maximum impact. I found myself asking how or if each of Jobs’s…
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When the Sales Guys Run the Company

Lessons from Steve Jobs, part 1 Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs has been out for a year and a half, and I finally committed to reading it. It’s a big book! The hardcover is 656 pages and the Audible version is over 25 hours, but worth every single minute. I got so much out…
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You Oughta Be in Pictures

Ever thought about your book becoming a movie? I’m blogging all about it over at Books & Such today. Here’s a preview: Let’s start with this assumption: if you’ve written a novel or memoir, chances are you’ve dreamed of it becoming a movie. Admit it! It’s visual… it’s dramatic… the story is even better than…
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Make a Living as a Writer, Part 2

In my last post, we discussed “volume” as a key to being able to support yourself as a writer. Today we’ll talk about the second key: Variety. A lot of people are wondering what I mean by this, because we’ve all had it pounded into us that we need to “brand” ourselves, we need to…
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When an Agent Gives Up

I’m blogging at Books & Such today. Here’s a preview… As you know, agents aren’t able to sell every book we decide to represent. But the decision to stop trying to sell a book is always a tough one. We’ve already put a lot of work into it, and we probably really like the client.…
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Make a Living as a Writer – Part 1

I’m going to make this very simple: The secret to making a living wage as a writer lies in two words: volume and variety. Today let’s talk about the first one. Volume The biggest mistake writers make with respect to their “publishing dreams” is hoping for one big break that’s going to change their lives,…
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Win Agents and Influence Editors

I’m giving a webinar TONIGHT with book marketing guru @ThomasUmstattd: How to Win Agents and Influence Editors… at a Writers’ Conference. Time is 8pm Eastern… cost is only $15.00 and you get approximately one million dollars worth of material. Okay, just kidding. But we think it’s at least a $100 value. You get: ♦ The live webinar…
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The Single Best Tip for Using Twitter

I’m blogging over at Books & Such today. Here’s a preview: There are plenty of places online to get tips for using Twitter effectively. (I’ve given you some links at the end of this post.) But today I’m going to give you just ONE tip. I think it’s the first and most important thing you…
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Blogs to follow

More Blogs to Follow via Twitter

Yesterday I gave you a sampling of the blogs I follow in my Google Reader. But there are some blogs and publications I follow on Twitter instead of in my Reader. These tend to be very good at Tweeting new articles and posts, so it’s easier for me to click through from Twitter rather than…
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Future

What Does the Future Hold?

I was talking with a friend who works in the financial industry, and a question came up about what we would each be doing 30 years from now. My friend was anticipating a prosperous retirement at that point, having built up a significant and valuable business. While the financial life of our nation has its…
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