HELP! I’m a Debut Author

The Debut Author

When considering traditional publishing, new authors may think it’s harder than ever to go from unpublished (or “pre-published” as the popular euphemism goes) to published. However, that’s not the case. The truth is, it has ALWAYS been difficult to become a traditionally published author. When my first book was published …

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2014 Bestseller List – Exciting New Developments!

A little over a year ago I explored the issue of best-seller lists for Christian books (“The Mystery of the Bestseller List”). However, in the last thirteen months, much has changed. The New York Times is adding some new niche-lists to their collection, which will affect Christian titles. A company …

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The Word Every Writer Desires

Success. It is a word that has a “sweet smell” for some and is the “gold ring” of achievement for others. But in order to appreciate success we must first define it. And there is the rub. Each one of us defines success differently…especially writers. Here are some definitions I’ve …

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HELP! I’m a Self-Published Author

Time and time again, self-published authors come to me asking for help. They self-published or published with a very small press and found that doing all of their own marketing and promotion resulted in sales in the three-figure range. Some authors are able to achieve the low four figures but …

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Creative Outlets

Ever notice how creativity has a way of coming and going? And when it goes, it always seems to be at the worst possible moment, such as when your book is due. Or when it WAS due. Weeks ago. But I’ve discovered a sure fire way to spark creativity, even …

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Three Out of Four Dentists Leaves One

I’ve covered this before ( “Art Wins” ), but I am going to take a little different look at the ever-present tension between the science and the art of publishing books. The great rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, one of the pioneers of the U.S. space program said this, “Research is …

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The Most Important Word Every Writer Should Know

Failure. It is a word every writer learns to appreciate with time. In the beginning it is frustrating and angry-making. Along the way it becomes “meh” to the point of quitting completely. Eventually there comes the realization that it is normal and part of the business. Michael Jordan, basketball icon, said, …

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Fun Fridays – October 10, 2014

Did we discover a trailer for the new re-release of Star Wars? Or maybe it is simply an irresistible parody. Irresistible…like the Borg in Star Trek: Next Generation… Or irresistible…like a snack…

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