• Writing Ideas

    Why Write a Book?

    Recently someone said to me, “I think I’ll write a book. So, what do I need to do?” The answer, of course, is simple–Sit down and write it. But they usually want more than that. They want to know “How do I get an agent?” or “What’s the easiest way to get mybook self-published?” They don’t realize all the steps a writer takes before a book is in a form that can be purchased. And many of these wannabe writers have an exaggerated impression of how much writers earn. Therefore, my first question usually is: Why do you want to write a book? If my wannabe writer thinks it’s a way to…

  • Promotion,  Uncategorized,  Writing Ideas

    Are You a Writer or a Promoter?

    Last week I received my Authors Guild Fall 2015 Bulletin. In it one article echoed the feelings I’ve had this year. Roxana Robinson, AG President, wrote “Should Writers Be Performers?” Her point, which I feel is true, is that over the years publishing houses, large and small, in order to help their bottom line, have been cutting back on their publicity staff and advertising budgets. Nowadays only those writers who receive big advances (because their books are perceived as blockbusters) will get promotional support in the form of dollars and staff. Other writers must provide their own publicity, either through their efforts or by hiring a professional pr person. Anyone…

  • Writing Ideas

    Copyright

    I found it interesting that I recently received a contract from Five Star Publishing (FiveStar/Gale/Cengage) that had specific information about copyrighting my book and, at almost the same time, received an email from the Authors’ Guild that discussed the topic of copyright. A lot of times new writers are so afraid their work will be stolen they place the copyright symbol © on their work. If they send the ms to an agent or editor, that symbol alone tells the agent/editor that this is a new, unpublished writer. Why? Because it really isn’t necessary unless the piece is such a hot item others are lurking around, waiting to steal it. (And…