October 20, 2019

Authors, have times changed? Blogger to review best sellers of last 100 years

Some might think that blogger Matt Kahn’s goal to read and review each year’s best seller from 1913 to present as an ambitious hobby. Others, a horrible waste of time. I see it as a project to be watched and welcomed when completed. Matt plans not only to do a content or plot review but […]

What authors want–and need

Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest hosted a webinar on February 7, 2013, that is now in their members’ webcast archives The content is based on their extensive research and is for sale (at $295). I attended the event, but have not yet purchased the findings, which are based on surveys of 5,000 authors. Here […]

Literary Agency E-Book Operations Now Reaching Outward

Publishers Lunch Deluxe reports that Trident Media Group has moved its ebook operations to TMG–a separate division–so that it can service other literary agencies in a manner similar to its own agency publications. John Campbell agency is expected to convert its 25-book backlist into ebooks. The news release quoted Robert Gottlieb, chairman of Trident, as […]

Author promotion: Amazon’s new review policy

The New York Times Sunday (12/23/2012; 1, 26) featured an article by David Streitfeld on “Giving Mom’s Book Five Stars? Amazon May Decide to Cull Your Review.” (Shown is the summary of the 225 reviews received by Natalie Goldstein’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer within [Shambhala, 2010.) It turns out, on the one […]

Author promotion with free design tools

Hubspot.com lists 13 free  visual design tools. One of my favorites is number 11, Vecteezy.com, which features free vector art. After viewing, you might think its designs are right out of 2000. And, they are. But look at that wallpaper again. Or, those location pointers. Their commercial rights statement seems fair and easy to follow. […]

Author Platform: Use Google-Plus new community feature [video]

Google-Plus now lets users build and join communities. View a one-minute promotional video or use this YouTube link. In a previous post today, I noted that author platforms are about building community. And this is how authors can grow their readership as well as their small business. Hubspot offers these insights: What Are Google+ Communities? […]

Author Platform as Building Community: John Jantsch [podcast]

Do you think of your writing as a small business? How much time and effort do you put into growing that business? Does it sputter along from one published book to the next–or from one unsold manuscript to the next? John Jantsch, author of several books including The Commitment Engine: Making Work Worthy It (Portfolio-Penguin, […]

How to Fix “13 Hilarious Examples of Truly Awful Stock Photography”?

Hubspot.com has posted “13 Hilarious Examples of Truly Awful Stock Photography.” While I am glad not to see my pics from 123rf.com (where I get my graphics). I am embarrassed at how close some of them come. On the right is a portion of the search box on my image service. How do you humanize […]

6 Notes about the Book Proposal that Got Lena Dunham a $3.7 Million Deal

Lena Dunham’s Not that Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” garnered a $3.7 million book deal from Random House. Download the 66-page proposal. Here are some of the things I see. 1. I usually recommend that the entire proposal be in Times New Roman, 12-point. Lena has gotten into character […]

Sell Books through Twitter?

GalleyCat has a story about David Wolman, contributing editor to Wired, testing out Chirpify.com software that permits users to conduct purchases (or make donations) without leaving their Twitter.com or Instagram.com stream. The video on Chirpify says, “No more ‘add to cart.’ No more ‘check-out.’” And, “no more credit card forms.” The video gives the impression […]