October 22, 2019

Why Publisher Rejections May Strengthen Your Results

Could the good news for authors of scientific papers be a consolation to authors of fiction and nonfiction? The news: scientific authors submitted their papers to the most prestigious journals and, if declined there, were submitted to a journal with slightly less prestige, reports Phil Davis in his blog, “Mapping the Flow of Rejected Manuscripts.” […]

10 Lessons from the world’s most captivating presenters

What Would Steve Do? 10 Lessons from the World’s Most Captivating Presenters from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing Software

Author Body-Language Cheat Sheet and the Dangers of Cliches

Carol Kaufman wrote The Writer’s Guide to Psychology . Her purpose? To help authors better communicate to readers behaviors that can suggest, say, agitation without telling readers this. She offers a free “Body Language Cheat Sheet,” which is helpful, especially in getting an author’s mind to get just the right clues. Yet, I feel compelled […]

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 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? […]

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 […]

Author Platform: Generate Reader Interest by Engaging Readers on a Personal Level

“The whole idea behind social media for authors is that engaging readers on a personal level with unique content generates reader interest and creates reader loyalty,” writes Laura Kay, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly a dozen titles. Laura’s latest blog post lists 13 steps or ways to generate or […]