Fannie Hurst, who?
Happy birthday, Fannie Hurst!
Fannie Hurst, who? She is an American author who was also a feminist and civil rights activist who was popular during the post-World War 1 era.
From 1910 until the 1940, she wrote 17 novels and 9 volumes that included 300 short stories.… Read More
Happy National Pecan Cookie Day
Be prepared to celebrate Happy National Pecan Cookie Day on September 21.
Across the United States people are asking each other: “Are you a Pe-Can or a Pe-Can’t!” Well, maybe it’s just a Texas thing when I get with my northern family members who say pee-can to my pee-con! Anyway, let’s… Read More
Why won’t my book sell?
I was asked after a workshop a weeks ago: “Why won’t my book sell?” There are many directions I could go to answer this question such as: Did you build a good marketing foundation and goals from the start? Did you spend the time and money to hire a quality editor and… Read More
Why do costs for writing and editing services vary so much?
Prospective clients interview me and ask, “Why do costs for writing and editing services vary so much?”
Many variables go into answering this question and in the cost for services, too. Some considerations for overall cost of services:
- Experience of service provider
- Depth of services required
- Length of project (number of pages)
- Project quality
- Project… Read More
What’s the difference between a writing coach and a ghostwriter?
Prospective clients ask me, “What’s the difference between a writing coach and a ghostwriter?” There are many differences ranging from the amount of time either invests in a writing project, the amount of actual writing done, and the costs for services, to name a few.
Writing coaches work with the client… Read More
Should I write my memoir?
“Should I write a memoir?” I believe everyone has a story to tell and most should write their story down whether for self-reflection or publication.
Writing your story has tremendous value, for instance, if it can help make sense of past events. Sometimes laying out a bigger, more complete picture from… Read More
When do I start marketing my book?
When do I start marketing my book? The unpopular, unexpected, unappreciated, and sometimes unheeded answer is book marketing begins before the first word of the book is written.
The result, if this marketing advice goes unheeded, is a writer invests a lot of time and money into writing and publishing a book that has no clear message,… Read More
Do I need to write about the business I’m passionate about?
Since today is about love and passion I thought I’d apply it to book writing by answering the question: Do I need to write about the business I’m passionate about? Like love, which is sometimes mushy, my answer is kind of mushy, too: Yes. No. Maybe so.
Even though my mother… Read More
But what if I don’t know all the writing rules?
I always ask people in my workshops: “What keeps you from writing the book you’ve dreamed of writing?”
The number one answer is a variation of: “I don’t know the writing rules.”
Warning: This post may veer a bit from writing tools and into life choices.… Read More
What are some tips for writing a nonfiction book?
When I’m asked, “What are some tips for writing a nonfiction book?” I narrow it down to the top three foundational pieces, but there are many, many tips based on your: who, what, where, and why? The top three tips, in my opinion:
- Determine and fine-tune the book’s theme.
- Create a plan that includes content considerations and writing schedules.
- And, the often… Read More