Which is Better: Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

Traditional publishing has a marketing plan that they’ve been using for 90 years. They invest their marketing dollars in specific areas and will continue to stick with that trend. Marketing the Traditional Way: ~ Target Market Research ~ Book Conferences ~ Events ~ Book Signings ~ Placement of books in big box stores ~ Placement in bookstores, both chain and local (Especially bookstores that report numbers to the New York … [Read more...]

Author Interview

For all you authors that I am friends with on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Klout, Foursquare, Google Plus, and wherever else I’m connected with you in the social media world, I need to ask you a few questions before we continue our professional relationship. If you answer “No” to any of the following questions, contact me immediately. Thank you for your time. ~ Do you want to share your charisma, ideas, experiences, passion, and emotions … [Read more...]

Seven Tips From Experienced Authors

“The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict, conflict.” ~ James Frey Your story should be vivid, theatrical, stirring, gripping, full of tension, shocking, while astonishing the reader. In order for that to occur, you need to start your book with conflict. “Successful authors find ways to build trust with their readers.” ~ Untraditional Publishing You are going to hear more about relationship building with readers. It means … [Read more...]

Becoming a Rich Author

Do you understand the difficulty it is for actors to make millions of dollars? How about the difficulty of trying to become an NFL player? A CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Or the difficulty of earning millions as an author? Sure, it will be challenging. That’s why only 2% of authors have comfortable careers and less than 1% are millionaires. Do you want to become part of the elite? Here is your path. I must warn you, it will seem impossible. … [Read more...]

10 Things the Publishing Industry Should Do Away With

When I say “Publishing Industry,” I do not mean just publishers. I’m talking about authors, literary agents, editors, publicists, publishing lawyers, bookstores, distribution companies, and even the readers. Anyone that is connected to books. Publishers and agents should do away with asking an author to describe their book in one small paragraph. It is insane to tell authors that the agency or publisher is looking for something fresh, … [Read more...]