Many of you know I am relocating to the United Kingdom so I can do the work of historian-researcher better and offer you the best information possible in the Legendary Women of World History and Legendary Women of World History Dramas. This means flying international with my two precious cockatiels whom I absolutely ADORE. Arwen is ready to fly! But getting a bird from the USA to UK is an annoying challenge — and it has nothing to do with UK immigration law nor with the USDA’
Earlier this week I received this wonderful article called “3 Tips to Help You Spend Your Book Marketing Money Better” in my email from Book Marketing Tools. Great advice, especially for indie authors just starting to get into the business. To these three tips I want to add one more of my own: invest in multiple language editions of your books crafted by quality translators. Here is “3 Tips to Help You Spend Your Book Marketing Money Better” in full as presented in the new
If you follow this blog you know I move around a lot and I travel as often as I can to visit historical sites and sample delicious food I don’t get to eat regularly. I travel by primarily by train and plane for most trips over 10 miles from home and use public transit for shorter distant trips. I also use my luggage for shopping via public transit, a trick I learned after canned foods spilled out of my shopping wagon while crossing a busy Brooklyn street several years ago.
I move around a lot. I also enjoy travelling (as long as my birds are well looked after). I’m an old-school historian who prefers to physically be where history happened before I write about it. This means I’ve packed a lot and have learned what works really well. The classic packing cube (there are now ultralights which have slightly different features) come in slim, small, medium, and large sizes. These can be purchased as a single four piece set (see left) or in sets o
One of the best pieces of advice I ever received as an author was to publish as many books in as many places as possible and to sell on as many websites as possible. The writing profession is a numbers game. To win it (meaning making a living as a writer) you need to be where the customers are and sell what they want to read. You cannot achieve it with a single kindle book sold exclusively on Amazon. It won’t happen — or perhaps it could but your chances of winning the lo
The count down is on for my flight and the excitement is building. I am making my food shopping list, checking it twice, and going to find out who is naughty and nice! (Couldn’t help the pun). You can’t bring the beef jerky into the UK nor bring UK origin beef jerky into the USA. The trail mix is fine going into the UK, but must be declared at customs returning to the USA. Time to really look at government websites and see what is and is not allowed. Fortunately my post fro
Self-publishing and the digital age has changed that for both self-published and traditional publishers. Just as cigarette machines have gone by the wayside and Sherlock Holmes uses nicotine patches instead of smoking his pipe in response to smoking regulations in London, the days of in-house marketing and advertising for books by publishers are gone. Today authors must do most of the work themselves. There are no shortage of marketing firms to delegate to, of course, but a
Today’s book marketing post comes from Richard Ridley of Createspace. ————————————– If I had to describe the key to succeeding in indie publishing in one word, that word would be “active.” For a profession that involves a great deal of sedentary activities, those who rest on their laurels find it very difficult to sell books on a consistent basis. You have to keep moving in order to grow your author brand. Here are the three crucial areas where you should concentrate most of
———————————– You’ve sent out hundreds of emails to reviewers. You wait. You wait some more. Months pass. Impatience grows. You’re tempted to re-contact to ensure they received your request. Don’t. Seriously. DON’T DO IT. Once you’ve sent out that initial request, you’re done. Most reviewers only respond if they’re interested – months later. It goes back to the flood of daily requests and a day’s limitation of twenty-four hours. Cross it off your list and move on. As a fellow
#1. Think about something or someone you like Maybe even write a list of ten things that you like, and spend your time thinking about them. This can help you put a smile on you face easily and distract the negative thoughts. #2. Be grateful Write down the things or people in your life that you are grateful for. Being grateful helps appreciate what you already have and move your focus to gratitude. The mind can only hold one thought at a time, so if you are thinking about the
Here are the top four mistakes I see independent authors making that are absolutely certain to drive away potential readers. #1 Mentioning you checked spelling and grammar in your book description or on social media. I am genuinely shocked at the number of times “authors” tout this as a reason to buy their book. It takes MINUTES to run spell check in a word processing program. You do not get a gold star or a pat on the head for doing this. Adults are expected to do this.
The following is re-blogged from http://writersrelief.com/blog/2014/05/write-characters-people-care-about/ Princess Anyu from Laurel A. Rockefeller’s Peers of Beinan series “In a previous article, we explored five ways to make your characters more three-dimensional. Once your characters are believable as living, breathing individuals, the next step is to make readers care about them. When readers are invested in the characters’ struggles and personal stories, they are much mo
Cover art for The Great Succession Crisis, 1st edition paperback as published in September, 2012. Thanks to constructive criticism from reviewers, this cover art changed for the revised edition. Publication by a big name doesn’t guarantee quality — as a recent conversation with a friend regarding the infamous “Fifty Shades of Grey” revealed, a book widely regarded in literary circles as filled with unprofessional writing and countless technical errors — not to mention shallow