Archive for February, 2012

How to Get Writing Clients From Anywhere

Getting clients is clearly a huge part of running a successful writing business. If you don’t get clients, you don’t have a business. So how do you get clients? Especially if you live in a small town or on the countryside or … well, anywhere. Fear that they won’t be able to land clients keeps […]

14 Things I Love About Being a Professional Writer

Ever since the fourth grade, I had wanted to be a writer. I remember winning a few essay contests — soil and water conservation contest comes to mind — and one of my teachers, Mrs. Pollard, once let us put together a book project. I don’t think the class ever actually published the book, but […]

5 Reasons You Are Burned Out on Your Writing — and What You Can Do About It

A writer friend recently told me she is burned out. A spat with her publisher has shaken her confidence and turned her off about being a professional writer. Some part of her burnout has to do with the fact that she’s been writing books based on what she thinks her publisher wants, rather than based […]

What NFL Coach Tom Coughlin Can Teach Writers About Success

If you want to have any kind of long-term career as a writer, you’re going to have to slog through a bunch of tough days. You’ll face rejections, writing slumps, doubt, and people who want to say bad things about you. It’s just a fact of life for a writer. That’s why New York Giants […]

Top 10 Free Ways to Market Your Self-Published Book

A woman whose book I am editing dropped me an email with this line in it today: “I am getting scared about me selling the books. I am not good at sales.” She is right to be concerned. Most books don’t sell. Period. Most self-published books don’t sell more than 100 copies. And most traditionally […]

Self-Publishing Basics: How to Publish Your Own Book

When I self-published my first novel in 2002, the process was a lot different in one key way: Everything took a lot longer. I believe I sent my first print run off to the printer and didn’t get books in-hand for three months. Today, you can have books printed in as little as a few […]