All Blog Posts Tagged 'book' (75)

Too Much Is Not Enough: Why Marketing Your Book has to Be a Long-Term Gig

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, chances are you like change. You like to shake things up. You don't like to do the same thing over and over and over again. You like variety! And you hate feeling stuck.

Those are all excellent traits, but they come with a downside. How do I know?…


Added by Erin Casey on May 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Share Your Story to Help Others -- Q&A with Author Jen Forsthoff

I love all my authors. Truly.  I love that they are brave and generous enough to share their wisdom, experience, passion, knowledge, hopes, and imagination with the world. And each time a client becomes a brand-new author, I feel a little like a proud momma at graduation.

Jen Forsthoff makes me especially proud. Aside from being a joy to work…


Added by Erin Casey on May 12, 2016 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

The Power Is In "One"

Walter was a successful businessman. He had a beautiful family, a thriving company, and the respect of peers and community leaders. He was also, at one time, a championship-caliber skeet shooter. He practiced and practiced and practiced until his routine was polished and almost robotic--from his pre-competition rituals to his laser-like focus when he was in the heat of competition. The glasses adjusted just so. The shells at the ready in his vest. The grips on his shotgun precise. So that…


Added by Brian Evans on March 4, 2016 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

How to Choose a Title for Your Book

Books are judged by their covers. Authors know that. It’s why self-published authors spend weeks or even months—getting their covers just right. A traditionally published author doesn’t always have the freedom to choose and nitpick every detail of his or her cover, but the publishing house’s design and marketing teams likely spend even more time creating a cover that will sell.



Added by Erin Casey on January 8, 2016 at 7:57am — 6 Comments

Time is Not an Illusion - Bonus material from The Immense Center

This is a portion of The Immense Center that did not make it into the final book. Not because I felt it wasn’t good, but because I felt it interfered with the pacing. The characters are the narrator, Gabe, Mick,…


Added by Michael Allen Williamson on September 29, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Looking for Beta Readers of my Science Fiction Novel

ARCs are almost ready!

An ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy. In days past, publishers would send out printed copies to a select group of readers to proofread and provide feedback on books before they were published. These days, though, this seems so archaic (and expensive). So, most…


Added by Michael Allen Williamson on August 31, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Will you Celebrate with me?

All of the “fix it” writing is done. All of my proof-reading is done. All of my self-editing is done. It’s time to celebrate.


This means that the Sneak Peak will probably be going out this week.

This means I’m hiring an editor this week.

This means that I can set up the newsletter this week.

And, I’m going to rest, just a little.

Will you celebrate with me? Do you want to read the Sneak Peak? …


Added by Michael Allen Williamson on August 5, 2015 at 12:06pm — 3 Comments

As an Author, How do you Make Characters Believable?

I’ve been listening to the You Are Not So Smart podcast and it’s got me thinking about ways that we all have cognitive bias and ways of thinking that get in our way. I’ve been wondering, what if I created characters that have obvious cognitive bias (obvious to the readers), that they themselves can’t see? What if, characters weren’t morally flawed, but just blind to the truth?

You can…


Added by Michael Allen Williamson on July 18, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

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Flip Your Book

The popularity of self-publishing continues to encourage people to write and publish all kinds of books. Many of them contain information people need to apply to their lives. But it's not happening because there is a big difference between presenting and teaching.

I work with some of today's most accomplished authors by helping them deconstruct their content and reconstruct it so it is teachable. For more than a…


Added by Terry Hadaway on July 2, 2015 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

4 Ideas For Naming Characters

Over the years, I’ve heard a few authors complain, “Finding names for my characters is hard,” or, “My character names seem cheesy.” In a lot of my writing exercises, I feel like I struggle with character names too. But, lately, I’ve been experimenting with a few ideas that have turned out well.

Cast and Crew

This is the most effective idea in…


Added by Michael Allen Williamson on June 26, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

How to Give a Great Interview--Tips from Tim Knox

You want the world—or at least your niche—to know about your book, but how do you get the message out? Interviews, particularly radio shows and podcasts, can be an extremely effective medium for spreading the word.

I get that. I know that interviews are important, but they also make me a little nervous. As a…


Added by Erin Casey on June 7, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Why You Shouldn't Give Up on Your Book

I love hearing great speakers present a well-crafted message. I especially love presentations when the speaker is an author whose books I've read. Even if we've never met, it feels as if we have a connection. I’m eager to hear my favorite authors speak because their message has already intrigued, entertained, or inspired me.

So when I learned…


Added by Erin Casey on April 27, 2015 at 10:55am — 7 Comments

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Money Comes Easy and Often- How to Create a Wealth Mindset Using the Law of Attraction

My wife Angie and I were at a fundraising dinner last night for a local ministry that we support.  As we were leaving the venue, we were having a powerful conversation with our good friend Debbie about …


Added by Dr. Jason Cabler on April 16, 2015 at 9:21am — 2 Comments

5,000 Words of Free Copyediting

I want to let everyone know that I'm offering 5,000 words of free editing from today until Saturday. And, next Thursday through Saturday I'll be giving the same offer. I want to give you each a taste of Same-Day Editing, which I hope will change the way editing is done.

Everyone needs an editor, and I don't want time or budget to be barriers for writers to hire high-quality editors. And this goes beyond writers; if you have…


Added by Dustin Schwanger on February 5, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments

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How to Live Without Credit Cards- It’s Easier Than You Think!

Can you really live without credit cards and still live like a normal person? Well, yes and no. You can live without credit cards, but you certainly won’t be a normal person if you do, and that’s a good thing.

Think about it, the average family has over $15,000 in credit card debt. When you have that much credit card debt, it’s costing you a huge amount of interest and fees to carry that debt every single month. That’s money you could be using for a lot of things other than the… Continue

Added by Dr. Jason Cabler on November 7, 2014 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

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More Money Won’t Solve Your Problems- Here’s What Actually Works

How many times have you said to yourself, “if I could just make more money, I’d never have to worry about finances again”, or “if I had x amount of dollars, all my financial problems would be solved for good”.

When you’re…


Added by Dr. Jason Cabler on October 4, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Please Listen and Share Your Feedback

In a moment of excitement mixed with mild terror, I heard the blood rushing in my ears. My pulse twitched visibly in my neck. Any minute now Skype would ding and the radio interviewer would be on the other end of the line. I'd prepared for this moment. (At least I hoped I was prepared enough.) I kept reminding myself: I need to do this. I want to do this. I'm excited to do this.…


Added by Erin Casey on July 12, 2014 at 7:00am — 18 Comments

Don't Overlook the Obvious (Book Launch Update)

Just YESTERDAY I realized that my new book, Get Personal, wasn't featured on my website. Hmmm, does that make sense? …


Added by Erin Casey on June 27, 2014 at 3:59am — 3 Comments

What a Night!

On June 24th Dorsey McHugh and I had our first big book signing event at Two Old Hippies, a "hip" place in Downtown Nashville that is a whole lot of fun! And a very appropriate place for our "debut" due to the fact that Dorsey lived and breathed hippie back in the '60's and early '70s.  I knew about them....but I was too busy being "Suzy Homemaker" for my single parent family…


Added by Joanne Miller on June 26, 2014 at 8:14am — 15 Comments

Why Do You Write?

The DHL delivery guy just rang the bell and handed me my new book.

I wanted to hug him. (I didn't because such a display of affection would brand me as "that weird American." Truth is, I probably already have that reputation, and in retrospect, I should have hugged him.)

It's like when the nurse hands you your baby for the…


Added by Erin Casey on June 4, 2014 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

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