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…Continue
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.
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,…Continue
Added by Michael Allen Williamson on September 29, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Allen Williamson on August 31, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments
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? …Continue
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?
Added by Michael Allen Williamson on July 18, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
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…
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.
This is the most effective idea in…Continue
Added by Michael Allen Williamson on June 26, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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 …Continue
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…Continue
Added by Dustin Schwanger on February 5, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments
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”.
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.…Continue
Just YESTERDAY I realized that my new book, Get Personal, wasn't featured on my website. Hmmm, does that make sense? …Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
My new book is available now on Kindle. (YAY!!)
The book, Get Personal: The Importance of Sharing Your Faith Story, offers both encouragement and practical guidance on how (and why) to speak up about the ways God is active in our lives…Continue
This week has been a roller coaster of excitement and…Continue