7 Steps to Promoting a Bestselling Book

If you’re a writer, it’s likely you’ve spent countless hours conceptualizing, writing, and editing your book. You’ve also probably spent as much or more time getting it published. Now what? Brooke Warner, publisher at She Writes Press, recently spoke at Publishers and Writers San Diego about the value of building an author platform. She shared an analogy that I loved, saying, “Some writers want to hole up as they write, only to emerge after the book is done or publishedRead more

WHY I WRITE

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Hey! Get away from my keyboard! So rude. I hate it when other people’s characters sneak into my head when I’m writing. *puts out Do Not Disturb sign* I blame it on all the books I’ve read and the movies I’ve watched.  The authors who created places, people and fantasticalRead more

Beta Traps and Crocodile Brains

Are you job interviewing in this down economy? Pitching a book idea?  Picking a jury? Trying to convince a loved one they really need to go to that football game with you? Raising venture capital? Life’s about sales, no matter if it’s business or personal relationships.  I recently read a book by Oren Klaff called Pitch Anything! Klaff chased down every useable theory in the field of Neuroeconomics and formulated an answer to both how he could better forge a connectionRead more

Selective Memories

  Let’s face it, I have a selective memory. People can quote things I’ve said and I wonder what they’re talking about. Sometimes, I’m not even sure who these people are.  But, books. Those I remember.  The memory of leaving the local library with the first book I checked out as a child, Cowboy Andy. Its solid, thick cover felt good in my small hands and I beamed with pride. Over time, I moved out of the children’s section andRead more