Sunday, August 4, 2013

Book Blowout!!

Closing out my inventory and offering The Path to Publishing Your Book at a blowout price... $5.00 plus $4.00 for media mail shipping. It normally sells for $14.95 and   is 230 pages. This is the book I offer my students in my writing class and contains the same information as The Write Way.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Computer Crash

One of the worst things that can happen to a writer is losing his/her words... words that you've put your time, energy, effort, and heart and soul into. It feels like you've lost something personal; it's not just words...
it's who you are on paper.

It happened to me last Wednesday. My computer crashed due to a Windows automatic update. There was nothing that my Internet security people could do to revive it. The computer was dead... gone... a.k.a. the blue screen of death.

The worst part was that I hadn't backed up my words or printed out a hard copy of most of my work, so my words were gone... completely obliterated into the oblivion of cyberspace. So my advice to writers

I was completely lost without my computer and my words for the past week. I didn't know what to do with myself. My writing so defines me that I felt as if I'd lost a big part of me. I just got my computer back yesterday from the Geek Squad and have started rewriting the lost words. And yes, I will back up my words so I don't ever lose them again.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Blogging and a Book Giveaway

Looking for something to get you into the swing of writing every day? Why not try NaBloPoMo -- National Blog Posting Month -- where you commit to blogging every day for
a month?

I've done this before at Foods and Flavors of San Antonio last March when my cookbook was first published, serving a fiesta of food. And... I've decided to do NaBloPoMo again at Chadwick Pages.

One of the purposes of blogging is to gain readership and visibility. I've been neglecting Chadwick Pages, so I'm going to grow my blog and write a post every day in February. I'll be offering a look inside my books and doing a book giveaway. The drawing will be done on
the last day of the month; the winner can choose the book he or she wants from all the books I've blogged about.

Come on over and visit Chadwick Pages as I blog my books.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Breakthrough Novel

Have you written a novel and want to get
it published? Amazon, along with Penguin
Group and CreateSpace, is sponsoring the Breakthrough Novel Award.

There are two grand prizes--one for general fiction and one for young adult fiction. Each winner receives a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance. Open submissions for manuscripts is January 25th through February 7th. Click the link for more details.

I know what's it's like to write a novel... to live, breathe, and sleep with it every day and night... to become best friends with your characters, to know they're real, even though they're imaginary, and to love your book like you've never loved anything else. I also know what it's like to receive 93 rejections on your beloved book, and I know the passion for getting it into print.

New this year, for the first time, the breakthrough novel award is open to novels that have been previously self-published. WooHoo!! I'm entering my novel, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year, New Look

You've heard the adage, You can't judge
a book by its cover
. In the publishing industry, this doesn't hold true. A book
judged by its cover. Your book cover
is so important... it can make or break
your book. If distributors don't like your book cover, they won't represent it to bookstores. If readers don't like your cover, there's a really good chance they'll pass it over in favor of a book with a good looking cover, even if your book is much better.

Sooo... I'm in the process of updating How To Write Your Book And Get It Published The Write Way with more information and a new cover, all dressed up in a better looking package.

While we're on the subject of book covers, what kind of vision do
you have for your book cover? It doesn't matter if you're still in the process of writing your book or if you have an offer from a publisher (and they'll be designing your cover with little or no say-so from you), it's good to have a cover concept of what you want your cover to look like.

Seeing your book cover in your mind and creating a picture of your cover says to your subconscious that your book is complete. This will actually help you write your book because you see it in finished form. Play with your book cover concept, put that picture on the wall above your computer, and see what happens with your writing.

And speaking of how your book cover represents what's inside your book, I also created a new header for this blog... to represent what
a writer really looks like.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Book Promotion

The most important thing in
selling your book, whether it's commercially published and especially if it's self-published, is Promotion. You've got to promote your book; you have to let people know about your book and entice them to buy it by sharing blurbs
to show potential readers (book buyers) what your book is about, what's inside, and why your book will interest them.

Your book isn't going to sell itself. That's something you have to do. The very first thing to do, even before you finish writing your book,
is create an online presence with a blog and/or a website about your book. This doesn't have to cost you a ton of money; you can do it for free and the exposure is priceless. Two good sites for blogging are WordPress and Blogger.

Blogs are a powerful promotion tool and can also be a lot of fun because they're interactive. If you blog on a regular basis--at least once a week with fresh content, posting relevant subject matter and perhaps sharing brief excerpts--your blog will get good rankings and search engines will send people who are looking for the information
in your book to your blog.

After you've set up your blog, showcase your book on the sidebar and provide links where people can buy your book. Start a blog. Your book will thank you. Your publisher will thank you. Your bank account (think royalties) will thank you. Most important, your readers will thank you.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Riverstone Publishing

I've just created a new website -- Riverstone Publishing -- which features "how-to" books on writing. Come on over and visit.

Explore the path to publication...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Steps to Successful Self-Publishing

Are you thinking about self-publishing your book? Would you like someone to walk you through it, step-by-step, and show you the way?

Self-publishing your own book can be a wonderful adventure. There are many steps along the path to self-publishing. Your venture into self-publishing and all that it involves will be unique and individual to the type of book you are writing and how you plan to market and promote it.

Steps to Successful Self-Publishing is a guide into the world of self-publishing, offering the basics to get you started. Included are hundreds of current contacts to help you market your book as well as proven Internet strategies for selling your book online. Inside these pages you'll learn how to:
  • Apply for a publisher name and set up your publishing business as a sole proprietorship;
  • Obtain an ISBN Log and credential your book;
  • Create a workable budget and a financial plan;
  • Determine your selling strategies and personal promotion plans;
  • Create a descriptive selling handle;
  • Professionally layout and typeset your book;
  • Write a powerful back cover blurb;
  • Write an effective press release to gather media attention;
  • Get your book into bookstores and libraries;
  • Interest a distributor in representing your book;
  • Launch your book locally and to the world;
  • Obtain book reviews and other free publicity; and
  • Sell subsidiary rights, including book clubs and foreign translations.
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, like to be in control of and in charge of everything, and are a do-it-yourselfer, publishing your own book may be the right path for you. While it is a lot of hard work and there are many pitfalls, the rewards are plentiful. The best one is that you are now a published author. If you decide the self-publishing path is right for you, go for it. Get your book into print.

Want to browse through the book before you buy to see if it's right for you? Look through the table of contents to see what's inside Steps to Successful Self-Publishing.

  • To Be or Not to Be... Published
One. Beginning at the Beginning
  • Choosing Your Publisher Name
  • Being a Self-Publisher
  • Taxes
  • ISBN
  • Library of Congress Catalog Card Number
  • Advance Book Information
  • Copyrighting Your Book
  • Print Run, Pricing, and Profit
  • Beginning Your Budget
  • Self-Publishing on a Shoestring
Two. Mapping Your Markets
  • Your Book Vision
  • Defining Your Book's Market
  • Selling Strategies
  • Creating a Marketing Plan
Three. Before and Between the Covers
  • Terrific Titles
  • Creating Your Cover
  • Selling Handle
  • Proofing and Editing
  • Interior Layout and Typesetting
  • Binding
  • Putting Your Book Together
  • Back Cover Blurb
  • Bar Code
Four. Printing and Promotional Materials
  • Offset Printing
  • Print-on-Demand (POD)
  • Promotional Materials
  • Press Release
Five. Bookstores and Beyond
  • Bookstores
  • Libraries
  • Distributors and Wholesalers
  • Online Bookstores
  • Orders and Returns
Six. Publicity and Promotion
  • Launching Your Book
  • Media Blitz
  • Book Reviews
  • Direct Mail
  • Book Clubs
  • Catalogs and Newsletters
  • Contests and Awards
  • Foreign Sales
  • Trade Shows
  • Book Fairs
  • Internet Promotions
  • Building Buzz
  • Workshops and Lectures
  • Articles and Excerpts
Recommended Reading List
  • Books on Self-Publishing, Marketing, and Promotion

Riverstone Publishing, 98 pages.
ISBN: 978-1-883717-59-9.
Available at Amazon for $12.95.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Author Pages at Amazon

Amazon is offering authors an author page where you can upload
a bio and a photo, write blog posts, and engage in discussions with your readers. It's new... still in Beta, but it looks like it's going to be
a wonderful way to promote your books. Have a look at my Author Page. I just started working on it today. It's missing most of my books, but I'm told they're being added.

If you have a book listed on Amazon, you already have an author page. Go to Amazon, search by your name, and your author page is linked at the top of your book listings. Click on the link to join Author Central and get started.