Posts Tagged "book"

7 Simple Ways To Promote A Friend’s Book

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Writing | 0 comments

7 Simple Ways To Promote A Friend’s Book

Do you have a friend who has written a book? Do you want to support them, but aren’t quite sure how to do that? Since I released Love at the Speed of Email, several people have asked how they can best help me get the word out. If you’ve ever wondered how you can effectively support a writer-friend, here are seven simple things to do:   1.  Buy the book: It’s sort of obvious, but this one is really important. The number of books authors sell means a lot more than just how much money they stand to make. Book sales influence everything from how well the book shows up in internet...

Read More

Let’s talk money: What I’m earning from self-publishing my book

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Writing | 18 comments

Let’s talk money: What I’m earning from self-publishing my book

Yesterday I laid out the details of what I’ve spent self-publishing my latest book, Love at the Speed of Email. So far, it’s cost me about $3500.00 to bring this book to market. The other side of the equation, of course, is what I might earn from it. Here are some interesting facts on the “earnings” side of the money equation.  Setting the price I decided to price the paperback at $12.95 and the e-book at $9.99. At those prices I earn about $3.50 every time someone buys a paperback from Amazon. I earn about $6 when they buy a paperback straight from Createspace. I earn about $5 for...

Read More

Let’s talk money: What it cost me to self-publish my book

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Writing | 27 comments

Let’s talk money: What it cost me to self-publish my book

What is it about money that makes talking about it so hard? As I sit down to write this, I feel like I’m about to write a personal post about sex. In fact, I’ve been wondering for a while now whether to write this post at all, but then I realized that this is exactly the sort of post I wanted to read eight months ago when I first decided to self publish my next book. So, all you folks who are thinking about self-publishing a book, this is for you. Today I’m going to tell you exactly what it cost me to self-publish Love at the Speed of Email and share six lessons that I learned along the...

Read More

The cover for Love At The Speed Of Email

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Writing | 5 comments

The cover for Love At The Speed Of Email

I’m at the Festival of Faith and Writing in Michigan at the moment. When we figured out that we’d be in the States exactly when this writing conference was being held I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, even though it meant leaving Dominic for the first time in his young life. Ugh. I had no idea how hard that would really be. I’ve accosted two perfect strangers in the hallways here already just so I could pet their babies. “It’s only three nights,” I keep telling myself. “This is good for him. It’s good for me.” Well, it’s undoubtedly good for me, but I’m not so sure...

Read More

And The Title Is…

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Writing | 14 comments

And The Title Is…

I find book titles hard. I spent a decade working on my first novel and I still didn’t have a title I liked when I submitted it to publishers. This turned out not to be a problem. In fact, when I was offered a contract I was surprised to learn that publishers generally retain the right to title (or re-title) your book and design its cover any way they see fit. It’s not completely unheard of for authors to hate the title or cover that clothes their work. Luckily that didn’t happen to me. I loved both the title and the cover that Moody Publishers came up with for my hands came away red...

Read More

T’is The Night Before (A Children’s Story)

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Funny, Life in Laos | 12 comments

T’is The Night Before (A Children’s Story)

It’s 8, and Mama Bear gives a yawn She’s very tired, she’s been up since dawn All day Baby Bear needed loving and feeding Up and down he set emotions stampeding She goes to bed, she begins to count sheep One, two, three, four… Mama Bear is asleep It’s 10, and Mama Bear wakes in the dark Drums and cymbals and music, hark! These are sounds she is daily dreading The loud late strains of a Lao wedding She lies in bed, she begins to count sheep One, two, three, fifty… Mama Bear is asleep It’s 12, and Mama Bear wakes in the dark Papa Bear’s snoring sounds not like a lark She tugs...

Read More

On editing and rewrites

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Writing | 2 comments

On editing and rewrites

It’s 8:30am. My child has been lying in his crib, smiling and gurgling at the ceiling for the last ten minutes. Now he’s gazing at me across the room while his eyes drift shut. I lovelovelove these parental moments. Huh. Now trying to think of parental moment from the last two days that I have loveloveloved that did not involve a content child safely contained in bed while I was on my laptop. You know, one where I was actually interacting with him. I’ll have to get back to you on that, because I’m not here today to write about him. Nor am I here to write about me – though let me...

Read More

Writing Wednesday and the Tale of Book Baby

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in Writing | 10 comments

Writing Wednesday and the Tale of Book Baby

I feel a little as if I’ve had two babies during the last couple of months, and Dominic wasn’t the first. The first was the book baby. After a three-year gestation period, “book baby” was delivered to my agent in May, just before I left for Australia. Book baby was the product of three years of work, three rewrites (Mike jokes that I actually wrote three different books), and countless hours of thought and editing. I had high hopes that my agent would be able to find the perfect adoptive publishing home for book baby. A home that would love and care for it, polish it up, and send it...

Read More

Juggling different worlds

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Writing | 6 comments

Juggling different worlds

I wrote an overdue email to someone far away today. I met Lynne for the first time in Kenya in 2004 when I took advantage of an introduction by a mutual friend and showed up at her house in Nairobi, still suffering from the worst bout of food poisoning I had ever had in my life. She fed me apple juice and yogurt smoothies and two days later we went on safari in the Masai Mara together for three nights. You bond quickly when you’re sharing a tent and getting before dawn to go be wowed by scenes like these: Since then, Lynne and I have crossed paths regularly around the world – in...

Read More

Rewriting, third drafts, feedback, and elevator pitches (in summary)

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Writing | 14 comments

Rewriting, third drafts, feedback, and elevator pitches (in summary)

I decided to give myself the day off consulting work today and tackle the last chapter of the memoir rewrite instead. 73,276 words later I have a full third (or, uh, tenth or thereabouts) draft! I still don’t have a good title, but never mind. The marketing team came up with my hands came away red for my first novel and I loved it. Titles don’t seem to be my forte, and I’m hoping someone out there will be similarly inspired for this book. That assumes, of course, that this book ever goes to print. I’ve been reading a lot of writing blogs lately and one thing is for sure, everything is...

Read More