Posts Tagged "writing wednesday"

What do writers read to their kids?: Five authors share their favorite children’s books

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Parenting | 10 comments

What do writers read to their kids?: Five authors share their favorite children’s books

I’ve been reading a lot of children’s books lately. Never mind that Dominic seems far more interested in eating them than looking at them. No, never mind that. I used to think that it couldn’t be that hard to write a good children’s book, but now now I have a bit more respect for children’s authors. Creating a good children’s book is not as easy as it looks like it might be. At least, that is the conclusion I draw from the fact that there are so many seriously lame children’s books that managed to make it into print. Luckily there are a bunch of seriously awesome ones out there,...

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Six tips for marketing self-published books

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Writing | 8 comments

Six tips for marketing self-published books

Last Wednesday I wrote about the challenge that marketing can be for self-publishing authors. I asked what you would do if you were in charge of marketing my memoir, Love At The Speed Of Email, and was flooded with responses. Well, not exactly. But that’s not surprising. It’s a hard question for me to answer, and I know the book better than anyone. It’s also hard to think of ways to get the word out there without being overly and annoyingly self-promoting. The one person who tackled the question I asked last week suggested leaning toward authenticity whenever possible. I think that is...

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Marketing yourself and your work

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Writing | 15 comments

Marketing yourself and your work

When I signed the contract five years ago for My Hands Came Away Red I had ridiculously little idea about what went into getting a book out there. As far as I was concerned, I’d done my part by writing the thing and whatever happened next was up to the publishers – I was just along for the “fun and games” ride. Against all odds, this actually worked out quite well for me. Moody Publishers got me reviewed, printed marketing materials, organized radio interviews, hosted me at trade shows and even got me on the cover of a magazine. I got into the spirit of things and organized a couple...

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What sells a blog post and drives traffic on your blog?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Writing | 13 comments

What sells a blog post and drives traffic on your blog?

If you’ve clicked on over looking for a how-to post about styling yourself as a mega-blogger … sorry. This is not that. Too much talk about branding yourself and building a platform tends to make my eyes glaze over and my brain yawn, but for those of you looking for that sort of information I’ve included some relevant links at the end of this post. No, this isn’t going to be a blog on the importance of compelling titles and posting consistently on topics closely linked to your niche and brand. Instead, I just wanted to share something I’ve been thinking about during the last...

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Heading back toward normal

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 in Writing | 13 comments

Heading back toward normal

This is my first Writing Wednesday post in quite a while. Sorry. It’s been a tough couple of weeks over here. Normal routine went right out the window with Dominic’s fall down the stairs and it hasn’t returned yet. It’s not just that, though, my ability to focus and my desire to write seem to have been just as abruptly displaced and they haven’t really returned yet either. In particular, I have no desire to write in detail about the day of the accident – even thinking about that day still makes me feel sick. But. Many of you have written wanting to know how Dominic is, and a...

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Sweet sleep and ice cream machines: What do you need to create?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Writing | 12 comments

Sweet sleep and ice cream machines: What do you need to create?

It’s almost 4:30 in the morning. I’ve been up since 3:15 when I first heard a little someone who sleeps right beside me in a mosquito-netted travel cot tossing his head from side to side and smacking his lips. Then I heard questing chirps and fingernails clawing at nylon (I’m pretty sure he lives in hope that if he just scrabbles around frantically enough he’s going to find a boob in bed with him one of these days, either that or he’ll manage to dig his way to one). After a couple of minutes of this I got up and gave him what he wanted. He went right back to sleep afterwards –...

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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...

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Writing Wednesday: Killing Your Darlings

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Writing | 12 comments

Writing Wednesday: Killing Your Darlings

Last week, after a string of awful nights, I decided to write a children’s story. The fun I had writing this little story did not make up for the exhaustion and aggravations of the previous week, but it helped. As I rhymed my way through verses about dogs, roosters, mosquitoes and various other midnight misadventures I even found myself laughing. My 2nd favorite line was the one about wishing all the roosters would die, but my absolute favorite line of the whole piece came at the end of the stanza about mosquitoes. It’s 4, and Mama Bear wakes in the dark She hears a buzz, the mosquito...

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Surprise endings and a fish foot massage (A Writing Wednesday post)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Writing | 4 comments

Surprise endings and a fish foot massage (A Writing Wednesday post)

Yes, that is a picture of Mike in Cambodia, reading my manuscript while fish nibble at his feet. That was more than a year ago, and if you’d told me then I’d still be fine tuning this book 13 months later I may just have jumped into the pond and let the fish have me. Sometimes it’s a good thing that we don’t fully realize in advance just how much work is in store for us when we follow our passions. On Sunday Mike hung with Baby Bear while I wrestled with the ending of my memoir. This has to be at least the tenth time I’ve gone through this manuscript in the last two years. I thought...

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Landmines, literal and metaphorical (Writing Wednesday)

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Writing | 5 comments

Landmines, literal and metaphorical (Writing Wednesday)

On Monday I took Baby Bear on an outing to the UXO museum (unexploded ordinance), because it’s never too early in life to learn about cluster bombs. (Or because I was desperate to get out of the house and the UXO museum is just a five-minute walk away). Dominic wasn’t all that impacted by the cluster bombs, he was far more concerned with the fact that I handed him over to the woman who was standing guard over the empty, one-room exhibit, and looking at him longingly. I figured that anyone who had to talk about landmines all day deserved a baby snuggle. Dominic wasn’t sure that he...

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