It’s a Numbers Game

It’s a Numbers Game

Unless you are independently wealthy, there comes a time in a writer’s career when you have to work the numbers to reach your goals. Too often authors rely on a relatively small group of followers on social media or personal friends and family to buy enough quantity...
What are You Writing to Change the World?

What are You Writing to Change the World?

The billionaire Richard Branson recently asked, “What are you doing to change the world?” It is not enough for businesses to remain in business simply to make a few individuals richer; in fact, the opposite is true. Businesses should exist because they bring something...
Unexpected Amazon Fines—and How to Prevent Them

Unexpected Amazon Fines—and How to Prevent Them

  If you are a self-published author, you may have recently received an email from amazon fining you for a shipment of books. Amazon refers to it as a “chargeback” but it amounts to a fine if your order was not fulfilled exactly as they want it to be.  ...
Protecting the Author Psyche

Protecting the Author Psyche

Authors are a sensitive group. They feel emotions more deeply than most; they have to, to be able to bring scenes to life, from hopelessness and anger to love and elation. They do not read words, hear or see them; they feel them. The words morph into three dimensional...
The Power of Color

The Power of Color

Visitors to your website will process color before they read the first word, and 93% of buyers will be influenced by the colors you’ve selected. This means that despite your best efforts to attract readers and entice them to purchase your books, the color of your...
Bowker Releases 2016 Report

Bowker Releases 2016 Report

Bowker has released its latest report on Self-Publishing in the United States, encompassing 2011 through 2016. Even if you are traditionally published, the report is valuable. Though brick-and-mortar bookstores continue to be dominated by the largest New York...
10 Ways Authors Shoot Themselves in the Foot

10 Ways Authors Shoot Themselves in the Foot

There are countless ways in which authors harm their careers, sometimes ending them before they’ve hardly begun. Many of their actions are meant as shortcuts, attempts to propel them to success without the customary years of career building. Here are just a few:...
On Language

On Language

Authors have debated the use of profanity or vulgarisms in their books for years, often citing so-called experts that advocate for or against its use. This past weekend, I encountered an author that claimed her books would not sell (according to her publisher) if she...
When Your Book Has Been Pirated

When Your Book Has Been Pirated

A few years ago I was discussing a great book I’d read with a friend of mine, highly encouraging her to read it. It had been on the New York Times bestseller list in 1996, but let’s face it: some books are great regardless of their initial release dates....