Is Amazon Retail’s Nirvana?

I was listening to MSNBC a few days ago and heard that U.S. employment took a big hit recently. Immediately I wondered what industry had now been exported to China.  If you thought this too, we both would have been mistaken. No, this latest drop in employment didn’t come from manufacturing but from a source […]

Sell Yourself to Sell Your Book

Publishers closing their doors happens quite frequently these days, as authoring, publishing and even selling books is a rough business. There is loads of risk involved for publishers in publishing a novel or book. Yes, the author spends gobs of time writing his or her work. However, before writing his or her book, an author […]

Who Buys Books?

For some authors, the decision of whether to go with a smaller publisher, a larger one or to just self-publish their book can be daunting. Many authors believe a larger publisher might be a better choice because they have more market dollars to commit to a book than smaller ones. Another assumption is the only […]

A Salute to Writing That Novel

As the story goes, everybody has a book in them—or an idea for one. Wonderful! I salute the writing spirit that is so prevalent since the word processor and self-publishing made is so easy to write something and place it before hungry readers. Wait a minute. Did I just say hungry readers? Where? Are you […]

Book Covers Are Just Book Clothes

Somewhere out there, where fake story’s start, there’s a rumor that book covers somehow sell books. And the buzzer goes off and a moment later, big letters light up the word, in huge, bold letters–FALSE. Great stories sell books. A cover is just that—a cover. Maybe, from a publisher’s perspective, the best cover should be […]

What Keeps You

What Keeps You by Heather Sharfeddin is one of those rare books that keeps you turning pages. Young readers will enjoy it as the story is about a 16-year-old. However, Reese, it’s main character is timeless. But don’t take my work for it. On Amazon you can read few pages and make up your own […]

Hungry Readers?

Everybody has a book—or an idea for one. Wonderful. I applaud the creative spirit that is so prevalent since the word processor and self-publishing made is so easy to write something and place it before hungry readers. Wait a minute. Did I just say hungry readers? Where? Are you sure? Do you know them? Do […]

NaNoWriMo

November is NaNoWriMo month, this year it’s also the general election, and I get more frustrated as November approaches. Those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is must live in a cave, (there are also many who don’t know what the general election means either). During this time, the month of November, every wannabe […]

Do You Know What You’ve Written?

When someone asks you about your book, do you notice the polite smiles and glazed over eyes, or do you do, as I did, keep on talking; trying to cram years of joy into what should be a one minute conversation. Since I’ve bored enough people with my story, let’s talk about writing instead. I […]

Writer’s Conferences

So, what’s good and bad about writer’s conferences? From the perspective of someone who has attended over 40 of them, I’ll clue you in. To clarify, I’m not an eccentric millionaire but was invited as a literary agent, manuscript consultant, and workshop facilitator.  Also, to alleviate writer’s cramp, writers’ conferences, from now on, will simply […]