The smell of Jamaican patties and jerk chicken and the sounds of the West Indies Patois were very much in evidence during the annual Brooklyn Book Festival.
Blogs are a great way to get started, particularly if you are a non-fiction author as you already have your book to re-purpose content into a blog or to use your book as an idea generator for your blogs.
Everyone has a story to tell and for years as a broadcast journalist Ann Murray Paige's job was to tell those stories. Now as a breast cancer patient, she is sharing her own story on film, in speaking engagements, and on the page.
Artfully written, a novel can make you leave behind your world -- at least for the hours you spend reading -- and enter the one unfolding on the pages before you.
The publishing houses are certainly not beyond reproach as judges of worthy literature. Yet, despite their warts, the publishing industry does serve a valuable role as an initial arbiter of literary quality (however flawed it may be).
Some of the best novels have very believable protagonists, so it almost seems sort of/kind of possible to meet them. One of the pleasures of reading is immersing ourselves in a fictional world to the point where we can imagine being part of that world -- at least as a fly-on-the-wall.
There are few things as gratifying as the art of a good conversation. Sure, they might seem scarce today but they do occasionally crop up, leaving us ...
If you want your book to be bought and read by the widest possible audience, you have to start marketing it long before its publication date. Here are some simple tips on marketing that every author should take to heart.
Are you a success? Clearly it all depends on who you ask. Or maybe if you're smart you'll stop asking anyone and not look beyond yourself to figure it out. Because is it what anyone else thinks, or is it what you think?
Today producing books (e or p) has never been easier, but promoting them has never been more difficult. To get your e-book in front of as many eyes as possible, you will need patience, a plan and some creative ideas. Here are seven to get you started.
In finding my own voice as a historical writer, I benefited years ago from an exercise that I am convinced can help anyone to write -- and express a point of view -- more clearly and convincingly.
I am a realtor for authors. It's a thankful job, and I make quite a bit of money. But it is, without a doubt, a tougher job than any other realtor. Authors are very demanding, and as artists, they have what I can only describe as "unique" requests.
For a number of years, liking a novel by a certain author set me off on a binge of consecutively reading other books by the same author. It made sense. If you love one fictional work by an author, there's a good chance you'll at least like another.
I'm not the first author to advocate writing by hand. But when I did walk away from the keyboard and literally take up the pen, the difference in my creative output was astounding.
As an author I am routinely interviewed by freelance writers while I promote my work. Over the years I have developed a curiosity into their world of writing.
The most important element of a personal brand is that it helps you be yourself, stand out from the crowd and carve out your niche. After all, there is no competition for you. Your brand is the essence of who you are.
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