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How Do You Choose a Book Cover That Tells Your Story?

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Will the cover be "me?" More importantly, will it honestly represent the emotions and story I've put on the page and attract readers?

Writing a Synopsis for Your Novel: A Scary But Useful Exercise

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

What is a synopsis, anyway? Just a summary, right? Wrong. Sure, a synopsis is a summary of your novel's narrative arc and describes the main characters. However, a synopsis must also be its own entity, with dramatic turns and a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Can You Judge Your Book by Its Cover?

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.10.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Seeing your book cover for the first time is like waiting for that guy from Match.com to show up at the restaurant. You've laid out your expectations and supposedly so has he. But will he actually look like the date of your dreams?

Do It Yourself or Die Trying

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.05.2012 | Money
Holly Robinson

These days, frugal is the new cool. Boxed wine is in. Fashion magazines trumpet vintage finds. Waste not, want not, is the new reality -- only it feels like old times to me.

Pimping Your Book, Indie or Traditional

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

There are some differences in how traditional and indie books are publicized, but those differences are shrinking by the nanosecond.

Our Muses, Ourselves: Why Women Like Me Run Away From Home

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

Most women are people-pleasers, willing to charge in to fill the black holes of need around us, even if that means sacrificing the time and concentration we need to be creative.

The Book Tour: Is It Worth It?

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

Why do a book tour, especially if you have to pay for it yourself? The reason bears repeating: we writers put our words on the page to reach someone.

The Author Photo: Where's My Body Double When I Need Her?

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

How much does an author photo really count when it comes to selling the book? Books might not sell better with a gorgeous author, but it couldn't hurt.

From One Book Cover to Another: Saying Goodbye to My Gerbils

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

The paperback of my memoir was released recently, but I barely recognize my own book with the new cover. It hurts my heart to say goodbye to the gerbils on the hardcover edition of The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter.

A Writer's First Year: "Do Not Snort on NPR" and Other Tips for Flogging Your Book

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

Nobody is better qualified than you are to advocate for your book. Here are a few helpful tips about book flogging that I've learned during my first year as a published writer:

Why Writers Need Book Clubs

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

In times when magazines are folding and publishers want brand names, authors write without knowing if we'll be read. But book groups allow us to learn what moved readers (or didn't).

A Writer's First Year: Where's My Web Butler?

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

When my book publicist discovered that I neither blogged nor commented on other people's blogs, she instructed me to start. Now. As in, yesterday. I was paralyzed with fear.

Why Our Stories Matter

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

The last time I called my father, he asked me what time it was. "Don't you have a watch, Dad?" I asked. "No, they always take those away when you ...