Book Trailers: A Link to Some Basics

I recently had the opportunity to attend a session for writers introducing the basics of book trailers. Richmond is home to a growing writing community and is also home to the James River Writers (JRW), a great organization that hosts an annual conference, writers' workshops, master writing classes, and more. Every month, they also host …

Catching Up With Award-Winning Author Lisa Regan

It's hard to believe it was a year ago (to the day I think!) that I first had Lisa Regan as a guest on this blog. I had just read her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher, loved it, and wanted to know more about her work. During that interview, I learned Finding Claire Fletcher was …

Don’t Panic: Help to Maintain Your Editing Sanity

Unless you've chosen editing as your profession, you probably find editing a chore. I know I do. Is it necessary? Oh, yeah. As I go through the process, I find that some chapters are pretty good (yeah!), some need some work (time-consuming), and some are banished altogether (sometimes painful). Paragraphs get moved. Chapters get moved. …

Sometimes your writing is like leftovers…better the next day.

I love chili and stew and all things soup. While I often make them from scratch, they are also a great vehicle for leftovers. I don't know about you, but to me, leftovers always taste better the next day. Lately, I've been thinking the same thing about my writing. I've been on a roll - writing …

Good Marketing Advice from David Gaughran

For many of us who have written only one or two books, we are still learning the ins and outs of publishing and marketing. The publishing part is fun. Seeing your book on Amazon and having people buy it and review it is gratifying. The marketing aspect is not so much. I've written in the …

The Idea Behind the Hybrid Author Website

Okay. So, I've already written a couple of times that I believed I needed an official author website in addition to a writing/author blog.  My blog, started in January of 2012, was titled The Dog Ate My Novel (a nod to all the questions from friends and family as to WHEN my first novel would …