You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Anyone can self-publish a book; it’s relatively easy and there is no vetting process. Consequently, over a million books are published online each year. Many millions of books, maybe billions, are available through online distributors, in bookstores and from libraries. Why should anyone choose … Continue reading Brilliant Beginnings
It should be pretty easy to remember how to use an apostrophe since there are so few uses. An apostrophe is used to show possession and omission. Yet, this tiny punctuation hook seems to cause a lot of problems for writers. Pronouns do not need an apostrophe when showing possession. Your opinion is yours. For … Continue reading Apostrophe Use and Abuse
The purpose of a book review is to inform other potential readers/buyers about the book. Feedback is also helpful to the author. A good review can help increase sales; a poor review can have the opposite effect. To post a review on Amazon, you have to be an Amazon customer. Goodreads and other platforms (Barnes … Continue reading How to Write a Book Review
Now that An Accidental Awakening has launched and is available worldwide, I have more insight that popped up along the publishing road that can help you. There are several areas of confusion when it comes to the massive algorithm machine that is Amazon. One issue I've seen many rants about online is the reselling of … Continue reading Why does Amazon show used copies available of my book?
Great question! As always, it depends on you, your book, and how you want to send it out to the world. If you have mad skills in the area of cover design, go for it! eBook is easier in this respect than print book covers. You can use a tool such as Canva and create … Continue reading Should I invest in a professional book cover?
Yes, yes it does. Even the form of creativity and due diligence. The book cover is complete. The printer is printing my hard copy proofs as I type. All I had to do today was get up and upload my finished book onto Amazon and Kobo. And yet, here I sit, typing a blog post. … Continue reading Procrastination takes many forms
A writer is usually a voracious reader. At least they should be; that’s one way to learn the craft. If you’ve taken some training, good for you. But, you can’t just plop down a story without knowing how a story works if you haven’t at least absorbed that by osmosis from repeated reading. If you … Continue reading What Are You Reading?
Having been educated in Canada, we learned proper Canadian spelling (years ago!) but were influenced by an onslaught of American writing since. We teeter on the precipice between the Motherland and Big Brother. Our spellcheck program may be loyal to one country and Grammarly to another. (What do those squiggly red lines under some words … Continue reading Proudly Canadian?
What the heck is a pilcrow? Every time you hit “Enter” on your keyboard, you create a pilcrow. You just can’t see it. To see it, look up to the middle of your toolbar in whatever document program you’re writing in, and click on the symbol like the one to the left of this post. … Continue reading Hidden Characters
I spoke with a new client last week to discuss coaching her in the creation of her online courses. The first thing she said to me was, "I wish I'd found you a year ago." It turns out, she hired a vanity press to publish her first book. A vanity press resides somewhere between traditional … Continue reading The High Price of Vanity Press