Is your book cover designer lazy and unethical? (Stock photography and cover clones/cliches AGAIN)

Is your book cover designer lazy and unethical? (Stock photography and cover clones/cliches AGAIN)

I wrote recently about how and why book cover designs should be clichés, most of the time, because you always want to fit into a genre and appeal to the style conventions that are being used: you want people to recognize what your book is about. No, they won’t say, “Gee that looks interesting, but The 3 secrets to book marketing...

Actionable Inspiration Without Intimidation:  A Review of Write it Forward 2014

Actionable Inspiration Without Intimidation: A Review of Write it Forward 2014

This is a guest post by Jeff McKinney; I was curious about the Write it Forward event and Jeff agreed to do a write-up I could share. On July 25-26, authors, speakers and creatives gathered in Atlanta for Write it Forward featuring bestselling author and writing teacher Jeff Goins. The event was well organized, intimate The 3 secrets to book...

Ask me anything about publishing (please!)

Ask me anything about publishing (please!)

This weekend I’m attending the Willamette Writer’s conference in Portland, Oregon. There are a whole bunch of great writers who are beginning to think about publishing, and they are asking a lot of questions. I know a lot about publishing but I don’t often address the more common or basic stuff (how to set up The 3 secrets...

Save a lot of money on book marketing

I’m speaking at a book marketing event in Cleveland on Sept. 8th, along with Johnny B. Truant (of “Write, Publish, Repeat.”) Jim Kukral, the organizer and founder of Author Marketing Club, is letting me offer friends a discount code for $49 off the conference – plus lifetime membership to Author Marketing Club (a $295...