Why “Saving Mr. Banks” should be required viewing for self-publishing authors

Why “Saving Mr. Banks” should be required viewing for self-publishing authors

I’ve just started watching “Saving Mr. Banks” – the story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) acquired the book rights of Mary Poppins from the author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson). At the beginning of the story, P. L. Travers is a control freak, absolutely paranoid that her creation will be modified, changed, ruined. Disney...

The horrible hidden truth behind the Secret Life of Walter Mitty that’s keeping you from your dreams.

The horrible hidden truth behind the Secret Life of Walter Mitty that’s keeping you from your dreams.

On the surface, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a movie with values I can get behind. A boring photo-processor daydreams about epic adventures because he’s too scared and socially awkward to actually do anything. He’s made fun of, ignored and taken for granted. He’s supporting his mom and his dead-beat actress sister; a...

Cheating to win won’t help your book sales: Judging the Author’s Database 2013 Book Cover Design Contest

Cheating to win won’t help your book sales: Judging the Author’s Database 2013 Book Cover Design Contest

This month I was asked to be a guest judge on the Author’s Database 2013 indie book cover design contest. It was an interesting experience, both in seeing the quality of what’s out there, and becoming more familiar with my own guidelines for quality cover design. There was a wide variety, and I was supposed The 3 secrets to book...

How to write a press release (plus a $50 off coupon at PRweb!)

How to write a press release (plus a $50 off coupon at PRweb!)

Recently I finished a guide to book marketing, and discouraged authors from using a free or paid press release service because I don’t think it’s worthwhile for authors or book promotion. But you might want to do it anyway, especially if you A) have a non-fiction book or B) are promoting some kind of business. The 3 secrets to...