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To publish a book is to become immortal. Why? Because your name and most importantly, your ideas will live on even when you are no longer physically here on earth. For as long as there are people who read (for information and for pleasure), accept, or even oppose (for the sake of argumentation and critical analysis) your ideas, your person is alive through that book.
For many—at least for those who have the passion for reading and writing—to be able to publish a book in their lifeti ...more
Recently one of the top online article submission websites has considered listing books by the authors who post their articles online as an added bonus to the these top online expert writers. Should Online Article Submission Websites list these writers and authors Previous Books? Well it seems to be a good idea and many authors who have written books have considered this.
But how many books should such a website list? The number three was proposed? But what if the author has 6 books or ...more
The first rejection is always a shock. How could a publisher reject you after you worked so hard, printed the manuscript or burned a CD, wrote a proposal, and paid for shipping? Rejection is always painful, yet you may grow from it.
Give yourself time to process the rejection. Put the letter away for a week. Then, setting your emotions aside, read it again for content. Does the letter contain any helpful suggestions? If the editor took the time to include suggestions he or she thin ...more
To do its job, your book's title (even at the outline stage) must be "special!" It can whisper, it can holler, it can whinny, but it has to be specific. When your book's addressed to everyone, it's addressed to no one. "Eek!" you cry, "That means nobody will read it!" Exactly. Next time you're wandering the bonny aisles of Bones and Narble, or surfing the Amazonian waves, take a look at the titles that catch your eye. When you see "How to Know Things the Smart Way" do you run over to grab tha ...more
My mother is a professional storyteller. She makes her listeners laugh and fall in love and cry. She accomplishes it all by sharing anecdotes. Carefully crafted ones, to be sure, but that's what they are.
So it's probably in response to my mother's example that I ended up writing my own book, soon to be published. I wrote it to give back some of the vast inner treasure that has come as a result of my spiritual adventuring in yoga and meditation.
I also wrote the book because I bel ...more
Bare-butted, cute-faced, dreamy-eyed Qin Dai is one step away from fame as a writer. She has written a romantic novel and she's using her skin to sell her book and buy her way to fame...but I'm not complaining...
Qin Dai has posted some of her bare-ass pictures in her blog on www.ycwb.com and it's drawing eyeballs, comments and a lot of interest. But, you've gotta be able to navigate your way through a sea of Chinese to get to her blog, a feat I'm not capable of achieving.
She spe ...more
You know it when you see it. It's the paper sandwich that looks so yummy you can't pass it up. It demands a second look. A well-designed book cover is no accident. It's the product of creative knowledge and great intuition. When you're meeting your sweetie's folks for the first time, you wear something special but not too garish, something that speaks volumes about what a great guy/gal you are.
My grandmother's advice to young women interested in marriage was, "Be pretty if you can, wit ...more
Every book was once a mere snippet of a notion with a pencil (or a computer keyboard) dangling off the end of it. The difference between an author and someone daydreaming out the window is that, finding the pencil or keyboard attached to a notion, the writer continues drawing, writing, pulling, prodding, and scratching at the notion until it becomes a book. But how does that book become wonderful? There lies the real mystery. No one really knows. . . but I have observed that Wonderful Books o ...more
Here's what I've discovered in perusing the coverage of this year's BookExpo America: all is NOT doom and gloom in the publishing industry! If anything people are just as excited about books as they ever were and that means lots of opportunity for people like us who are interested in putting more books out there in the world. But success doesn't happen by accident. There are still obstacles to overcome and the more you know about the publishing process, the easier your journey will be. So let ...more