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"When I was an adolescent I wanted to be a Jew, a Bolshevik, black, homosexual, a junkie, half-crazy, and — the crowning touch — a one-armed amputee, but all I became was a literature professor."
— Roberto Bolaño

Here's news about getting more out of your media releases. If you're not using them, you should be!

A literary search engine?

"Everything I love: literature, irony, humor, the individual,
and the defense of free expression."
— Christopher Hitchens

Lessons from Lady Gaga ... turn your rejections into creative fuel.

"I do not write with ease, nor am I ever pleased with anything I write. And so I rewrite."
— Margaret Mitchell

The marketer in me loves this mischief marketing idea - her goal was to attract interest, and she did! Was her markting gimmick ethical?

Indie author looking for reviews? Here are 5 ways indie authors can get reviews.

Our Dec. 3, 2012 blog post: 12 holiday book marketing ideas for THIS season – and 6 for NEXT year

“Read for yourselves, read for the sake of your inspiration, for the sweet turmoil in your lovely head. But also read against yourselves, read for questioning and impotence, for despair and erudition, read the dry sardonic remarks of cynical philosophers like Cioran or even Carl Schmitt, read newspapers, read those who despise, dismiss or simply ignore poetry and try to understand why they do it. Read your enemies, read those who reinforce your sense of what's evolving in poetry, and also read those whose darkness or malice or madness or greatness you can't understand because only in this way will you grow, outlive yourself, and become what you are.”

― Adam Zagajewski

Why it's important for you to know the other books competing in your genre...

Want a way to get reviews for your Kindle books?

I'll never forget a tech person on one of my job sites telling me, "It's always easy when you know." It wouldn't have occurred to me to write this post because it's so obvious to me but it's great info for those still learning!  Author Blogging 101 3 Tips for Using Photos


“To me, literature is a calling, even a kind of salvation. It connects me with an enterprise that is over 2,000 years old. What do we have from the past? Art and thought. That’s what lasts. That’s what continues to feed people and give them an idea of something better.”
― Susan Sontag


If you sell your book on Amazon, make sure people can find it! 


Excellent advice on getting book bloggers to review your book: Don't go in with your hand out! 


“My God, the corruptions of literature. It put all these notions into our heads.”
― Charles Baxter


6 hints for authors who are just getting started on Twitter... 


Want to turn your book into a movie? Here's advice from a pro... 


“It seems to me as natural and necessary to keep notes, however brief, of one's reading, as logs of voyages or photographs of one's travels. For memory, in most of us, is a liar with galloping consumption.”
― F. L. Lucas


4 excellent tips for fitting Facebook into your marketing funnel... 


Excellent reminder to start with baby steps and do what you know first. Social Media Mistakes All Authors Should Avoid


A timely and very useful post from Robert Chazz Chute ... If you won the lottery, what would you do with your new book publicity budget?


“I know that I am a small, weak man, but I have amassed a large library; I dream of dangerous places.” ― Terry Pratchett 


Our Nov. 28, 2012 blog post: Q & A with Jenn Laurent, author of Excerpts from the Heart of a Mom”




Our Nov. 27, 2012 blog post: Notes on a book launch: “Excerpts from the Heart of a Mom”


"I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil."
― Truman Capote


“It is difficult to call myself a writer, even when I stand at a podium to receive a prize,
I feel uncomfortable calling myself a writer — I am merely a word criminal.” ― Murong Xuecun


This one's clever especially if you're a fan of the USA Network show, Burn Notice. The Burn Notice Guide to Creating a Marketing Plan for Your Book 


“The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them belonging
to the writer, some of them belonging to the world of readers at large.” ― Aberjhani


“We were supposed to be an English literature class, but Miss Nesbitt used literature to teach
real life. She said she didn't have time to teach us like a regular English teacher ― we were
too far behind. Instead, she taught us the world through literature.” ― Phillip M. Hoose


Slideshow of recipes taken from your favorite literary works... The Perfect Literary Meal


“I do feel that literature should be demystified. What I object to is what is happening in our era: literature is only something you get at school as an assignment. No one reads for fun, or to be subversive or to get turned on to something. It's just like doing math at school. I mean, how often do we sit down and do trigonometry for fun, to relax. I've thought about this, the domination of the literary arts by theory over the past 25 years ― which I detest ― and it's as if you have to be a critic to mediate between the author and the reader, and that's utter crap. Literature can be great in all ways, but it's just entertainment like rock 'n roll or a film. It is entertainment. If it doesn't capture you on that level, as entertainment, movement of plot, then it doesn't work. Nothing else will come out of it. The beauty of the language, the characterization, the structure, all that's irrelevant if you're not getting the reader on that level ― moving a story." ― T.C. Boyle 


An Post, Ireland's national postal service, releases Irish Myths and Legends

Photo: Can't argue with that.

“I just can't get with this idea that literature is a 12-step program.
If someone wants to read a book to see good people get rewarded
and the bad people get punished, essentially what they want is a fairy tale.”

― China Miéville

Our Nov. 21, 2012 blog post: Want to change your life? Keep a GRATITUDE JOURNAL


Our Nov. 20, 2012 blog post: A few gifts to say “Thanks for reading!”


“Science begs literature to develop wings.”
― Santosh Kalwar


Fantastic advice for would-be authors.


Except for the Strunk and White book, which was soundly debunked and dethroned years ago, the rest of the the resources in this piece are pretty good: Help for Your Grammar Sins.


Keys to writing 10 specific types of novels...


Our Nov. 19, 2012 blog post: Some T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G thoughts about marketing your book


“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people
you meet and the books you read.” ― Charlie “Tremendous” Jones


If mostly handsome, mostly youngish guys telling you some version of "You should be writing!" will inspire you, here's a Tumblr feed for ya.


A lesson in what NOT to do at a book expo or event.


Oddly, this Forbes article seems to downplay the importance of marketing for authors.


Want to use social media to promote your book? Here are 4 great ideas.


“It's my contention that each book creates its own structure and its own length. I've written three or four slim books. It may be that the next novel is a big one, but I don't know.”
― Don DeLillo


Perfect followup to 11/16/12 blog post (
Why isn't marketing's version of storytelling working?


More motivation to inspire you to be your most awesome rock 'n roll author self from Paula Dandrea.


How to Successfully Self Publish Your Book Using CreateSpace

* 6 reasons to self-publish
* Self-publishing choices
* How to get your book on bookstore shelves
* Why bookstores don't buy self-published books
* How to publish with CreateSpeace


You are REALLY a writer.


My client, @JennLaurent, has written a fantastic book about conscious parenting, called "Excerpts from the Heart of a Mom." Jenn defines conscious parenting as parenting with awareness. It is about taking the necessary steps in your own life to allow yourself to be present with your children, and opening your heart and mind to truly understand the reasons you parent the way you do. It involves making choices instead of parenting out of habit – or simply not knowing any better. The book launches on November 27th. Purchase it on,, or Jenn’s site and receive great bonuses. I believe this book truly has the power to make a difference in many parents’ lives and the lives of their children.


“If it's not good enough for adults, it's not good enough for children. If a book that is going to be marketed for children does not interest me, a grownup, then I am dishonoring the children for whom the book is intended, and I am dishonoring books. And words.” ― Madeleine L'Engle


Our Nov. 16, 2012 blog post: Tapping into compassion: the secret ingredient to marketing success


Great info about using social media to find targeted readers.


Do you use SlideShare? If not, you should. Here's some great info about using it to enhance your marketing efforts.


Great info about writing a marketing plan for your book.


More on the benefit of giving books away.


Pleased to share info about a special report from my financial advisor client, Samuel N. Asare and the folks at Laser Financial. It contains specific info about how to maximize your social security payments.

Perfectly stated piece about when to bring your editor into the process!


Plan to support your fellow small businesses on Saturday, November 24th!!


Support your favorite local business by posting a photo to the site and you could win a $500 Visa gift card. What a cool promotion!


My client Jenn Laurent will launch her book, Excerpts from the Heart of a Mom, on Tuesday, November 27. Get great bonuses when you buy that day.


Great info about repurposing your eBook to create a marketing stampede!


Jo Harrison has a great idea: create a review group and post the reviews to GoodReads and/or Amazon. Visit her site and contact her if you're interested.


Our Nov. 15, 2012 blog post: For rapidly changing topics, a blog might be more useful than a book


“Language is the medium of literature, and the state of the language
at any time can hardly fail to carry literary consequences.” ― J.A. Burrow


Beyond the typical book marketing advice... How to Make Your Book a Best- Seller


“Human beings have their great chance in the novel.”
― E.M. Forster


Great info about marketing a book via GoodReads.


“To literary critics a book is assumed to be guilty until it proves itself innocent.”
― Nelson Algren


Good info about giving away books to build sales!


“`It's a special form of scholarly neurosis,´ said Camel. `He's no longer able
to distinguish between life and literature.´” ― David Lodge


More great info from Robert Chazz Chute and Jo Michaels! Want to host an online raffle? Here's a VERY simple tool!


Want to promote your ebook to the millions of people who have Sony Readers? Pitch it to the new Sony Readers Book Club. Every month, a new book will be featured on Sony Readers' website, Facebook page, and Twitter streams. Authors of featured books will participate in an online chat. Beware this cautionary note: You should be familiar with the Sony Reader and its online bookstore before you pitch your book. It always helps to be part of the club!


“Personal experience is the basis of all real literature.”
― George Henry Lewis


Auto correct: my worst enemy


“The man is in his work; read it if you want to know about him.”
― R.M. Engelhardt


Great perspective on Amazon's new review policy from a working author. Amazon Overboard: Further Thoughts


Our Nov. 5, 2012 blog post: Marketing involves making the best-quality book you possibly can


The title of this piece is a bit misleading - but it's a great story about the importance of mastering your pitch and getting your book in front of the RIGHT publisher at the right time. How to Get Your Book Published When Everyone Keeps Rejecting It


“Serious literature does not exist to make life easy but to complicate it.”
― Witold Gombrowicz


Interesting read about the brain and eBooks.


the purpose of writing


Our Nov. 2, 2012 blog post: A grammar rant: "me and him" is ALWAYS wrong!


NOV Creative Quill Newsletter — Write | Market | Design. Woo-hoo! Revived after 8 years of dormancy. Please check it out, and subscribe if you like what you see!


I've been preaching this for years (and not just because editing was the first service I ever offered professionally)! "If you don’t buy the most editing you can afford from a real book editor, every other dollar you spend to publish your book is a complete waste. This is the case 100% of the time. There are no exceptions. Anyone who works in book publishing (who isn’t just trying to get money out of you) will say the same thing." It's always been true and I'm glad to share this post on the topic! It's the Editing, Stupid!


From my screenwriting teacher. Good reminder! Writers, Beware! If You Don’t Value Your Own Work, No One Else Will


"Rest, nature, books, music … such is my idea of happiness." — Leo Tolstoy


"[His] library was a fine dark place bricked with books, so anything could happen there
and always did. All you had to do was pull a book from the shelf and open it and
suddenly the darkness was not so dark anymore." — Ray Bradbury



"Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate
soul and body as faithfully as you can." — Louisa May Alcott


I've been reposting images from the Marcie Brock — Book Marketing Maven blog on Pinterest. Here's a great article about how authors can use this hugely popular and fast-growing SM network for to promote their books: Pinterest for Authors: How to Promote Your Writing on the Fastest Growing Website Ever


OK — the title may be a little shocking and perhaps off-putting, but EVERY blogger needs to read this post by Author Blog Challenge participant, Liberty Montano. 10 Anti-Suck Blog Tips (Now With 25% More Angry)


"Like most — maybe all — writers, I learned to write by writing and,
by example, by reading books." — Francine Prose


10 tips to increase engagement on Twitter | This is a really nice slide presentation — the tips are great!


Give yourself unto reading.
The man who never reads will never be read;
he who never quotes will never be quoted.
He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains,
proves that he has no brains of his own.
You need to read.
We are quite persuaded that the very best way
for you to be spending your leisure time,
is to be either reading or praying.
You may get much instruction from books
which afterwards you may use as a true weapon
in your Lord and Master’s service.
— Charles H. Spurgeon


Great info about the moving goalpost that is eBOOK PRICING...


I think this is largely true of writing in general. Don't send that eMail! 5 tips for avoiding typos


"I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books." — Jorge Luis Borges


I like this piece about the need for authors and all players in the publishing game to embrace the path that technology is blazing for us. Book Trailers and the Future of Publishing


"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals
I have eaten; even so, they have made me." — Ralph Waldo Emerson


One author's great explanation of the philosophy that "givers get." Why I Give Away Free Books


"I think a good book is a good book forever.  I don't think they get
less good because times change." — Megan Whalen Turner


"As the hours crept by, the afternoon sunlight bleached all the books on the
shelves to pale, gilded versions of themselves and warmed the paper
and ink inside the covers so that the smell of unread words hung in the air."
— Maggie Stiefvater


"Unrequited love is all right in books and things,
but in real life, it completely sucks" — Meg Cabot


Want your Twitter followers to retweet your stuff? Here's why the may not be... Infographic: What to Tweet —Are YOUR Tweets Worth Reading?


Contrary to what you might think (or have been) taught, big words don't make you sound important or smart they just confuse your prospect. Simplify your sales pitch and you might just see yourself make more sales! What a 9-year-old can teach you about selling


EXCELLENT info about plotting and implementing your online marketing strategy. It's not enough to know you want to sell more books. Sell to whom? What kind of content will you give them to entice them to get to know you so that they will WANT to buy your books? Create a Powerful Content Strategy


Very interesting article about how reading the descriptions in fiction have noticeable effects on the human brain. Your Brain on Fiction


Fantastic post about discerning which genre your multi-genre book falls into, so you can tell people about it, of course!


"You can't judge a book by its cover but you can sure sell a bunch
of books if you have a good one." — Jayce O'Neal


"If you really want to be a writer, nobody can stop you —
and if you don't, nobody can help you." — Alma Alexander


"Nothing was truly unbearable if you had something to read."
— Jincy Willett


"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." — Cicero


“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted
to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.” — Caroline Gordon


"Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws
of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved.
It is a kind of magic. As one tends the graves of the dead, so I tend

the books. And every day I open a volume or two, read a few lines or pages,
and allow the voices of the forgotten dead to resonate inside my head."
— Diane Setterfield


"Every reader exists to ensure for a certain book a modest immortality.
Reading is, in this sense, a ritual of rebirth." — Alberto Manguel


"All books are either dreams or swords.
You can cut or you can drug with words." — Amy Lowell


"I think a good book is a good book forever. I don't think
they get less good because times change."
— Megan Whalen Turner


Why authors (still) need agents: 4 pros weigh in


"Associate with noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty.
But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so not wait for,
or depend on other people." — Thomas Davidson


Seriously — of all the "famous" authors they could have profiled regarding what they did pre-fame, they could only come up with ONE woman? Day Jobs: How Famous Authors Made Ends Meet


Does the question of the quality of the reviews not arise when putting a strict time frame on them? I suppose what this really comes down to is the fact that William Morrow wants loyalty from their bloggers, as in "Read our books and no one else's." Interesting decision-making, nonetheless.


Yikes - what a bad precedent this would set! I cannot find any details about how the case turned out. This is the most recent story — really just a recap: Self-Published British Author Sues for Libel Over Bad Amazon Review


"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines
what you will be when you can't help it." — Oscar Wilde


"A bad book owes to many trees | A forest of apologies."
— J. Patrick Lewis


“My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.”
— Anais Nin


Soooo clever!! Easier to read aloud, I think.

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90 percent of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy

Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.

Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Feoffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité


"For my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short."
— Jane Austen


"A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity,
and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light,
at noon and by moonlight." — Robertson Davies


"There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts."
— Charles Dickens


"Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history,
there could be no concept of humanity." — Hermann Hesse


"Personally, I believe Young Adult to be an arbitrary title that means the book
'Can be enjoyed by anyone/Has a main character who’s not quite an adult/
Isn’t really boring.'" — Shannon Hale


"One of the convenient things about literature is that, despite copyrights ...
a book belongs to the reader as well as to the writer." — Anne Fadiman


"Real lives have no end. Real books have no end."
— J.M.G. Le Clézio


The Business Case for Reading Novels. "[F]iction-reading activates neuronal pathways in the brain that measurably help the reader better understand real human emotion — improving his or her overall social skillfulness."


those cold, unfeeling keys just mock me


Texting is just like writing


I don't make New Year's resolutions, but this seems like a good one. You CAN buy eBooks from your local indie bookshops and keep the $$ in your community. Resolve to kick the Amazon habit in 2012.


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