Writer Promotion: Appearances

In traditional publishing, events where writers meet readers have long been a staple of book promotion. As part of their promotional strategy, self-published writers can do some of the same. The usual events are book launches and signings as well as library and book club readings. These are wonderful opportunities for writers to connect with readers, spark some […]

5 Ways Music Can Help Writers

This week, I listened to a CBC interview of Ian Rankin in which he discusses the large influence music has had on him. The same is true for me. I especially remember punk and new wave emerging in my late 70s undergrad days. I was in an all-male residence and there was a big debate over how that music measured up to traditional rock. […]

Writer Promotion: Social Media

In my blog series “How to Self-Publish”, I’ve been posting about how writers can promote their books and themselves. Needless to say, these days everyone thinks about social media as a way to promote. I’ve been careful in my use of social media. I continue to think that a writer’s best promotional tools are creating a good book […]

When a Manuscript’s Current Draft Is Done

Today I finished the current draft of my third book. The book is coming together nicely but I’m tired. This is what I will and won’t do this week. Will do Enjoy the fall leaves…now on the ground and sidewalks. Watch every documentary on Netflix about late 60s and early 70s rock bands. Make the “new […]

Writer Promotion: Blogging

The most recent posts in my blog series “How to Self-Publish” have been about promotion. This week I’m discussing blogging. Should a writer blog? It’s very common to read recommendations that fiction writers, whether traditionally published or self-published, should blog in order to promote themselves and their books. This remains true even with the rise of social media. […]

Characters: Giving Readers What They Want

In “Thoughts on Writing”, I’ve been posting about issues I’m grappling with as I rewrite my third book. A big focus of the rewrite is character development, which is partly based on comments of several readers on the prior draft. Today’s issue: how far do I go to respond to those comments? Some writers advise not to use beta readers at all. Stand tall […]

Writer Promotion: The Website

Despite the amazing social media tools available, a website remains at the core of a writer’s promotional strategy. As one peels away the onion, there is a lot that can be written about starting and maintaining a website. Here are the very basics. Not so fast. Does a writer really have to bother with a website? For […]

Refining Plot

Two weeks ago I posted that I had received comments on the current draft of my third book and that I was working on developing some characters further. However, I need to make some plot changes, too, and that has me asking what the best process to refine plot is. Some writers create an outline for […]

Writer Promotion: Family and Friends

This is the start of several posts in my series “How to Self-Publish” discussing methods of promotion. Today’s post is about asking for the help of family and friends. The challenge for a self-published writer is getting people to know about his book and interested enough to read it. If he wants readers to buy his book, as opposed to sampling […]

Becoming a Character

Here’s another post under “Thoughts on Writing”. Over the last four weeks, I’ve been receiving comments on the current draft of my third book. I have a lot of reason to be optimistic and a lot of work to do! One thing that’s become clear is that, while I’ve nailed many characters, a few, including two key ones, need to […]