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August 22, 2019

Your launch team is made up of your most excited fans. They are jazzed to help you. Give them new ways to stay involved every week or 2 until the book has been released for a month.

Out of ideas? Try asking your team to do one of these things:

  1. Join the team (official...

August 7, 2019

Talking with other self-published authors there seems to be a big gap between what kind of book covers the author thinks are pretty and what kind of book covers actually attract readers.

Let's be clear. Your book cover shouldn't be an inside joke. If someone needs to re...

June 20, 2019

Hybrid publishing happens when an author has traditionally published and self-published works in the market.

This is happening more often as traditionally published authors decide to also self-publish. It also happens when successful self-published authors are offered t...

June 11, 2019

While at a recent book conference, I had the opportunity to talk to an acquisitions editor for SourceBooks. (You know, the largest woman-owned publishing company in the Western hemisphere.)

She shared that the demand for these types of romance books has only gotten stro...

February 28, 2019

We had a great book signing for Sofia. It is wonderful to get the feedback of talking to real people who like your book.

For your first signing, contact libraries and book groups.

Mail out invitations and be sure to specify what goodies are in store. Are you providing s...

January 22, 2019

Another holiday, another stab in the dark attempt to find the perfect present. And when your special someone spends time writing pages about the perfect romance the pressure can be tough.

Here are a few ideas to please the romance writer in your life any time of year.


January 7, 2019

In case you didn’t notice, I love costumes. I guess I never outgrew playing dress up. But I did outgrow the plastic-y princess dresses. Now I want my costumes to look like I stepped out of a painting, not a Halloween store

But nice costumes cost money. So every once in...

December 27, 2018

It can be really tempting to release your book as fast as possible. Throw your most recent draft at a proofreader, slap a cover on it and set a date for 2 weeks later. But release dates can go quite badly if they aren't planned well.

Once there was an over-ambitious aut...

December 13, 2018

I'm very excited to get my dress for Romancing Williamsburg this week. Costumed affairs are wonderful, because it is very easy to start conversations. Not surprisingly, ladies who choose to spend their time playing with dreams on a computer screen or swallowing pallets...

December 6, 2018

I'm starting to get a trickle of the illustrations for Sofia Michelle's book "Connections to True Self."  It is a bit like an early Christmas. It is so rewarding the see her stories brought to life in such a vital way. I am starting to consider dusting off some of the...

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