…Since I’d decided that I’d focus on attending sessions on book business, which included usage of social media, I spent many seminars meeting several of the same presenters and attendees. One gentleman who seemed to pop up in half of the sessions I attended is @Ron Hogan. He’s everywhere! Also, his background in starting the literary blog Beatrice.com in 1995 provided stellar credentials for authenticating his social media knowledge. Ron emphasized that authors need to be on social media, but as a person who loves books, not someone constantly entreating people to buy theirs.
When I was a child, my birthday was my favorite day. For that day, I was the princess. I could ask for whatever I wanted to eat. Typically, I had a birthday party. I was given gifts, usually ones I really loved. And, everyone made me feel special…
… In writing, build your story or premise, one concept at a time, bringing the elements together – sometimes jarringly to create interest. On one wall, you might have a theme color that appears, seemingly randomly, in many places. That theme might be followed up in couch cushions, in images on the walls, in displays in the kitchen of colorful produce. …
Faced with a blank page, what do you do?
At a writing seminar I attended, an agent commented that years ago, if one error remained in a published book that would be considered a major offense. Firing could occur!
Starting on June 16 at 2 pm EST, Book Writing Success Coach Shelley Gillespie will have a guest spot on The Boomer’s Ultimate Guide podcast.
… But is writing hard? If you think about it, writing is expressing yourself. One of the first things we do as small children is learn to talk. And, children are some of the most creative creatures on earth in their efforts to get their messages across. They get fed, clothed, and cared for because they’ve mastered the art of communication.
Before you settle for one elemental way of communicating—a good, long cry—consider these seven ways to set yourself up for writing success. …
Completing a recent book in a genre new to me, I was reminded how important it is to seek out feedback, critiques, or comments from others. There are standards, as evidenced by the massive number of rejections new writers will often collect on their way to publishing.
Recently I checked out two library books on the same day with a female protagonist named Calliope. Since neither book’s character liked her given name, each opted to be called Callie. One of the books was written in 1996, one in 2014.
What would you need to do when you have never written and don’t know where to start?
Here are 3 ideas:
- Find an idea of something that jumps out at you and start making notes, start researching, and begin with a rough outline.
- READ! If you have a certain type of book you wish to write, start your own crash course by reading books that are considered good exemplars of that type of book. You will not be copying them – please don’t ever say I suggested THAT! You are using them for inspiration.
- Join my very first Book Writing Success Coach Group Program.
After coaching many people, I realized there were certain things that I repeatedly told everyone I coached. To be more efficient, I decided to share that information in a group. The BONUS of my program is that one-on-one personal coaching will also be included in my 2-month program.