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What’s Needed to Create Print Books

Posted on 1/16/2019
While the majority of independent book sales tend to be in electronic form, print versions of books are sometimes needed, either for author signings, author giveaway, for readers who prefer print, or for bookstores and libraries who want print copies

What Can a Smartwatch Do for You?

Posted on 12/19/2018
There’s no denying that smartwatches have a cool factor. They’re literally the embodiment of Dick Tracy’s talking two-way wrist watch. (Well, to those of us who remember Dick Tracy.) Smartwatches are a compact way to carry around our connections...

Ten Common Marketing Mistakes

Posted on 12/11/2018
As marketing becomes a bigger and bigger part of a writer’s life, it’s important we make sure that what we are doing is both effective and strategic. Some writers are very good at marketing. Others (like yours truly) have good intentions, but stumble

Talking Reinvention with Katherine Garbera

Posted on 12/5/2018
For professional writers, the creative side of writing is necessarily tied to the business side. We’re in this to make money, thus the decision to reinvent one’s career or author identity is also tied to financial concerns...

Selling Direct 2.0

Posted on 11/5/2018
When Amazon’s Kindle debuted back in 2007, people were rightly concerned about getting locked into a specific book-buying ecosystem. When the Kindle first launched...

Gathering Together

Posted on 11/5/2018
Before I moved to Texas, writers warned me Austin wasn’t a “romance town.” I knew that couldn’t be true. Considering romance’s sales figures, especially in Texas, Austin had to have its share of fans...

Coping with Deadlines

Posted on 11/5/2018
Facing deadlines is a reality for successful writers, yet sharing our true feelings on the subject might be the last taboo. It’s okay to talk about writing all day in your pajamas as a job perk...

Real Talk: What Authors Wish Publishers Knew

Posted on 11/5/2018
Facing deadlines is a reality for successful writers, yet sharing our true feelings on the subject might be the last taboo. It’s okay to talk about writing all day in your pajamas as a job perk...

The Art of the Side Hustle

Posted on 11/5/2018
For many romance writers, publication isn’t the catapult to the cosmos we might wish it to be. My own twenty-plus-year career trajectory has been one of two steps forward, one step back. There was the year I had a book optioned for feature film...

Transition to Success: When the Goalposts Move

Posted on 11/5/2018
In this month’s column, we’re going to talk about dealing with change. None of us really enjoys having the rug pulled out from underneath us, and it can leave us floundering and asking that oh-so-familiar question...

A-Game Advice: One Thing

Posted on 11/5/2018
I’m a shameless conspirator in my own success. Because of my extroversion, most people tend to think of me as a wacky disruptive presence. In many ways, that’s true. I’m a bone-deep rabble-rouser who loves improvisation...

A-Game Advice: Bragging Rights

Posted on 10/1/2018
Trumpeting our successes can get us into trouble. People who loathe the promotional process often point to this as the big turnoff: “I just don’t like puffing myself up.” “I don’t want to seem too big for my britches."...

Hiring an Author Assistant

Posted on 10/1/2018
So, you’re thinking of hiring an assistant to help you with the running of your business. Excellent plan! This is an important step in the foundation of a functional, efficient business with a CEO (that’s you) who can...

Transition to Success: Learning the Word No

Posted on 10/1/2018
As I’m writing this article, the RWA conference is recently over and I’m back home in reality. That means working the day job, juggling vehicles with kid summer jobs, and a vegetable garden that grew two feet since I left...

The Author-Assistant Connection

Posted on 10/1/2018
While each of us got into the business at different times, have unique backgrounds, vary in job responsibilities, location, and a myriad of other details, we can all agree on a simple fact: we love our jobs. We work with authors across the globe to m