Author Profile: Michael E. Dellert

We were fortunate enough to spend a little time recently with Michael Dellert and managed to get him to open up a bit about his process and inner thoughts on writing. Michael is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, as well as a writing coach. His publishing career spans 20 years. His blog is aContinue reading “Author Profile: Michael E. Dellert”

What Am I Supposed To Be Doing On Goodreads?

I’m going to tell you this little story for several reasons. It’s a sad cry for help, yes, but in a good way. Also, I’m a pretty honest guy, depending on who you ask. When I’m clueless, which is rare but it happens, I’ll probably admit it. (Recently, we discussed building your author platform HERE,Continue reading “What Am I Supposed To Be Doing On Goodreads?”

MAILING LISTS: Why Authors Need Them, How To Build One (It’s Pretty Simple!)

We all know there are dozens of things we’re supposed to be doing as authors in addition to writing. We talk about it here all the time. One of the important items is building a mailing list. That way, YOU are the source for information on your books and not a website or online retailerContinue reading “MAILING LISTS: Why Authors Need Them, How To Build One (It’s Pretty Simple!)”

Hey, check me out!

I got featured on Indie Plot Twist! How cool is that? There are lots of ways to find followers and get a little recognition. Indie Plot Twist is all over Twitter because they have an innovative way of incorporating your post with clickable tweets that send out the highlights of your message.   I found theContinue reading “Hey, check me out!”

Whaaat??? TWO Flash Fiction challenges in one week?

Sure, why not?   Let’s learn to write a blurb!   We all need to do it, and practice makes perfect! But. Let’s write one for a book or movie we all know, to learn the process. Because while we’re all slapping down words in volume to build a story, a blurb is baiting theContinue reading “Whaaat??? TWO Flash Fiction challenges in one week?”

4 Important Things Every Aspiring Author Needs To Know

Pushing that PUBLISH button is a big moment, and your life is different – for better or worse – from that moment on.   Writers need to get over the fear of publishing.   I was lucky, I started by writing family humor essays and my stuff was out there for a years on FacebookContinue reading “4 Important Things Every Aspiring Author Needs To Know”

DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED!! The 6 Things You Need To Do To Be A Successful Author

    If you look at some author groups on Facebook, you hear a lot of complaints: no sales, no reviews, no royalties, marketing is hard…   Apparently, life sucks for authors.     DO NOT BUY INTO THIS CRAP!   Complaining about book sales is a bitchfest designed to… do what, exactly?   COMPLAINER:Continue reading “DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED!! The 6 Things You Need To Do To Be A Successful Author”

You Want Your Book To Read Like A Serial – Even If It’s Not One

I remember reading A Tale Of Two Cities in school and being partly fascinated with it. I don’t pretend I grasped the complexities of the novel at that age, maybe eighth grade or freshman year in high school, but I remember it read a lot like a soap opera – and our teacher informed usContinue reading “You Want Your Book To Read Like A Serial – Even If It’s Not One”

When Should I Start Publicizing My New Book?

Occasionally I get a question from a fellow author with a problem and I answer it here. Dear Dan, My novel is still in its first draft. It´s long, I still have to finish it, and I write a LOT every day, but there´s still a lot of time before it will be published. ManyContinue reading “When Should I Start Publicizing My New Book?”

BE JEALOUS! New Author Interview: CASSANDRA PIAT from the tropical island of Mauritius

Yes, be jealous, my friends. I live in Florida and Cassandra has me ready to pack my bags. Read on and you’ll see why.  “What’s It Gonna Be?”  –  her first novel, is a romantic comedy set in Mauritius, an island off the coast of Madagascar (which is an island off the coast of Africa).Continue reading “BE JEALOUS! New Author Interview: CASSANDRA PIAT from the tropical island of Mauritius”