5 Things You Must Do Before Submitting a Fiction or Poetry Collection

Earning a living from short fiction or poetry is about as easy as earning a living from recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Actually, it's probably harder. In some states, a plastic bottle will get you five or ten cents, but your thoughts are only worth a penny. Your short stories and poetry are often … Continue reading 5 Things You Must Do Before Submitting a Fiction or Poetry Collection

5 Reasons Your Book Isn’t Selling

So you just had a new book published. Congratulations, by the way. Huge accomplishment. How did you celebrate? A week later, you look at the sales numbers. Disappointed? You were hoping to be on the next NYT Best Sellers list, but instead you only sold 20 copies, 8 of which were purchased by your mom. … Continue reading 5 Reasons Your Book Isn’t Selling

Customers Also Bought What? Learning from Your Amazon Book Page

Even if you hate Amazon, chances are that's where many of your book sales happen. We can vilify Amazon all we want, but it does provide great opportunities for authors who otherwise might go completely unnoticed. But this isn't a discussion of the evil tyranny of Amazon. Nor is it meant as a blind rave … Continue reading Customers Also Bought What? Learning from Your Amazon Book Page

5 Innovative Book Marketing Techniques for the Desperate Writer

There are three major components to every book: Writing the book Publishing the book Selling the book   Of the three, selling the book is probably the most difficult. How in the world do you get people to buy this thing you've just written? We live in a world where anyone can publish a book. … Continue reading 5 Innovative Book Marketing Techniques for the Desperate Writer

7 Book Marketing Strategies Guaranteed Not to Lead to Sales

So your book just came out. Congratulations. Now the hard work really begins. Here are my guaranteed-not-to-work book marketing strategies. 1. Log in to Facebook and Twitter once per day and post a link accompanied by "BUY MY BOOK" (in all caps, of course). On Facebook, post this on your wall and in every group … Continue reading 7 Book Marketing Strategies Guaranteed Not to Lead to Sales

How to Spend Your Time as a Writer

If you are like most writers, then writing is not your full-time job. Many of us spend 40 hours a week at work. When we are home, we don't just sit around and write all the time. We have obligations to family. We are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives. Everyone's situation is different, but everyone is … Continue reading How to Spend Your Time as a Writer

24 Reasons That Don’t Explain Why I Titled My Short Story Collection “Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands”

One week from today, on what happens to be my 32nd birthday (that's February 20th for those looking to send me a gift), my first short story collection will be published in both e-book and print by Martian Lit. The collection (as I’ve mentioned) is titled Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands, and features 24 stories that … Continue reading 24 Reasons That Don’t Explain Why I Titled My Short Story Collection “Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands”