Publishing with more than 1 publisher in the same year

I’m happy to have novelist Elaine Marie Cooper joining us today. She’s not only an award-winning author, but she also consistently publishes with two different publishers. That gives her a unique perspective on the publishing world, so I’m excited to have her share her experiences here.

Author Elaine Marie CooperElaine describes herself as a history geek. Her bookshelves are filled with volumes about the American Revolution, an era she became fascinated with when growing up in Massachusetts. Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and writing — usually about the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her novels.

Legacy of Deer Run released last month. How many books does that make for you now? [Read more…]

Don’t Let the Em Dash Confuse You, Here’s How to Use It

Punctuation.

I can visualize readers cringing as they read that word.

“I don’t understand all those rules and I don’t want to.”

“Let editors worry about the correct punctuation.”

“I just want to write, not worry about where to put a comma.”

Do you see yourself in the above sentences? [Read more…]

How Much Do You Know About Your Target Audience

Recently, I picked up a book from the library with a main character in her 20s, even though I left that age behind long ago. She was terribly immature—more like a 16-year-old—and that kept me from bonding with the character. I never finished the book.

Has that ever happened to you? You failed to bond with any character from the story and consequently never finished the book?

No doubt the author’s target audience was women in their 20s, not those over 55.

“Target audience?” you ask. “Why is knowing about the target audience important?” [Read more…]

Do we set goals or fulfill our calling?

concert platformI don’t know about you, but my inbox has been jammed with emails about making 2017 a great year. Nothing in and of itself wrong with that goal. But I’ve deleted those emails without reading them.

This year I won’t be setting goals  [Read more…]

5 Lessons I learned from 2016 that can help you in 2017

fireworks

In many places around the world, the New Year is celebrated by shooting off fireworks. Though I didn’t shoot off fireworks on Jan. 1, 2016, the year has been filled with fireworks.

What do I mean by fireworks? Stepping outside my comfort zone. Here’s what that looked like for me:

  • Taught workshops at 4 writer’s conferences
  • Held my first Facebook live videos
  • Held my first webinar
  • Learned new software for book design
  • Learned and instituted new technology on my website in an effort to better meet my readers needs

Has your year included some fireworks? [Read more…]

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