If you love to write, chances are you have (tried to) read books about writing, in hopes of learning how to write better. But have you noticed that many writing books are, well, boring? I too have tried to read so many books on the craft of writing that are so dry I didn’t learn…
For the past ten years, the publishing industry has been changing almost as fast as the world of social media. It’s gone from authors asking, “What is a blog?” to publishers demanding, “How big is your blogging platform?” back to authors asking, “Do I have to blog?” And as fast-paced as the industry is, the formula that worked last week or last year may not work tomorrow.
There are no hard and fast answers to the question “Should Authors Blog?” It varies for each author. Every author should be online. But not every author should blog.
If I remember correctly, it all began with a phone call.
A friend calling to tell us about another friend’s story. Felt like a long-shot, to be quite truthful. “Just hear him out – that’s all I’m asking,” our friend insisted.
It was a good story alright. Even ending up on the New York Times Best-Seller list for months on end. A first-time author and an unknown name. Not necessarily the typical experience, I grant you, but why not?
Yes, why not.
If you’re wondering if you have a best-selling book in you as well? And interested in getting it traditionally published?
Here are 5 things I’d definitely do if I wanted to write a best-selling book.
We’ve been married 20 years now and have remained in Christian publishing ever since. Marketing, editing, agenting, writing: we enjoy anything that has to do with books. And, yes, we still talk about these things – and each other – as passionately as ever.
So maybe you’re writing a beautiful or incredibly interesting book of your own. One that you think just might be a best-seller. If you are? Here are a few things I would never do.
It had been thirteen years since I had attended a writers conference. Back in 2000, blogging was pretty much unheard of. But at the writers conference I attended in 2013, every author I met was fascinated by the fact that I was a blogger. Social media was in large part a mystery to them, but…
When I attended my first blogging conference, every other blogger I met wanted to write a book. They spoke of the blog series they were turning into eBooks, but the dreams they whispered of had phrases like “publisher” and “book contract”. And many of the speakers at the conference were indeed writing books that had…