By now, most of you have heard about #Cockygate. If not, let me catch you up to speed: Romance author, Faleena Hopkins, filed a trademark on the word "cocky." Once her trademark was approved, Faleena allegedly sent cease and desist letters to other authors who happened to have the word "cocky" in the titles of … Continue reading Being Cocky in the Social Media Age
Editors. We all need them - at least most of us do. It's very difficult to catch all your own mistakes when you write something, and the longer the piece of work, the more numerous the errors. When you're first starting out as a writer, you need a really good editor. Not just someone to … Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Editors
I'm sure you've heard the old adage, "It takes money to make money." This is true even in publishing - maybe especially in publishing. This post isn't going to harp on the recent scandal involving the YA author who bulk-purchased her book in order to inflate sales numbers. Nope. This is about the cost of … Continue reading When Your Dream is Bigger than your Budget
Yesterday, I discovered that, although my website looked quite lovely on my laptop computer, on my cell phone it looked like a deranged monkey had put it together. Some of my images appeared off-center, while some were teeny-tiny, while others were huge and looked like they were going to attack unsuspecting web-goers. The text … Continue reading Does Your Website Need an Update?
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a book on Kindle that promised authors they could make a million dollars selling books on Amazon. A quick search yielded dozens of titles promising writers they can easily become best-selling authors, or promising to teach them how to write a best-selling book in 30 days. There are … Continue reading Become a Millionaire Selling Books on Amazon (Or Not)