Don’t Kill Your Novel Idea: Even John Grisham Was Rejected

The July 10, 2011 issue of Parade Magazine featured an interview with John Grisham. His first novel, A Time to Kill was turned down and rejected 30 times; he still has the files. According to John, “I saved all of that stuff.” It makes you wonder if those in the publishing world really know a […]

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Self-Publishes through CreateSpace

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin published his book Katrina’s Secrets; Storms After the Storm, Vol. 1 through CreateSpace. Why would he do this? It’s obvious he wouldn’t have a problem obtaining a literary agent and publisher to publish his memoir. Mr. Nagin appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and said, “The literary […]

Why You Want to Read Your Book Out Loud

Read your book out loud before you query literary agents and publishers. This is a good way to ‘hear’ if your book is ready for publishing. In fact, you may want to give your book to a trusted confidant and have them read your book out loud. Ask them for feedback such as: 1. Does […]

5 Tips to Writing Your Non-Fiction Book in 90 Days

Last week I listened and viewed a webinar from Steve Harrison and Ann McIndoo on how to write your non-fiction book in 90 days or less. Ann has worked with well known authors such as Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Louise Hay, and many others. Her proven technique helped these authors sell millions of books and […]

What’s the Problem with Writing Coaching?

Sometimes a writer can benefit from hiring a writing coach. There’s no shortage of writing coaches — take your pick. A coach can help you become unstuck and move you and your writing forward. A coach can help you see the ‘big picture’ when it comes to your writing career. Maybe it’s time for you […]