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Recently a client and I went back and forth several times until we settled on a title for her fiction book. Our …

July 30, 2017

Following the dream of becoming a writer involves so much more than just learning how to write. Sure that’s a biggie and …

July 29, 2017

One of the cornerstones of your platform is your personal website or blog. Whether professionally designed or a DIY site, your site needs …

July 24, 2017
Publishing Perspectives column

Welcome to Publishing Perspectives! I’ll be talking about all things publishing. Let’s start with an overview of the publishing world. It may …

July 21, 2017

by Susan Stilwell @susanrstilwell Busy writers are often consumed with projects. We all have at least one WIP and if we’re disciplined (and …

February 2, 2017

by Susan Stilwell @susanrstilwell Social media is a part of life and savvy writers stay on top of the latest trends. Each …

January 2, 2017

When building a writer platform, few of us consider hiring a virtual assistant, or VA. Most of us are DIYers, learning the …

September 3, 2016

Why Your Bio Isn’t About You by: Nichole Parks It’s not personal. It’s business. Think about it. A bio highlights your credibility—or …

July 17, 2016

Everyone needs a break from time to time. For a writer building a platform, taking a social media break might seem like …

June 21, 2016

Smart writers invest in workshops, courses, and conferences. Smart and savvy writers will also invest time in building their platforms. These three …

May 16, 2016
5 Key Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

Beginning bloggers face a steep learning curve that can seem overwhelming. Because there’s so much to learn, it’s easy to begin blogging …

April 25, 2016

Good content is critical for a writer but how that content is presented is also important. In Brand Basics – 2 Considerations …

April 1, 2016
Publishing Perspectives column

Have you ever looked at the category words on the back of a book, above (or below) the bar code? Have you …

March 20, 2016

Social media is an important part of building a writer’s platform. With existing networks changing and new networks launching, it can be …

March 9, 2016

Particularly for new writers beginning the blogging journey, comparison can kill confidence and create problems. New bloggers often struggle with comparison, much like …

February 16, 2016

We writers are an odd lot. We’re driven to write, spending time composing poetry, writing books, researching articles. We doodle titles, character …

February 11, 2016
Publishing Perspectives column

In last month’s column, I mentioned that an item of an Author’s Questionnaire from a publisher is the request to describe the …

February 3, 2016

Occasionally a business development tool comes along that works well for writers. SWOT Analysis SWOT—Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats—was popularized in the 1960s …

January 29, 2016
Publishing Perspectives column

The first part of this series examined the Query Letter. The second part looked at the synopsis. In this column, we’ll look …

January 23, 2016

I’ve found the writing path to be the journey of a lifetime. At times it’s fraught with discovery and at others, discouragement. …

January 11, 2016

   It’s time again for lessons from the editor’s desk. In addition to being a published author with Bethany House, Zondervan, and …

December 30, 2015

We’re familiar with a brand as it relates to corporations. When we think of Coke, McDonalds, and Nike these logos appear in …

December 17, 2015
Keep Calm and Write A Synopsis

The first part of this series examined the Query Letter. In this column, we’ll look at the synopsis. Most publishers will be …

December 14, 2015

There are a few basic requirements I require in order for me to strongly consider a prospective client. They must understand the …

December 8, 2015

Blogging requires a balanced combination of vision, passion, craft, and energy. Comparison can quickly squelch your energy and derail your passion for …

November 30, 2015
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