I needed more editing time … just get on with it!

Posted by on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 in Self-Publishing

Republished from our old blog but still time appropriate: Yes, the manuscript achieved its first deadline and went to the printer (Friesens in Canada). I mean, we don’t play around, these books are printed for real not POD (print on demand … translated aka one-at-a-time). We tried that with our first book and it wasn’t […]

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I love WordPress!

Posted by on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

What a great invention!  Anyone in business knows that an impressive website is a must these days and I have been working on webpages for over 20 years (from the beginning of the internet). Finally our 2 websites are once again getting organized and I couldn’t be happier. They have certainly evolved since my first […]

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Tips for Self-Publishing

Posted by on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

I loved the original title of my blog … Books, Marketing & Self-Promotion (which was moved to this location in Nov. 2011). I wanted to continue to use it here but it was simply too long. So, henceforth, this will be know as “Tips for Self-Publishing.” I’ve moved many of my original blog pages here […]

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Selling your Books to Schools and Libraries – Part 2

Posted by on Sunday, October 16th, 2011 in Libraries, Schools, Self-Publishing

Using Skype to sell more Books Still another great MARKETING TIP … this one from Barbara Terchel, author of Class Act: Sell More Books Through School and Library Author Appearances (see my last post Part 1). It appears that I have been so busy on whatever I am busy with that I have missed some […]

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Selling your book to Schools and Libraries – Part 1

Posted by on Sunday, October 16th, 2011 in Libraries, Marketing, Self-Publishing

Barbara Techel and Nancy Humphries have written two very useful books on this subject. Class Act: Sell More Books Through School and Library Appearances (117 pgs.) by Barbara Techel Marketing Your Book to Libraries, An Insiders Guide for Authors  (153 pgs.) by Nancy Humphries I loved this quote so I borrowed it from her website. […]

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Part 3: Can a self-published author (of fiction) succeed?

Posted by on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 in Marketing, Self-Publishing

Yes, we made mistakes … I have only just begun this new blog format on my own website which has been around for many years. I seem to feel a need to share with you my 13+ years worth of experiences, yes, including our mistakes! If this introduces more people to our books in the […]

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Part 2: Can a self-published author (of fiction) succeed?

Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Marketing, Self-Publishing

Publishing our first book, Lizzie: Lethal Innocence Our first book was ‘Lizzie‘ and the print run was 500 copies (Dec 1998). This was the recommended ‘test’ print run in those days (pre POD) and was the only printing we have ever had to borrow money for … and it was our own!!  “Part 1” explained […]

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Part 1: Can a self-published author (of fiction) succeed?

Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

Certainly they can and, my husband, J. Robert Whittle, who writes all these popular, bestselling and award-winning novels that I edit, publish, brag about, and in recently years co-author, is a perfect example.  Because we are a couple (yes, married too, although I kept my very historical Scottish surname), this means we are ‘self-published.’ What […]

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What is Historical Fiction?

Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

We are constantly amazed when people ask, “What is a historical novel? Is it non-fiction?” The easy/quick reply is: A novel is always fiction, but a historical novel always contains some component of history.” According to Wikipedia … “Historical fiction tells a story that is set in the past. That setting is usually real and […]

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Who says authors get rich?

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

(from Sept 4, 2005 but even more pertinent today) It’s been another good week at the Bastion Square Market in Downtown Victoria, BC Canada where my husband, J. Robert Whittle, sells his historical novels – 3 of them now bestsellers. Amazing because many of the American tourists have gone home and I can’t blame them […]

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