Category: travel writing

Humor: How and how much can you use in freelance articles?

OnSometimes (actually, often) absolutely none. No joke: even provoking a smile by a touch of word play will release you to the path of penury. The editor won’t buy it, and she probably won’t look at future queries from you either! Why? Because either the topic (death, disaster, rape, and so on) won’t allow it […]

25 blogs about Kindle, Nook, Create Space, LSI, Smashwords

OnI was asked what blogs I had about “open” publishing. Here they are, below, and I’m certain there are more too so if you have a specific word or topic you are hunting for, please type it in the search box to see if it pops up! The publishers mentioned in the blogs are Kindle, […]

How can I syndicate my article or my writing?

OnSyndication is the goal of many of my writing/publishing seminar attendees, so let me share what I know about it so you can pursue it farther on your own, if you are then still interested. What they mean is usually one of two things: (1) having a syndication (very few still exist) or a newspaper […]

2014 tax tips for writers and publishers

OnFor years I spoke about tax tips for writers/publishers in my “How to Sell 75% of Your Freelance Writing” and “Writing Travel Articles That Sell” seminars in CA. Since I often had taxfolk in the audience (even the IRS auditor I was requested to visit every six years or so), I had to keep up […]

Your book needs final, professional proofreading…

OnWhat will kill a reader’s fervor fastest? Misspellings, punctuation errors, endless paragraphs, no flow, and nonsense. If somebody asks another, “How was ____ (your) book?” and they respond, “I couldn’t get into it. He can’t spell.” Or they say, “It didn’t make any sense…,” you probably lost that potential reader forever. So you need a […]

What you must do to properly finish your book’s first draft…

OnIn most of the past dozen or so posts in this blog we have been talking about writing and publishing your own book quickly and properly. And we’re near the gathering, formatting, and end-road prepping of your tome before it is given a last-step review and is submitted to print. It’s like a new home […]

Do you need or want artwork or illustrations in your book?

OnArtwork is a general term that includes the whole range of illustrations, like photos, line drawing, images, graphs, charts, diagrams—those things you add to make the text more interesting, less dull, or more clearly understood. Or to add beauty or visual clarification to the pages. There’s an issue with some forms of open publishing and […]

Find the buyers before you write your book!

OnHere are some questions you might ask about fine-tuning your book to strengthen its distinctiveness and increase its buying demand. (Better than writing a book with no perceived–or real–buyers!) * In addition to the five or so books you already read about your topic, what else has already been in print about it in, say, […]

Does your book need much or more research?

OnSometimes books don’t need much research. If your book is about a little girl spending a day at the circus with her grandparents, a quick refresher on what one sees or does at a circus is probably enough, maybe with a little girl in tow. Later you can go back and mull around to fill […]

Where do you find more information for your book?

OnHere are some solid starters: * Start with a keyword list. Think, if you need the four (or six or ten) words that best describe your topic, what would they be? Create two columns on a piece of paper. Put those keywords in the first column. * Head to Google (or more specific search engines) […]