Posts tagged: newsletter


How to write your book’s first draft

As quickly as possible—and do it first! Let me share an inside secret on how you can separate the newbies from the veterans. The latter race through the first draft while the first timers belabor every word, parse thrice every phrase, and start again and again and again. The vets know that their initial inspirations […]

Think smaller and write/sell more booklets, short books, and blogged books

That was the gist of a very well organized and enthusiastically presented one-hour feature presentation by Nina Amir to the BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Assn) gathering in San Rafael, CA on January 12. Nina, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, is the author of Writer’s Digest’s How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish and Promote […]

Four ways to get magazine or newspaper interviews

Over the past 30-years, in my “Writing Travel Articles That Sell” seminar, I’d talk for about 20 minutes about interviewing. The entire process has almost completely changed during that time. First, though, why bother to interview at all? Who really cares? The editors who will hopefully buy your article (even book) care a lot. It’s […]

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What do you do first to deduct your travel-writing trips?

Two premises: (1) you want to write and sell something about a coming trip, and (2) you want to be able to keep all of the money you earn, or at least increase your IRS tax deduction as much as you can. Good thinking—and totally legal. You are supposed to take every deduction allowed. More […]

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Resell your article again and again? Here’s the needed tool.

If you’ve had a good article in print, why not sell it again and again? To do that you need a cover letter to send to the second editor. These are full-page letters sent to editors who buy reprints (same as second rights)—usually editors who pay on publication. If you sold first rights to the […]

How do you set up a magazine (or newspaper) interview?

Most of the articles you write should include at least one and often three interviews, plus of course facts, perhaps some anecdotal material, and probably some artwork (usually photos). In fact, the most persuasive items selling the article are the interviews or quotes you promise the editor in your query letter. Like a piece about […]

You should be quoted (almost) everywhere (almost) all the time

The first question is, “How often are you being quoted?” The second question is, “Who cares?” If you’re not seeing your best words in print often enough, the person who may care most is you! And that’s a very important person indeed. Why is it important? It can directly affect your posterity, perceived expertise, and […]

Start Your NF Book with a Title and Table of Contents

Of my 42 books in print, 41 are nonfiction. (The novel is pretty awful.) I began #43 yesterday afternoon. All of the books started the same way. I have no idea if I’m following a divine path or if, for others, it would even apply to the book(s) they are writing. But it works for […]

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A lifetime formula for selling 75% of the nonfiction you write

If you want to sell almost everything nonfiction that you submit, including 75% of what you send to editors, here’s the not-so-secret formula: • Before submitting any copy, first send a super query letter to the editor asking if she/he would be interested in your preparing and sending an article about ____. (If you’re unfamiliar […]

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See how an excellent website is critical in empire building

How can one double and triple their income quickly from writing, photography, speaking, consulting, teaching, or other related means? The process is called empire building, and I focus on it in my free monthly newsletter. Atypically, I’m going to prematurely share the key article in this month’s newsletter as this blog post because I so […]