Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Writing Tips

Lately, I've been asked about writing. Here are two examples: "How do you write a Best Seller?" and "Do you have any tips for plotting?" I have recently added a link to my website entitled, "Writers' Resources." I will have some helpful tips added now and then that hopefully will help all writers be the best they can be. I would welcome any questions you might have and suggestions for future resource information. We writers need to stick together. Here is the link: http://www.morningsidepublishing.com/resource.html Happy writing, all.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Writers. Evaluate Your Priorities!

If you write to make money, then I ask you to reevaluate your own priority. Do what you love to do because you love to do it. Relish it. Enjoy it. Share it. Make some of your writing FREE. Attract your readers through your passion. Build a following just because you love to write. Writers MUST write. It is in our blood, a part of our crazy DNA. Don't worry about making money. Again, do what you love to do and success will follow because your love will shine through and readers will see it. In time you will be rewarded for your passion. Okay....Who disagrees with me?

Friday, July 1, 2011

eBooks have arrived!

Well...here we are. In 2008, I said they were coming like gangbusters very soon. Last December, I repeated it. Now here it is July, 2011, and 95% of all my book sales are eBooks. Smashwords has made a huge entry into the eBook publishing arena and they don't seem to be doing anything except growing. I just joined the "Summer/Winter Site Wide Sale," setting all my books at 50% off. Already sales are popping. The only way I can look at this is to say that this is wonderful! I could never have imagined selling books on this level. The influence of "traditional publishers" is quickly fading. Of course there are downsides to this, but VERY few. Sure, there is a lot more crap out there, but it is YOU the readers that will ALWAYS have the say in which author is successful and who will be a BUST! For readers, this is incredible! No more should anyone pay upwards of $25.00 for a book. What do you all think?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Are Ebooks in YOUR future?

Let's have a discussion about ebooks. Like them or not, I believe they are here to stay and within a short time, they will dominate the book market. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Google Ebooks

Being a publisher with Smashwords, I have decided to wait until Mark Coker completes the agreement with Google Ebooks and publish through Smashwords. From what I have seen so far, I think my ability to establish an agency deal is much better working through Smashwords than trying to publish directly to Google Ebooks. What are your thoughts on this issue?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Watch out for Bookmato! It doesn't pass the smell test!

Something very disturbing happened yesterday. It seems that a startup ebook company known as Bookmato has been soliciting for authors and publishers to sell their books on their service. I STRONGLY URGE all authors and publishers to look very carefully before you leap. I have been in contact directly with Mark Coker of Smashwords regarding this matter. It seems that Bookmato people has stolen a great portion of the Smashwords Terms of Service. They have since been contacting all of the Smashwords authors and publishers from contact information posted on Smashwords. This new company (Bookmato) is not distinguishing themselves with any sense of credibility. Please do not rush to publish with them at this time. They are NOT a proven entity yet and they are, in fact, operating without any moral character or integrity at this point. Look at them very carefully before you make your own decision. To date, in FACT, Mark Coker is NOT involved in ANY discussions whatsoever with Bookmato. In FACT, Mark has sent them a TAKEDOWN order to remove their plagiarized Terms of Service. Also, breaking a book down into chapters and selling piecemeal may have an adverse affect on enforcing your copyright sometime later. Think CAREFULLY. It is your work and reputation that could be placed in jeopardy without realizing it. Take the TIME to check them out. Remember, we've been given time so that we don't have to experience everything at once. Use it wisely. I'm now stepping down from my soapbox. Thank you. I'll be here all week. lol