Branding Your Author Biz—Discovering Your Core Themes

Branding Your Author Biz—Discovering Your Core ThemesMany people focus on core values or key words when they are developing their brands, and the same can inspire you as a writer. Because we are developing a brand for our books, these words can help guide and anchor us, providing focus.

So how do we find a select set of words that resonates with us? Writers know an awful lot of words, right?

Start by thinking about what you value in your life, what things bring you joy, what you can’t live without.

I don’t mean your lipstick, your cell phone, and a giant stack of your favorite books.

We are talking about concepts, ideas, and general things that make you happy. Continue reading

How to Review Your Writing Like a Professional Editor

How to Review Your Writing Like a Professional Editor
I’ll let everyone in on a little secret. Like my character the Editor Brigand, I adore editing, and like many authors, I could spend an eternity tweaking and preening my text to perfection. However, I know that most people don’t have the time or desire to do this, so I’m presenting my tips for editing a variety of text (from social media postings to award applications to novels and yearly reports) to help you know what to look for to groom your text to perfection and move on. Continue reading

Dreaming of a Best-Seller? Why You Should Invest in an Editor

Why Authors Should Invest in a Professional Editor
If you are serious about being a writer, then you absolutely need to have someone review your work, no matter how experienced you are with writing. I recently spoke on this topic—and about finding my voice as I was, ironically, raspy from allergies. No one writes alone. All professionals have someone review their work or work with a group before presenting to the public.

It is especially important for writers who are self-publishing. Continue reading