Archives for June 2014

If cats could write epic novels

What are the elements that make bestseller fiction?  This true barn-cat story has them all.

This true story has all the makings of a bestseller for cats.  By way of background, we have two indoor cats, but this is not a story about them. This is a story about a whole community of “barn cats” that live outside our door.  Yes, we feed them; that’s my mother-in-law’s hobby.  Every few months, the composition of that community changes.  Some cats leave.  Some cats are born.  Some cats die.  Some cats return (not from the dead). [Read more…]

Why we NEVER ask for testimonials

Interesting fact – every single testimonial on this website was volunteered by our clients. We do not seek out testimonials. Read on to find out why.

If you read a lot about marketing on the Internet, you will know how important it is to be seen as credible to website visitors. This is important to us, too; when you visit our website, we want you to feel assured that we are credible.
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Historical Writing Comes Alive at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference

“Please turn off your cell phones. We are going back into the past.”  Let’s take a glimpse of how historical fiction is crafted, by some of today’s finest craftsmen.

On Sunday, June 8 in the El Cabrillo Room of the Santa Barbara Hyatt, moderator Barnaby Conrad III, son of Santa Barbara Writers Conference founders Mary and Barnaby Conrad II, announced, “Please turn off your cell phones. We are going back into the past.” He introduced the panel: [Read more…]

Maile Meloy Addresses the Santa Barbara Writers Conference

Kristin Johnson reports live from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference on speaker Maile Meloy’s keynote address.

Your humble correspondent had a full first day at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

Conference owner Monte Schulz (son of Charles Schulz) asked who has been deadheading and doing round the clock workshop. Four people have been nonstop conferencing for 24 hours. “You’ll be so exhausted you’ll forget your name,” he quipped. That’s why we have name tags, apparently (also to keep any freeloaders from grazing at this writers’ buffet.) [Read more…]

How to Self-publish Your Book

If you are not sure what to do once your manuscript is ready, this free guide on how to self-publish your book will help you decide your next steps.

One of the most frequent questions we get from book-writing clients is, “How do I get published?”

The answer is complicated. That is because there are several options. To help answer the question, we have produced How to Self-publish Your Book: “the no-fluff guide”. [Read more…]