For Writers

Some help specific to those who hold pens.

Should I Blog?

By |January 17th, 2012|

When setting up websites for new businesses, I get this question extremely often. But a bigger, scarier question is: does it matter?


By |January 10th, 2011|

Would-be authors pitch book ideas to a panel of publishing experts. Presenters got advice from the panelists; the winner receives an introduction to an agent.

How do I put pictures up? How do I embed something? Get a “Child Mentor.”

By |November 15th, 2010|

How do I put pictures up? How do I embed something? How do I put up a link? Our two-and-half-year-old daughter knows how to use an iPhone better than her 60-something grandmother. Get a "Child Mentor."

Squeaky Clean

By |November 13th, 2010|

From the very millisecond you decide to enter the e-world, make sure your data is squeaky clean. "Clean data" just means consistent information.

Web 2.0 for the Novel

By |November 12th, 2010|

Is this the future of publishing? From Scott James, "So I ended up reimagining the entire novel, similar to how a film might be re-released in a 'director's cut' edition." How Scott created The Sower 2.0.

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

By |November 9th, 2010|

David Henry Sterry, of The Book Doctors, is currently touring the country promoting their latest book, "The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published." Here's the first in a series of observations they made after researching many authors and their websites.

7 Reasons Every Blogger Needs an Editorial Calendar

By |October 28th, 2010|

How can you write a blog post every day? What if you don’t have time, or can’t figure out what to write about? You need an editorial calendar.

How to Publish Your Book in the iBookstore

By |October 21st, 2010|

Lots of my website clients are writers. Lots of those writers, OK, all of those writers are looking for new and improved ways to sell their books. Here's an article from copyblogger that will help you get your book into into iBooks.

How to structure a blog post

By |September 14th, 2010|

Many of my clients get their websites set up and it's ready to go live and then ... "Oh yeah, content. Hmm. That."

Social Media Strategy for Writers

By |May 29th, 2010|

Here's an excellent To Do List for writers to help promote your books, your writing, and your platform, put together by social media guru Chris Brogan.

Overnight Prints

By |December 18th, 2008|

I've been using Overnight Prints for years because of their thick business cards and high quality printing. Graphic designers I work with use Overnight Prints for business cards, clients have ordered business cards as well as postcards.

The Blog Book Tour

By |September 6th, 2007|

Kevin Smokler’s start up got a write-up in the New York Times. Here’s an excerpt:

“When you’re not in the book business you think, of course they’re going to send you around,” she said.

Chances are, unless an author is especially high-profile or promising or willing to pony up for expenses, they’re not.

Fortunately for Ms. […]

The Itinerants Unplugged

By |April 15th, 2007|

The Itinerants grouse and gossip about making it in the cold (or sometimes steamy) world of travel writing, at the monthly meeting of Bay Area Travel Writers.

Among the unvarnished truths they promise to tell:

how to critique each others’ work without breaking into catfights
where to find inspiration
how to think about marketing without selling your soul
why to […]

The Writer’s Website

By |February 19th, 2006|

You wrote your novel, got a six-figure advance, hired a New York publicist and the royalty checks are now pouring through your mailbox. Right? Great, done. Next! Probably not.

Writers have to do more and more to promote their own work–even established writers. If you want to sell more of your work, you have to become […]

San Francisco Writers Workshop

By |April 6th, 2005|

The San Francisco Writer’s Workshop provides a forum for writers in any genre to share their ongoing work and receive useful comments from other writers. The workshop was founded around 1946 and met for many years at the San Francisco Public Library. Since 1997, the Meridian Gallery has generously given space to the workshop for […]