For Writers

Some help specific to those who hold pens.

Should I Blog?

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


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.

Squeaky Clean

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

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

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.

How to Publish Your Book in the iBookstore

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

The Itinerants Unplugged

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 [...]

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