Is it possible to overcome a lousy attitude? Because let’s face it … all of us have a lousy attitude some days!
Mark has had a long, varied, and successful career in publishing, from his first gig as a newspaper sports writer while in college, to ... Read More…
I have come up with 13 ways for an author to use Google tools that will enhance your productivity and the final product. I first wrote about writers using Google in 2012. But Google’s array of tools has grown and my needs as an author continue to morph, so I realized it was time for a new list. As you read through my list of both obvious and clever ways to put Google to work for you as an author, keep an open mind that you may have 13 additional ideas. Feel free to share!
There are a lot more Google tools I’m not getting into. They have a business suite that provides Microsoft equivalents for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and more—but I like Microsoft productivity tools a lot and can’t commit to trying and learning something that might not have all that I want. As I said up front, my 13 ways for an author to use Google tools might be a jumping off point to help you brainstorm.
The point is, Google is a powerful company with powerful tools that can be used, usually for free, by authors to enhance productivity and even the final product. Writing is a hard, time-consuming labor of love (except when we hate it). Make sure you are using the resources that are as close as your fingertips.
Warnings on personal branding? I’m not sure what personal branding is—and definitely didn’t know it was dangerous.
Personal branding, defining and refining the you who you want the world to see, makes a lot of sense even if you don’t perceive yourself to be selling yourself or anything else.
Why? Even if you don’t perceive yourself to be selling yourself … you are. Unless, of course, you are a sociopath or a recluse. Selling yourself is really not a bad thing. Most of us would prefer to be liked rather than not liked; respected rather than disrespected; trusted rather than mistrusted; understood rather than misunderstood; heard rather than ignored.
Those are qualities and dynamics we like to sell. And they don’t sound very dangerous.
Personal branding sounds a lot less conniving when we use old adages to describe it, like put your best foot forward or you only have one chance to make a good first impression or dress for the part. [Read more…]
I’ve worked on and signed hundreds of book publishing contracts as a publisher, author, agent, and packager. The first Agreement I signed as an author was in 1986 (the book is still in print and I still get a small royalty check every six months) and was just two pages long. Most publishing contracts today go from twelve to twenty pages with the goal of covering absolutely any and every potential situation and conflict imaginable in the ever-expanding and changing publishing universe.
I recently got a call from a friend from the advertising industry who was working on book contract, which was filled with new language and terms for him. He had a checklist of questions, including the assignment clause, [Read more…]