Category: Publishing

  • BrainstormATX: The Little Conference that Could

    BrainstormATX: The Little Conference that Could

    Austin is the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” However, I’m convinced we have more writers in this city than we have musicians. The problem is, authors aren’t as visible as musicians, and we tend to be more introverted, so people don’t realize how many writers there actually are in Austin. Making matters worse, for a city as […]

  • Building a Community of Writers in Austin

    Building a Community of Writers in Austin

    You can’t go more than about 10 feet in Austin without bumping into a writer. They call our city the “Live Music Capitol of the World” but in reality, I think we have more writers and authors than musicians these days.

  • The Agony of Writing a Book Blurb

    The Agony of Writing a Book Blurb

    My book (By Moonrise) is done. The cover is done. All that’s left is a final review of the galleys (the pages as laid out for printing), writing up the acknowledgments, and the back of the cover book blurb. The blurb. The ever-so-important summary that is meant to tease and inspire, describing just enough that it piques a buyer’s interest. It’s […]

  • Judging a book by its cover

    Judging a book by its cover

    Novels are a collection of ideas and images and characters and philosophies and stories, all twisted up in a blender until all the bits come together into a coherent series of words that we recognize as a book. These words then get wrapped up in their cover like a Christmas present, with shiny and colorful […]

  • Author Platforms Turn Writing into a Business

    Author Platforms Turn Writing into a Business

    Writing your novel or nonfiction book is only the beginning. If you want people to buy your book, you need to develop an author platform as part of your marketing efforts and to build a relationship with your readers. Speaking to the Indie Publishing Austin meetup, Tom Corson-Knowles (the bestselling self-published author of 20+ books including The Kindle […]