3 Reasons To Enter Writing Contests

The chance to win. Many writers are drawn to writing contests as they imagine the possibility of winning the attractive prizes. While these contests promote amazing prices, the environment is highly competitive and writers must be prepared to put forward their best work. It is important to note that most of these contests charge an […]

7 Tips To Gain Publicity

Identify your target media. Do your research and carefully choose what you want to cover, the media outlets you want to target, and what areas of business or topics they cover. Establish and build relationships with bloggers, columnists, editors, journalists, producers and reporters. Whether you have a new book you’re releasing, a new product you’re […]

9 Tips To Land a Book Deal

Complete your manuscript. Many aspiring authors bank on submitting sample chapters to get a book deal, but then struggle to finish their manuscript by their given deadline. It’s important to understand that while some agents and publishers may agree to take on an author’s upcoming book, many prefer to review a completed manuscript before making […]

4 Steps To Planning a Book Signing Event

Zero-in on location. Meet your audience where they are. Do some research and list locations where your event could take place. Many authors think a book signing event must be held at a bookstore, but this isn’t necessarily so. If you wrote a science fiction book, for example, and there’s a science museum in your […]

3 Tips To Writing For Special Audiences

Get in the mind of your audience. The first thing about writing for an audience is to know who your audience is. If you have an audience such as urban youth or young adult, for example, you need to ‘get into their minds’ and tailor your writing to them. Think about who will be reading […]

6 Tips For Hiring an Intern

Identify what you’re looking for. When deciding to hire an intern, you need to know what you’re looking for. What are the most important characteristics for your intern to have? What skills do you need them to have? What do you value the most? Make a list of the attributes you’re seeking and rank them […]

Best Small Business Idea — It’s All About You

Get More Focused Jeanna Pool from Catalyst Creative writes a great ezine on marketing each month. In January she shared 5 Great Marketing Tips for 2006. Number 1 was ìStop Focusing on Youî. She declares 2016 the year of the client and exhorts you to focus totally on your clients and their needs. I think sheís right on. […]

Are You Thinking Too Small and Dooming Your Small Business To Failure?

One problem that many small business owners run into is simply thinking too small. I often have readers writing to me asking for helping to get their business ideas off the ground. I also often hear from folks who have run their small businesses into the ground. There are five key areas where you can […]