A Productive Rant About Building An Author Platform

by Marylee MacDonald, April 15, 2017 in For Writers Ready to Publish, For Writers Who Need Readers

How do writers in general, but particularly late-life writers, establish an author platform? By “late life” I mean writers over sixty. By “author platform” I mean a soapbox that is slightly elevated above the crowd and that allows authors to shout to passersby that our books exist. That doesn’t mean the crowd will necessarily buy […]

Author Platforms: What Are They And How Can You Build Them?

by Marylee MacDonald, April 1, 2017 in For Writers Who Need Readers

In this post I’m going to explain author platforms so that you can decide whether you want to invest time in building one. Essentially, author platforms are soapboxes. Authors stand on their platforms to gain the attention of a crowd. Politicians have platforms, as do political parties. It’s helpful to think of the political analogy […]

Launch Week for A Debut Novel About Surfing, Drugs, and a Sister’s Love

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Who Need Readers

This week I’m featuring an interview with California author Kathleen Doler, whose debut novel, THE HOOK, has just come out. I hope you’ll share this author’s excitement about reaching this milestone. It’s a terrific book with a strong female protagonist facing challenges from her present and her past. Kathleen is celebrating the launch week of […]

Copyright-Free Photos for Your Blog

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Who Need Readers

Finding copyright-free photos proved to be one of my biggest challenges when I began this blog. Needless to say, I wanted photos that were properly lit, in focus, and the right size. In this post I’ll share information about where to find copyright-free photos and where to purchase photos if you’re in a pinch. If […]

Twitter Marketing for New Authors

Twitter marketing won’t suit everyone, but if you’d like to cast a net beyond your circle of family  and friends, Twitter marketing can help. Please welcome Decima Blake, author of the crime mystery novel, Hingston’s Box. Decima and I met each other on Twitter, and she kindly agreed to write about how she’s using Twitter to […]

Twitter Tips for New Writers | My “Man In Cairo”

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Who Need Readers

Is Twitter a waste of time or an essential investment every new writer ought to make? In the age of the internet, Twitter has proven to be a challenge and an opportunity. Like most authors, I’d far rather be writing than doing anything else, but if I only wrote and never took advantage of the […]

The Challenges of Writing Historical Fiction

Writing historical fiction is tough. You have to do the research on the historical facts, and then you have to “make it real.” (A few months ago I wrote a blog post about some of the craft challenges in writing historical fiction. You can read it here.) But, even after succeeding in writing a readable […]

Book Reviews And How To Get Them

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Who Need Readers

How can new authors get book reviews? It doesn’t happen by magic. Before you can effectively market your book, you need 30 to 50 book reviews in online bookstores.   Why? Because book reviews provide social proof. Let’s say you’re a reader whose favorite genre is Cozy Mysteries. (Most readers have a pretty narrow bandwidth.) […]

Breaking Into Libraries Without Getting Arrested

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Who Need Readers

If you present a library program that attracts an audience, you will help librarians achieve their goals, which are to bring information to the public and new patrons to the library. Let’s be clear about one thing, however. A library program  is not a reading. Unless your name is Amy Tan or John Grisham, no […]

Library Sales | Getting Books Into Readers’ Hands

You went to the library as a kid. When you were in junior high school, librarians helped you with your homework. Well, guess what? Libraries and librarians are still there, and a library is still a great place to connect with people who are passionate about books. Speaking at a library will help you connect […]