Monday, May 30, 2005



Katie Allison Granju is editing a new anthology, titled "How It Sold:
The inside story from real authors on how their books made it into

The idea is this: just as women share their birth stories and
soldiers swap war stories, writers trade publication stories.
Aspiring authors, in particular, are always hungry for these tales,
but even those who have already been published are eager to see how
their peers "made it."

In "How It Sold," dozens of published authors throw open the windows
on how they took their books from initial idea to the bookstore
shelf. All the juicy details, including finding an agent (or pitching
without one), writing proposals and synopses, negotiating an offer,
working with editors and publicists, and more are included. Each
individual publishing tale offers a unique, honest and personal view
of the many paths to publication.

I am looking for essays of between 1000 and 2500 words from published
authors who are willing to share their own journeys through the
twists and turns of the publishing landscape. I welcome writers from
all genres, including:

-Fiction, both literary and mainstream
-Narrative non-fiction
-How-to guides
-Scholarly books
-Comic books
-Coffee table and cookbooks
-Travel guides
-Self-published books
-Series books
-Books of poetry
-Children's and juvenile books

Writers selected for inclusion in the book will retain copyright to
their essays. On publication, writers will receive two copies of the
book, plus an equal share (divided among all contributors) of 1/2 of
the total advance for the book.

Please send your submissions by 07/15/05 to:

Katie Allison Granju at

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Interview with Nancy Henderson, author of Heart's Bondage

It is with great pleasure to interview an author who I totally admire. A writer of historical romances - HEART'S BONDAGE, BLACKBIRD and MAN OF HER DREAMS - Nancy Henderson is also a member of Romance Writers of America, Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc., Web Writing Women, World Romance Writers and Outreach International Romance Writers. For her, the worst part of writing is finishing a novel and having to say goodbye to her characters. Oh, how I can relate to that one!


When did your passion for writing begin?
I've always been a storyteller. I think I was born with that ability. I never started putting stories down on paper until my senior year of highschool.

Can you tell us what your typical “writing” day is like?
Typical is catching some writing time in between real life. I work full time, so I often write on my lunch hour and after work.

Can you tell us a little about HEART'S BONDAGE?
Believing she has killed Chance Stoker, the man who kept her in servitude for many years, Jessie McCrea flees to the frontier with her brother. Scarred both inside and outside, all she wants is a life of peace and solitude. A Mohawk warrior haunted by the past, his wounded heart closed to love, Shadow tries to keep his people from being destroyed during the war between the American colonists and the English. Catching up with Jessie, Chance shoots her and then leaves her to die alone in the woods. Near death, she is found by Shadow who reluctantly takes her back to his village. -- Can two wounded hearts find healing within love's web?

Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?
BLACKBIRD and HEART'S BONDAGE are both published by Dragonfly Publishing and MAN OF HER DREAMS will be published by Champagne Books, They have both been wonderful to work with and very professional.

Can you tell us the inspiration behind HEART'S BONDAGE?
I would have to say my love of history is my inspiration for all my books.

Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?
I've been doing signings and online chats. I also have a promotion article on my website at:

Who are your favorite authors and why do they inspire you?
I have so many it's hard to name them. I have to say Stephen King is my favorite. His basic take on "just sit down and write" really inspires me.

Do you have a mentor?
The world is my mentor.

What future projects do you have in the works?
I'm currently looking for an agent, and I'm writing a historical romance based in the Adirondack mountains.

What do you feel are the pros and cons of the publishing industry today?
I definitely feel the pros are the writing itself. The cons are the rejection. It's so hard so face sometimes, and people can become discouraged so easily. You definitely have to have a thick skin in this business.

Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?
Never give up. Competition is tough, but keep submitting no matter what.

What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?
Hmmm...that's a tough one, Dorothy. I guess to take life slowly. Don't be in such a rush all the time. I constantly have to tell myself to slow down. I'm always running around at the speed of light, and that's not what life is about. It's about relationships and being close to the people who are special in your life. When you look back at your life, what are you going to remember? The times you spent with your loved ones or how many errands you accomplished on your lunch hour?

Can you tell us where we can go to buy HEART'S BONDAGE?
My website: and also any bookstore using the books' ISBN number which can be found on my site.

Thank you very much for your time, Nancy!
Thank you, Dorothy, for the interview!

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Confessions of Super Mom - New Book!

I have found the funniest, most delightful book I just have to buy. It's called CONFESSIONS OF SUPER MOM by Melanie Lynne Hauser. I'm a devout chick lit fan and just had to go to her website at and check out the first chapter. It's hilarious!

Over at TWL Author Talks, we were talking about what books we'll be seeing in the future. Tarilyn Moore, one of the members of the group, asked Julie Kenner, who was our guest this week where she thought the market was heading in the next couple of years. Julie responded:

"I think historical romances are going to have a slow return, but I do
think they're on the rise, what w/ the interest in historical
fiction. I think paranormal will be around for a while, but I think
vampires will peak and decline, to be replaced by something else (I'm going out
on a limb and say shapeshifters; how's that for a crystal ball). I think
romantic comedy will come back, but will be less slapsticky and incorporate more
elements of chicklit. I think the chicklit market is flooded and
buying/sales will plateau. The genre will split into even more
subgenres. Chicklit mystery will be a hot "new" thing."

I couldn't agree with her more. I believe that more chic lit is going to be coming out, but with even more "substance" for lack of a better word. I think that mystery chick lit will boom, as well as other sub-genres.


BTW, look for Melanie's interview coming soon!

Friday, May 27, 2005

BookConnector Matches Small Press Authors to Book Signing Venues in Novel Way

Authors have traditionally held signings and readings at bookstores, occasionally at cafes or grocery stores. Now they're cropping up in unique, non-traditional locations: retail stores, airports, malls. It makes sense if you're an indie author scrambling to build a readership. plans to help writers get in front of that readership.

Their complimentary new service, called Connect to Book Signing and Reading Venues, not only finds appropriate, newly discovered venues in the author's area, but encourages them to rate the stores and management according to their book signing value. And the service, like all those offered by BookConnector, emphasizes the need to share information.

"Anyone can find a list of bookstores to hold a signing," says Paul Petrucci, founder of BookConnector and himself a mystery novelist. "That's the easy part, and that's the traditional way. But for indie authors it's a more difficult prospect. We need to share experiences in order to get an edge."

Those experiences include not only who to talk with to get the book signing gig (a task that is harder for small press authors) and which stores pay promptly, but how to find untapped new venues. In the brave new world of indie authorship, department stores, toy stores (if you've published a children's book), and music stores (if your book has a music theme) are all in the running for places to sign books. Once an author discovers a niche signing spot, BookConnector can become the repository for that knowledge.

"The community aspect of the BookConnector site is a key to its success," says Petrucci. "Authors who find a venue usually provided by another author can pay the favor forward by adding their own venues and signing experiences to the list." Thus, they help their fellow scribes to reap book signing rewards.

About BookConnector is a book promotion portal used by authors and publishers to match their published manuscripts with a large database of book promotion resources. The new Connect to Venues service is similar to its flagship Connect to Book Review Sites service in that it customizes search results (for sites, venues, etc) based on the characteristics of the book and author (venue location, genre, etc). BookConnector is on the net at

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Marketing with Fran - Senior Authors Give Back

If there is a more vibrant go-getter promotion-savvy woman you’d ever want to meet, it definitely has to be a dear friend of mine, Fran Silverman.

Fran is the editor/publisher of Book Promotion Newsletter, a bi-weekly ezine for authors of all genres, and author of Book Marketing from A-Z (Infinity Publishing 2005), a compilation of the best marketing strategies of 325 authors (of which I am honored to be included in that wonderful bunch of promotion savvy list of authors) from all over the English-speaking world.

You can visit her home on the web at

Welcome Fran!



Senior Authors Give Back

As editor/publisher of Book Promotion Newsletter, I am fortunate in having an eclectic group of subscribers who number in the thousands. The ezine is interactive and subscribers are encouraged to share their innovative marketing techniques.

What has impressed me most, however, is the tenacity and good heartedness of the over-50 members of my list. Dr. Ted “Gorgeous” Borgeas is a retired, sports-oriented podiatrist and author of nine books. When he was appointed as a volunteer to the Medical Services Division of the Athens Olympics 2004, Ted thought it would be very informative and appreciated to initiate a volunteer translation project of his book, When My Feet Hurt, I Hurt All Over (Cameltrotters Publishing 1976; last revision 2004). His idea was to distribute the book free to the athletes in their native languages. To accomplish this, he recruited volunteers to translate the book into half a dozen tongues. Ted didn’t receive a penny on this project but his satisfaction is priceless. “The response was fantastic, encouraging and exciting…it was such a joy to be able to show some of the athletes pictures and a translation of their problems.”

Miller Caldwell lives in Scotland. Even though the profits on his book, Operation Oboe (Authors Online 2003), are greatly reduced when he donates two pounds (approx. $1.5) from the sale at every book signing, the Scottish Police Benefit/Welfare Association and Alzheimers and Dementia groups benefit from Miller’s largesse.

Authors who have suffered illness or death of a loved one sometimes find solace in helping others. Brian Hartford, co-author of Change of Heart (PublishAmerica 2000), lost his first wife to cancer and later underwent a heart transplant. Brian speaks to groups about transplantation and organ/tissue donation and feels that by telling his story and promoting organ donation that he’s giving back for the “precious gift” of life he received. He donates 20% of profits of books sold at these events to TRIO (Transplant Recipient International Organization).

Bobbi de Cordova-Hanks was a professional musician for 30 years before she developed advanced breast and thyroid cancer and given five years to live (18 years ago when there was little information on breast cancer). When she met her husband, Jerry, he had lost his wife to ovarian cancer a few years earlier. The couple co-authored Tears of Joy (Infinity Publishing 2003) and 16 years ago formed Bosom Buddies, a breast cancer support and education organization. The two travel the country with their presentation, “In Sickness and in Health: A Survivor and Caregiver Share Their Story of Tears and Hope.”

“Breast cancer has been a positive force in my life, if you can believe it,” says Bobbi.

About the Author

Francine Silverman is editor/publisher of Book Promotion Newsletter, a bi-weekly ezine for authors of all genres,, and author of Book Marketing from A-Z (Infinity Publishing 2005), a compendium of marketing strategies of 325 authors. Available at (Category: Marketing) and on Amazon.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Welcome to The Writer's Life Blog!

Welcome to the first blog post for The Writer's Life! Until we get our newsletter out, all industry news, writing tips, whatnot, will be posted here.

If your book has been just released and you would like to tour our blog, let us know by leaving a comment.

Also, if you have writing articles, send them to me at and I'll post them here.

And, if you are an author of a published book and would like an interview, do the same and I'll get back with you.

Thank you for visiting!