Build Your Author Platform

Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules by Carole Jelen and Michael McCallister BenBella Books, 2014 As an indie publisher and an author myself of half a dozen books, I’ve acquired and used many books of advice on marketing books, creating publicity plans, building a social-media presence, and developing business plans and platforms to promote an author’s career and sell books. Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules is one of the best resources in that field. If you want to develop a real-world marketing plan for your published work as an author, this book delivers a terrific bang for the buck. It covers aRead More →

The New Writer’s Handbook 2007: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft & Career Edited by Philip Martin • Scarletta Press, 2007 Writing/Reference 288 pp. • over 60 contributors • ISBN 978-0-9765201-6-0 • $16.95 Winner, Book of the Year Award (careers category) National competition sponsored by ForeWord Magazine “representing the best work from independent publishers” Reviews “From the preface by Erica Jong to the closing piece by Mary Pipher, it surprises and satisfies.” – Library Journal (Starred Review) “The most evident indication of the quality of Philip Martin’s book is its wide and various array of authoritative contributors . . . Their individualRead More →

How To Write Your Best Story: Advice for Writers on Spinning an Enchanting Tale by Philip Martin Crickhollow Books • June 2011 Writing / Reference / Instructional Guides $14.95 • softcover “An inspiring, captivating gem of book on the storyteller’s art. I loved it.” – Douglas Clegg, author of Neverland, Isis, Afterlife, and other acclaimed & bestselling novels “What he succeeds in doing, admirably, is not only describing some of the elements of good storytelling, but describing them in such a way as to model good storytelling in the very act of explaining it. In short, this book is wonderfully readable.” – Moira Allen, Writing-World.comRead More →

The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature From Dragon’s Lair to Hero’s Quest edited by Philip Martin The Writer Books (2002); 220 pages; $16.95 “A decent overview of an overlooked genre…. Recommended for academic libraries supporting broad writing programs and all public libraries.” — Library Journal “Practical and undogmatic … so well done that my recommended list [of books for writers] just got one book longer.” — Charles de Lint, in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine “A genuinely valuable book, intelligently assembled and edited.” — Peter S. Beagle, World Fantasy Award winner “Truly inspiring and insightful ‘must-read’ for anyone looking to improve their fantasy writing.” —Read More →

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