Ask PZM: Oct 2016 – UPPING OUR GAME AS WRITERS

Q.  Do you think continued learning is necessary for writers throughout their writing lives? To answer this question, let me begin with a true story. Several years ago a fiction writer I knew had several of her books traditionally published.  Then somehow her new book proposals were not getting the traction her previous book proposals had gotten. I suggested that …

Ask PZM: Sept ’16 – INKITT

Q: Can you share your meeting in Berlin at the book site Inkitt? Inkitt is a relatively new website started by people who believe that there is a better way than the current process for writers to submit their manuscripts first to agents and then, if lucky enough to obtain an agent, for the agents to submit to publishers. Here …

Ask PZM: AudioBooks, Writers’ Conferences, Screenwriting tips

Q: Do you recommend having audiobooks besides ebooks for self-published books? This is an excellent question for which I do not have an answer as I personally have not yet tried creating audiobooks for any of my books or ebooks. Yet I may be missing the boat. In the Wall Street Journal print edition of July 22, 2016, the article …

Ask PZM: July 2016 – Free eBook Promotions

Q: Any recommendations for getting out the word about a free ebook promotion without spending a lot on advertising? In June I ran a 5-day KDP Select free promotion for my Navy thriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS (written with my husband Mitchell R. Miller). I decided not to spend a lot of time and money on the promotion and just …

Ask PZM – June 2016

Q. Is there anything new with BookBub? As some of you may know, BookBub is a well-regarded site for paid book promotions to targeted readers. Although the amount an author pays can be pricey, the site itself has a good reputation for delivering on its download promises. Just recently I noticed something on the site that may have been available …

Ask PZM: May 2016 (repost)

Q. Do you have any suggestions for bulk or sponsored book sales? This book marketing area is a wonderful opportunity for authors although I can only share my own experiences and thoughts on this topic. In May, 330 copies of my paperback HOW TO SUCCEED IN HIGH SCHOOL AND PREP FOR COLLEGE were ordered from CreateSpace.  I suspect that an elementary …