Friday, February 22, 2013

The Most Important Question to Ask

So, you've written a book – congratulations! You are light years ahead of those who claim they have the “perfect idea” for a book but never get around to actually writing it. You have no doubt worked diligently on your manuscript but the hardest part is yet to come: how to get your content out to the public. Before you launch into the lengthy and arduous process of trying to land a publisher, here's the most important question you should ask: why do you want to be published? The answer will provide you with a clue for the next steps to take.

In the world of publishing, throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping something will stick will likely prove to be ineffective. You can spend hours sending out query letters but this will net you little gain until your clarify who your intended audience is.

Like many writers, I worked tirelessly to try and attract a publisher, but none were interested in my work because I wasn't represented by an agent. I was unable to get an agent because I had never been published. It seemed like an impossible circle to break into! When I finally got around to asking myself why I wanted to be published in the first place, the answer was simple: I wanted my work to be turned into an audio book.

I had needlessly assumed that in order to have my work presented as an audio book, it must first come out in print form. In a supreme “ah ha” moment, I realized this wasn't true at all! This discovery gave me the courage to form Straight to Audio Productions, LLC and begin work on my first audio book.

Perhaps audio books aren't your thing or it's an option you would like to consider at later date. It is still important to figure out why you are trying to get published. Fame and fortune aside, pinpointing the intended purpose of your work will bring focus your efforts.

If you have written something that only appeals to a small segment of the population ie: a history of the invention of plywood, perhaps you could start a blog and offer your content online. Maybe you've written a family genealogy which holds little allure to those not related to you. In this case, you could find a desk-top publishing company which offers “print on demand” books. But if you believe your project has mass appeal and traditional publishers are ignoring your work, e-books are an excellent option.

Thanks to the internet, there are endless opportunities to share your content. By identifying the goals for your work, you can sharpen your efforts and increase the probability of success.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Aspects of Writing

Writing a novel or audio book and then getting it into the hands of the public can be complicated. Fortunately, radio shows like Aspects on Writing hosted by James Kelly on KLAV AM in Las Vegas, are here to help Kelly's show is designed to help writers learn more about their craft as well as proven strategies for marketing.

Kelly is author of “The Emblem” available for sale on and “Creating God” which is available as an internet download from Barnes and Noble.

As part of the show, Kelly is mentoring Janet Coursey who is in the process of self-publishing a novel called “The Secrets of Time.” Coursey's novel centers on a character named Sara who discovers a letter hidden in a secret compartment in a grandfather clock which has been in her family for 148 years. Learn more about this intriguing plot at

Coursey and her editor, Dana Micheli, are Kelly's co-hosts on Aspects of Writing. Micheli has an impressive background in the world of writing and publishing. She is currently working for Writers in the Authors can hire Micheli for a variety of services including copy editing, proofreading and marketing.

On February 12, 2013 I was a guest on the show when the topic was The Importance of Social Media and Audio Books The panel also included writer, producer and director Jefferson Langley
It was a pleasure to share and exchange ideas with writers and producers who are on the same journey through the oftentimes confounding world of social media.

Tune in to Aspects on Writing every Tuesday on KLAV 1230 AM in Las Vegas at 2pm PST or listen online

Monday, February 11, 2013

Kenneth Weene

When someone offers to review Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book, it's no small favor. Doing so requires 10.5 hours of listening plus the time it takes to write the review. That's why I was especially pleased when Kenneth Weene, a published author, reviewed Yikes! for the It Matters Radio website!__upcoming-broadcasts

I became acquainted with Ken when he interviewed me on It Matters Radio along with c-hosts Monica Brinkman and Brenda Brown Ken proved to be an entertaining and gracious host and I truly enjoyed being on the show.

Ken has spent his years working as a teacher, psychologist, pastoral counselor and writer. Rather than trying to analyze what kind of kooky person would come up with a project like Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book, Ken chose to take a walk on the wild side and just embrace my twisted sense of humor!__book-reviews/adele-park

Ken is no stranger when it comes to eclectic writing, having penned three novels available for sale on His titles include “Tales from the Dew Drop Inne,” “Memoirs from the Asylum” and
Widow's Walk.” Ken has also written a collection of poems, short stories and essays titled “Song's for My Father”

Ken's writing has earned him the rare gift of being represented by a literary agent. His latest novel, “The Stylite” is currently being being pitched to publishers. Here's wishing Kenneth Weene the very best as he gets set to publish his fifth book!    

Saturday, February 9, 2013

It Matters Radio

The wonderful thing about the internet is that it expands the stage for discussion on issues which affect us all. For the past two years, It Matters Radio, an internet station headed up by Monica Brinkman and co-hosted by Brenda Brown and Kenneth Weene, has provided an open forum artists, musicians, activists and even audio book publishers!

Over the years, It Matters Radio has featured a wide range of guests – everyone from a peace seeker in the Middle East to a confidante of JFK. As an interviewer, Brinkman is well informed and open-minded.

“I believe we learn something new every single day,” says Brinkman. “If we do not hear different points of view then we are never able to make an intelligent decision.”

To keep the show lively and fun, Co-Hostess Brenda Brown talks with a variety of artists and showcases their music. As head of Brenda Brown Entertainment, artists and authors alike are able to promote their projects in a number of venues including iTunes and iBooks.

Ken Weene, an author, psychologist and pastoral counselor, brings an interesting and intelligent perspective to the discussions on It Matters Radio. Weene knows a lot about writing having published a book called “Tales from the Dew Drop Inn”

Brinkman uses social media to spread the word about It Matters Radio. Upcoming guests are advertised on Facebook The show also has a website where readers can find reviews of books and music as well as contests to enter

Brinkman & Co were kind enough to host me for the second time. If you missed the show, you can hear it on BlogTalkRadio