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Concentrating Where You Can

Write where you can. When you can. However you can. I admire folks who can continue to concentrate whatever the situation. In my many years as a journalist for a big newspaper I needed to be able to concentrate amid the noise of a newsroom (that noise is lessened now that most people arrange appoints […]

Write the Truth without Rancor

Take a stand against the dumbing-down of the world, and write clearly, concisely and truthfully. You may be surprised to learn how many people don’t grasp basic facts about the world, but you shouldn’t pander to those who aren’t educated to your standards. As a writer, as someone with a powerful message, as someone who’s […]

Keep Readers Interested to the End

Do you buy more books than you can read? Then you probably put aside more books than you finish. That also probably means that you’re the proud owner of an e-reader, whether it’s a Kindle, a Nook, a Sony or an iPad or any other digital e-reading device. Because it’s so easy to buy and […]

Share Your Story

“Stories only happen to people who can tell them” ~ Roy H. Williams Writing is good for the soul. It feeds a part of many of us that is otherwise silent and forgotten. Creative writing is a lost art of expression and release. It’s a way to give voice to what happens during your day. […]

Get Ready for Robot-Generated Content

The technology exists to “write” an article without someone actually sitting down to write it. Not that anyone among us, we legions of struggling writers, really wants something like this (really). As difficult as it can be to find your voice, and to build a platform for your ideas and to create something original, no […]

Don’t Think About Awards, Think About Message

I read a wrap-up about the recent Grammy Awards in which a writer complained that the Grammies continually overlook cutting-edge artists in favor of popular entertainers, even talented ones like Adele. The first thing is, this was an awards ceremony. And awards aren’t exactly cutting-edge, whatever that means (usually it’s an arbitrary ruling in the […]

Power Begins to Shift Toward Authors

Sales of adult hardcover books declined last November. But you probably knew that. Still, the latest figures from the American Association of Publishing show that while year-to-year sales for that month decreased by nearly 21%, e-book sales jumped by 123%. So the increase in e-books more than made up for the decrease in hardcovers. This […]

“Content Will Always Be King”

I just read a contrary post by a friend and associate and someone I respect greatly. This man, Greg Habstritt recently interviewed Dan Kennedy–one of the world’s most trusted authorities on direct response marketing, and copywriting. Indeed Kennedy is a brilliant individual; however, I strongly disagreed with his position in the interview. He boldly declared […]

Devices Are Cool, but Content Is Cooler

Tablets and e-readers are great but without content they’re not worth much. Barnes & Noble has spent a great deal of effort in promoting its Nook e-reader, and even devotes a lot of in-store floor space to Nook boutiques. But, as Jim Hilt, vice president of e-books at Barnes & Noble said, speaking at a […]

Dan Kennedy Is Wrong OR Content Is Still King

Not all experts know everything. Case in point: My good friend Greg Habstritt just spent some personal time with legendary expert direct-marketer Dan Kennedy. Dan Kennedy is a brilliant no-BS entrepreneur for whom I have immense respect. But. But: I have to say the advice he gave Greg is wrong. Kennedy told Greg that online […]