Monday, October 12, 2009

On Writing For Magazines

I recently picked up an issue of a magazine that just came out - brand new.  I read and loved it and quickly emailed the editor with a query, which he accepted.  And, in a matter of days I had an assignment, well two actually, I was to do a book review also, along with a 2500 word article.  I was then told that they couldn't pay me, but in copies.  At first I thought nothing of it, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought, "I can't keep writing for publications that don't pay." So I emailed the editor and very politely told them that I couldn't do the articles without compensation.  

I don't know if this was right or not, but I know that I can't keep writing for no money.  It's hard enough getting paid as a writer as it is, and nowadays nobody works for FREE!  

Did I do the right thing?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Peddling Your Books At Independent Bookstores

I'm a recent self-published author of a picture book titled "Jack's Dreams Come To Life."  And while it is on sale on, I've been trying to get it into local independent bookstores and have succeeded with two so far.  

Working two jobs until November doesn't give me much time to go around to the other bookstores I want to go to and peddle it.  So, my question is, what do I send to these bookstores to try and sell my book to them?