Author: maralyn

Think Outside the Box 2

It’s that time again… time to stretch your mind. When you look at this photo, what comes to mind. At first, I saw a wholly glass that reminded me of the holes in Swiss cheese. But, I knew that wasn’t the answer. Is the answer coming to you? I hope so. Think of a glass of:—– —-. The photos I’m using the next few weeks are from Worth 1000. If you visit the Worth 1000 site, their photography is wonderful. If any of you have creative puzzles or mind stretchers you think would be appropriate, please send them on and we’ll include what we can and certainly give you credit. Whole milk is the answer. Did you guess? Maralyn D. HillBooksByHillsNoraLyn LtdWhere & What in the World Blog$uccess...

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Author April Smith’s Tip on Writing

While at Rancho La Puerta, I picked up a tip from visiting lecturer April Smith. April, who studied at the creative writing program at Stanford University has published l9 books and won many awards, such as PEN/Faulkner and The O’Henry Prize Stories.” I encourage you to read her online bio. April advises writers to “Write something every day.” She explains that to be a successful writer, we must read and write. “Writing is not a hobby, or a past time, it is long hard work.” The Hill team agrees! Brenda C. HillBooksByHillsWhere & What in the World BlogSuccess...

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Think Outside the Box 1

In our book, $uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book, we encourage using your creativity. And, if you think you’re not creative, work at developing it. Once a week (I hope), I plan to have a little teaser to help you stretch your imagination. The photos I’m going to use the next few weeks are from Worth 1000. My cousin Lois sent me a lot of these and they are terrific. If you visit the Worth 1000 site, their photography is wonderful. Look at the photo on the right and think what it might represent. Hint, some type of a plant. Can you guess. I hope so. If not the answer is…Dandy Lions – dandelion, the yellow weed. Another challenge in a week. Have a good one. Maralyn D. HillBooks By HillsNoraLyn$uccess...

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My Book’s Published – Now What???

At the time we received Norm’s proof for “Winner and Final Chairman” (now published by, we also received, “My Book’s Published – Now What???” by John Harnish with Jane Martin. New Infinity authors will get a complimentary copy automatically with their proof copy of their book. If you are with another publishing company, I’d highly recommend ordering it from Buy Books on the Web (Infinity’s online bookstore). The target market is every newly published author. They clearly explain the facts of life for authors. I’ve read it cover to cover and they cover it all. You’ll learn effective book marketing and promotion ideas. In John’s words, “It’s a guide to giving authors command of up-to-the-minute publishing trends, and knowing how to sell more books. Even though our new book, “$uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book” (to be released in August) targets the same market, as well as those who want to get started writing or publishing their book/s, the two books have different insights and approaches. Naturally, I’d recommend you read both. One thing Brenda and I have learned along this writing path, is the importance of continual reading in our market as well as others. Once you’ve read John’s book, please let me know how you like it. I’ll look forward to your comments. Maralyn D. HillBooks by HillsNoraLyn Where & What in the World Blog$uccess...

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$uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book

Proof time. There is nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your proof copy of your new book. What’s better, the final published copy. Brenda, Norm and I are in the midst of editing our proof of $uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book and it is exciting. Naturally, we were hoping for just a few edits. The count is up to 44. It reinforces the need for editing. Brenda and I don’t begin to catch what Norm does. It looks different in print than on the screen or just a document copy. Based on seminars and workshops Brenda and I have given and people asking us for a book, we decided to write $uccess. We’ve ended up with a book that we wish we would have been able to read before we wrote our first book together, Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel. We want to thank all of those who urged us to write this book. I’ll be sure to let you know when it is available. Hopefully, by August. We don’t profess to be experts, but have learned a great deal from experience. The purpose of this blog will be to provide writing, marketing, and publishing tips so you can have a smoother journey to publishing your book. We invite comments and we are happy to feature tips from others. Maralyn D.

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