Category Archives: books

My Answers to Some Deceptively Simple Publicity Questions

Still working on those questions. Comments welcome. What I have so far: 1. Provide a 50- to 75-word description of the book (an elevator pitch, if you will). A Beginner’s Guide to Rockhounding and Prospecting in the Southwest sets newcomers … Continue reading

Posted in books, rocks and lapidary, Stanton Delaplane, Thoughts on writing, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Deceptively Simple Publicity Questions

My book is not due until August 1st, 2019. That’s one year, one month, eleven days, twenty-two hours, forty-eight minutes, and twenty-nine seconds away. (I checked.) Prior to today, starting two or three weeks ago, publicity efforts began by the … Continue reading

Posted in books, Thoughts on writing, Uncategorized, Writing tips | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where Do Non-Fiction Writers Go to Pen Their Great American Novel?

I thought once I got my book contract (internal link) I’d be ushered into the world of midnight coffee shops and cafes, the province of creative types discussing Flaubert and Nietzsche. That hasn’t happened. Being Las Vegas, we do have … Continue reading

Posted in books, rocks and lapidary, Thoughts on writing, Uncategorized, Writing tips | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

I Got A Rock

My course materials came today. I’m taking an online class offered by BYU. That’s Brigham Young University for those of you outside the States. It’s Geology 101 and it is being conducted by a well thought of professor. 25 lessons … Continue reading

Posted in books, rocks and lapidary, Thoughts on writing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Contract Signed — Now, to The Writing

I’ve just signed a contract with Adventure Publications (external link). They’re the leading guidebook publisher in the United States. The working title is “A Beginner’s Guide to Rockhounding and Prospecting in the Southwest.” Just what makes up the  Southwestern United … Continue reading

Posted in books, Thoughts on writing, Uncategorized, Writing tips | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking News — I’ve Been Offered a Book Contract!

Details to follow. I am reviewing the contract offered and developing a list of questions. After the royalties are negotiated, I want to ask about working details. How the MS should be formatted, photograph requirements, map and diagram preparation and … Continue reading

Posted in books, Thoughts on writing, Writing tips | 5 Comments

Is Your Idea Marketable?

A  good idea isn’t enough, it has to be marketable. Unless you are writing for pleasure, an idea must appeal to people who will pay you. This applies to magazine articles as well as books. Here’s a list of rejected book … Continue reading

Posted in books, rocks and lapidary, Stanton Delaplane, Thoughts on writing, Uncategorized, Writing tips | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment