Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wednesday Promo- A book for Writers

Today Renee Knowles is here to tell us about a book she wrote for writers.

Savvy Business Skills for Writers
Renee Knowles

Wild Child Publishing

Buy link:

Renee’s bio:

Renee Knowles is an award-winning historical and contemporary romance author. She is also a published freelance writer and columnist whose work has appeared in national consumer and trade magazines, as well as newspapers. Besides fiction writing Renee is a freelance editor and writing coach.

In her business life, she’s the owner and president of Total Confidence Image Consulting, LLC, a full-service image and business-etiquette-coaching firm. She has spent over fourteen years as a business manager and successful entrepreneur, during this time serving as a board member of the Arlington LeTip International Chapter, as well as being active in many chamber of commerce organizations. She has presented workshops to writing groups all over the country.

For more information, please visit her coaching site at and her fiction website at

‘I’m writing this series because I saw the need was great and there wasn’t really a good how-to resource out there for writers to learn the business end of publishing. Agents and editors at conferences often speak about how they feel the one area many writers can improve on is the business and marketing side. And, as an editor myself, I've noticed many authors are not as comfortable dealing with promo and networking and career plans as they are with plotting and craft. I’ve seen fabulous writers struggle and I wanted to help them discover all the opportunities that could open to them if they were to expand their way of thinking.
Growing up in an entrepreneurial atmosphere—my family has owned a florist business for over thirty-seven years—I’ve gained a lot of business knowledge even from an early age. I’ve helped many authors find their bearings in this challenging publishing business.”
This is the first book in a series on developing business skills to grow and thrive in the challenging publishing industry. Make no doubt about it, to agents and editors, writing is first and foremost a business. Publishing generates billions of dollars every year. How can a writer find their slice of the pie? That's what this book will help you accomplish.
Of course, having a salable project and great writing ability is ultimately what will sell your book or article and keep your readers coming back. Yet, in this competitive time, you need more. You need an extra edge. Building your business skills will make you shine to editors and agents and help you build an audience. This is what will set you apart from all the other writers who haven't been savvy enough to learn the business end of writing. Ms. Knowles discusses how to creating a dynamic career plan, networking and promoting on a budget, shining at a writers' conference, time management, and no fear public speaking.
Are you ready to take your writing career to the next level?

Reader quotes:

"Savvy Business Skills for Writers: Nuts and Bolts is a book that every writer MUST have! Not only is Ms. Knowles' material extremely helpful, the way she writes made me feel like she was sitting right beside me. She really drew me in, captured my attention, and got me moving on the right track. Being a writer, I don't always find myself excelling on the business end of things, but with this book, I feel a lot more confindent. Not only does Ms. Knowles present a great wealth of knowledge, she makes learning fun!"--Eliza Knight, historical romance author and owner of the History Undressed blog.
"Ms. Knowles’ common sense approach to mapping out a thorough business plan is a must have for every successful author!"--Juliet Burns, Harlequin and Red Sage author.


Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Super blog, Paty! Good luck on your book!

Helen Hardt said...

Renee, great to see you here at Paty's! I picked up my copy yesterday!


Eliza Knight said...

Hi Renee! Loved your book, can't wait to read the next one in the series!!

Hugs, E

Emma Lai said...

Congrats, Renee! I'm off to buy a copy.

Kathy Otten said...

Looks just like the kind of book I need. I'm going to have to get a copy.

Cari Quinn said...

Hi Renee and Paty! I've been eagerly awaiting this book, and I'll be purchasing my copy today. Best of luck with it and all your future endeavors, Renee. :)

Genene Valleau said...

Hi, Renee!

Your books sounds wonderful! It's on my list of ones to buy!

P.S. to Paty--love the look of your blog. Great job!

Rebecca J. Clark said...

This book is going to the top of my To Buy list. It's just what I need. I am totally clueless when it comes to the business side of writing. I need someone to hold my hand and walk me through it. This book sounds like the perfect "hand."


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Paty,

Thanks so much for hosting me today. Your blog is fabulous!


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Terry,

Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by!


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Helen,

Thanks for getting my book! Hope you find it helpful :)


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Eliza,

Thanks for the compliment! Now if I could get to finishing the next one in the series LOL.


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Emma,

Thanks for stopping over and for checking out my book!


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Kathy,

I think you'll find it has something for writers of all levels.

Thanks for stopping by!


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Cari,

Thank you for your support! I hope you find the book helpful.

You rock!


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Genene,

Thank you for checking out the blog and my book!

Your name is fabulous, btw. Love the spelling. Now, I need to find a character to use it on :)


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Becky!

Always good to *see* you! The book is very helpful when it comes to seeing things from a business side, as opposed the creative.

Hope you enjoy it!


Christina Phillips said...

Renee, I need to get this book. It sounds wonderful. Plus, I have a pathological terror of public speaking!!

Renee Knowles said...

Hi Christina,

Thanks! Fear of public speaking is so common that some polls place the fear higher than death!

I actually used to be terrified of public speaking as well. Now, I do it often, as an author and a business owner. It does take some preparation and practice, but you can overcome it.

Hope you find the book helpful!


Linda LaRoque said...

Hi Renee,
Sounds like I need to get a copy of this book. Good luck with sales.


Morgan Mandel said...

Sounds like a book we could all use so we can sell our books!

Morgan Mandel

Paty Jager said...

Renee, Thanks for sharing your book with us!