“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” —Napoleon Hill*

This is uber-true about writing and publishing.

So dear readers, I wish you this:

May you refuse to quit today,
and reap the rewards from that choice tomorrow.


*Quote from BrainyQuote via IFTTT’s Quote of the Day


I love to squirrel away quotes that can help with writing. I ran across this one today and hope it helps you.

“It’s amazing how long it takes to complete something you’re not working on.” —R.D. Clyde

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. There were so many in 2013! Clients finished drafts and revisions, got books published, and started new ones.

Meanwhile, I’ve changed my newsletter host (do you like the new look?), redesigned my Women-Ink.com website, and revamped my own life. I also published six audiobooks under a pen name.

And yet my to-do list still feels colossal. Frustrating!

So this issue’s quote is something I’ve had to keep reminding myself:


“Never let perfect
be the enemy
of the good.”


I’m a born perfectionist and so are most of my clients. (Chances are good that you have a streak of it, too!) Just keep in mind that a rough draft is better than no draft—and finished is better than perfect.

Here’s to a happy and productive 2014 for us all!



About Kate

Kate Coffing, Ph.D. is a certified life coach who guides women writers to success. For more than a decade, she’s helped her clients complete their books and flourish throughout the publishing journey.

Her clients have received offers from leading agencies (including Folio Literary Management, The Knight Agency and D4EO) and sold to such top publishing houses as Simon & Schuster, Sourcebooks and AMACOM. She’s also helped her indie-minded clients find enthusiastic audiences and wonderful incomes through the latest self-publishing techniques.

Kate’s articles about writing, publishing, and goal achievement are read all over the world. To learn more about private coaching with Kate, visit Women-Ink.com.


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Music I’m listening to: “Icing on the Cake” by Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy.

Ebook sales have now surpassed print book sales at Amazon–even after excluding free ebooks. It had to happen, folks, and anyone who’s still thinking it will take a couple of years for ebooks to grab more than 20% of the market is in denial (ahem, nameless “analysts” in this CNN article).

And as a former college professor, I’m smiling at this little piece of news: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/19/plain-writing-act-to-take_n_864336.html. Long time comin’.

This is the bestselling product at Amazon. EVER.

And yes, I love mine.

Paper is great, it really is–but its time is limited. Maybe hardbacks will survive the next decade, but honestly, I’m starting to doubt even that.

It’s the present for Joe, but the future for many:

A Bedtime Story by J.A. Konrath

Self-publishing is not the right thing for every writer–particularly those who simply want to write and don’t have an interest in all the other things (cover art, formatting, marketing) that become a self-published author’s responsibility. The right path today depends on many things, including the type of book and the author’s goals.

But down the road, viable businesses will spring up to handle such things for authors in an effective and affordable way that most current “author services” companies do not.

The future will be good. 🙂

Music I’m listening to: “Red Rose” by Alphaville.

Argh, I hate it when I read a healthy sample of a self-help book for the Kindle, like it, then buy the book–and the author continues for another third of the book trying to convince me how useful said book will be and how much I need their method of doing whatever it is. Look, if I’m able to get that far in the book, it’s because I already bought the book.

Dear Self-Help Authors: I’ve already handed over my money. You don’t need to convince me anymore. You just need to give me the information you promised in the sample.

That’s right, the sample. Ask your publisher how much of the book they’ll offer as a Kindle sample. This is becoming a very useful piece of information. It can and should affect what you write and how you organize the book. Yes, you’ll have to consider how much front matter you have (title page, acknowledgments, table of contents, etc.), so your guess won’t be exact, but you should still be aware of a reader’s patience (or lack thereof).

If you self-publish, the sample will be 10% at Amazon and B&N, no more and no less. You can offer a different amount through Smashwords, but the bulk of your readers will come from the first two.

Heck, Mr./Ms. Author of the more traditional mindset, even if I were reading a print copy, do you think I’m going to stand around in the book store and peruse a full third of the book before making a decision?

Just get on with it, folks. No need to pad the page count–or waste the reader’s time, which is likely as precious to her as her money.

Thank you in advance for being efficient.

The Guinness Book of World Records has released an ebook version. Change is here, folks…

Music I’m listening to: “Don’t Do Me Any Favours” by a-ha (yes, a-ha still exists!)

What a crazy and wonderful year for authors.

It’s my job to keep an eye on the publishing industry, and digital books are on the way to changing much of it—even though a good portion of the industry resists that truth.

I’ve been a Kindle owner since 2008. I don’t like buying printed books anymore; ebooks are so much more convenient. The only time I’ll buy paper is if I MUST have a particular book immediately and it hasn’t yet made it to the Kindle, or if it’s a book I know I’ll want to make lots of notes in (certain books about writing, for example).

My Kindle has more than 600 items on it right now. Many are the free samples of books, so I can see if I’ll like the voice and style before I purchase it. Kindle samples have become my TBR (to be read) pile. Two of my family members now have Kindles, too—including someone who doesn’t read much.

When e-reader prices drop again in the next year or two, I think a huge swath of consumers will stop buying mass-market paperbacks and go for digital copies instead.

Authors are benefitting from the digital revolution, too. Many have gotten the rights reverted for their backlist books, then put those books up on the Kindle where they can continue to make money instead of withering into obscurity. New authors—people who have never signed a contract with a traditional publisher—are succeeding with ebooks in a way that was simply impossible before the current digital era. They also retain full control over their books.

Traditional publishing comes with many advantages, but there are also disadvantages (such as these). While I used to recommend a traditional approach for almost every new client, there’s much more to consider these days.

Options make everything more interesting!