Thursday, March 24, 2022

10 Helpful Tips For Troubled Authors


Where are authors to go when they need help?  

Often, a writer stumbles upon a roadblock or needs guidance on something. Perhaps they just need moral support. Whom can an author turn to?

1. Fellow Writers

Writers understand each other best. Consult them. They’re all over the place -- associations, online groups, classes, book fairs, etc. They are not your competitors They are your allies. 

2. The Internet

Google the problem that needs trouble-shooting. You’ll find answers -- just double check they’re the right ones. Trust no one, especially online, but don’t dismiss the web’s usefulness.  

3. Online Groups

There’s a group for everything. On Facebook and Linked In you can find groups of other writers in your genre, and people in the publishing industry -- literary agents, book reviewers, bloggers, editors, publishers, cover designers, etc. Join away! 

4. Therapist

Let’s face it, by virtue of being a writer you’re already closer to being nuts on the spectrum of sanity. Everyone can benefit from non-judgmental clarity provided by a trained stranger. Start talking and see if a therapist can support you.  

5. Clergy

Like a therapist, they’re trusted, trained, authoritative figures in listening and supporting you. If religion is your thing, start praying. 

6. Friends

Friends are there to cheer you up, inspire you, and be there in good or bad times. However, they may not know much about the world of books other than reading them.  

7. Family

They give you both the love no one else will give you -- and then a kick-in-the-ass truth that no one else will give you. Try them. 

8. Publishing Consultant

If your challenge relates to editing, cover design, manuscript formatting, rewriting, or getting published, there are many good book shepherds and publishing consultants out there.  

9. Book Marketer

A real pro will understand your situation, provide strong ideas, share targeted resources, or do the heavy lifting as it pertains to marketing your book and promoting you.  

10. Pet 

This may work the best. Our pets --especially dogs (that’s right, you heard me) -- can give us unconditional love. A few minutes of cuddling and looking out the window with your furry friend may not resolve your problem, but you sure will feel better.  

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”

-J.M Barrie from Peter Pan

“After all is said and done, more is said than done.”


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

-Winston Churchill

Please Contact Me For Help

Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres.


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Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2022. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This blog, with over 4,000 posts over the past decade, was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: 



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