Eliza’s Book Recommendation for the Week!

My recommendation for the week is most definitely Renee Knowles’ release, Savvy Business Skills for Writers: Nuts and Bolts, which released today from Wild Child Publishing.

I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy, and I think this is a book every writer should have on hand! Whether you’re just starting out or been in the biz for awhile, it’s a great tool! I will be particularly using her suggestions for attending a conference, this summer at Nationals!

Here’s a little information about the author:

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 http://www.totalconfidenceimage.com/ and her fiction website at http://www.reneeknowles.com/.
‘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 confident. 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.


Denise Alicea
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This blog was created by Denise in September 2008 to blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. Slowly, but surely this blog expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds interviews, contests, and of course promotional venue for authors, etc


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  • Putting it on to buy list!

    And I love the template for this blog. It’s beautiful!

  • Hi Eliza,

    Thanks so much for making Savvy Business Skills for Writers your recommendation of the week! I’m glad you found the book helpful.

    Now, back to work on the book two of the series!


  • I’m glad you are all looking forward to the book!

    Congrats Renee on your release and I can’t wait to read the second one!

    And our blog was designed by Enchanted Web, but I believe it was all Denisse’s idea 🙂

  • Thanks! Enchanted Web did amazing work. That was Eliza’s recommendation. The idea was based on my website because I love faeries.

  • Eliza,
    I just read Renee’s post on Nita’s site, where she mentioned her book. I thought it looked great and said something about it. Then I came here (catching up on old emails) and saw your recommendation, giving it that little extra push needed for me. It is now on my Must Have list.

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