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Science Fiction Can Help Us Create the Real Future by Brian Jud

Science Fiction Can Help Us Create the Real Future by Brian Jud

When seeking creative ideas, our built-in biases can prevent us from seeing new possibilities. We only develop opportunities related to the status quo, that which is somewhat familiar. Science fiction can help remove the creative boundaries by providing the inspiration for innovation. It helps us engage in mental time travel and allows us to dream […]

Which Self-Publishing Firm Should You Choose? Special Report by Stephanie Chandler

Which Self-Publishing Firm Should You Choose? Special Report by Stephanie Chandler

There are many, many options for hybrid/vanity/custom book publishing and it can be overwhelming to wade through the choices. Unfortunately, there are also some predatory firms out there, plus other reasons to avoid working with some of these brands. What to Watch For Some companies use deceptive tactics to acquire new publishing clients by offering […]

Planning a Successful and Profitable Book Tour by Charmaine Hammond

Planning a Successful and Profitable Book Tour by Charmaine Hammond

There are a couple of ways to approach a successful book tour (either virtual or live). Regardless of which approach you choose, the key is allowing ample time to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate your book tour results. It all starts with having a clear objective or goal for the tour. Book Tour Planning Questions […]

Before You Publish: Pro Tips for Finalizing Your Nonfiction Manuscript

Before You Publish: Pro Tips for Finalizing Your Nonfiction Manuscript

Writing an entire manuscript in preparation for publishing a book is a huge accomplishment, and one that is worthy of celebration. But, before you send your manuscript off to your publisher (or printer), there are several ways you can improve the overall professionalism and maximize reader engagement. Bonus Downloads –When you sell your book through […]

Wizard of Oz Marketing by Brian Jud

Wizard of Oz Marketing by Brian Jud

Many first-time authors apply Wizard of Oz marketing. Once their book is published, they start with whirlwind activity but soon find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Initially, they are not sure where they want to go, but eventually find a path to reach their goal. There are many obstacles along the way, but there is also […]

Boost Book Sales with Pre-Launch Social Media Strategies by Sue Canfield

Boost Book Sales with Pre-Launch Social Media Strategies by Sue Canfield

You’ve written your first book and it’s all set to be released in a few months. What can you do using social media now, before your official book launch date, to be sure book sales are boosted on release day? First create a plan. Write down your goals. How many followers would you like on […]

The 6 People Every Author Should Hire

The 6 People Every Author Should Hire

Professional Editor If you’re self-publishing your book, nothing is more important than having your book professionally edited. It’s fine to have it initially reviewed by a friend or relative, or by teachers and people with English degrees (I hear this a lot), but you still need a professional editor to put the finishing touches on […]

Write First to Consistently Increase Your Productivity by Nina Amir

Write First to Consistently Increase Your Productivity by Nina Amir

How do you begin your writing day? If you are like most people, the first thing you do is check your phone to see if you’ve gotten any messages. You may answer emails and reply to social media posts. And you handle priorities—your own or someone else’s priorities. But you don’t write first. Writing isn’t […]

How to Find More Buyers by Brian Jud

How to Find More Buyers by Brian Jud

When I ask authors to describe their target readers the most frequent response is “everybody who likes (their topic).” It is difficult, time consuming and expensive to market to everybody. Defining your primary target readers and buyers is a basic, required task for selling books. But if you limit your marketing to those people you […]

The Power of YES: Why Community Matters in Your Writing Life by Joan Gelfand

The Power of YES: Why Community Matters in Your Writing Life by Joan Gelfand

Do you know how John Lennon fell in love with Yoko Ono? Lennon was visiting an art gallery—he himself was a sketch artist, had gone to art school and was a fixture on the London art scene as well as a famous Beatle. Ono was on a ladder installing her one woman art show, a […]