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Round-Up Question of the Week: What do you hope readers will gain from reading your book?

Round-Up Question of the Week: What do you hope readers will gain from reading your book?

This week we asked our community on Facebook to answer this question: What do you hope readers will gain from reading your book? Here’s what they had to say: David Evans: My book “ONE GOOD IDEA” provides some simple, fun ideas to help readers find that One Good Idea that they need. (One of the […]

How to Connect with Fellow Writers and Where to Find Writers’ Groups, Conferences, and Events

How to Connect with Fellow Writers and Where to Find Writers’ Groups, Conferences, and Events

Back in 2003 when I quit my soul-sucking corporate job and opened a brick and mortar bookstore (which I sold three years later), one of my first initiatives was to start a writers’ group that met in the store every Saturday morning. I had decided that I wanted to finally pursue my life-long goal of […]

Online PR – How to Locate and Pitch Bloggers

Online PR – How to Locate and Pitch Bloggers

While there are a lot of rules around how to pitch traditional media sources, the rules for pitching online sources are often looser, and the opportunities could keep you busy for years. The good news is that bloggers have more influence than ever before. Consumers love recommendations, especially when it comes to what books to […]

Your Book is Not Your Boss by Mike Loomis

Your Book is Not Your Boss by Mike Loomis

I was advising an author recently about her book launch and realized that she was pouring all her time and energy into making sure this book was a success. What’s the problem with that, Mark? Well, first of all, my name’s Mike. But here’s the problem: books come and go. In five years, this book will […]

Round-Up Question of the Week: What is the title of your book and who is your target audience?

Round-Up Question of the Week: What is the title of your book and who is your target audience?

This week we asked our community on Facebook to answer this question: What is the title of your book and who is your target audience? Here’s what they had to say: Joel D Canfield: The working title is “Making Resistance Irrelevant: Why You Aren’t Writing and What You Can Do About It” It’ll be good […]

What’s the One Thing That Will Transform Your Writing? by Barbara McNichol

What’s the One Thing That Will Transform Your Writing? by Barbara McNichol

How can you change weak verbs into emotional or visual ones? One single practice presented here will transform your writing when you use it consistently. It’s this: Watch out for “is” words and their various cousins. Stay alert to phrases such as “is happening” or “was being good” and change them to “happens” or “behaved” […]

DIY Publicity for Authors

DIY Publicity for Authors

You should know that reporters, editors, and producers NEED story ideas. In other words, they need you as much as you need them! Yes, it’s perfectly okay to reach out to media pros, though before you do make sure you have a news-worthy pitch. A new book release rarely qualifies as news-worthy if you aren’t […]

Round-Up Question of the Week: What advice would you offer to new authors just getting started?

Round-Up Question of the Week: What advice would you offer to new authors just getting started?

This week we asked our community on Facebook to answer this question: What advice would you offer to new authors just getting started? Here’s what they had to say: Stephanie Chandler: Start now! Build a marketing plan before the book is finished being written and you will be ahead of the game! Marie DeHaan: Never […]

How to Use an Editing Tool to Edit Your Own Work by Kevin Wood

How to Use an Editing Tool to Edit Your Own Work by Kevin Wood

As writers, self-editing is one of the hardest things we have to do. We love our work. The way that we have expressed our ideas makes perfect sense in our own heads, and so analyzing it sentence by sentence can be disheartening and difficult. But it is essential. When you are in the flow of […]

How to Generate Book Reviews

How to Generate Book Reviews

Book reviews are essential because they help potential readers make a purchase decision. Sending out review copies is a strategy every author should include in their marketing plans. The more people who know about your book, the better the chance of building word of mouth buzz. Free Book Review Options: Amazon Reviewers – Reviews on […]