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Author’s Desk Blog


Welcome to the Author's Desk Blog!

Our blog is designed to provide useful, simple, and concise information for Self-Published Authors, Bloggers, and Youtube

Unlike so many other blogs out there, we will not try to sell you on costly services, software, or apps, instead, we focus on FREE resources and provide useful tips and other information in a simple, non-technical way. 

Radio Espial: Publishing and Self-Publishing with Linda Riesenberg Fisler

This is the fourth episode for Radio Espial, presented by Mick Rooney. This episode features an extended interview with Linda …
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A Question of Book Reviewing Ethics: What Say You?

POD People requests that authors interested in having a book reviewed send a query email, not a copy of the …
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INDIE BOOK REVIEW: An Heir to Thorns and Steel

Title: An  Heir to Thorns and Steel Author: MCA Hogarth Genre: Fantasy Price: $2.99 (ebook) ISBN 978-0989263146 Point of Sale: …
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Draft2Digital Partners with Findaway Voices for Audiobook Alternative to Audible

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, July 17, 2017—Today marks the launch of a partnership between publishing aggregator, Draft2Digital, and audiobook production service, …
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7 Pieces of Advice on Promoting Your E-Book – Annabelle Short | Guest Post

You’ve put in the long hours… You’ve overcome writer’s block… You’ve put all your efforts into developing your newest masterpiece …
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REVIEW: Holding Fire

Title: Holding Fire Editor: Scott Hughes Genre: Anthology Price: $4.99 (ebook) / $12.99 (paperback) Publisher: Createspace ISBN: 978-1508859284 Available via: …
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REVIEW: Ten Gentle Opportunities

Title: Ten Gentle Opportunities Author: Jeff Duntemann Genre: Fantasy / Science fiction Price: $2.99 (ebook) Publisher: Copperwood Press ISBN: B01AQ1549E …
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REVIEW: Jupiter Justice

Title: Jupiter Justice Author: Donald J. Hunt  Genre: Urban Fantasy Price: $2.99 (ebook) / $11.74 (paperback) Publisher: Amazon Digital Services …
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REVIEW: Void Contract

Title: Void Contract: Gigaparsec Book 1       Author: Scott Rhine   Genre: space opera Price: $2.99 (ebook) $8.99 …
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SFWA Opens to Consideration of Self-Published Authors

“….the membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has approved bylaw changes that enable SFWA to accept …
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6 MARKETING STRATEGIES AND TOOLS FOR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS

If you want to write a book, but are afraid it won’t sell, or that you’ll need a lot of …
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Indie Book Review: Ascension, a Tangled Axon Novel

Title: Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel Author: Jacqueline Koyanagi Genre: SF Price: $6.99 (ebook) / $12.30 (paperback Publisher: Masque Books …
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Indie Book Review: Proof of Our Resolve

Title: Proof of Our Resolve Author: Chris Hernandez Genre: military fiction Price: $5.99 (ebook) / $10.86 (paperback Publisher: Tactical 16 …
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11 Habits You Should Get Rid of to Become a Better Writer – Catrin Cooper | Guest Post

You can’t be a successful writer by accident. The reason for this is that you have to develop as a …
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A Writers Conference Survival Guide

You’re going to a writers conference. You’ve booked your travel and are excited and ready to meet fellow aspiring writers, …
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5 Self-Publishing Trends You Need To Know

The phenomenon of self-publishing existed at all times and, in fact, for many centuries it was an integral part of …
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Author Interview: Andrew Fitzmorris – “Romancing the Reader”

This will be a great couple of weeks on A Book Inside Blog because I will be interviewing several new …
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How to promote yourself as a writer

If you are interested in promotions, then you do not probably want to know about the ways to improve writing …
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How to Stick to Your Writing Schedule

This is How to Stick to Your Writing Schedule With Ease The biggest problems that writers face are distractions that …
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9 tips to start building a book cover design you always wanted

Before you even begin your novel, you have an idea in your mind of what you want the finished product …
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Guide to Writing Flashbacks That Don’t Confuse Your Readers

How to Write Effective Flashbacks That Don’t Confuse Your Readers Most stories you write will move along sequentially, in a …
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Get to Know Your Character With Author Dallas Woodburn

Once upon a time, Peter Pan was just a faceless name. Before The Lord of the Rings, Frodo was merely …
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How to Open Your Work to Critique and Land Your Dream Agent

How many times has this happened to you? A friend or acquaintance discovers you’re a writer in search of representation …
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Book errors can hide anywhere. Look very carefully.

No matter how many times you read, re-read and re-re-read, you’re bound to find mistakes in anything you’ve written. It’s best …
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Indie Book Review: The Immortality Game

Title: The Immortality Game  Author: Ted Cross Genre: SF Price: $3.99 (ebook) / $12.59 (paperback) Publisher: Breakwater Harbor Books ISBN: …
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Indie Book Review: Time Heist

Title:   Time Heist (Firstborn Saga) Volume 1 Author: Anthony Vicino Genre: SF Price: $3.99 (ebook) $10.73 (paperback) Publisher: One Lazy …
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10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing

Today’s authors have started to catch on to the fact that they no longer have to depend on and pay …
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You’ve Got Mail: What Writers Need to Know About eNewsletters

Journalist Ann Friedman started her e-newsletter, The Ann Friedman Weekly, after she lost her magazine job. Formerly the executive editor …
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To detect the most errors, check your book in multiple media

Yesterday I put my latest book “to bed.” Love For & From My 4-Legged Son—how an ordinary golden retriever became …
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Indie Book Review: No Earthly Shore

Title: No Earthly Shore Author: Jilly Paddock Genre: SF Price: $1.99 (ebook) Publisher: Cathaven Press ISBN B006XCVC1A Point of Sale: …
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Indie Book REVIEW: Rise of The Spider Goddess

Title: Rise of the Spider Goddess Author: Jim C. Hines Genre: Fantasy, humor Price: $3.99 (ebook) $9.89 (paperback) Publisher: CreateSpace …
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How I Published My Book for Free: Author Interview with Robin Murphy

Interview with Author Robin Murphy Today I am interviewing Robin Murphy, author of Sullivan’s Secret, a paranormal murder mystery just …
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Tips on Writing a Sequel (When You Didn’t Plan to Write a Sequel)

When I published my first fantasy novel, Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, in 1987, I never planned to go back …
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How to Title Your Book for Best Sales and Marketing Success

While a catchy book title will attract the eye of a potential buyer, for non-fiction it may not be your …
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Indie Book Review: We Who Are About To …

I was recommended to read Joanna Russ’s novel We Who Are About To…. I did, and found it very interesting. It is in …
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Tips for Writing About Distant Lands in Fiction

Writing about an unfamiliar location—a place you haven’t lived, a place you’ve only visited, a place you’re putting a fictional …
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Indie Book Review: Death Stalks Door County

Title: Death Stalks Door County Author: Patricia Skalka Genre: mystery Price: $26.95 (hardcover) $10.49 (ebook) Publisher: Terrace Books (University of …
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The Overlooked Discovery – Peter McCabe | Guest Post

An opinion about whether Shakespeare’s dictionary has been discovered: It has. In 2014, two New York antique booksellers, George Koppelman …
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REVIEW: Riding the Red Horse

Title: Riding the Red Horse Editor: Tom Kratman and Vox Day Genre: military SF / military non-fiction Price: $4.99 (ebook) …
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Author-Publishers Beware! One book page can cost about a penny—or two bucks!

(left-click on charts below to enlarge them for easier reading) Despite the amazing recent growth in ebook sales, most books sold …
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Author Interview Series – “Kid Stuff”

Of recent, I have discussed on this site the topic of writing children’s books. There are so many writers who …
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7 Common book marketing mistakes authors should avoid

The book you’ve been working on tirelessly for so long is finally done and ready to be sent to the …
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How to Work Magic on Your Next Book

Self-publishing is not really self-publishing. It’s like team-publishing. Writing. Editing. Book cover designing. Formatting. Marketing. You probably should acquire help …
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REVIEW: A Sword Into Darkness

Title: A Sword Into Darkness Author: Thomas A. Mays Genre: Military SF Price: $3.99 (ebook) $14.39 (paperback) Publisher: Amazon ISBN …
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Author-publishers can save money with coupons, and not just on groceries

My late father and my brother have been addicted to finding deals and clipping coupons. So is my wife. I …
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I wouldn’t trust Apollo Publications to publish toilet paper

Apollo Publications is an apparently new publishing-services provider—and apparently the most inept. It tries to function as both a traditional publisher …
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Weekly Round-Up: New and Now

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst …
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Time to get LinkedIn!

Contributed by Alanna Parke KvaleSo, you’ve written that book that’s been burning in your brain and you’ve actually published it …
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Author Interview Series – How Experience Helps Write Your Book

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Steffannie Roaché, author of Righteous Anger: Mad Enough to Make a Change. A …
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7 Steps in a Successful Book Marketing Campaign

Book marketing campaign should be prepared before you write your book. If you cannot sell at least 50 advance copies …
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How to Leverage Social Media Networks to Promote your Book

Image Source: http://shoutmybook.com In today’s marketplace, thousands of new books and e-books (pay attention) are coming out each day. If …
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REVIEW: Freedom at Feronia (Asteroid Police Book 2)

Title: Freedom at Feronia (Asteroid Police Book 2)Author: Richard PennGenre: SFPrice: $3.99 (ebook) / $10.99 (paperback)Publisher: Amazon Digital ServicesISBN:  978-1500830663Point …
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REVIEW: The Dark Colony (Asteroid Police Book 1)

Title: The Dark Colony (Asteroid Police Book 1Author: Richard PennGenre: SFPrice: $3.99 (ebook) / $9.99 (paperback)Publisher: Amazon Digital ServicesISBN:  978-1500357252Point …
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Writers: tax day is coming. Take advantage of your special advantages.

It’s now April 5th. This year Tax Day in the USA will be ‘celebrated’ on April 18th.  It’s getting closer …
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I was very impressed with ebook publisher PRONOUN—until I tried it

 Pronoun is a strangely named company that formats and distributes ebooks. Its technology is very impressive and so is its …
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Guest Post by Silas Payton

The F-word Authors Should Learn from Rap MusicHip hop, or rap, has done extremely well in the past twenty years …
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Advice to My Unpublished Self

Chasing a dream is never easy. When we set our sights and our hearts on a seemingly unattainable goal, we …
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How to Use Fiction to Explore Contemporary Social Issues

I’ve been writing nonfiction books for almost twenty years, often on difficult subjects such as sexual violence, assisted reproductive technologies, …
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How Freelance Editors Fit into Today’s Publishing Landscape

I’m about to say something controversial. Are you ready? Freelance book editors aren’t necessary to get published. I know, crazy …
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Harlequin Settles

In 2012, Ann Voss Peterson wrote a blog post about Harlequin’s contract terms. TL;DR – Harlequin allegedly leased ebook rights …
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Do Ebook Preorders Work?

So I’ve been trying out Kindle preorder pages for some new books (including my latest horror thriller  WEBCAM, which launches today), …
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More Advantages to Self-Publishing

Today my ninth Jack Daniels novel, RUM RUNNER, launches.Incredibly, I haven’t released a solo book since 2010, when SHAKEN came out …
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Konrath’s Advice For Indie Booksellers

I just sent out a newsletter to 10,000 people on my mailing list. Some of those people have been on …
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Attack of the Bibliography!

I noticed an Amazon trend a few months ago. Some third party indie publishers were creating Kindle bibliographies for bestselling …
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7 Tips on How to Write a Book

This article was first published here several years back, but we felt it could find new life to some readers …
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How to Find an Illustrator When Writing a Children’s Book with Author Ryan Cunningham

Today we are interviewing 2-time Oregon author Ryan Cunningham. Ryan has recently released a children’s book titled Gary’s Gray World …
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There’s More Than One Way to Write a Book!

As with many tasks in life, there is more than one way to achieve the goal of writing a book …
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Author Robin Murphy Talks About How to Write a Book Series

Today we’re talking to 2-time author Robin Murphy about how she planned and isexecuting her new book series. Robin is …
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What 50 Famous Authors Want Us to Know About the Writing Process

1. “…a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” -Virginia Woolf, …
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12 Marketing Skills Every Writer Now Needs

Article contributed by http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org In a world of blogs, tweets, website comments, and Facebook status updates, everyone is a writer …
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Free Press Release Sites

Just a quick note to let you know of a few websites that will post your press release and submit …
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Oscar Wilde’s Birthday: How About a New Book?

Today in celebration of Oscar Wilde’s birthday, I am interviewing Joy Shannon, author of The First Counterculture Celebrity: Oscar Wilde’s …
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Research Your Book with Doreen Pendgracs

Today we have the honor of interviewing Doreen Pendgracs, the editor of Wizard of Words at http://www.wizardofwords.net, author of Before …
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5 rules for building your author brand

  You hear more and more often that indie authors need to create their own brand. But positioning yourself and …
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6 Book Marketing Lessons for the Self-Published Authors

If you had a huge publisher standing behind your work, you wouldn’t have to worry about marketing. Well, maybe you …
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10 Easy Steps to Write a Book Marketing Plan

There are many people who love to writing books. Book writing is a great activity and it can offer a …
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Step-By-Step Guide to Starting a Lifestyle Story Writing

Lifestyle involves all the processes which are the standards and ideals to spend a life in some specified style and …
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10 Essential Skills For Every Writer

About Author: Lucy Benton is a writing coach, an editor who finds her passion in expressing own thoughts as a …
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10 Ways for Authors to Engage Readers through Videos

Let’s do an experiment: scroll down through your Facebook feed and pay attention to the things you notice the most …
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5 Powerful Strategies That’ll Help You Become a Successful Self-Publisher

The self-publishing industry is getting stronger each and every year. As the time goes by, more and more authors choose …
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7 Tips on Getting Reviews for your Book

I literally get thousands of review requests per month. In the days when I reviewed gadgets as well, there were …
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Top 10 Book Marketing Tips for Authors

Congratulations! Your book is finally done, and you think it’s the best one ever! You created an eye-catching cover and …
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8 Strategies To Write A Winning Book Marketing Plan

If you are a talented writer and have recently composed a book you would like to advertise, then this article …
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Court Rules: Amazon is not a Publisher

An unfortunate couple found that their engagement photo had appeared, without permission, on the cover of a book suggestively entitled …
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Hyp-hen Hil-a-ri-ty UPDA-TED

I take a perverse joy in discovering stupid hyphenations produced by Microsoft Word. One recent discovery is “bin-aural,” instead of …
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Are you ready for Prime Time? What’s the main difference between an amateur writer and a professional author?

A while ago I copyedited a book written by a woman who is an excellent storyteller—but was not quite ready …
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When responding to readers’ comments, an author’s attitude makes a big difference

I read lots of books.I particularly read lots of books about publishing, both to learn and to check on possible …
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Authors: a book’s press release is NOT an advertisement

The press release—sometimes called a “news release” or “media release”—is a vital part of book promotion. It’s used to attract …
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“Dingbat” is not always an insult. Build your publishing vocabulary, and smile a bit

Blad:  (Book Layout and Design) A blad is a small sample of a book used by salespeople to sell the book.  …
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Other people may see the world, and your books, differently than you do

I had a cataract removed from my left eye about seven years ago, and an artificial lens implanted. I was …
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Beginning authors should fix errors—not display them

I am often exposed to promotional efforts for new books. Sadly, many of them are absolutely dreadful. They show so …
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Your author portrait is important. Don’t look ugly

Every author needs a portrait—for books, websites, blogs, Twitter, press kits, posters, etc. and to go on their books.Famous authors like …
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Debut Author Tell All: Tiffany McDaniel & The Summer that Melted Everything

If you’re a loyal reader of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market and the print version of Guide to Literary Agents, …
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My (New) Life As a (New) Writer

After twenty years working in university administration, a marriage and successive military moves necessitated a new career. So, I selected …
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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Angelica Baker

“7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Angelica Baker, author of OUR LITTLE RACKET) is a recurring …
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5 Types of Opening Scenes to Make Your Story Stand Out

Opening scenes introduce characters, plots, and settings, and where the story is going. Writers can take more time unpacking opening …
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Do Ebook Preorders Work? Part 2

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about preorders. I experimented with three preorder titles, curious as to …
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Permafree

Whenever I have a chance to bend Amazon’s ear, I make a few pitches. The top three always are:I’d like …
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Self Publishing my First Audiobook

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve begun self-publishing audiobooks. My first, RUM RUNNER, is currently available.What took me so long …
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Top 10 Tips for Beginner Writers – Rachel Summers | Guest Post

Whether you are writing a novel or other forms of creative writing, when it is your first time it can …
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3 Crucial Marketing Tips for Self-Publishing Authors – Damon Freeman | Guest Post

When it comes to self-publishing authors, marketing your book becomes just as important as writing a fantastic page-turner. The ability …
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What to expect when you are publishing on subscription services – AC de Fombelle | Guest Post

In April 2017, Netflix reported having over 98 million subscribersworldwide, including more than 50 million in the United States. Deezer currently has 16 million monthly active …
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Seven Films About Writers That Will Motivate You – Amelia Dermott | Guest Post

Every single writer has moments where they don’t feel like much of a writer at all. It isn’t always easy …
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Reading and Writing for Pleasure: June 2017 | Douglas Burcham

Douglas writes a follow up to his post in February 2017 in his Writing and Reading for Pleasure series with …
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Fifty Shades and the Martian Self-Publishing Marketing Secrets – Zachary Jarvis | Guest Post

When people think of an eBook success story, they tend to think about Fifty Shades of Grey. It was an …
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Amazon Introduces Charts: A Bestseller List for What People are Really Reading and Buying

Press release SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 18, 2017– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today launched Amazon Charts, a reimagined weekly bestseller list that shares which books …
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The Brutal Truth Why You are a Bad Writer – Olivia Ryan | Guest Post

The majority of people don’t even perceive writing on a very conscious level. That’s because it seems so normal, so …
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Oklahoma Attorney General Ends Tate Publishing Empire with Arrests and Charges

State authorities on Thursday derailed Tate Publishing and Enterprises’ plan to resume operating their author services company. Richard Tate, the …
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10 DIY Book Cover Design Mistakes That May Stamp Unprofessional On Your Book

By Earma Brown Unprofessional book cover design can hinder book sales, true or false? True, experts agree ugly or unprofessional …
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10 Resources to Get a Fantastic Book Cover Design, Whatever Your Budget

By Amy Harrop Your book needs a book cover design as great as its content! Since a picture paints a …
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How to Make a YouTube Video – And How to Drive Traffic to It

By David Maher Have you ever wanted to show yourself to the world? Have you ever wanted the rest of …
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Simple Tips on How to Make Money From YouTube

By Michael Wetelainen The social media platform is getting bigger each day. On several blogs, you see many people talking …
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Tips For The Growth of Your YouTube Channel

By Satvik Mittal Do you have a YouTube channel that you want to promote and get a lot of traffic …
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How To Make Money With YouTube Videos

By Steven J Lucas There’s a lot of people with videos that have hundreds of thousands, and occasionally millions of …
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7 Guidelines To Creating Your eBook

By Daisy Graham Jones Yesterday morning I had an amazing chat with 2 bloggers you can really expect great things …
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Is Goodreads Worthwhile For Authors?

Is Goodreads Worthwhile For Authors?By Dave Lynch Social media marketing is the best way to market a book. There’s no …
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eBook Cover Design And The Importance Of Quality

eBook Cover Design And The Importance Of QualityBy Trevor Taylor I think the guy who came up with the saying …
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How To Write an eBook – Use My Easy Book MATRIX To Outline Your Book In Less Than 5 Minutes

How To Write an eBook – Use My Easy Book MATRIX To Outline Your Book In Less Than 5 MinutesBy …
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The Things You Need to Know About Self – Publishing a Book

The Things You Need to Know About Self – Publishing a BookBy Rob Hillman The world of self-publishing is a …
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Why to Use WordPress If You’re Serious About Your Online Business

Tracie Shroyer Starting an online business isn’t cheap. I hope I’m not bursting any bubbles. Sure you don’t pay for …
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How to Sell Digital Books at Physical Events

How to Sell Digital Books at Physical EventsBy Amy Harrop Digital books are a great way to get your content …
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Hybrid – Indie-Publishing – Self-Publishing Direct Online

Hybrid – Indie-Publishing – Self-Publishing Direct OnlineBy Gordon Owen The growth model of publishing to have emerged this second decade …
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Amazon Kindle KDP Vs Lulu Books: Which Is Better?

Amazon Kindle KDP Vs Lulu Books: Which Is the Better Option? By Maurice Colbert OK, you’ve finally written your eBook! …
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Distinction Between Digital Books and eBooks

Distinction Between Digital Books and eBooks By Achal Mehrotra A digital book and an eBook might appear to be similar …
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Key Elements of an Effective Book Launch Page

Key Elements of an Effective Book Launch Page – 13 Tips to Creating a Book Launch Page That Sells  13 …
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How To Write An eBook That Will Sell

How To Write An eBook That Will Sell By Jon Allo People still buy eBooks. There are many online business …
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Writing an eBook

Writing an eBook By Rob J Hinchliffe I have seen a lot of information on the internet extolling the virtues …
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Step-By-Step Guide for Creating an eBook

Step-By-Step Guide for Creating an eBook By Liz Jammal In part 1, How eBooks Help to Generate Valuable Leads, we …
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Step-By-Step Guide for Creating an eBook

Step-By-Step Guide for Creating an eBookBy Liz Jammal In part 1, How eBooks Help to Generate Valuable Leads, we covered …
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4 Simple, Effective Ways to Boost Your Web Presence As an Author

By Vladislav Vagner Being an author in today’s fast-paced, self-publishing world is only getting tougher and tougher. Thousands of books …
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Social Media for Business – How to Get the Most Out of It

Social media for business is essential. Not only do social networks allow you to share content with your audience, they …
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Marketing Optimization 101 for Blogs

By: Rok Hrastnik Truth be told, most blogs aren’t really optimized for marketing effectiveness. Even more so, some blogs are …
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13 Steps to Successful Blogging

By: Ant Onaf Blogs can be a very marketable and very profitable tool if used correctly. Profiting from blogs is …
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Creating A Blog To Promote An Existing Business

By: Mal Keenan If you belong to any of the following groups, then this article is for you. You already …
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What Is This Blogging Thing Then?

By: Martin Andrew Everybody is raving on about blogs, it seems everyone has one, and it seems that everyone is …
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