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The Value Of Making A Book Free

This post by Greta van der Rol originally appeared on her blog on 2/5/15. Writing the book, I’ve found – however difficult it might be – is the easy part. Marketing it is way, way harder. There has been a plethora of posts about why it’s so much harder now to keep your author head […]

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5 Ways Your Competition Can Help You Promote Your Books

This post by Penny C. Sansevieri originally appeared on PR Toolkit on 9/24/14. If you want to market successfully, you need to be smart. Why reinvent the wheel if there are more effective ways to promote yourself and your books? If you take the time to see what your competitors are doing, you’ll discover plenty […]

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Divas on Dialogue: Accents and Dialects

This post by Janine Savage originally appeared on Publishing A Book Is An Adventure on 4/15/14. Accents and Dialects Who doesn’t love listening to an accent or an entertaining dialect, especially one delivered by a sexy model or actor? Accents and dialects make people more interesting, probably because the sound is interesting to listen to […]

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Lew Wallace: From Disgraced Civil War General To Bestselling Author Of Ben Hur

This article, by John Swansburg, originally appeared on Slate on 3/26/13. I. Lew Wallace was making conversation with the other gentlemen in his sleeper car when a man in a nightgown appeared in the doorway. The train was bound for Indianapolis and the Third National Soldiers Reunion, where thousands of Union Army veterans planned to […]

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Why "Genre" Is Poison

This post, by David Bryher, originally appeared on Pornokitsch. A few years ago, shortly after I had jacked in a low-flying job in magazine publishing to go freelance, a friend asked me what I planned to write. “I have an idea for a novel or two,” I replied. “Oh, yes? What kind of thing?” “Fantasy,” […]

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How Much Should an e-book Cost?

This post, by Andrew E. Kaufman, originally appeared on the Crime Fiction Collective blog on 2/6/13 and is reprinted here in its entirety with that site’s permission. It seems to be a question that has yet to find an answer, with about as many theories as there are books. Back in the days of paperbacks […]

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David Farland's Kick in the Pants: Being Prolific

This post, by David Farland, originally appeared on his site on 2/12/13. Sometimes when people look at a writer who produces a lot, they make exclamations like, “Wow, how do you get so much done? You’re amazing! How did you get to be so prolific?” -Kami M McArthur Sometimes when people look at a writer […]

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How To Format The Dreaded Synopsis

This post, by Lynnette Labelle, originally appeared on her site on 11/13/12. We’ve been talking a lot about synopses lately, but do you know how to format one? Here’s a cheat sheet for you.

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Trolls Among Us

This post, by Steven Ramirez, originally appeared on his Glass Highway site and is reprinted here in its entirety with his permission. A few of my colleagues have been commiserating lately in various social media circles about the one-star reviews they received for their books. I am in complete sympathy with them. I’ve had my […]

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10 Cons Of Self-Publishing

Here are ten reasons that explain why self-publishing might not be the right thing for you to get into when you are trying to publish your new book. But when reading this list, keep in mind that there is no one right way to get your book published. Therefore, it is important for each writer […]

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10 Reasons Self-Publishers Should Avoid Selling To Bookstores

Trying to get bookstores to accept your book and give it shelf space is very time-consuming and difficult to achieve. Most bookstores are not anxious to get your book. And to make matters worse, as a small, independent, publisher, or self-publisher, you are at the complete mercy of the bookstores. They set all of the […]

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A + B = You (The Secret Equation Every Author Needs to Know)

Who are you? I don’t mean in the sense of your name, age, or personality. I mean, as an author, who are you? If you had to describe your writing – not a specific book, but just your personal writing style —to a stranger, what would you say?

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Social Media Tutorials: Apps For Writers And Other Creative People

This post, by Robin A. Burrows, originally appeared on her site on 1/22/13. A writer-friend recently got a smart phone and wanted app recommendations. I decided that would be a good idea for a blog, and my Social Media Tutorial blog series came to be.

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Why Read The Classics?

This article, by Italo Calvino, originally appeared in the New York Review of Books in October of 1986. Let us begin with a few suggested definitions. 1) The classics are the books of which we usually hear people say: “I am rereading…” and never “I am reading….”

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