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Social Media For Authors

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Authority Publishing has published a great article about social media by Stephanie Chandler.  Chandler points out exactly what we’ve been saying all along… social media isn’t the cure all for your marketing woes.  She says “Recently I was talking about social media with a friend, who happens to be an executive for one of the largest PR firms in the country. He said, “Social media is not transactional. We tell our clients not to expect social media to be about generating sales. It’s about so much more.” I couldn’t agree more, yet I speak with authors frequently who want social media to be the solution to their marketing woes.”  Read the full article to learn more.

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A Fabulous Book Quote by Neil Gaiman

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book marketing“People talk about books that write themselves, and it’s a lie. Books don’t write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you’d believe.”
Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors

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Why Critical Reviews are Good for Your Book

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From the author of “The Author’s Quick Guides…” comes an interesting article about critical book reviews.  Every author has received a critical book review at one time or another.  Our first inclination is to feel upset and think “How dare they…” but truly what an author should feel is gratitude.  No book is perfect and a critical review can help an author pinpoint his or her imperfections and weak spots so that they can either revise the book or do a better job with the next book.

The moral of the story is to be grateful for a critical book review and ecstatic about a positive book review.  Both have a place in the life of an author.  To read the entire article click “Why Critical Reviews are Good for Your Book“.

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25+ Pieces of Writing Software You Should Know About

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Thanks to Daily Writing Tips and author Ali Hale we have an excellent article about 25 different writing software packages for writers.  It’s true that you can use your pen or pencil and paper or your laptop but writing software offers so many perks that it may be worth your time and/or money.  Read “25+ Pieces of Writing Software You Should Know About“!

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The Official Self-Published Book Marketing Plan

Join Nick on Write Hacked (formerly Live Hacked) as he shares his marketing plan for a self-published book.  There is quite a lot of detail in the over 4,000 words so you can save it to your computer or register for the newsletter and get a ready to read downloaded copy.  The best thing about this marketing plan is not only the detail but the emphasis on starting your marketing plan before your book is published.  You can read the entire post here.

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Author Asks Readers Not To Buy His Book…

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“Vernon Downs” by Jaime Clarke will be available in December from his small publisher Roundabout Press.  Clarke says that the book will be available on Amazon.com in April of 2o14 but he doesn’t want readers to buy it from Amazon.com then or now.  As publishers know Amazon.com offers such discount prices on books that there is little left for the publisher or the author.  Buying directly from the publisher means the publisher, and author, will make more money.

We want to know if this will become the trend.  We all love getting discounted books from Amazon.com but publishing companies and book stores have suffered and/or closed because of this.  What can we all do to change this?

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National Novel Writing Month Starts Tomorrow

writing a novelNovember is “National Novel Writing Month”.  If you have been struggling to finish your novel then this month is the time to do it!  Not only can you finish your novel but if you finish in November you can have it up on Kindle and Nook for Christmas.  If you need some help sign up for “NaNoWriMo“.  You’ll get daily reminders and lots of encouragement for FREE!  You can’t beat that with a stick!  Click the link to join.

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Writing Habit Mastery – How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer’s Block

This new book by author S.J. Scott is available only for the Kindle but given that you can read Kindle books on other devices might be a good resource for authors.  The goal of the author is to get you writing 2,000 every day of the week.

The author says “Do you struggle to write every day? Many people dream of becoming a successful author, but can’t *find* the time to write. The truth is this: Great writers don’t have more time than you do. They make time to write. Not only do they make time, they also follow specific routines that help them avoid writer’s block altogether.  By developing the “writing habit” you’ll have the confidence to sit down in front of a computer every day, knowing the words will come.”

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7 Invaluable Writing Tips From Stephen King from Policymic

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Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn has written an article from information included in Stephen King’s book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft“.  He offers seven tips from King including “Everything Begins With Rejection”, “Master the Fundamentals Of Writing” and “Always Be Honest”.

Our favorite quote from the article is “To be a good writer, you must master the fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar, and style. Use only the vocabulary that you feel most comfortable with. Know your grammar.”  Too many authors forget the basics of good writing because they see badly written books like “50 Shades Of Gray” selling millions of copies and getting made into a movie.  This book was the exception to the rule and writers need to understand this.

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Techniques of the Selling Writer

Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers.   Readers can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product.

This book is really for people who want to sell what they write.  This book is particularly helpful for new writers but will also help writers who haven’t been able to get sales.

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