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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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Tell Readers Who You Are

erachTo help potential readers bond with you be open about your life, your past and your dreams.  Don’t reveal information that would be damaging, obviously but help people see the best in you.   Even if you write about business talk about your hobbies.  Got a passion for golf, chess or animal rescue?  Talk about that too.  Nothing is irrelevant if it gives potential readers an insight into how your mind works.  Dozens of famous authors like John Locke and Amanda Hocking shared themselves with potential and current readers and it helped them sell books.  It can work for you too.

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Mini Q&A with Seattle author Wendy Call

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The Writer’s Block: Living a Writer’s Life blog has a mini Q&A with author Wendy Call from the upcoming book “Everyday Book Marketing“.  Wendy discusses her book, book promotion and gives advice for new writers.  Our favorite quote is “This is no time to be shy. Nor humble. Put yourself out there; push yourself a bit past your comfort zone.”  All writers should heed this advice and learn to become their own best supporter.  You can read the Q&A here.

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Write Erotica? Be Careful With Your Kindle Books

Amazon.comAmazon.com has started cracking down on authors who publish erotica.  This popular niche has blossomed in the past year with writers literally coming out of the woodwork to write these racy tomes.  In the past Amazon.com published any and all original erotica stories but a backlash has started.  In an effort to clean up their catalog some erotica stories are getting unpublished and blocked.

According to erotica authors there are ways to avoid having this happen.  The key is to create an inoffensive cover, title and cover.  Then add a disclaimer to the description about the book contents.  If this doesn’t work pick up the phone and call Amazon.com.  Many authors are reporting that a simple phone call can clear up many problems.

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If You Write Fiction Giveaway Short Stories

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Here’s a brilliant idea we had for promoting fiction books.  There are so many fiction authors out there and more joining the market daily that it makes one wonder how can you stand out from the crowd?

Certainly there are many marketing tasks you should be doing, and we cover many of them in this blog, but aside from marketing how can you give your potential readers a taste of your writing?  Give them a taste by giving them a taste.  Write a short story or two featuring the characters of your book and give it away to potential readers.  There are so many places on the web where you can post your short stories for free that we won’t list them all there but Wattpad is a good place to start.

Your short story may be a prequel to your novel or perhaps a sequel.  It could be an expansion on a plot device in your novel or it could introduce a new character.  Use your innate creativity to create this short story and then promote the heck out of it.  This is a great way to grab the attention of potential readers by giving them a “taste” for free!

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors December 24, 2012

Author Marketing Experts has a very interesting newsletter that covers topics for writers and publishers.  They do a good job in collating content from around the web that you might find interesting.  Take a look at a recent newsletter here.

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Free Webinar “Publish Your Book in 2013: The New Rules of Publishing Make it Easy!”

Has publishing a book been on your To-Do list for far too long? Then make 2013 the year it gets done! This webinar explains the strategy and process of taking your book idea from being just a glimmer in your eye to a real-live book on Amazon.com.

Attendees will learn:
* How to make your book work for you before it’s even written
* Publishing strategies that get your book to market fast
* How to make your book title drive website traffic and sales
* The 5-steps to writing a great book…really fast!

About your presenter: The 42Rules book series was started by long-time marketing executive, author and founder of Impact Marketing Group, Laura Lowell. Laura wanted to help experts write books and share their wisdom, while maintaining their current workload and lifestyle. Today, the 42Rules series outperforms industry standards for sales of independently published trade paperback book.

Join Laura Lowell on February 20, 2013 at 10:00 am PST.  Register here!

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Free Webinar “Publish Your Book in 2013: The New Rules of Publishing Make it Easy!”

Has publishing a book been on your To-Do list for far too long? Then make 2013 the year it gets done! This webinar explains the strategy and process of taking your book idea from being just a glimmer in your eye to a real-live book on Amazon.com.

Attendees will learn:
* How to make your book work for you before it’s even written
* Publishing strategies that get your book to market fast
* How to make your book title drive website traffic and sales
* The 5-steps to writing a great book…really fast!

Date and Time

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST

Register now!

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Does Every Consultant Need To Write a Book?

John Jantsch has written a great article “Does Every Consultant Need To Write A Book?” and it includes input from Guy Kawasaki.  We agree with John on many points and think the article would be helpful if you’re considering writing a book to build your business.

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Got Acronyms, Abbreviations Or Initialisms? Acronym Finder To The Rescue

How do you know if you’re using the correct acronym or abbreviation when you’re writing your book?  You don’t know but Acronym Finder does.  This nifty website has been online for years and it is very easy to use.  It has more than 1,000,000 human-edited definitions and is free to visitors. Check it out!

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