Build Your Author Persona

Build Your Author Persona

Book marketing is hard but necessary. Building a sustainable business as an author isn’t as simple as just writing books. I wish it were.  I, like most writers, prefer making up my stories, getting them down on paper, and entertaining people. The marketing side of things isn’t where I want to spend the bulk of […]

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The Different Stages in the Editing Process

The Different Stages in the Editing Process

Understanding the different stages of the editing process is crucial. Does your story make sense? Do you use their when it should be there? Those are a couple of the minor mistakes editors can catch. It could make the difference between a professional looking novel and an unprofessional one. Making sure your novel is properly […]

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Creating Compelling Characters

Creating Compelling Characters

It’s important for authors to work hard at creating compelling characters. Ones who will evoke emotion in a reader. That emotion connects the reader to your book and will keep them buying and reading your books. Characters are the heart and soul of a book. At least in my opinion as a reader. Most readers […]

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Write Compelling Back Cover Copy

Write Compelling Back Cover Copy

You must write compelling back cover copy if you want to sell books. It’s your elevator speech your sales pitch. It’s the brief 200 words snapshot telling your potential reader all the exciting things your books contain. It’s a short couple of paragraphs, along with your book cover, that motivates someone to click the buy […]

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Tips to tell a good story

Tips to tell a good story

Tips to tell a good story All of us writers want to tell a good story. That’s the whole goal of writing a novel. First, I want to start by saying there are a lot more than 5 tips out there to telling a good story. Second, I want to clarify that what might be […]

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Why You Should Write a Book Series

Why You Should Write a Book Series

Should writing a book series be part of your writing strategy? We all know that writing a novel is the easy part. Selling one (or several) is much more challenging. Becoming an author who makes enough to live off of and pay your bills is difficult. Difficult but completely possible. If you approach your writing […]

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5 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic

5 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic

Ways to Increase Blog Traffic There is one thing all of us writers who blog have in common, and that’s the desire to grow our traffic. Increased traffic helps grow our business in countless ways. Therefore it’s one of the many aspects of marketing we lose sleep over. At least I do anyway. The challenging […]

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Why You Need a Writing Schedule

Why You Need a Writing Schedule

Figuring out how to write a book is easy. Actually writing the book is hard. If you don’t have a plan what’s to say anything will get done? Nothing if we listen to the advice of Ben Franklin. When I was a kid, my grandmother always joked that she’d get to her to do list […]

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5 Ways to Beat a Monday Slump

5 Ways to Beat a Monday Slump

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s hard for me to get going on a Monday. Even though I work on the weekends, it’s not as structured as during the week because the kids aren’t in school and we’re running all over the place. So for me, weekends are usually more exhausting than workweeks. […]

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5 Steps to have a successful twitter party

5 Steps to have a successful twitter party

Do you know how to have a successful Twitter party In the past, I’ve celebrated my book launches with a Twitter party. It’s SO MUCH FUN! I’d participated in parties long before I hosted my own and it was daunting. As nervous as I was in the days leading up to the party it ended up […]

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