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How to Hire a Stellar Editor

I don’t care if you’re the leading expert on the English language and writing a book about punctuation. If you’re self-publishing and don’t want your book roasted in the review section of Amazon, Kobo, Kindle you should hire at least one editor.
Published 2020-08-23T04:10:08Z
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Nonfiction. That's a Fact!

How to Structure, Research, and add Citations Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, it’s always important to make sure your writing is polished. Is your grammar solid? What about sentence structure? Flow? Editing plays a big piece of the readability of your final product.
Published 2020-08-16T21:53:23Z
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The How and Why of Author Collaborations

Many famous authors have collaborated on novels together and subsequent book launch marketing campaigns together. Somehow they’ve found the yin to their yang, the peanut butter to their jelly, their Stephen King to their Peter Straub. I think of dynamic duos such as Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett or Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey. How about the trio Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, and Andre Norton?
Published 2020-08-09T01:06:33Z
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Attracting (and Keeping) Great Beta Readers

Beta readers are the most critical group of people to touch your book. They offer a fresh perspective from someone who is part of your target demographic. They represent your readers.
Published 2020-08-01T04:29:52Z
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Sell More Books With Online Influencers

Whether you’re selling books, skin products, cell phones, or cars, word of mouth has always been the most potent promotion a seller can get. Humans are emotional creatures, particularly when it comes to purchasing.
Published 2020-07-23T08:11:10Z
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Book Marketing - How and What to Outsource

The majority of emerging authors and a hefty percentage of established authors have day jobs. They’re also expected to do most, if not all, of the marketing for their novels. When you’re short on time and energy, outsourcing can provide a much-needed lifeline.
Published 2020-07-13T08:10:33Z
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4 Unrealistic Expectations to Avoid During Book Promotion

There’s a big difference in being a writer and being an author. A lot of people want to be an author, specifically because they want to have written a book. There’s a certain notoriety to being an author, in the way that people assume being a famous actor is spectacular (Bill Murray would suggest being rich is better than being famous, but that’s another story).
Published 2020-07-07T08:37:17Z
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Series, Cereal, and Serials

When writing books, there comes a time in an author’s life where they start to consider extending a book they finished. Whether they enjoyed writing the characters, got caught up in the story and feel there’s more to tell, or they want to explore other characters. A series offers you the opportunity to continue.
Published 2020-06-28T23:44:39Z
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How to Choose the Right Book Publishing Option

The publishing landscape is complex, to say the least. For individuals wondering how to choose the right book publishing option, there are many, many aspects to consider and many questions to ask. Over the years, the business side of book publishing has changed a great deal and this is also why much of the advice you might read is completely wrong or outdated.
Published 2020-06-20T21:59:41Z
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Did an MFA Help Me?

Do writers need to get an MFA? This question is one so many people go back and forth on in the writing world. Do writers need to get a master’s to show that they have the education behind their writing talents?
Published 2020-06-16T19:38:00Z
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The Internet Has Opened the Publishing World to All Authors

With digital printing and the Internet, the last 20 years have changed publishing more than the previous 500. The most important change is the chance it gives every author to be published.
Published 2020-06-12T02:23:46Z
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What Authors Need to Know About Social Media For Writers

Most people that try to get seen everywhere, end up being seen nowhere. It’s important to resist the temptation that your particular first book will be seen by millions. Even if you love mass market paperbacks, it’s important to notice what types of authors are featured.
Published 2020-06-08T07:14:35Z
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