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Avoid 11 Debut Author Mistakes…

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by Derek Haines on Just Publishing Advice Site:

Debut author? Your first book is finished and published! Now What?

It does not matter if you have self-published, or have been published by a small press; you are very excited, motivated and very keen to start seeing your book sales roll in.

Unfortunately, though, in their eagerness and excitement, many new authors make silly mistakes that can have exactly the opposite effect.

Most of these mistakes can be labelled as instant ‘sales killers’, and although the intention may be positive, the real results can be very negative.

Avoiding the normal debut author mistakes will save you a lot of time, and embarrassment.

11 Do’s & Don’t’s for Debut Authors.

(These points could apply to ALL authors – TSRA)

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Writer Envy: Do’s and Don’ts

K.M. Allan

While writer’s do have each others backs, after all, no one else knows better how much work goes into creating a book, there are occasions when along with the crippling self-doubt and frustrating writer’s block, you will be struck down with writer envy.

Writer envy usually rears its head when you see another writer post, boast or blog about scoring an agent, a book deal, selling the movie rights, publish selfies with their books in actual stores, or spam you with photos of their author signings where real-live people actually went out of their way to get a signed copy of a book that was published by a real-live publishing house.

It’s human for them to want to show off such great achievements (and we’d all be first in line to do the same if it was us), it’s also very human to feel envious of this so I’m not…

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How a Copywriter Would Write a Book Description to Hook Readers…

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By Lisa Brown  on The Just Publishing Advice site:

A book description is probably one of the most important sections of a book because a book buyer will read the book description before decide if the book is worth buying.

It is why you should pay extra attention to this if you want to up the sales of a book. If you are a writer who is writing a book description for someone else, you want to give the best service by acing the job.

It is a unique skill because it takes a very good writer to summarize an entire book. Perhaps it seems easier than it really is, but you are going to have to grab the attention of potential customers from your opening line.

Typing a manuscript is one thing. Understanding and communicating the contents of a book is something else. Copywriters are usually good at doing…

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EDITING 101: 54 – Sharing Content, Copyrights, and Permissions – Part 1…

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy ofAdirondack Editing

Sharing Content, Copyrights, and Permissions – Part 1

Good morning readers! Thanks for tuning in for another episode of “What Have You Done Wrong Recently?” brought to you by your host, Ape, and his sponsor, the Chicago Manual of Style.

So, in the past we’ve talked about using song lyrics in your manuscript (08), we’ve discussed brand names and trademark use (22), and we touched briefly on using quotes in your book in a two-part series (part one (48)) and (part two (49)), but that was mostly focused on tips for conducting research.

We haven’t really talked about copyright in terms of using other people’s content (what they wrote) in your book or on…

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New Sunday Show Interview series – The Ultimate Bucket List – A test run with Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

It is time to bring back the Sunday Show interview series after a summer hiatus, and as usual I have come up with a new theme. The Ultimate Bucket List. 

It is also a great opportunity to showcase your blog or books.

I was reading recently what the top ten activities were listed on the average person’s bucket list (things to do before you die) and this particular list caught my eye as it was both entertaining and seemed to include most of the common wishes that my friends have talked about.

If you have an author you have already achieved one dream that it seems most people desire.. at#8 is the desire to write a book. And for some of us (say she hopefully) at #10 is the wish to be successful at what we work at.

There are the usual madcap, highly dangerous, get you close…

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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

No Wasted Ink

no-wasted-ink-writers-links-logoHere we are at another Monday.  It is time for another batch of writer’s links here at No Wasted Ink.  This week I got into the nitty gritty of old fashioned paper communication, from research in old libraries, to printing paper, and even origami pop-up books.  I hope you enjoy this different spin on the modern age and go a little analog with me.

5 Ways to Write a Perfect First Draft (or Nearly)

Writing Tips: How To Create Immersive Worlds For Science Fiction And Fantasy

Writers on Social Media: Does It Even Make a Difference?

The Finer Points of Great Dialogue

Library Love: How Writers Conducted Research Before the Age of the Internet

The Write Life: How To Enjoy Summer and Still Be Productive

How to Make the Backstory Relevant to Plot and Character

HOW LETTERPRESS PRINTING CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD

The History of Movable Paper in One…

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My best promotional source

Story Empire

Craig here today. I’ve read it before, but years of experience cements the comment: Your blog is your best promotional opportunity. Let’s talk about how it works, because it may not be how you think.

There are a couple of things you have to accept in order to make this work. Blogging is a form of social media, and you are the brand. You may think your book(s) are the brand, but that isn’t true.

I recommend not opening a book-titled blog. While this is curable over time, you might want to avoid this trap. What happens if you write a second, or subsequent book? The book isn’t the brand, you are.

Pick a title that has more longevity. I call my personal blog Entertaining Stories. (Shameless plug there.) You can see that it allows me to expand my content into multiple books, even multiple genres without the need…

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