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What Booklover Sites Can Do for You

A useful resource for building your fan base and marketing your books and ebooks is to create a presence on popular sites for readers. There are several to choose from such as Goodreads.com, LibraryThing.com and Shelfari.com. These sites allow you to get your book in front of more readers, get reviews, conduct research, join groups,…

How I Sold $600K With One E-Book

NOTE FROM CATHY: I loved this article from Robert Middleton, and wanted to share it with you. He offers several good lessons, especially for those of you who are building businesses based on your knowledge and expertise.The four lessons he offers are excellent, but there is something else he only hints at: If you are…

Finding Your Author Voice

Stimme. Voix. Voce. Voice. Such a simple word holds an entire lifetime of work for writers. Influenced by favorite authors, personal friends and society at large, the voice is the author’s soul poured into progression of words that ultimately create the backbone of a work. While this comes naturally for many, it is an obstacle…

Blurbs that Bore, Blurbs that Blare

There seem to be a lot of misunderstandings about the back cover copy—the “blurbs” that so many writers have to put on the back of their books. In Ye Olden Tymes, some person who was paid to do stuff like that—meaning, a fellow who probably looked like a dumpier version of a Mad Men character—would…

Writers Need a Platform

Note from Cathy: For more on how to build your platform, get my audio program, Build an Effective Author Platform. It’s free when you sign up to get my free Selling Books newsletter. One of the most significant changes in publishing in the past decade has been the shifting by publishers of the responsibility for…

How to Make Money with a Blog

Many bloggers think that the best way to make money off their blogs is to install Google Adsense. This is a very popular way of monetizing blogs because it is so easy. You only need to sign up to Google Adsense, get your code, and install it on your site. Given that there are many…

Choosing Point of View

Determining point of view (POV) for your story may seem like an easy thing to do. You pick a view and start writing. However, understanding that choosing point of view is one of the most important decisions you will make when writing your story. Choosing your point of view affects how much the readers will…

Coping with Rejection

Rejection slips. Is there anything worse than those humbling, preprinted letters, too light to trick you into thinking your SASE might contain an acceptance, too impersonal to tell you why? Rejection slips are the writer’s gremlin, the nagging suggestion that we don’t measure up. What can we do about them? How can we live with…

Blogging Ideas for Authors

There are two main reasons why authors blog: to promote their books or to flex their creative muscles. In fact, many authors blog due to both these reasons. If you are an author looking for blogging ideas, you have to always keep these two main reasons in mind. If your blog promotes your books If…

Writing to Win

Excerpted from Writing contests offer more than just the joy of being published. They offer not only the sense of being accepted, but the sense of having won. They are the ultimate affirmation of one’s ability as a writer. But what does it take to be a winner? Every year, thousands of writers enter competitions…

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Prepping for NaNoWriMo

Amazon ImageNaNoWritMo is coming! Here is a fictional look at one writer’s approach to this annual November event. I got a kick out of it, and I hope you do, too. Mike, the writer, shares a bit of his fractured take on life at bikeswine.com.

More and more you hear the stories of preppers – men and women who are preparing for the end of existence as we know it. Some have built luxury bunkers underground that will put most normal houses to shame, stocked with all the amenities imaginable. Others just appear to be people who are a bit more out of touch with reality as they live in fear of an oncoming zombie apocalypse.

Regardless of their motivation or perceived craziness, all preppers have one thing in common: they want to be prepared for anything.

Mark was a prepper and he didn’t care what anyone else thought of him. Except he wasn’t concerned about the end of the world. He wasn’t concerned about zombies taking over either. He wasn’t even concerned about the proliferation of nuclear arms or gridlock in Congress. Mark was prepping for something far more important.

How To Write a Book Without Writing

Here’s what happens when most people sit down to write a book: First, they procrastinate because they don’t know where to start. Next, they finally get going and they even manage to write a chapter or two, but then they get stuck. Finally, they shelve the book to “finish later” and it never gets done….

Who or Whom? Which is Correct?

This is possibly the trickiest confusion-causing grammar rule imaginable. So many of us see the two words “whom” and “who” and our eyes begin to cross because we can’t even start trying to figure out the difference between them. I see many people try to sound correct by using “whom” even when they should use…

How to Write Haiku

  Haikus are famous around the world for many reasons, one being that they’re always short and sweet and easy to write. While haikus may be short, they’re definitely not easy. They’re a very structured form of writing that packs a huge punch in very little words. Originally, haikus focused on senses and had a…

Librarian Love: Helping You Get Published

Most people won’t believe you when you tell them that librarians can play a role that could prove vital to getting you published. The image of a cranky woman at a desk persists—but most don’t realize that behind that woman is a world of resources that could pave the way to success. It’s never too…

Researching For Your Novel: Librarians as Friends

Writing a novel can be very intimidating, and very difficult. One of the hardest tasks any author needs to undertake is research. Whether it’s looking at the historical context of a war being used as the background of a romance novel, or understanding how an engine works for your new steampunk series, research is essential….

How Writing a Novel Actually Works

This infographic shows some of the myths believed by new novelists. Many new writers believe that writing the first draft is the hard part. In fact, when you finish the first draft you work has hardly begun. You may get a chuckle from this graphic, or you may find that it is too true to…

How to Write Faster

If you want to write a book or if you want to write for a living, one of the biggest factors that will determine if you make a good living with writing is your writing speed. Writing faster is not just a matter of how fast you type. You have to actually compose your thoughts…

5 Ways to Sell More Kindle Books

Just listing your book in the Kindle marketplace doesn’t guarantee sales. You need to give your sales a jump start, and the five tips here will help you do exactly that! 1) Choose good keywords. Using the right keywords in your listing as well as the book title itself (if possible) can help searchers find…

Starting a Writing Group at Work

Many people have dreams of becoming writers—whether it’s fiction prose or research articles. Unfortunately, real life can get in the way and a large portion of dreamers take jobs unrelated to the kind of writing they had in mind, and soon stop writing. Poetry writing takes a backseat to planning lessons for kindergarten classes and…