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The Elements of a Good Book Review

If you are a writer then you know that a good book review is one important part of the process of marketing your book successfully. While we encounter book reviews frequently, whether in a blog or in The New York Times, we often take for granted just how much that piece of content can impact…

Writer’s Block: How to Avoid it and Overcome it

Anyone who writes knows that sometimes your worst enemy is yourself. Maybe you know what you want to write but you just can’t get it onto paper; maybe you don’t have any idea what to write but you know you want to write something. Don’t panic! This happens to the best of authors. Having writer’s…

Promote Your Kindle Ebook and Make More Sales

Looking for some quick and effective ways to promote your Kindle ebook? Use these ideas to increase awareness and sales. Blog tours are a great way to attract attention to your new book. You can arrange to do a blog tour in advance by contacting blog owners whose audiences would be interested in your ebook….

Toys That Help Your Child Learn to Read and Write

As a writer, it may be important to you to instill a love of reading and writing in your children. Here are some ideas to support your child’s learning while having fun. In the early stages of life, your child begins learning to make sounds that slowly turn into what we refer to as “baby…

Differences Between Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction

Most people understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Fiction is a story that has been made up by the creator of the book or document. It’s not real, although parts of it may be based upon real events or people. Non-fiction is more of a fact based approach. These kinds of books are typically…

What is a “Poor Man’s Copyright”?

The other day a client asked this question: Getting a copyright seems expensive. I can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars for lawyers and fees. Someone told me that I can get a “poor man’s copyright” by mailing my work to myself, then keeping the sealed envelope to prove when I created the work. It…

Reduce Word Count, Increase Quality

A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. – William Strunk, Jr., The more words you use in your writing, the more effort it will take to read. Good prose shows respect for…

Creating Links to Your Author Central Page on Amazon

The easiest way to help customers find all of your books and ebooks on Amazon.com is to send them to your Author Central page. Author Central is, as the name implies, a hub where customers can learn all about you and find all of your published works, including print books, audio and Kindle ebooks. As…

Read Kindle Ebooks Without a Kindle

Kindle ebooks are becoming more and more popular – and the good news is that you can still read them even if you don’t own a Kindle, or you don’t have your Kindle with you. As authors, we can be glad that as large as the market is for Amazon Kindle, the market for Kindle…

Beyond Ebook Reading – 10 Uses For The Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle is primarily a digital book reader, but it can do a lot more than make it easy to carry and read your favorite ebooks. Here are ten additional ways you can use your Kindle. 1. Surfing the Web: Using the browser in Amazon Kindle is not the same as surfing the Internet…