Use Your Kindle Books to Build an Email List

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Authors can make a good living by publishing ebooks for Amazon Kindle. However, there is one big drawback to selling via the Kindle marketplace. It means giving up control of the marketer’s greatest asset: The customer list. Think about it… If you sell your own ebooks on your own website, then you get the names and email addresses of every single person who purchases your … [Read more...]

Feedback Is A Fiction Writer’s Friend

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You’ve spent countless hours writing a story, poured your soul into it and edited it half a dozen times. You finally have a draft that you’re proud of. You give it to a couple of friends to read, and ask them for comments. Instead of getting feedback such as, “It’s brilliant,” though, you get back comments like, “Neat idea. I like your characters. I’m not sure I understand the … [Read more...]

Break Through Writer’s Block and Get Unstuck

If writer’s block has got you stuck, stop staring at a blinking cursor and telling yourself to think. Like a toddler who has just learned the word no, your brain will probably just get more stubborn the more insistent you get. It’s time for a new strategy. Use writing prompts to help get your neurons started. If you enter the phrase “writing prompts” into your search engine … [Read more...]

Why You Should Use WordPress for Your Author Blog

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If you are an author and you are toying with the idea of starting a blog so you can either promote your existing books or highlight or showcase your writing skills or maybe jog your creative juices, you should use Wordpress as your blogging platform. While you can go with other blogging software, when it comes to scalability, ease of use, versatility, and security, you simply … [Read more...]

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, create groups, and expand your author … [Read more...]

Finding Your Author Voice

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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 to be overcome by even more. As you search to find … [Read more...]

How to Make Money with a Blog

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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 plugins that help you with this, it is easy to slap on Google Adsense ads to your blog. Sadly, if … [Read more...]

Choosing Point of View

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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 believe in your story and in turn, how much they’ll continue to read of … [Read more...]

Blogging Ideas for Authors

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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 you are blogging to promote your existing books, you should blog about common … [Read more...]