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How To Use Twitter Lists To Grow Your Blog

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: In my opinion, Twitter is hands-down the best blog-building tool out there, and every blogger should use it. Yes, it means you have to learn a new “thing,” and it’s best to create and follow a strategy to ease the learning curve and maximize your efforts. […]

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Warning: Online Marketing Shortcuts That Blow Up in Your Face

This post was written by Jason Kong, who helps fiction authors combine online tools and smart strategy to create a better platform. Enjoy! What do the following activities have in common? Spamming email lists Buying Amazon reviews Artificially pumping up Twitter follower numbers These are examples of gaming the system. They’re tactics to boost promotional […]

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Save $$ With A Manuscript Proof Checklist

Does your proofreader charge by the hour? If the answer is yes, you may be able to reduce your bill by taking steps to find and repair basic typo-type errors that slip by during the editing phase. Let’s face it, when we’ve read a (fiction or non-fiction!) manuscript a thousand times, we miss a lot. […]

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Vetting Your Editor

This article was written by Jessica Swift Eldridge and originally published on Naomi Blackburn’s wonderful website, The Author CEO. Editing is an important element of our craft and our process, and if we get it wrong and choose an inexperienced or unqualified person, our books and our careers can suffer. The ladies gave me permission […]

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Let’s Parse The 2014 Publishing Predictions

Lots of well-known publishing folks have already posted their 2014 industry predictions. Since I surfed around and read a bunch of them (while I was supposed to be writing) I thought I’d save you the time and the guilt and share what they’ve said – filtered, of course, through the lens of what I think […]

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Book Sales Dismal Lately? Could Be The Big 5!

My friend (and frequent guest here) Toby Neal recently posted on her blog about flagging indie book sales. Here’s an excerpt: “The DOJ price-fixing case with Apple and the Big 5 publishers was settled a while ago, but September was when Amazon began really discounting big name books. I get email lists of discounted books […]

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Self-Publishing: 6 Valuable Lessons I Learned Between Book #1 & #2

I recently launched my second mystery-thriller-romantic suspense novel, Rapunzel. A lot of time passed between book #1 and book #2, and although I sweated the gap that produced no significant fiction writing, in hindsight I’m glad it worked out the way it did. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve learned an enormous amount during the […]

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