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6 Reasons Why Judging a #NovelWriting Contest Helps Your Career #Writetip #amwriting

Are you writing commercial fiction? Then consider becoming a judge for a writing contest to help your career. Many aspiring authors already know the benefits of entering a writing contest. These days, even the larger regional contests have celebrity judges (a.k.a. literary agents and acquisitions editors.)  Why would these professionals take time from their busy […]

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Get Better Book Reviews, More Sales #BookMarketing #BookPromo #Selfpub pic.twitter.com/BNvw6SV29u

Sure, every author WANTS to receive glowing book reviews. But do book reviews help sales? That’s the million dollar question. As an Indie author, I’ve had my mind blown.  In the old days, when I was published by Bantam and Avon, I had no trouble getting reviews — GREAT reviews — from trade publications.  In […]

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Writing Novels to Sell: What Literary Agents Won’t Tell You #amwriting #writetip #Romance #WIP

Your goal is to become a New York Times bestseller and rake in beaucoup bucks.  Your novel is ready.  You’ve done your literary agent research, and you’ve identified your dream rep.  It’s time to query. Now here’s a healthy dose of reality. Literary agents are in the business of SELLING.  That makes literary agents SALES […]

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Another Reason Why Literary Agents Reject Novels @AdriennedeWolfe #Romance #Mystery #amwriting

“I’m writing a Mystery,” my writing student told me proudly. And I said, “Great!  Which sub-genre are you writing?” The student said, “Huh?” “You know.  Cozy, Caper, Police Procedural, Hard-boiled . . . “ My student blinked blankly at me.  She had no idea what a sub-genre was, nor did she know that the Mystery […]

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Fiction Writing Blues: Why Editors Reject Novels #writing #fiction #romance #paranormal

  Why do book editors reject novels?      As a book writing coach, I answer that question a lot when folks want to know how to polish their fiction-writing after a rejection.  As strange as it may seem, even good book writing gets rejected sometimes.  In the Western genre, for instance, the bottom fell out of the […]

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Facebook Apps for Writers: Market Your Book to More Readers

If you’re still learning your way around Facebook, you may not be aware that you can add some nifty author apps to your Fan Page — apps that can help you market your books. These apps are super-easy to install. The vast majority require no website design experience and will take you less than 10 […]

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Book Marketing Strategy: 6 Tips for Promoting Books with an Excerpt

Book Marketing Strategy: 6 Tips for Promoting Books with an Excerpt What considerations should go into choosing a book excerpt? First and foremost, an excerpt is a SALES TOOL. If you keep that in mind, you’re already leagues ahead of most touring authors. If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that I work […]

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Advertising Results: Does a Book Bub Ad Increase Sales?

Welcome back!  The results are in!  Today, I’m reporting on the double-whammy advertising experiment that I conducted for 24 hours on Jan. 28.  My novel, Texas Outlaw, was featured simultaneously in two powerful advertising programs:  Book Bub and eReader News Today (ENT.) Before this experiment began, Texas Outlaw ranked somewhere above 160K on Amazon.   […]

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Indie Author Tips: Join Forces for Greater Marketing Impact

  Indie Authors Join Forces for Greater Book Marketing Impact By Sydney Jane Baily Hi everyone. First, I want to thank Adrienne deWolfe for inviting me on her site. It’s obviously a busy and informative place. Many writers websites aren’t so busy; they’re more like lone candles on a very dark prairie—hard to notice and […]

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Want to Make Money? Consider Promoting with SWAG

Authors are always looking for ways to entice readers to pay attention to them.  With newsletters, ebooks and other easily distributed digital material proliferating on the Internet, some authors have made a point of standing out from the crowd by offering SWAG to their readers. What is SWAG?  In my marketing days, we used to […]

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