Monthly Archives: February 2015

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Here’s your author tidbits and ahas for a Saturday …
 
For the DIY Website builder … Get this easy-to-use drag and drop editor that combines with your website. With Wix, you can create your own. Sometimes you may just need a page or two for a special project.
 
Try Visual Brainstorming.
For any type of mind-mapping, check out Bubbl.us, a free web application for brainstorming online for PCs. For Mac/iPad/iOS, use Simple Mind.
 
 
Send video emails.  Sometimes saying it, and seeing you saying …

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Author Photos … Why You and Your Book Needs Them … NOW!

Author Photos … Why You and Your Book Needs Them … NOW!

OK, I finally did it … meaning that I settled in and did a photo shoot with premier photographer Ashlee Bratton of Ashography, who just happens to be an author as well–Life Before the Lottery (which is doing quite well since its debut in the late fall.
In October of last year, I had Ashlee on AuthorU – Your Guide to Book Publishing, my weekly radio show that is available via podcasting post each show. …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Here’s your author tidbits and ahas for the weekend … great tools to play with and learn about!
 
Keywords are critical— Ubersuggest is a tool that includes other languages in your search and suggestions for alternative words that might bring more pop along with other sites to check out as well! Übersuggest – Suggest on steroids!
 
Engaging an audience with gadgets If you are speaking or doing a signing … have a little fun and engage your audience with questions –and …

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It’s My Birthday … Come Celebrate with Me!

It’s My Birthday … Come Celebrate with Me!

Wahoo… another great year has passed and here’s to the one that unfolds.
Here’s my GIFT to all of YOU.  You can get as many of the books that I’ve written … ummm … unless I run out … for FREE TODAY and over the Weekend ONLY to celebrate my birthday. All you have to do is pay for the shipping and handling of each. It’s going to be $7 per book.
If you order over 5, you …

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Who’s Who for Indie Authors in the Major Book Reviews

Who’s Who for Indie Authors in the Major Book Reviews

 
Get Your Books Reviewed Prior to Official Publication … wise words to the author who is about ready to debut his or her first book … or the next. The questions are when do you submit … and who do you summit to?

The Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and ForeWord Reviews are the gold standard in book reviews. Some (Publishers Weekly, ForeWord Reviews and Kirkus have also created a paid for review service—this doesn’t mean that …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Here’s your author tidbits and ahas for the weekend …
It’s Valentine’s Weekend–why keep it to one day? Do a special eMail and eBlast to all your fans and followers–you love them! Offer your book for $5 plus shipping … heck, why not for FREE plus shipping. The string attached is that they put up a review on Amazon, BN.co and/or Goodreads. Put it out on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram, LinkedIn–wherever you hang out on social media.  Heck, use …

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Author YOU Smarts: Write or Die!

Author YOU Smarts: Write or Die!

Every writer, every author, hits the wall some time … sometimes, lots of times. Oh, we can bring it all on ourselves, allowing and enabling a slew of distractions to create the detour. Or, some cosmic force comes into play—totally unexpected and totally uncontrollable. It’s called life, and yes, it does happen. What happens if you routinely get waylaid … or you are on a true crunch deadline and you have got to get the chapter finished by tomorrow am or the book out the door within the next two weeks?

Are you a procrastinator? Do you need a nudge to get you, or keep you going? A gentle one … or an evil one? Here’s something that just might do the trick to pull you out of a funk and kick-start your fingers and mind.

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Here’s your author tidbits and ahas for the weekend …
Book Clubs are great way to connect with readers and sell books–lots of them.   Here’s a directory to start your search … don’t forget the Google Gods-search there as well. http://www.bookclubs-online.com/directory/
 
If you are writing a Novel … here’s the #1 tip you will hear from successful authors: Write the story you’d most want to read.Forget about writing one that your Mom would like you to write or one …

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