Monthly Archives: January 2016

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas January 30

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas January 30

Your Book and Author Success Is Just a Listen Away … and a HUGE part of your success is directly related to your investment. Yes, money is needed in most cases. And so is YOUR TIME. Weekly, I create a podcast that is peppered with tips, tricks, insiders ahas and strategies to leapfrog you over other authors.
My question for you is: Are you investing in your time – it’s just less than an hour each …

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Is your book seasick? Lost? Can it be re-found?

Is your book seasick? Lost? Can it be re-found?

Amazon changed the publishing field—a great thing for so many newbie authors who didn’t think New York or an agent would ever give them a moment’s notice … and it’s also a not so good thing. The level of book pollution has gone beyond the stratosphere.
Anyone and almost everyone can vomit out words and dump them into Amazon’s CreateSpace or get in bed with the growing number of vanity-type presses and in days, literally days, …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas January 23

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas January 23

Blogging is an essential element in your social media outreach. The first quarter of the year is always a good time to kick off ideas to regenerate or just goose you to update what you are doing in the blog world.

Here is a quick 6 step formula to rock your blogs:
1.  Have a central idea or concept that you want to jump on.
Ideas are everywhere—sometimes even standing in line at the grocery story or observing fellow …

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Author Savvy: Dumb is Always Comes Before Smart

Author Savvy: Dumb is Always Comes Before Smart

To Become a MASTER … Authors Begin the Journey as a DUMMY
 

 Throughout the year, my favorite Geek Girl, Kelly Johnson and I create a mini intensive on a specific topic … the goal is always to talk our small enclave of dummies to ace users over a three hour period of time. In the three years, we have delivered Tech Tool Boxes for the AuthorU community, the transition never fails.
Being DUMB and IGNORANT is the …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas January 16

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas January 16

 
 Thinking of signing publishing related contracts on a contract to create/produce/sell your book through a traditional publisher? Don’t jump in until you really understand the water. Here’s a few tips for you today:
1  Never sign a contract for a publishing service until you understand what the contract really says and that you have checked out the provider with others who have used the services. Key question to ask: Would you use this person or company …

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Tangled Web They Weave Time with Publishing Scammers

Tangled Web They Weave Time with Publishing Scammers

Oh … the surprises that get buried within the Holiday merriment. Here’s what happened in Predatorland on December 31, 2015:
“Penguin Random House has sold its Author Solutions division to an affiliate of the Najafi Companies, a private investment firm that at one point owned Bookspan and made an offer to buy several hundred Borders outlets after the chain filed for Chapter 11”was spotted in a Publishers Weekly blurb.

Their three year affair (Penguin Random Book’s 2012 …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas January 09

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas January 09

 

Headlines count … whether it’s the phrase that an On-Air personality uses or something in print … headlines count. The question is: are you using them? Your  headline is the first thing anyone sees or hears.

1.      Does your headline have words that reflect something about “affect” or “pain” or “solution” that the reader will connect with?
2.      Keep it short—get to the point quickly—the reader/listener/viewer knows that there is more to follow in the content.
3.      Be …

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Let the Force of the #Hashtag Be with You!

Let the Force of the #Hashtag Be with You!

Hello Cyber Marketing World. By this time, you’ve noticed hashtag happiness on social media as posters put the pound sign (#) in front of words or phrases to designate a specific topic—and noted that phrases are usually combined as one loooooooong word before the # sign. Do your readers an eyeball favor and use upper and lower case with each word so they will have a clue as to where you are going with your …

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