Yearly Archives: 2015

Book Truthiness Time Does Your Book Cover Soar … or Does It Suck?

Book Truthiness Time  Does Your Book Cover Soar … or Does It Suck?

Why authors think that they DIY cover will be “the one” has always amused me. In the old days, when an author would proudly reveal his or her newly birthed book … I would verbally support them and encourage. The conversation I would be having in my head may have had a totally different dialogue.
Today, I no longer keep my thoughts within if I’m asked for my opinion. The author gets it—sometimes glowing; sometimes with …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas November 14

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas November 14

 
Twitter has long been a personal favorite of The Book Shepherd’s for reaching out and connecting with “like” … as in authors and writers. It’s quick and short, which is my personal style.

In that matter, here are several Twitter type tips for your weekend:

If your readers are outside of the ideal times, ignore them and post where and when they will see it.

Tweets last 15 seconds to many minutes depending on Follower’s followers. Suggest you post …

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4 Essential Questions (plus 1 more) Every Author Must Ask (and Answer)

4 Essential Questions (plus 1 more) Every Author Must Ask (and Answer)

When in 4th grade (and that’s a long, long time ago), my teacher Mrs. Russell reminded her wide-eye students to avoid two words:  always and never.
Her words were ingrained in us and to this day, they gurgle up repeatedly in my thinking. In most cases, Mrs. Russell was correct. But there are exceptions.
When it comes to writing and books (and living), the “always” and “never” need to be tossed aside. I always ask authors a …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas November 07

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas November 07

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Is Audio in the AIR for you and your book. If it isn’t, start re-noodling your thinking. Right now, audio books exceed one BILLION in sales .. that’s a lot of listening and re-listening. Think libraries; drive trips; anyone working out; taking a long walk; or even just a quiet afternoon in the garden. Your reach is unlimited–are you taking advantage of it.

1. Before you start down audio-land, it’s wise to consult with someone …

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A Giant Has Fallen … But Dan Poynter Will Not Be Gone or Forgotten

A Giant Has Fallen … But Dan Poynter Will  Not Be Gone or Forgotten

On Sunday, November 1st, Dan Poynter ’s fight with acute cancer ended. A true giant. Dan was the catalyst and visionary and has remained in the center of the growing self-publishing community. Seeing the value of self-publishing, it was seeded with his love of parachuting and cats. That love led to the publishing of over one hundred books with the Para  Publishing imprint and his name. His Self-Publishing Manual became a bible for mega-thousands of authors.
 
A …

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Get Ready to Create a Writing Marathon Authors: Get ….

Get Ready to Create a Writing Marathon Authors: Get ….

November is all about FAST Writing. Whether you are on the Novel side or Non-fiction, YES, you too can write a book in 30 days. Now with that said, it doesn’t meant that it’s going to be polished, ready for the editor. What it means is that you have a first draft—and it means that you should be doing the Happy Author Dance. You did it. Here are 6 steps to surround yourself with if …

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Are You Stuck in Your Writing? Are You Ready for an Off-the Wall Goose?

Are You Stuck in Your Writing? Are You Ready for an Off-the Wall Goose?

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—it’s the Squirrel Factor … just about anything can seduce you away from what you think you want to be doing. Or, some cosmic force comes into play—totally unexpected and totally uncontrollable. It’s called life, and yes, it does happen. And sometimes it …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas October 17

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas October 17

 
 
1. Feedly.com is HOT for authors. It’s a great source to tap into to gather up all the news and content and any topic or person you want to follow (i.e. their blogs or other feeds)–when you are tracking your competitors and top influencers, Feedly does it for you and you just have one spot to go to.
 
 
2. OMG! YouTube has 72 hours of video uploaded every minute of every day of every hour. Have you …

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