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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of February 27, 2021

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of February 27, 2021

Good Authoring Day to YOU               

TOMORROW is the last day to NOMINATE a favorite author to the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame. Have you?
Loved my birthday weekend—the fun online with friends globally, sharing a favorite a friend in a restaurant I haven’t been to in 9 months and celebrating the breadth of #1s that my book When God Says NO—Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present earned …

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Author Great Things Start with an Idea—get moving

Author Great Things Start with an Idea—get moving

Great Things Start with an Idea …
What Are You Waiting For?
Five plus years ago …  I had an idea. I didn’t know how to put it all together … or execute it, but I had an idea.

Today, that idea has influenced millions of authors since I finally took the leap and just did it. Before the month of February ends, over 1,000,000 plus authors will have listened to the sage words that flowed from …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of February 20, 2021

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of February 20, 2021

Good Authoring Day to YOU               

Burrrrrsy … all this past week, it’s been cold—as in really cold with minus ) temps. A good time to stay in. Write. Plan. Organize … and toss the old out!
 
 
 
 

It’s my birthday weekend and my GIFT to YOU is a FREE copy of the just revised edition of my memoir and book of hope: When God Says NO—revealing the YES When Adversity and …

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Dammit … the Amazon scammers are after you and your money

Dammit … the Amazon scammers are after you and your money

The Online Scammer Gremlins Are After You and Your Money
Being online more hours than not is the new norm for most. Birthing as 2020 rolled out with all things COVID, predators, and scammers multiplied, creating a mecca for their schemes and pilfering.

Scams and cons are not uncommon. In the spring of every year, unsolicited phone calls claiming IRS moneys are generated to unsuspecting Americans who are collectively bilked out of mega millions of dollars.
Note: …

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Author Alert: Is book piracy happening to you and your book?

Author Alert: Is book piracy happening to you and your book?

How to Deal with Book Piracy
You did it … you’ve got your book; you have happily declared yourself a “published” author; sales are coming in; you are promoting it in every channel you can think of, and then an online OMG moment hits. Your book is not being sold by who you authorize to sell it.
Some bad person or group is offering/selling your book without your permission. You are clueless about how it got on …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of February 06, 2021

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of February 06, 2021

Good Authoring Day to YOU               
The East Coast of the US was hit with massive snow. Here is Colorado, we are wondering when it comes our way. The past week has been clear—sunny and great walking weather. Typically, February is our big month.
Today is the AuthorYOU program—a duo. Press release power and all about kid’s books. Looking forward to it. And next week … the AuthorYOU Salons which is …

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5 Steps to Overcome Author Procrastination to Achieve Success in 2021

5 Steps to Overcome Author Procrastination to Achieve Success in 2021

5 Steps to Overcome Author Procrastination for 2021
Are you an author? A writer-to-be published? Are you a perfectionist? Are you looking for the perfect phrase, word, idea? Are you stuck? Wouldn’t getting unstuck and moving forward be a tad more fun? Are you stuck in the getting ready mode to get your book done?

Make today, this week, this month, this year that getting it done … even if there are a few hiccups … a …

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Writer and Author Beware: Avoid the Princess Author Syndrome

Writer and Author Beware: Avoid the Princess Author Syndrome

In front of me were a newbie author and his first fiction manuscript. He was hesitant to speak as I welcomed him and then started asking a few questions.
Before he arrived in my office, I had quietly sat down and read the first three chapters to get a feel for his story and style of writing.

I knew it needed editing, but so do all books to some degree. The opening chapter had legs and moved …

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