Topic: Author Success

Do You Have an eBook? How about Entering the Global eBook Awards?

Do You Have an eBook? How about Entering the Global eBook Awards?

There are several book award possibilities that have deadlines coming up. One of AuthorU’s benefits to AuthorU GOLD members is to deliver discounts from other publishing providers for services to our members.
In the eBook area, one that should be getting your attention is the awards that self-publishing pioneer Dan Poynter created a few years ago. Dan’s untimely death last year left a huge void of wisdom to many starting out authors. His legacy leaves on …

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Authors Yukked It Up … and Learned Lots!

Authors Yukked It Up … and Learned Lots!

Comedy teacher extraordinaire Steve Kaplan came to town, Saturday and Sunday the first weekend in March, to educate the AuthorU community about humor—the tools, the rules—underlying a 3000-year history of a subject that remains as an important mainstay of our entertainment industry as any today.  The stars—the practitioners— of comedy are as familiar to all of us practically as are members of our own family: Billy Crystal, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, The Marx Brothers, Seinfeld, …

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AuthorU Members: Are you a Giver … or a Taker?

AuthorU Members: Are you a Giver … or a Taker?

This past weekend, many in the AuthorU Community, participated in a one-of-a-kind marathon on writing … as in comedy. Hollywood master of comedy writing and coach Steve Kaplan came to Denver when we asked him if he would. It was a Comedy Intensive workshop … many of us didn’t realize that it would be a full-blown comedy writing workshop as well.
Yet, it had EVERYTHING to do with off-the-charts A-Game writing. Are you an A-Gamer? Are …

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Is Your Author Photo a Selfie or Professionally Done?

Is Your Author Photo a Selfie or Professionally Done?

What photos are you using on your website? How about for media? Or, a speaking engagement? Are they oldies, but what you consider goodies? Could they be more than five years old?

Your picture says a thousand words:

what you do;
who you are;
what you love to play with or at;
what your expertise is;
who’s your crowd;
what else?

Visuals are powerful. You may use them on your book covers, your website and your promo and publicity material. Think Bio shots, …

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Has Your Book Walked the Plank?

Has Your Book Walked the Plank?

Woot … you’ve got your book—congrats for sure.
You are now a “published” author; some sales are coming in; you are promoting it in every channel you can think of, and then an online OMG moment hits. It may be a not-so “Yo-Ho-Ho” time for you and your book. You’ve done an online search and discovered that your book is being sold by someone(s)o you have never heard of—someone(s) you never engaged in selling your book. …

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10 Publishing Tips for Publishing Successfully …

10 Publishing Tips for Publishing Successfully …

 10 Tips for Publishing Success (especially if you have an MFA)
By Kathryn Brown Ramsperger

I was lucky enough to attend Hollins University, renowned for its MFA in creative writing (Masters in Fine Arts degree). My classmates became award-winning authors. I sat next to, and was taught by, Pulitzer Prize winners and Poet Laureates. I found my voice there through experimentation and objective, positive critique. However, when I received my degree, the pervading mentality was that writing …

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Hollywood’s Insider Tips to How Comedy Really Works

Hollywood’s Insider Tips to How Comedy Really Works

In March, a very special event is coming to Authors, Screenwriters and all those “planning on being either” to Colorado. Comedy Trainer Steve Kaplan is coming to AuthorU.org (open to the public) for two all-day workshops. The first day, March 4th concentrates on incorporating comedy and humor into your writing (something we all could use); and the second day, March 5th, a clarion event for all those who want to sell their work to Hollywood …

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Are You Ready for Author Truthiness?

Are You Ready for Author Truthiness?

Let’s start with your answers to two essential questions:
1    How’s your book visibility?
2   What about your ability to brag as an author?
If there is an introvert in you that is allowed to influence and control your marketing—your book’s visibility, as well as your own, will take a deep hit.  It’s why AuthorU’s kickoff New Year program is all about visibility, position, and gulp, bragging.
There are ways to “brag” and ways not to. …

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Making Your Reviews the Hard Lifting for Your Marketing Campaign By Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Making Your Reviews the Hard Lifting for Your Marketing Campaign  By Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Our guest blog is created by Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Always savvy in frugal promoting, push your book marketing as you get reviews with a twist.
 

Excerpted (and adapted) from Carolyn’s new How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career.
Authors rarely get the most from their reviews. Surprised? I think it’s because the idea of extending a review’s value doesn’t occur to …

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Book Review Secrets — What to Do and Not to Do in Getting Them Today

Book Review Secrets — What to Do and Not to Do in Getting Them Today

In the U.S., over 70% of books are sold through the Amazon channels. Book reviews are considered “essential” to have, yet Amazon has taken an aggressive posture in removing many that are posted: many from legitimate book buyers/owners and some from phony “reviewers”.

What happens when a posted book review has been zapped by the Amazon bots (or many); is there a path to getting reviews that stick; are perplexed about which type of reviews to seek …

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