Topic: Authors

8 Lessons for Authors from the Shark Tank

8 Lessons for Authors from the Shark Tank

 I confess, I’m a devotee to ABC’s Shark Tank.

It gives a variety—and I mean HUGE variety of entrepreneurs at every stage the opportunity to pitch their company to five entrepreneurs who have been enormously successful in their individual endeavors—oh, you can rest assured that they have had some detours and potholes along the way.   If the pitch “hooks” them, the lucky, and very nervous budding entrepreneur gets a partner. The cost—part of his or her …

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Traditional Publishing, Self or Independent Publishing: Which to Choose and Why…Advice from the Book Coach / Book Shepherd

Traditional Publishing, Self or Independent Publishing: Which to Choose and Why…Advice from the Book Coach / Book Shepherd

Ahhh, times have changed—which publishing road does an author take today? With the Internet and today’s technology, traditional publishers are being turned on their heads, self and independent publishers have morphed into new critters—ranging from “Wow—look at these books, they are amazing” to “Wow—these like they were done with Elmer’s Glue at the kitchen table.”
The publishing road answer: it depends. Authors are choosing to bypass the traditional method that had been so coveted by the …

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Author Tip: Create an Awesome Audio Clip for all Social Media Platforms

Author Tip: Create an Awesome Audio Clip for all Social Media Platforms

At the March Author U Tech Tool Box, our favorite Geek Girl member Kelly Johnson ID’d a simple and awesome tool that all who attended instantly … and I mean instantly … grasped the concept, how to use it and what they could use it for.

In baseball jargon, we hit a grand slam homerun.

Welcome to Audioboo land. And it is that magic word: free.

I made 5 different boards within my new profile with a descriptor on the “May the inspiration …

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Agents Who Are Looking for New Authors to Publish

Agents Who Are Looking for New Authors to Publish

Anyone looking for a literary agent should become familiar pronto with the Guide to Literary Agents, the bible for finding literary representation.
 
Over 500 agents are listed with specifics about who and what they represent best. It also include tidbits on how to pitch to them.
In a recent issue of Writers Digest, five were identified as looking for new authors in a variety of genres.
1. Brittany Howard  –  Corvisiero Literary Agency
YA is her thing, from paranormal, …

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The USPS Has Done It Again … Postage Rates Take a Hike!

The USPS Has Done It Again … Postage Rates Take a Hike!

What do postage rates and Social Security taxes have in common? They increase … not necessarily yearly, but guaranteed, they will increase. Today is the latest roll out for the USPS. That snail mail letter will now cost you three cents more and the trusty post card, another penny.

On January 26, 2014 the U.S. Postal Service® will implement new postage rates for several mail classes including First Class Package Service, Priority Mail® and Priority Mail …

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Author Mantra for 2014: Shine as an expert … Rise as the thought leader!

Author Mantra for 2014: Shine as an expert … Rise as the thought leader!

Shine as an expert … Rise as the thought leader!
  

If there was one thing that rose to the top at Author U’s excellent Brunch and Learn workshop with Patrice Rhoades-Baum, it was the need to clarify the value you deliver to your reader. Can you? Really?
Her tag line is: Shine as an expert. Step up as a thought leader™ and you can find out plenty about her via her website, www.BrandingAndWebsites.com.
As The Book Shepherd, mine is: …

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Are You a Helping Hand for Author U?

Are You a Helping Hand for Author U?

 Author U continues to grow and grow.  The Author Resource, our online magazine has 54 pages this month … 54 pages!–all new layout, even a front magazine cover! … check it out at: http://authoru.org/2014-january.html
The Extravaganza has 45 already registered and 4 plus months to go… all info for registration is on the website, partial speakers, rest to come shortly –get registered. Full agenda will be up soon. The odds are high—we will be sold out this year. three-quarters …

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Your 8 Author Goals Tips for the New Year

Your 8 Author Goals Tips for the New Year

No author plans to fail; what he or she does is fail to plan.  
                                                                -Snappy Sassy Salty by Judith Briles
 
When I completed Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, it was woven with quotations to kick-start and propel you forward. If you are going to succeed in this writing, authoring, publishing arena, you need to be kick-started and refueled to propel your forward.
Most of us have resolutions at this time of the year, …

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Author Thank Yous for 2013 …

Author Thank Yous for 2013 …

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You! 

It’s a wonderful time of “togetherness” with family and friends; and, a time of reflection on the past year … and think forward. Next week is, gulp, the beginning of 2014.
On the Author U Group on LinkedIn (have you joined–it’s an open Forum with a variety of live discussions throughout the day)–I posted a question today: What are you going to do the same; keep doing–yet …

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The Author Glaze Factor

The Author Glaze Factor

The deer in the headlights look is common when authors hear the phrase “social media marketing.”  When the glaze factor settles in, the heels dig in and resistance oozes from every pore.

I know that resistance—I resisted it too. The last thing I needed on my plate was something that could literally suck hours of my time each day. That was then; this is now. One of the first things I need on my plate is …

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