Topic: Book Publishing

Writer’s Block Stinks!

Writer’s Block Stinks!

As writers, we are expected to create consistently for our livelihood. But what happens when that creativity has problems expressing itself? That’s right, folks; I’m talking about the dreaded writer’s block.

We all get it: That horrible feeling when you sit down to type or write out some great material only to find that you seem to have lost every idea you’ve ever had. Your fingers lie stagnant, waiting for the inspiration to come, and it …

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Authors … Get Over Your Book Marketing Resistance

Authors … Get Over Your Book Marketing Resistance

Get over it. The most common phrase out of too many authors is: I can’t market my books. Or, I don’t want to market my books. I just want to write. Get over it. You have to write your books. Oh please, get over your resistance. The reality is, YES … you can!

Here’s why:

If you can write, you CAN market.The definition of marketing is: the action or business of promoting and selling products or services.So …. …

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Looking for the Writing Force to Find You? Look Within …

Looking for the Writing Force to Find You? Look Within …

There isn’t a writer out there who hasn’t hit a roadblock or pothole in creating a book. Sometimes it happens within a chapter … or a blog. Wanting to be a writer; transitioning to a better writer, and arriving to the status of a great writer doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process.

The process begins with reading. Devouring the words of others can guide and mentor both a writer-to-be and already established one. The process continues …

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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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Insider Websites for Authors to Mine …

Insider Websites for Authors to Mine …

This week is an immersion of all things publishing … as in 18 hours of classwork for authors at all levels of the publishing journey. AuthorU members Kelly Johnson, Daniel Hall, Amy Collins, Joan Stewart, Nick Zelinger and Judith Briles are leading several of our members plus many “to be” members in four days of mastering publishing and marketing on the high seas (actually, they are pretty flat)
One of the sizzling sessions identified several websites …

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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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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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Thanksgiving for Authors

Thanksgiving for Authors

This week is a favorite—little on the agenda—oh there’s football, family, and food. For me, I also dive into Macy’s Parade for the kid is me and the National Day Show, wondering “which one” will get the grand prize—I don’t own a dog now, but I love those sassy pooches as they parade around.

I’m grateful for the freedom we all have and often too assume .. Let AuthorU start with a thank you—we are grateful …

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Have You Matched UP Yet with Amazon?

Have You Matched UP Yet with Amazon?

Have You Matched UP Yet? Last month, it was the Happy Birthday month for Amazon’s creation of the Kindle / Book Matchbook program. On yesterday’s Author Mentoring Mondays, we had quite a discussion on the how-tos and why authors should take advantage of the free participation.

 

Let’s recap what the program does for you and your book …
Two years ago, Amazon quietly launched the Matchbook program. Designed to push print books … the bonus is that a …

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Don’t Diss Product Placement for Your Book!

Don’t Diss Product Placement for Your Book!

This week’s guest blog is by Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Carolyn gave an excellent presentation at the Extravaganza on frugal book marketing for little bucks.
A couple years ago I was answering questions for an online interview to promote the Southern Utah Book Expo I would soon be presenting at. Because I am from Utah, my high school newspaper and yearbook became a topic of discussion when mentioned that getting sponsorship ads for those things was as vital …

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