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Authors … What’s in Your Vision Wallet?

Authors … What’s in Your Vision Wallet?

When someone asks you—anyone—what’s the Vision for your Book, and for you the Author, what do you say? Do you stammer and stutter? Do you feel like you project the “deer in the highlight” gaze? Or are you direct and succinct?

For the visionary founder of Virgin, Richard Branson, he’s been an entrepreneur from the get-go. Virgin was seeded when he was 20 years old—since then; he’s created an empire that includes eight separate billion-dollar companies …

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Author Uncertainty

Author Uncertainty

Another phone call. Another author who is frustrated confused and stressed out. Another author who step into publishing without wearing the “author beware” hat.

“I’ve been taken.” “My book looks awful.” “The publisher hasn’t delivered on anything it promised.” “There are too many hidden charges.” “I’m not getting paid.” “I thought this was a reputable publisher.” “I’ve been screwed …”
Look in the mirror. Did you really check out the company? …

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Book Publishing … 4 Factors to ID Your Path

Book Publishing … 4 Factors to ID Your Path

Which book path is for you–traditional … self … independent–which? Four words can get you focused: timing, control, quality and money. All are key factors when it comes to publishing.

Timing—if your manuscript is completed, you can have it edited, cover and interiors designed, printed and in your hands within four months or less. With traditional publishing, you can have your manuscript completed and it will most likely be in your hands in 18 months.

 
Control—if you …

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Book Awards … What To Do When You Get the Congratulations Email or Call

Book Awards … What To Do When You Get the Congratulations Email or Call

 
Book Award Announcement Season is here. Congratulations to Author U members Mary Jo Fay, Cheryl Carpinello and Lois Hjelmstad who all picked up Global eBook awards for their books recently. 
What do you do when you win a book award? The savvy author tells others about it. Don’t count on your publisher to do it if you are published by someone other than your own company.
It’s time for you to start bragging … and formally announce you …

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Will Your Book Get the Book Award Boot?

Will Your Book Get the Book Award Boot?

End of Summer and Fall kick off the Book Award submission season. Will the author be honored for his or her words and book? Or will the Book Boot be felt? The question every author needs to ask is, “Did I do the best job in writing, in presenting, in connecting with my crowd—the people who need, want my words?” In other words, “Did I rush to publish?”

Working with authors every day, there are routine hiccups that …

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Virtual Book Blog Tours – Plan One for Your Book Success

Virtual Book Blog Tours – Plan One for Your Book Success

Don’t you love it when authors actually take their own advice? In a blog that was published some time ago, Author U had a special guest featured within our blog. Dana Lynn Smith put together a Virtual Blog Tour for her book, Virtual Book Tour Magic. Let’s revisit the key elements. Virtual Blog Tours are quite common now … don’t bypass it in your book marketing plans.
Here’s why this book makes marketing sense for today’s author:

The author has …

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Celebrating the Author and Book Publishing World?

Celebrating the Author and Book Publishing World?

What is independence in publishing? Good question to think about on this 4th of July. As the Author and Publishing Worlds Turn, the words “self” and “independent” have almost become interchangeable. There is a difference, agreed, a fine line at times.

A self-published book can mean almost anything … from what gets spilled out of the fingers and mind of the author to the presentation from the local printing shop and sometimes looking like it was put …

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Please, Please … Ban Book Pollution

Please, Please … Ban Book Pollution

Several times a month, I get calls or emails from aspiring or just-ready-to-give-birth authors. Or so they think. Maybe they are ready for the book birth—but too many times, it’s a false labor, or should be. This past month, after an SOS from a book designer I work with, I literally pulled two books out of the “line” where the authors had jumped the gun and submitted theirs too soon and directly to him, bypassing …

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Is There an Excuse in Your Author Midst?

Is There an Excuse in Your Author Midst?

We think that summer is starting here in the U.S. Your writing and your book, or about-to-be-book, should be planning its next step. Your book marketing, or the steps you need to be taking should also have their own steps. Within those steps should be the inclusion of getting off and away from any of the excuse ruts you may have fallen into.

Don’t we all get stuck at some time? The list is endless …

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Newbie Nuggets for Authors via Author U Extravaganza

Newbie Nuggets for Authors via Author U Extravaganza

Oh my … ONE WEEK to go and counting to the Author U Extravaganza … tic, tic, tic. Do you have two minutes? Here’s what’s happening in 7 days for authors … 

Are you feeling author overwhelm? How about being OD’d with what to do next with your publishing? Would you like an insider’s tricks and tips to show you how to get with the publishing maze with your sanity intact? Or do, you need a refresher course? Nick Zelinger’s Nuggets for Newbies …

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