Topic: Guest Blog

Banishing Writer’s Block By Jeff Davidson

Banishing Writer’s Block By Jeff Davidson

Writer’s block is an obstacle for many authors. If writer’s block is a problem for you, the following suggestions may help you to get started:

Make an Outline of Your Ideas
Producing a one-page outline, or writing as little as ten keywords on a page, can guide me through the preparation and completion of an article. Devote a block of time to simply preparing article outlines or chronological sequences that can later serve as a useful tool …

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A Newbie Author Begins …

A Newbie Author Begins …

I grew up on fiction books, I loved seeing the adventures and worlds in them unfold and still do. Seeing the main characters, kids my own age doing incredible things, overcoming inhuman forces whether through wit or pure chance. All of it intrigued me and pulled me in.
As a child and well through my teens, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and the Bartimaeus Trilogy dominated my imagination. I couldn’t get enough of them. When I entered …

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When Did Your Love of Reading Start?

When Did Your Love of Reading Start?

When Did Your Love of Reading Start?
No matter what age, I always remember having a book with me.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but my grandmother started me on my love for reading.

When I was four, my grandmother (I called her Mom-Mom) would babysit me as both of my parents had full-time jobs, and I was not yet in school. I would play with my toys and spend time outside, but one day …

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May UPS Go Out of Business by: Jeff Davidson

May UPS Go Out of Business by: Jeff Davidson

 One of the truly magnificent days in the life of an author, after months and months of writing, more months of production, and then months of waiting, comes when your new books are finally ready to be shipped from the publishers warehouse. 

        Publishers know how to ship books so that they will arrive in good condition. So your author copies, in pristine condition, are carefully packed at the warehouse.  Sometimes, they travel thousands of …

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Pinterest Part 3: Finding Your Edge

Pinterest Part 3: Finding Your Edge

Ready to use Pinterest to work for you?  In this post, you’ll learn how to read and use analytics, create content for your marketing success, and use the Pinterest toolkit to benefit your business.  This is a deep dive into the nuts and bolts on how to use all the tools Pinterest has created for you to be successful on their platform.  I created this guide so you would have all the important information in …

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Pinterest: The Social Media Edge You’ve Been Looking For Part I

Pinterest: The Social Media Edge You’ve Been Looking For Part I

Author alert: if you’ve been looking for a social media edge, the search is over! Pinterest is a platform that can launch your content into orbit—and keep it there. It’s ideal to support the marketing of your book.
Think of Pinterest as a social search engine: it’s the search engine driven by people. This makes it powerful.  I’ve spent the last two months intensely researching this platform in order to gain understanding and insight with an …

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Discover HOW audiobooks can improve your writing

Discover HOW audiobooks can improve your writing

Voices in Your Head:
How Audiobooks Can Improve Your Writing
By Richard Rieman

Do you hear voices in your head while writing? It can be a very good thing.
As a veteran Audible audiobook narrator, I am always impressed when the writing just flows smoothly without choppiness or a staccato pattern. 
Write Music
The late, great author and writing coach Gary Provost says reading your written words aloud will make you a better writer:
“This sentence has five words. Here are five …

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Why ALL Authors Need a Professional Editor By Barb Wilson

Why ALL Authors Need a Professional Editor By Barb Wilson

You’re finished. After weeks and months of writing—adding, rephrasing, and deleting—your book is complete. Take a few minutes to congratulate yourself on your accomplishment.

You’re finished. After weeks and months of writing—adding, rephrasing, and deleting—your book is complete. Take a few minutes to congratulate yourself on your accomplishment.
Now comes the next step: finding a professional editor.
There are many reasons to hire an editor—what is the most important one?
You are an author AND a businessperson. Your writing …

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4 Ways to Show Your Social Media Accounts Some Love By Melody Jones

4 Ways to Show Your Social Media Accounts Some Love By Melody Jones

When was the last time you showered your social media accounts with a little TLC? If it’s been awhile, it’s time to give them some lovin’.

First, open all your accounts in separate tabs so you can streamline your TLC process. This will be easier if you use a regular computer and not a mobile device. Then review using the steps below.

Is your author branding consistent across social media platforms?

When we talk author branding, we …

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Sell Ads to Help Finance Your Self-Published Books

Sell Ads to Help Finance Your Self-Published Books

 
I hate the word “monetize.” And I especially don’t like it when this word (it’s really ugly, isn’t it?) is mentioned in the same breath with books. But I’m going to talk about it anyway because, if authors do it right, using ads in their books or other promotional materials can subsidize the cost of publishing a book, costs they often scrimp on like great editing, great cover design, and great indexing.

Most every author is …

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