Tagged: book publishing

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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Authors Need to Ride Surfing the Publishing Wave

Authors Need to Ride Surfing the Publishing Wave

Thirty plus years ago, one of my author friends coined one of my favorite book titles: Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers. It’s all about change and slashing through the things that continually hold people and companies back. Fast forward 20 years. I ran into the author Bob Kriegel at a conference we were both speaking at. He was still talking about burgers and he reminded me of a story he told me long ago …

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Is There a Book in You? How’s It Doing? Get Resources for Success

Is There a Book in You? How’s It Doing? Get Resources for Success

Question: If you are an Author, are you happy with your book sales?
Question: Would you like to be an Author of a successful Book?
Question: Do you really know how Authors become rock stars who get minimal advances, if any, yet soar?
Question: Would you be thrilled with a few hundred copies of your book sold (average is less than 500) or would you like to sell thousands?
                       
Answers: The answers are in front of you. Within the …

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Stop the Book Insanity … Or Why I Don’t Want to Market My Book

Stop the Book Insanity … Or Why I Don’t Want to Market My Book

Stop the Book Insanity …
Authors sometimes don’t want to hear what works in creating a successful book campaign—campaigns that include the creation, the marketing and the sales of a book … they would rather keep doing the same thing … the thing that has produced no results. Which is usually sitting on their tush. Or if they did try “something” and it didn’t work, that they then choose to sit on their tush because …

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Book Editors & Publishing Are Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Book Editors & Publishing Are Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Book Editors & Book Publishing Are Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
Why so many authors think that their friend who teaches literature at the local college, or their sister who
loves everything they write and do is the perfect editor for their work is beyond me.

Your editor can make or break your work—she can shape and shore it up … or, put in some commas and check your spelling. There are now more self and independent …

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Extravaganza Take-Aways from a First-Timer by Sierra Rakes

Extravaganza Take-Aways from a First-Timer by Sierra Rakes

How does a college student feel when she walks into a hotel and is suddenly surrounded by so many professional authors? Well, imagine how nervous she’d be. That was me.
The AuthorU Extravaganza 2017 was not only the first Extravaganza I had ever been to, but it was also my first big leap into the authoring and publishing world that I have been so desperately wanting to inhabit. As AuthorU’s Intern, I had a small foot …

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Your Best Writing May Not Be What You Think By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Your Best Writing May Not Be What You Think By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

One of the biggest writing problems I see among people in my mentoring program, and others who hire me to improve their writing, is that they’re afraid to write like they talk. Perhaps they fear “wordiness”, but sometimes writing like you talk is less wordy.

For instance, they never use one-word sentences. Or fragments. Those, for sure, are not wordy!
They refuse to start sentences with words such as “and” and “but” because of an elementary teacher …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of February 16, 2017

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of February 16, 2017

Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing, host Dr. Judith Briles of The Book Shepherd digs into a variety of writing and publishing insights each show.
Judith dives into MORE Author Success today. Get tips from Penny Sansevieri with insights from the Digital World conference, latest on Amazon and marketing strategies for 2017. 
Tune in for the LIVE show at 6 Eastern, 5 Central, 4 Mountain, 3 Pacific and for our out-of-the-country members and followers … you …

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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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Author Writing, Book Marketing, Publishing Tips

Author Writing, Book Marketing, Publishing Tips

 
Is Audio in the AIR for you and your book. If it isn’t, start re-noodling your thinking. Right now, audio books exceed one BILLION in sales .. that’s a lot of listening and re-listening. Think libraries; drive trips; anyone working out; taking a long walk; or even just a quiet afternoon in the garden. Your reach is unlimited–are you taking advantage of it.

1. Before you start down audio-land, it’s wise to consult with someone who …

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