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Make it clear who is talking, but not too clear
On December 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

I recently read a novel that was heavy on dialogue without a ton of attribution (e.g. adding “she said”), which I like, because I don’t think a conversation needs that after every single sentence. However, the author of this book had a habit of going two or even three pages into a conversation without any attribution of […]

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Start months in advance to secure speaking engagements
On November 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

I live in Brooklyn, so when I stumbled across a book club that specializes in novels set in New York, I reached out and offered to come speak to the group. The club moderator agreed that Katwalk would be a perfect fit, so we set it up. Guess how much time passed between when I […]

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Resources for three book marketing essentials
On October 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Here are three building blocks of a good marketing campaign, with resources for each: Website If you want to be perceived as a professional writer, I strongly recommend hiring a professional to design your website. Here is an excellent one I recommend: Andiamo Creative: www.andiamocreative.com (Andiamo Creative did my current website.) If you’re good with […]

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Keep a record of your marketing efforts
On October 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Previously in this space I’ve stressed how important it is to track your marketing efforts to help you stay organized and conduct critical follow-up when necessary. Today I’d like to discuss another reason to document your hard work: It will be helpful when you write your next book! Daunting as it may sound right now, it […]

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Are you mixing up these words?
On September 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Do the following word pairs confuse you? You’re note alone.   Complement vs. Compliment Complement means to go well with, supplement. That dress really complements the green in Jennifer’s eyes Compliment means to flatter. Gloria wants to compliment Jen on her how well her dress complements the green in her eyes. Complementary vs. Complimentary Complementary means goes […]

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Want to get some writing done? Disconnect!
On August 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

When I’m working on a book, or any writing project, I find that one of the most difficult things about the process—second only to coming up with the idea—is getting myself to sit at my desk and stay focused.  If I let myself stop and check my email, browse Facebook, etc., it’s amazing how quickly what […]

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Are you using “I” when you should be using “ME”?
On August 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

If I had to name one grammatical error I hear more than any other, I would choose the misuse of the pronoun I instead of ME. Here’s a refresher on the difference between the two: I is a subject pronoun, which means it’s used when you are a subject in a sentence—in other words, when […]

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Make it easy for book reviewers to say yes
On August 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recently I received an email from an indie author asking a question about securing reviews from bloggers. Then in the same email the author sent me a link to his book’s Amazon page and told me I was more than welcome to read it. And review it. I didn’t read his book, but I’ll tell […]

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Tips for using Instagram
On July 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

I don’t use Instagram to promote my books nearly as much as I should, but here are some things I’ve learned in the limited time I’ve spent with it: If you download an app called Regrann, anytime someone tags you in a post, you can repost it. Then if a fan posts a photo of […]

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Marketing tip: Stay organized!
On July 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

We all have our own systems for managing our lives. For example, I use a paper calendar and not the calendar on my phone. I know that’s old-school, but I love my paper calendar! I also have a paper “to-do” list that I keep on my desk, and I set alarms on my phone to […]

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