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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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Be wary of tangents that go nowhere
On June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

When I was writing my first novel, I was so excited to see my own words on the page that I ended up with several scenes that didn’t have much at all to do with the main plot. After I signed with an agent she pointed out this tendency to wander and had me cut […]

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Writing tip: Break up long paragraphs
On June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

 I once received an email from a new subscriber to my newsletter. The message was quite long and didn’t contain a single paragraph break—not one. I found myself confused as I read because all the various points he was making began to blur together into an enormous block of text. (He also didn’t capitalize any […]

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Guest post: Book marketing advice from an avid reader
On May 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

I was recently contacted by a big fan of my Waverly Bryson series who is also a freelance writer. She asked if she could do a guest post for my blog, so I suggested she offer some insight into how she chooses which books to read. So here you have it, folks: marketing advice straight […]

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What inspires you to write?
On April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

When people find out I’m an author, one of the questions they often ask me is, What inspires you to write? It’s an interesting question, and I think every author would answer it differently. I find myself most inspired to write when I’m already writing. That’s because for me, getting myself in a position to […]

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Triple-check marketing emails
On March 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’m on the distribution lists of many indie authors who occasionally send out promotional emails about their books. Marketing is a lot of work, so I respect the efforts of these individuals to boost their sales. Unfortunately, however, many of the emails I receive are peppered with errors, and that doesn’t instill much faith that […]

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Marketing tip: Create a social media presence for your main character
On February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

A great way to get your readers to tell their friends about your book is to stay in touch with your readers. A newsletter is certainly one method to do this, but it’s not the only one. A creative way to maintain a relationship with your readers over time is to bring your main character to […]

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How to embed hyperlinks in text
On February 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last week I received a lovely email from a man named Keith. He’d recently published his second book and signed up for my newsletter looking for any and everything he could learn about marketing. Beneath the message he included his name and a (LONG!) hyperlink to his book’s Amazon page, so in my reply I […]

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