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How to get your book on shopping lists this Christmas season
21 Nov 2014

How to get your book on shopping lists this Christmas season

While the “gift book” isn’t exactly a genre, we all pretty much know what a gift book is—at least by sight, if not definition. The gift book pops up in the holiday season generally, often at specialty stores and boutiques. It’s a book you buy because you know it’ll interest the receiver, but there’s a good chance they don’t already have it. It’s a luxury...

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How to write a blurb for your non-fiction book
13 Nov 2014

How to write a blurb for your non-fiction book

A strong, descriptive blurb is easily one of the most important and powerful selling tools for your book. Which is why you want to get it right. Whereas novels focus on creating intrigue and use blurbs that attempt to lure in the reader, blurbs for non-fiction books need to take a different approach. After all, the reader has turned to you, the author, for information...

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Our favorite magazines for writers
13 Nov 2014

Our favorite magazines for writers

Good writing is a skill. It must be learned and honed through instruction, study, and constant practice. But the muses must also be fed if we want them to inspire us and, for a writer, that means reading. Stephen King, in his essential book On Writing, said it well: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to...

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Use social media to promote your self-published book, your way
06 Nov 2014

Use social media to promote your self-published book, your way

Social media. Sure, you’ve heard of it. You probably use it. And as an author, you need to use it to promote to your book. After all, it’s a free promotional tool and it has potential for worldwide reach. But if all you’re planning to do is tweet an announcement that your book is out, chances are you’re not really going to get beyond your...

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Build your network and promote your book—through your Goodreads account
05 Nov 2014

Build your network and promote your book—through your Goodreads account

You wrote a book, published it, and want it to sell, sell, sell. When it comes to the world of self-publishing, building an audience of readers is the first step on the path to success. And the best place to start looking for your readers is the amazing Goodreads community. Which is why you’ll want to set up an author profile page on Goodreads, upload...

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Your book, your cover—make it count
05 Nov 2014

Your book, your cover—make it count

It doesn’t sound fair, but most people do judge a book by a cover. They will judge how it looks on a black and white Kindle, on an iPad, on an iPhone, on a Nook, on a Kobo device, how it looks as a thumbnail, and, of course, how it looks in print. Which is why you’ll want to make sure that both the print...

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