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April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm

Spelling – Even the best spellers make mistakes. Use a software program like Grammarly or WordWeb (both of which have free versions.) Both may catch other errors in word usage – like affect vs. effect – and both do offer a thesaurus so you can find a better word or correct one that’s overused.

One of the first things they may or may not tell you …

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Pinterest for Writers

December 23, 2015 – 3:38 pm
Pinterest

First, remember that Pinterest is not a promotion or sale site, it’s simply another social media site except that it’s geared around pictures. For a writer, a Pinterest page allows readers to get to know the writer as a person, as well as your work. Your goal with Pinterest is to engage readers. So, with that in mind:

Create a Pinterest page for you as a writer. …

Reality Check for Indie Authors

July 3, 2015 – 7:20 pm
scribd

I n all honesty I suspect that Scribd found the path of least resistance in their romance/erotica decision. (Witness the petitions to Jeff Bezos/Amazon asking him to change the review policy.) The truth of the matter is likely to be a more harsh reality – a lot of romance/erotica readers were downloading books, finding them to be dreck and so they didn’t finish them, they just …

It Takes a Village

February 13, 2015 – 9:04 pm
King-on-writing

I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase “It Takes A Village” in reference to raising kids. I think it’s true in terms of growing an author, too! We need support, encouragement, advice, and sometimes a helping hand.
Writing can be a lonely and solitary endeavor. A writer spends so much time alone with nothing but her thoughts and a computer. When I’m deep into a book …

Author Marketing Live! – Part Two

September 10, 2014 – 6:09 pm

Yes, it really did need two posts! There was a LOT of information! I was getting overwhelmed, so if I misrepresent things, forgive me!
Hunter Boyle spoke about using e-mail to keep in contact with your fans and to build your fan base. He also advocated setting higher expectations, creating e-mail connections with the offer of a freebie. Create a compelling call to action – i.e. …

Author Marketing Live Seminar – Part One

September 10, 2014 – 3:12 pm

I’ll be honest, I was half afraid that the seminar would be nothing more than a sales pitch, but it wasn’t. Even the sponsors didn’t promote, which was refreshing. (And made it more likely for someone like me to recommend their services.) The speakers were by and large very informative and sometimes funny. Some of it was more geared toward non-fiction than fiction, but even …