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  • Tips For Authors Attending Their First Ever Signing

    Do Your Research Before you agree do go to a signing…before one penny is deposited, ask around about the event. Ask how many years they have been hosting them, ask for a list of authors who went, and check in with those authors. If any…

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  • Small Business Spotlight: QDesign

    As our September Writing Prompt Contest comes to a close, I wanted to do a spotlight on our partner, Amy Queau of QDesign who so generously donated a premade cover as prize to the winner of the contest. First, a couple of business questions. What graphic…

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  • To Quit or Not To Quit, That Is The Question

    No. I’m not giving up writing. I have no plans on it, but I know quite a few indie authors who are at least toying with the idea of letting the dream go. I’m not here to tell them to quit or to convince them…

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  • Why’d I Write This Book? Publishing for Business or Pleasure

    It seems the answer to this question can invariably affect your level of satisfaction with the publishing industry. Why Do You Write? Many authors will tell you they write simply because they love it. They have beautiful, funny, or suspenseful stories flooding their brain, and…

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  • Interview with an Author featuring Laura N. Anile

    Laura N. Anile and I have been online friends for a few years now. We’ve never actually met because she lives on the other side of the world from me in Australia, but our mutual love for and struggles with all things writing have kept…

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  • Four Ways Your Public Library Can Improve Your Career

    Are your books on the shelf, at least in the public library? It’s quite possible they can be, even if you are indie published. For many public libraries, a simple request from a reader for a book can produce that work on the shelf. If…

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  • Some Thoughts on Author Branding

    What is your author brand? This question was the focus of an informal discussion I attended hosted by the Chicago Public Library system and Author Bull Garrington. While attending, I benefited in many ways, including reinforcement that I’m doing a few things correctly. One major…

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  • The Pressure To Produce: When You Need to Make Bank

    In Part One of the series, Pressure to Produce, I spoke about Reader Demand. In this article, I’ll speak of the pressure placed on our pocket books: or more specifically, the pressure provide financially for our families. How Did We Get Here? Back in 2012…

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  • Author Signings: Why You Shouldn’t Drink on the Job

    Many people assume that an author signing is a social situation, and therefore, a time to partake in all of the adult beverages all of the time. Including the actual signing. Have you ever gone to your job drunk? Attempted to make rational decisions while intoxicated? Expect…

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