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I’m Selling Books on TikTok, No Dancing (or Crying) Required

Today’s post is by Ashleigh Renard( @ashleigh_renard ), writer of the memoir Swing. Two months back, mentions of TikTok spate my online writers radicals, all due to a New York Times headline: How Crying on TikTok Sells Books. Yes, it’s true-blue, TikTok does have the remarkable superpower to sell bibles. Ever since I started marketing […]

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Writers: Ask for What You Want

” There are a lot of good parties around” by strangnet is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Todays post is excerpted from Where Do You Hang Your Hammock ?: Finding Peace of Mind While You Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book by Bella Mahaya Carter( @Bellamahaya ). When you’re out there promoting your work, you’ll […]

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The New Holy Grail of Traditional Publishers: Direct-to-Reader Relationships

Photo by Doug8 8888 via Flickr Today’s post is excerpted from Book Wars:The Digital Revolution in Publishing by John B. Thompson, with dispensation is guaranteed by Polity Books. Amazon, with over 70 percent of the ebook grocery and over 40 percentage of all brand-new book legion marketings, reproduce and digital, in the US, has exclusive […]

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Your Final Responsibility to Your Story: Creative Stewardship

Today’s post is by author, journalist and tutor Jessica Conoley( @jaconoley ). As columnists, it can feel daunting, prone, and impossible when we contemplate ship our own narrations out into the world. So when terminate place paralysis strikes you, it’s time to step away from your identity as scribe, and into your capacity as artistic […]

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What If It Takes 12 Years to Get an Agent?

” Sharpening pencils” by BWJones is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Today’s post is by author Catherine Baab-Muguira( @Greedzilla1 ). Her book, Poe for Your Problems, secretes in September 2021. About a week before my nonfiction debut went to auction, I received two solicits from writers who is projected to bid if I did what […]

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Sometimes Better Than Blogging: Guest Blogging

Today’s post is by book marketing coach Belinda K Griffin( @SmartAuthors ). I read with interest Jane’s recent announce Blogging Versus Email Newsletter: Which Is Better for Novelist ? I’ve never certainly thought of these two things as an either/ or hand-picked, but as Jane accurately points out, while an email newsletter can be more […]

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The Green-Eyed Monster: Jealousy in the Time of Quarantine

Today’s post is by author Nancy Stohlman( @nancystohlman ). One good thing about a year’s worth of quarantine? A mint little FOMO. We’re less afraid of missing out because everyone is missing out. We aren’t worried about being left off the guest inventory because there is no guest list. And for many of us who […]

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What Every Writer Needs to Know About Email Newsletters (They’re Not Going Away)

“Thomas Paine” by Leo Reynolds is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Today’s post is by author Catherine Baab-Muguira( @Greedzilla1 ), who furnishes the newsletter Poe can save your life. You probably remember this one from biography class: Thomas Paine, in 1776, dashed off a folder announced Common Sense, spurring the American colonists to revolt against […]

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Find the Ending Before You Return to the Beginning

Photo credit: nchenga on Visualhunt/ CC BY-NC Today’s post is adapted from the new bible Writing the Novella by Sharon Oard Warner. The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written. — Joyce Carol Oates When I educated my first postgraduate fiction workshop in 1994 at the University of New Mexico, I […]

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Fix Your Scene Shapes to Quickly Improve Your Manuscript

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon from Pexels Today’s guest post is by writer, coach and editor Lisa Cooper Ellison( @lisaellisonspen ). On Feb. 24, she’ll teach an online class announced Heartbeats: Working a scene’s feelings pattern to build momentum and dazzle books and negotiators, in partnership with Creative Nonfiction Magazine. In your final manuscript, every place […]