What Are You “Feeding” Your Mind?

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What you think about, you bring about. What thoughts are you thinking and what is it you want to bring about in your life?

Just as we feed our body, we need to feed our minds. I Am statements declare what it is you want, in the first person, present tense. I recently read a quote by Rock Thomas that encapsulates the essence of an I Am statement.

“Whatever follows “I Am” [in your thoughts or in your words] follows you!”

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A Well-crafted Unfolding Is Your Ticket To A Fabulous Book

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By BookBaby author Dawn Field

In any great book, every connection functions perfectly, the margin for error is almost nil. The chain has to be perfected for your story to unfold in a satisfying way.

A great book has a superior “unfolding.” Like a bud opening, readers get a better and better idea of what’s really going on as they read. Eventually, they see a fragrant rose in all its glory.

An unfolding could also be called an “unpacking.” It’s like unwrapping a present. You see it, shake it, wonder what’s inside, and then unwrap it until you find the surprise. Hopefully, it is delectable.

To craft a sequential order of reveals, an author must order and dispense intriguing pieces of information. The trail starts on page one a…

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Blooper-Proof Your Novel: How to Find and Fix a ‘Reality Violation’

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by Jessi Rita Hoffman

Scene time and place: A Civil War combat zone, just after a skirmish. Soldiers limp away from the conflict, weary and depleted. One falls to the ground, too weak to make it back to camp. The ground is littered with bodies of the wounded and dead. Far in the background, a white SUV speeds across the battlefield. 

Whoops! It’s a goof in a Hollywood production, and we congratulate ourselves on catching it. We all get a laugh out of bloopers we find in the movies, but when they show up in a novel we’ve written, they aren’t quite so funny. There’s no better way to lose the respect of readers (or of a prospective agent) than to pollute your story with eye-rolling inconsistencies.

Yet this is a common mistake for …

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5 Ways to Sell More Books with Your Eyes Closed

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Okay, maybe you can’t sell too many more books with your eyes closed, but as the saying implies, these tips really are too easy to ignore!

Remember, you can hire a book marketing company for your big release, or to promote your backlist. But no successful author makes it big by expecting everyone else to do the work and sell more books for them.

If you want to sell more books you need to develop and stick to a solid, yet manageable, author marketing plan.

I say manageable because like a diet or exercise routine, if your author marketing plan isn’t realistic, you’re more likely to give up – that’s just the reality.

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7 Ways Authors Can Sell More Books At Conventions And Live Events

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While online marketing is the international indie author’s friend, it’s hard to stand out in a sea of thumbnails. Attending events in person can help you connect with other authors and sell some books in the process. 

selling at conventions and live eventsIn today’s article, Kyle Burbank explains how he has used events to sell more books. 

Everyone knows that, over the past several years, there’s been a major shift in the publishing industry that’s taken us from print to digital. As a result, today there’s something quite quaint about not only having a physical copy of your boo…

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Sell More Books and Share the Love

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You want to sell more books, but you feel you’re tapped out on all your obvious resources and book marketing strategies.

This is normal.

If you’re taking your author marketing seriously, you will hit roadblocks. It’s only natural.

So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I want you to focus on how some smart networking with other authors, and sharing the love, can really take your exposure to a new level!

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For starters, it’s a mutually beneficial way for both of you to increase your exposure and create new word-of-mouth buzz.

And in the big scheme of things, it’s one of the least expensive book marketing strategies. It…

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5 ways to collaborate with other authors (besides writing a book together)

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“Collaborate” is my 2018 business theme.

I’ve got two significant collaborations in the works already. In one case, I’ve teamed up with a colleague to create a training program for authors. In the other, I’m partnering with another writer on a ghostwriting project.

I’m focusing on collaborations this year for a pretty simple reason: This approach can help me go farther faster.

More specifically, collaborations help me:

Work with a partner who has different skills.
See situations, problems, and opportunities from someone else’s perspectives.
Become involved with i…

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How To Find And Work With A Book Cover Designer

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Let’s face it, people do judge a book by its cover.

You want the best possible cover for your book. And if you’re self-publishing, you do have to go through this process, because designing your own book cover is a bit of a no-no unless you have some book design chops, which let’s face it, most of us don’t.

Watch the video below, or here on YouTube, or read the

How do you find a designer?
1. Look at books that you like

Preferably have a look at books by other indie authors, because most of us will credit our book cover designers inside the cover. Use the Look Inside function on Amazon. It should be listing the book cover designer or in the acknowledgements of other books that you like.

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Amazon Reviews Disappearing – How to Protect your Book

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You’ve no doubt been hearing the news that Amazon is, once again, pulling reviews. And a lot of Amazon reviews are disappearing. Naturally, there is a ton of conflicting information out there on how and why this is happening. Amazon is, of course, silent on this issue except to say that they will be pulling reviews that violate their terms of service.

Why is Amazon Pulling Reviews From My Book?

First off let’s be clear, Amazon is not willy-nilly pulling reviews. They have a strategy for doing this. And this article will hopefully shed some light on how and why this is happening. More than that, you’ll learn how you can safeguard your own books and your Amazon reviews.

Here’s how to safeguard your books when Amazon pulls reviews via @bookgal #amazonreviews …

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Reminder! Update Your Custom CSS in Pressbooks

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Note that the below changes are for those using Pressbooks.com and ingramspark.pressbooks.pub. If you are on a different Pressbooks network, such as a Pressbooks EDU instance, changes to your network will differ, and you will receive a separate communication with specifics.  As we mentioned in early January, we’ve got some major improvements coming to Pressbooks. As a reminder, you may want to…

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