Writing Tips: How To Write A Memoir About A Difficult Subject

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Memoir is one of the most powerful forms of writing. It can change your life – and go on to change other people too. 

how to write a Memoir about a difficult subjectI’ve incorporated aspects of memoir into many of my non-fiction books, sharing journal entries and experiences from my own creative journey.

It’s scary to put yourself out there, but your personal experience is often what touches others. 

In today’s article, Alexandra Amor shares her tips about writing memoir based on her award-winning book about living in a cult.

Art connects us.

It reminds us that we are not a…

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The Anatomy of an Optimized Web Page (infographic)

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Welcome Back!

The structure of an optimized web page is the topic of today’s infographic. It might get a bit in the weeds for some, but I love this sort of stuff 🙂

If this level of information is something that you love to dig into, I hope you enjoy this infographic as much as I do!

I found this infographic on Social Media Today

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October Observances to Inspire Your Author Marketing

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Welcome to our list of October observances and content ideas for your monthly author marketing plan!

Please read this NOW, because there are some really fantastic promotions that can be planned around a number of October observances.

And if you haven’t downloaded our Monthly Book Marketing Planner yet you can grab that here!

Remember, without regular connections to readers, you’re just another book on the shelf (literal or virtual) they have no vested interest in…so take the time to make yourself stand out by using our monthly observances and tips to create timely, interesting content with your own unique twist.

Here’s a list of causes and interests associated with the month of October:

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Cler…

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Get a publishing deal by avoiding these common book proposal mistakes

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Jenna Glatzer head shotJenna Glatzer is one of my favorite writer friends and humans. I admire her for many reasons, but one is that she’s an accomplished and successful author. Jenna is the author or ghostwriter of more than 30 books, including Celine Dion’s authorized biography. She’s written for all five of the “Big Five” U.S. publishers, mostly in the memoir, true crime, business leadership, and health categories. Learn more about Jenna on her website. 

Get a publishing deal by avoiding these common book proposal mistakes
By Jenna Glatzer

Your book proposal determines your publishing fate. </p…

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The Anatomy of a Book Cover: A Guide for Authors

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[Get hands-on craft and publishing advice at the WD Novel Writing Conference, October 26–28, 2018 in Pasadena, CA!]

by Yvonne @ Reedsy

Knowing and understanding the constituent parts of a book cover will help you make the best marketing decisions when you design or commission your own. Despite the popular saying, the cover of a book is what readers will use to judge the contents of your book. It could make the difference between readers walking (or scrolling) past it — or buying it.

Also remember: you want to design your book cover not just to attract readers, but to attract the right readers. This post that we wrote at Reedsy will take you through the anatomy of a book cover and help you build yours from the ground up so that it’s …

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Book Selling Strategies and Tactics (Don’t Get Caught In The Monkey Trap)

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By BookBaby author Brian Jud

To move forward with your bookselling, you may need to go back to the basics of marketing and create a plan that defines your mission, objectives, strategies, and tactics.

There is a unique way to trap monkeys in the islands of the South Seas. The natives drill a small hole in a coconut, hollow it out, and fill it with rice. When a monkey puts its hand in the coconut to get the food, it cannot remove its clenched fist. Refusing to let go of their prize, the monkeys are unable to escape.

You can get caught in a similar trap if you become conditioned to avoid risks and persist in using strategies that might have worked in the past but don’t get the results you need in today’s marketplace.

Don’t just do something, stand there…

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Why Reader Demographics are Critical for Book Discovery

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I’ve written a lot about reader profiles for your own work, I even have a free worksheet you can download, but it’s been a while since I’ve addressed reader demographics as they pertain to media, blogs, and other reader-centric platforms where your potential buyers are hanging out.

Book discovery depends on not just getting your book out there, but getting it in front of the right people.

So reader demographics for magazines, newsletters and book review blogs are critical details to have on hand and should be referenced on a regular basis when mapping out your ongoing book marketing efforts.

Why Reader Demographics Are Important

I’m sure I haven’t informed you of anything groundbreaking yet, so let’s move on to the real point of this post – reader demo…

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10 Screenwriting Techniques Every Writer Can Employ

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Writers thrive when we open our minds to new challenges and larger communities. Now more than ever do we eschew identifying exclusively as poets or screenwriters, novelists or journalists, bloggers or playwrights, but find ourselves writing in many mediums, across multiple platforms.

Writers write. Period. All of this is why I’m excited to debut my new screenwriting column, Take Two (first appearing in the September 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest).

Hollywood loves adapting intellectual property, so there’s never been a better time for writers of all stripes to learn about the screenwriting process. And applying the methods behind strong scripts to your fiction can offer benefits like sharper dialogue, improved pacing and stronger characters.

I can hear you …

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Book Marketing: How To Find and Fix Your Book Sales Problem With Dave Chesson

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We all want to sell more books, and in this episode, Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur gives some actionable tips on how to use keywords for better book marketing.

How To Find and Fix Your Book Sales ProblemIn the intro, I discuss how audiobooks are becoming the dominant format for reading in Sweden and why the subscription model is on the rise. [The New Publishing Standard.] Plus, why audiobooks will be boosted by Amazon’s new Echo Input [The Verge], Echo Auto [The Verge], and the Audible app on the latest Apple watch. [The Digital Reader]

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Book Marketing: Improve Your Author Website With Search Engine Optimization

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In the last 10 years, I’ve used the principles of content marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) to build my multi-six-figure creative business off the back of this website.

SEO FOR AUTHORS In today’s article, Debbie Emmitt delves into some tips for how you can use SEO on your author website.

Search engine optimisation (SEO) simply means giving your website the best chance to reach the top of search engine listings. The goalposts are forever changing, the launch of Google’s ‘Mobile-first’ indexing system back in March being a prime example.

This post offers the latest insights into easy steps to take on y…

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