6 Blogging Mistakes Authors Often Make

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blogging mistakesI’m a big proponent of authors blogging. That’s because a blog is truly the best way for an author to:

Keep the site current
Build a following or email list
Drive traffic to the site via search engines

Many authors hear this. They know they should be blogging. What they don’t know is how to blog, or how to make sure they are not blogging “into thin air” so to speak. With that in mind, I present…

5 Blogging Mistakes Authors Often Make

1. Not blogging often enough. 

Now, authors certainly don’t need to blog every day. Not even every week. But probably more t…

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Awesome Self-Publishing Advice From the Creators of Animal Appetites

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By BookBaby author BookBaby

To support autism awareness, Andrea Bull teamed up with her brother, Robert, to create a children’s book in which Andrea’s funny phrases for each letter of the alphabet are accompanied by Robert’s creative illustrations. They ran a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, self-published with BookBaby, and Animal Appetites is now on the market, with half of the proceeds going to the Canucks Autism Network.

Why Andrea and Robert produced their book: “My younger brother Robert was diagnosed with autism when he was about four years old,” says Andrea, “and I’ve always been looking for creative ways to help him overcome some of the challenge…

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How Becoming a Fan Can Sell More Books

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If you’ve ever said something like: “I’m not sure if what I’m doing is right,” or “None of this seems to be working,” then maybe you aren’t spending enough time immersed in your genre becoming a fan and getting to know your audience.

And while that suggestion may not scream “sales!” to you, it’s actually the book promotion piece that can make or break a successful author. Because honestly, writing the book is the easy part.

There’s a technique in acting called “immersion” or “method acting” and what this means is that the actor immerses himself or herself into a roll in such a way that they become the character. Daniel Day Lewis is best known for this. For his role in Last of the Mohicans, he lived in complete isolation in the Alabama wilder…

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Writing Tips: 5 Rules for Writing Creative Non-Fiction

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The techniques of fiction can be used in non-fiction to bring the truth alive, and in today’s article, Antony M. Brown from ColdCaseJury.com outlines some tips. 

Writing Tips- 5 Rules for Writing Creative Non-FictionIn the movie Infamous, there is a scene in which Harper Lee and Truman Capote are discussing the book he is writing about the Clutter murders, the brutal slaying of an entire Kansas family in 1959.

When Capote refers to his book as a novel, Lee is perplexed, telling him a book is either fiction or non-fiction. Capote disagrees – he wants to reveal the inte…

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New and Expanded BookBaby Author Services For Self-Published Authors

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By BookBaby author BookBaby

Our Amazon Priority, Book Metadata Optimization, Query Letter and Synopsis Editing, and Book Marketing and Consultation programs are all part of the growing list of BookBaby author services.
Amazon Priority lets you sell your eBook on KDP Select AND get BookBaby’s worldwide eBook distribution

With Amazon Priority, when you choose BookBaby for your eBook self-publishing, we enroll you in the popular KDP Select program, giving you access to a variety of Amazon’s marketing tools and promotions. Then, after the 90-day exclusive program on Amazon, BookBaby distributes your book to its extensive worldwide network including iBooks, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, and dozens more. You maximize your reach (and profits) with Kindle Unlimited’…

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28 book marketing tips from authors, publicists, and marketers

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book marketing tips

Most authors who are serious about writing good books and selling more of them turn to a few favorite and trusted sources for book marketing tips and advice.

That’s smart. After all, it takes time to figure out who you can trust.

Every once in awhile, though, it’s nice to look past your inner circle to test your thinking or to learn from the experiences of others.

That’s why I decided to reach out to strangers for this roundup of book marketing, promotion, and publicity tips.

I used my Build Book Buzz Facebook group and “Help a Reporter Out” &#82…

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I Landed 4 Book Deals in 1 Year With No Agent: Here’s How I Did It

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The year 2016 was a banner year for me: I got four book deals with four different publishers! Three of those books were published in 2017, with the fourth scheduled for a spring 2018 release. It’s been an exciting ride, but also a complicated one: juggling several projects in various stages of production over the past year. There were many times when I had to clear my head to be sure I was responding to the right editor about the right project and keeping up with overlapping deadlines. Here’s how it all unfolded, and how I stayed sane throughout it all:

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Writing Christian Fiction And Success Over A Long Career With Jerry B Jenkins

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How do you write consistently over a long career? How do you deal with huge ‘overnight’ success on your 125th book? How do you balance faith and a great story when writing Christian fiction? I talk about these topics and more with mega-bestselling author Jerry B Jenkins on today’s show.

Jerry B JenkinsIn the introduction, I mention my writing diary at JFPenn.com/now, as well as the launch of my new audiobook ARKANE Thriller box set 1, with nearly 20 hours of audio. Longer books are definitely better for audio fiction. I recommend Sci-Fi and Fantasy Marketing podcast on What it takes to be a 6-figure author.</p…

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Your Book Launch Timeline: Develop A Three-Phase Plan

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By BookBaby author Shelley Hitz

There are a lot of variables that go into a book launch – there isn’t a single template that will work for everyone – but consider approaching your book launch timeline in three phases.

My husband and I have a publishing company, and we’ve published more than 50 books. That means, over the years, we’ve been involved in a lot of book launches. Let me share a key strategy we’ve developed that you can use in your own book launch timeline.

Of course, there are a lot of variables that go into a book launch – there’s no single template that will work for everyone – but you should consider approaching your book launch timeline in three phases.

Phase 1: Pre-Launch. This includes all the things you’l…

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Weekly Round-Up: Positivity, POV, & Pitching

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Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place.

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It’s often the difficult moments in life and in writing that have the biggest impact, but it’s important to take care of yourself while writing about these experiences. Check out Staying Positive While Writing About Death and Tragedy to learn how to keep it light while digging d…

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