Writing Tips: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Injuring Your Fictional Characters

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My main character in the ARKANE thriller series (and alter-ego), Morgan Sierra, has been beaten up, stabbed, shot, scratched by demon claws, and almost blown up over the nine books I’ve been writing her story. 

injuring fictional charactersThat’s what you get as an action adventure heroine! But how much can we injure our characters and still write in the realm of reality? In today’s article, paramedic Samantha Keel explains what authors are getting wrong. 

My name is Samantha Keel. I’m an author-entrepreneur, but I’ve also been a paramedic for the last 10 years. If it can be done to the human body, I’ve pro…

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7 Smart Ideas for Book Marketing (after release hype fades)

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When you have a new or pending release, it’s easy to be excited. You are easily motivated with smart ideas for book promotion anywhere and everywhere. And  youtake joy in every positive reaction, book request, and…of course, book purchase!

But, as with all things, that level of hype can’t maintain forever, even for authors with a dedicated following.

So how can you continue to build on the foundation you’ve already created and keep your book moving forward? It’s easier than you think. And, lucky for you, not only is this something I excel in, but I’d love to help you succeed too!

How do you keep marketing after your book’s launch hype fades? Here are 7 ideas! #bookmarketing…
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6 Tips for Successful Self-Publishing Outside Your Home Country

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Regular readers of the blog and listeners to my podcast know that I am always excited about global opportunities for writers. 

globalpublishingI have recently started using PublishDrive to get my books onto Google Play and so of the other international retailers that are hard to reach through other (primarily US based) distributors. 

In today’s article, Zsofia Macho from PublishDrive offers some thoughts on how to reach international markets.  

There is a rule every aspiring international writer is told early on.

Learn English. Read in English. Write in English. Breathe in English.

It seems cr…

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Showcase: Larisa Sharipova – Challenge Title: Decode Your Cravings in 10 Days

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Larisa Sharipova, author of Listen to Your Body and regain You Health http://holisticexpert.org – Country of Residence: USA Name of Larisa’s Challenge: Decode Your Cravings in 10 Days Course Registration Page: https://coursecraft.net/courses/z9SfF Course Description: Participants learn about reasons for different types of cravings and be able to identify their own. They receive a clear road […]…

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How to schedule a Facebook group post

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If you’re working to build a community around your book, its topic, or its genre, you might have started a Facebook group for it.

Groups are where the conversations among like-minded people are taking place on Facebook.

Until recently, groups have had a few limitations. In particular, group administrators couldn’t schedule a Facebook group post (as you can on your author Page) and had no insights into the membership and how and when it uses the group.

That’s finally changing, though.

New Facebook group features

Facebook is …

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Showcase: Larisa Sharipova – Challenge Title: Decode Your Cravings in 10 Days

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Larisa Sharipova, author of Listen to Your Body and regain You Health http://holisticexpert.org – Country of Residence: USA Name of Larisa’s Challenge: Decode Your Cravings in 10 Days Course Registration Page: https://coursecraft.net/courses/z9SfF Course Description: Participants learn about reasons for different types of cravings and be able to identify their own. They receive a clear road […]…

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When in doubt, write on.

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By BookBaby author Warren Adler

Warren Adler is the bestselling author of more than 50 novels and hundreds of short stories, plays, and essays – including the iconic novel-turned-box-office-hit, The War of the Roses. In the video below, Mr. Adler shares his own personal story of becoming a writer and the importance of perseverance in the face of the challenges that come with pursuing a career in the arts.

 

 

“I’ve been everywhere and lived a million lives,” says Adler. “I’ve been a Russian spy, a female detective, an assassin, a terrorist, the President of the United States, and in the end, I’m just Warren Adler, a novelist.

“Peo…

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Mobile, Multimedia, And An Audience Of Voracious Readers. Talking Wattpad with Ashleigh Gardner

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Forget print. Look at the rise and rise of mobile reading and writing, especially amongst Millennials. In today’s show, Ashleigh Gardner talks about the latest developments from Wattpad.

Wattpad with Ashleigh Gardner v2In the intro, I talk about how Amazon KDP Select has moved to KENPC v.3 and some of what authors are saying about it, lessons we can learn from the Forbes richest author list, plus the expansion of Ingram’s ipage which might help indies sell more print books.

Plus, please help with my next non-fiction book by completing The Healthy Writer questionnaire by 14 Aug and be in to wi…

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Weekly Round-Up: Agents, Plans, and Poetry

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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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If you think footnotes are only meant for nonfiction, think again. Check out How to Add Another Level to Your Novel with Footnotes.

On the other hand, if you are working on a nonfiction project, don’t bypass this very important step: the book proposal. Read 10 Key Elements …

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Book Trailers: What They Are, What They Were, And What’s Next

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I’m fascinated by book trailers. On the one hand, they seem like an awesome way to bring a book to life and catch the attention of impatient scrollers on Facebook or YouTube. They can definitely drive potential buyers to your books and I’ve used them myself as part of launch campaigns for fiction and non-fiction.

book trailersOn the other hand, they can be a waste of money with a pitiable number of views and no associated book sales.

In today’s article, Adam Cushman talks about what has changed with book trailers and why they might be worth considering. 

About five years ago a friend asked me to direct …

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