Your Story Needs A Good Straight Man

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By BookBaby author Scott McCormick

You need a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.

I met this guy at a conference a few years back who told me his son would hide under his covers with a flashlight, way past his bedtime, reading my books, which is basically the greatest thing a children’s book author can ever hear.

“But we always catch him because there’s this one bit that makes him literally laugh out loud every single time.”

“Let me guess,” I said, “Poopy Pants the Smelly.”

It’s always Poopy Pants the Smelly.

I like to think I write intelligent humor that resonates with children on an emotional level, echoing their real-life experiences, and maybe ev…

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What happens when you ask questions…

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Welcome back to Bakerview Consulting

I love asking questions! I’ve been asking questions of folks that sign up to my newsletter for the last few months, and because life keeps getting in the way, it’s taken me a bit of time to consolidate the questions to date and start to make a plan.

My ultimate goal is to be as helpful as I can be. I’ve often said that many of my blog posts are born from questions that I’m asked directly or subjects that I deal with repeatedly with my work with authors. As you can well imagine, when I was putting together this list, there were a lot of …

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Changes In The Publishing Industry And Launching Non-Fiction Books With Dan Blank

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Is the author platform still a necessity in an age of paid advertising? What has changed in the last few years of publishing? I discuss these questions and more with Dan Blank in today’s show.

dan blank changeIn the intro, I discuss some of the publishing talk coming out of Book Expo, Amazon’s new smartphone aimed at the emerging markets and the 1 billion internet users coming online in the next few years, the Internet Trends report that India is the next big tech market, with 80% of internet traffic coming from mobile … and how you can make sure you’re ready for this market.

I also mention the new podcast, The 2…

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Weekly Round-Up: Mr. Write

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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.

wr_iconWorking with Characters

Compelling characters are some of the most important pieces of your writing. Check out An Illustrated Guide to Dynamic Characters to learn more.

Mental illness is a serious issue that crops up in real life and in fiction all the time. Read How to Treat Mentally Ill Characters When W…

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An Illustrated Guide to Dynamic Characters

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If your protagonist isn’t compelling, it doesn’t matter how well-structured your plot is. This quick guide to three common types of dynamic characters—and how to utilize their needs, desires and flaws—will help you create a protagonist that resonates with readers and takes your story to new heights.

This infographic is courtesy of Reedsy. Find out more about crafting dynamic characters at reedsy.com/dynamic-character.

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Art, Money And Changes In The Publishing Industry with Orna Ross and Joanna Penn

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On the last Tuesday of the month, I spend an hour discussing the latest news and events in the publishing industry with Orna Ross, founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors, poet and author of historical fiction and non-fiction.

orna jo salonOrna is a friend as well as a creative mentor, she’s been in the publishing industry for 20+ years as a writer, agent and publisher as well as activist for authors’ rights.

I wanted to bring this show to your attention because we always talk about interesting things, but this month was particularly fascinating. We discuss:

Writers and money, art and business, creative and com…

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Hacking Amazon’s Ad System

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Many of you have probably seen (and maybe even tried) Amazon’s ad system, via their Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). I’ve heard from a few authors they’ve tried it, albeit it not successfully.

Ads, whether Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AMS, follow a general rule (which we’ll cover in this piece) and then there’s Amazon’s own, special spin, which we’ll discuss as well. So let’s dig in.

What Kind of Ads Can You Create?

Within the Amazon ad system, there are two types of ads you can create for books: Sponsored Product Ads and Product Display Ads.

Sponsored ads show up like the two screenshots below:

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Image Formatting and Cover Design Advice

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By BookBaby author BookBaby

The graphic appeal of your book – both the book cover and the pages within – plays a big part in the perception and professionalism of your work.

These posts help answer questions and give advice to get your images and files ready for publication.

image formatting book cover designBook cover design tips for independent authors
We spoke with two graphic designers to get insights on what makes for great design and why your book cover design is more important than ever before.

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How To Promote Your Christian Fiction Book on Social Media

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By BookBaby author BlueInk Review

If you’re promoting your Christian fiction book, these links and pages will get you off the ground connecting with groups and forums likely to embrace your title.

You finished writing your book! It’s a moment worthy of celebration, but you can’t put down your laptop – the reality is you’ll be busier than ever looking for ways to market your book online and off. When it comes to Christian fiction and your online marketing, there are countless forums and sites devoted to the genre. Your task with your book promotion is to find these groups and engage with them.

There are some rules of the road: with any social media platform, it’s important that members see you as a dedicated participant, not someone solely interested in prom…

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Launch Higher: How to Get Book Reviews Before Your Launch Date

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Launch Higher How to Get Book Reviews before Your Launch Date YourWriterPlatform.comWe all know that reviews sell stuff. After all, when’s the last time you took a chance on buying something online, sight unseen, without checking the reviews? You want to know what other people who’ve already bought it think so that you can be sure you’re making the right choice.

That’s called social proof—when seeing that other people like something encourages you to try it yourself. And social proof isn’t just useful when buying a phone or a new pai…

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