A Blog Is an Author’s Best Friend

By Gina Burgess Last May we talked a little bit about authors blogging, why and what to blog. Something missing is how an author should maintain the blog. Where to get inspiration for blog posts? I’ve been writing blog posts since 2005 when my professor challenged us to create a blog for a class project.
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Hullabaloo over Kindle Direct Publishing & CreateSpace

by Gina Burgess Worn out from all the fearmongering going on about the transition from CreateSpace to Kindle Direct Publishing? There are tons of articles about it. Advice: Go straight to the source. After reading and talking to a supervisor over both, KDP is fast tracking to being the same great place to indie publish
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Where do you place your inciting incident?

by Randy Ingermanson First, let’s define our terms. The inciting incident is some “new thing” in your protagonist’s world. It marks the change that is ultimately going to pull your protagonist into your story. Usually, this is something external to your protagonist, but it’s possible it could be an internal change. Exactly where to put
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Web-Ed EVENT! Terry Whalin, acquisitions editor

By Gina Burgess First flush of love finally blossoms into full-fledged, lasting love that ends with accepting a proposal. Like an on-the-knee marriage proposal, an accepted book proposal leads to long relationships, trusted relationships, and even better, profit for both parties. Terry Whalin–an acquisitions editor for Morgan-James Publishing–has the scoop on how to write a
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Entrepreneur, uh, Author Marketing Mistake #7

by Gina Burgess While reading an article on Entrepreneur about eight mistakes entrepreneurs usually don’t realize they are making, mistake #7 hit home. You can read the whole article here Mistake 7: Taking ‘no’ for an answer. Great entrepreneurs realize that a no actually means “not yet” in many scenarios. They break through walls where others get blocked.
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Guerilla Marketing Your Book…

by Gina Burgess (using part of an excerpt from Using the Ripple Effect) Guerrilla marketing—the idea of using a small amount of money [or zero money] to do something unconventional—should be a part of every writer’s book marketing strategy (Scott La Counte – @buzz_trace) This is probably the most fun thing, but least used thing
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Journey to a Hundred: A Kid From Newark Published a Hundred Books

by Khali Raymond I read this quote on Instagram. It said: “Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you.” I have been through many situations that forced me to tap into the latent greatness I would’ve never known that I possess if it weren’t for the tough times that I’ve endured. I
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Writing Advice not Eye-Stabbing

Here’s Randy Ingermanson’s writing advice to himself before he became rich and famous. At least it’s the advice he would have given himself when he was young and inexperienced. It is from Jerry Jenkin’s blog. You get good at writing by following these three simple steps: 1) Write a lot. The more you write, the
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Sell Your Books: No Guarantee

by Tom Blubaugh There are numerous voices out there in the literary marketplace that profess to have the latest and greatest methods for you to sell your books. Some even try to give you a guarantee. Beware. Before you make an investment in a program, product, or professional, I suggest that you do the following.
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