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Live Web-Ed with Terry Whalin, publishing acquisitions editor

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Editors Read Book Proposals, Not Manuscripts

 

Terry Whalin is an acquisitions editor.

If you're serious about selling your books, then you need a killer book proposal. You need it even if you plan of indie publishing. You especially need it if you intend to sell your book to a traditional publisher.

Take the advice from someone in the know about how acquisition editors think, what they look for in new titles for their publisher, and especially what works and what doesn't in a winning book proposal.

      $25.00




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Using the Ripple Effect: Promoting Yourself and Your Books

Free for ALL Members

 You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. The same could be said of book consumers. That’s when the art of persuasion becomes a delightful asset.

Don’t like marketing? But you are passionate about your book, right?

Then maybe you should zero in on one aspect of marketing rather than the big picture.

In this webinar, you will learn about some:

  • Factors that must be in place for your promoting to succeed.
  • Times that are optimum for social media posts.
  • Promoting Dos and Don’ts.
  • And why Kindle Select may not be a good book promoting decision.

We’ll discuss:

  • Newsletters
  • Giveaways – what, how, and when
  • Networking
  • Social Media

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FREE to Members - Find the password in the forum under Discount Codes then– Click here to sign up! 

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 Are You a Hobby Writer or an Author?

presented by Tom Blubaugh

 

How strange would it be to suddenly see a building sprout in a community and remain vacant-no advertising, no stock, no staff, just a name. Maybe not even the a sign with the name of the owner-just a business name that no one can identify. Crazy, right?   Yet many authors write a book or books without branding their name, building social media relationships, developing their target market, growing an email list, becoming transparent through blog articles, making their website sticky, and placing their books on Amazon without doing any serious promotion.

FREE to Members - Find the password in the forum under Discount Codes then– Click here to sign up!
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Tom Blubaugh will discuss the importance of authors understanding the difference between having a hobby and managing a business.  Topics include:

  • You are either a hobby writer or an author
  • How you can know which one you are
  • Are you in or out of your zone?
  • ‘M’ is the word
  • Perspective is everything
  • Knowing the answer is key, 1, 2, or 3
  • The strategy.

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Platform Building with LINORE BURKARD

Every published author can tell you, books do not sell themselves.

The average number of books sold today (for self-published or traditionally published authors) is less than 500. Don't go through all the work of writing a book only to have few to none read it.

A platform is not a guarantee that you'll reach best-seller status—but without it, your book is almost guaranteed not to sell--once your friends and relatives get their copy, that is.

When you register for the training, you'll get:

  • A guaranteed replay option in case you can't make the live event, or want to review it.
  • A handout to help you take notes and get all the information so you don't miss anything.
  • A worksheet of action steps to take with you after the event to keep you on track so that you WILL make progress in building your platform.
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A REAL STUFF Course!
How to Write Irresistible Fiction and Non-Fiction

4-week interactive online course with Writer's Digest author, Jeff Gerke.

MEMBERS ONLY - Click Here to Purchase Viewing   Members receive a discount!  Become a member.

This course is a personal instruction by Jeff Gerke of his latest book The Irresistible Novel.

Jeff Gerke is an accomplished author, book cover designer, publisher, editor, and dad.

Writing dynamically applies to all markets, just as speaking dynamically keeps audiences awake. "Bueller? Bueller?" Learning how to write irresistible narrative will impact fiction and non-fiction writing, social media writing, public speaking, and numerous other types of writing. His latest book, The Irresistible Novel published by  Writer's Digest, is the background for this exciting class.

But the class isn't just for writing novels. It's for anyone who writes.  For the best experience, you may purchase the book here.





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 So, You Have a Book?

presented by Sarah Tun, Writing Coach

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New Pricing for Members!

$15 to Members

Sarah Tun

Writing Coach, Audio Book Recorder, Manuscript Critique

Sarah explains what the class covers in this short video.

How to go from idea to finished first draft, including do's and don’ts

  1. Find your Focus

  2. Find your Writing Time

  3. Brainstorm

  4. Create the Outline

  5. Write the Preface

  6. Smile!

  7. Write Chapter 1

  8. Follow the Pattern

  9. Keep your Focus

  10. Review

There’s a proverb that reads:

“Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.” (Proverbs 22:29)

When I tell people I’m an author, many say, “I’ve got a book to write…”

I can tell because you are reading this that you've got a book to write. Isn’t now the time to write it?

Discounted for Community Members - Find the password in the forum under Discount Codes then– Click here to sign up!

 

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Start Up Guide for Online Christian Authors

presented by Kate Motaung
October 11, 2017 at 1pm Central Time

$25 to Members and $35 to non-members

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In this webinar, we’ll discuss the essential steps you should take in order to become an established writer online. We’ll cover topics like:

  • the importance of having a website and growing your email list
  • how you can use social media to your benefit
  • which resources will help you grow as a writer
  • how to find and build community online
  • where to go to grow your knowledge
  • how to earn money as an online writer
  • why you should submit and invite guest posts
  • perks of being a book reviewer
  • benefits of writing conferences

If you’re feeling stuck and need some direction, or you aren’t sure how to start as a writer online, this webinar is perfect for you.

Kate Motaung is a writer, editor, and virtual assistant who loves to help others refine their messages and reach their target audience. Kate enjoys partnering with other writers to craft engaging, high quality content for readers to enjoy.

You may contact Kate through our admin@commonsensemarketingstrategies.com email address.

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A Fly on a Wall in a Publishing House

presented by David Fessenden, Literary Agent and Publisher

September 8, 2017 at 2pm Central Time

$25 to Members and $35 to non-members

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So you’d rather go the traditional publishing route with all the trimmings that a publishing house can offer. It isn’t as easy as mailing (or emailing) your manuscript. There’s a multitude of things to consider and to do before licking that stamp or clicking Send.

David Fessenden, who has tremendous expertise in the publishing industry, will give you an in depth guided tour on what steps to take that will give you a better chance for traditional publishing than the slush pile could ever give you. Some publishers don’t have slush piles anymore. So, what then?  More Info . . .