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The 3 Essential Tactics for Authors to Sell More Books on Amazon?

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

Authors, are you adapting to the power of the Amazon-centric world? Of all the social media tools available to authors, Amazon leaves a lot of control to their sellers if they can learn how to wield the current algorithms. Put our 3 best tips into action & share with other readers which tips are working to help you sell the most books. 

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5 Great Writing Tools to Use Before Sending Your Book to Your Editor

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

Every author has a great sigh of relief when she writes the last words in a book. Enjoy that moment, you deserve a bit of celebration.  Once you've patted yourself on the back a couple of times, the real work is just beginning. Your first draft isn't nearly clean enough to send to your editor, it needs a lot of work to whip it into shape. Between the typos, the repeated words, and the sentences that run three lines long, a first draft is filled with mistakes that need to be corrected before an editor ever sees it. Here are five great tools to help you in that process. All of them have free versions online, but some of them offer more robust paid versions, as well. 

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3 Top Tips For Getting More Book Reviews

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 03:58 PM

For a reader, a book review is often a thank-you to an author, a note telling them how much they appreciate their book. For an author, reviews can make or break sales of the next book in a series. An author's income can live or die on how many good book reviews they receive in a month. If you've written a good book you'll probably have some organic reviews just from readers enjoying your words and wanting to share them with others, but if you want to get into any premium marketing like Bookbub or any of the other large sites, you'll have to have a large number of reviews in the first few weeks after you publish. Other than begging all of your friends online, what's an author to do?

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James Patterson's Tips on Writing Books Readers Can't Put Down

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 @ 03:47 PM

They're called beach books or summer novels. Books that entertain, and that readers never want to put down. Of all the bestselling authors in business today, James Patterson may be the absolute best at figuring out exactly how to write a book that millions of readers want to devour. His method is so successful that he's used it with almost a dozen co-writers, selling millions more books by farming out much of the work to other authors who use his system. His books are not great literature -- instead, they're fast-paced tales with great characters, written in a way that makes readers want to turn the page all night long. Patterson offers classes on how to write a bestselling novel, but here are the most important points that he's shared with people over and over again. 

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3 Ways for Writers & Authors to Outline Your Next Book

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 01:36 PM

Every artist needs tools, and the first tool an author needs is an outline. Even if you're a dedicated pantser (one who writes by the seat of his pants), having a general idea where your story is going will help keep it from running off the rails. Adding a werewolf to the story might seem like fun, but it can be a corner you can't paint yourself out of. Outlines can be strict constructions like everyone was taught in school, using the three-act rules of the way novels were taught to be written. But strict rules rarely fit in with everyone's work methods, especially those of creative people. Here are three of the more popular methods for creating your plot outline without feeling like you're drowning in rules.

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8 Stephen King Secrets to Writing a Best-Seller

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 10:32 AM

As a perennial member of the top 10 bestsellers lists, Stephen King undoubtedly knows a lot about writing popular books. King's sold over 350 million books around the world, with a good number of them being made into movies. Fame has never gone to his head, though -- he's always been a big supporter of beginning authors. His book On Writing is a staple on many author's writing shelves. You don't have to be a fan of horror stories to recognize the worth of his advice, or the help he's given to countless authors on their own path to publication. Here are eight of his best tips for writing a novel that readers will love. 

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3 New Social Scheduling & Tracking Tools for Authors

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Apr 01, 2016 @ 03:59 PM

While there's only one of you, if you're like most authors, you're doing the job of three. Scheduling editing time, social media time and any other income-based work can be a tricky juggle. Your goal is   successfully accomplishing all of the above, not writer burnout! Test drive the latest social media scheduling tools to max your exposure and time without the stress! 

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3 Steps to Creating Author Story Slams with Loyal "Brand Ambassadors"

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 10:38 AM

Have you been to a story slam? They're high-energy, the story-tellers are vivacious and the audience has a chance to really get a feel for an experience. If you're an audiobook author, have you considered putting your most loyal fans to work by hosting multi-city book readings "story-slam" style? Harness these tips to get organized & build a new tool to get your book selling across the country.  

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3 Social Media Hacks for Authors to Master

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 02:20 PM

Social media has a funny way of "flipping the script" every few months with new algorithms, making it a challenge to know what that social media "brain" is thinking. You can stay posted to make sure your efforts are maximized and not simply getting lost in the shuffle. Put these simple hacks into action & watch your metrics expand. 

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4 Keys to Building a Romance Novel Road Map

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 04:13 PM

Romance books count for about half the genre books sales at Amazon and other online publishers. Romance fans are fiercely loyal and they know exactly what they want: predictability. They want to know that the two main characters are going to meet, will come across some adversity, and will end up Happily Ever After at the end of the book (or at least Happy for Now). There's an infinite variety of ways that you, as a romance author, can hit those high points in the story, but you'd better hit them if you want to hook your readers. These touch points, or tropes, actually make up a sort of secret roadmap that shows exactly how to write romance books that sell, over and over again. The trick is figuring out the map. 

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