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Try Camp NaNoWriMo: The Spring Version of the Classic Author Challenge

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Tue, Apr 03, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

Camp NaNoWriMo is a modified, more casual version of November's worldwide writing challenge. Unlike the original version, writers doing Camp Nano don't necessarily have an intensely stressful month. The rules are slightly changed and authors can create writing groups to help each other along, but the goal remains the same: write an extraordinary amount of words in just one month. The difference here is in the relax and modified rules for the spring challenge. 

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Topics: NanoWriMo

Sarah Maizes 5 Tips for Writing Kids Books

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 @ 01:12 PM

When Sarah Maizes started out in the business, she was a literary agent for a number of award-winning children's book authors. Her clientele included such stars as Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants, DogMan), prolific middle-grade author Paul Zindel, and even the beloved Judy Blume. After years in the business, Maizes knows what sells and what doesn't in the world of juvenile books. Illustrated books need more than a fantastic character and an interesting story. Here are some of her best tips for writing a children's book that's more likely to reach the bestseller charts. 

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Topics: childrens book

Bookstat: The Ideal Book Marketing Tool to Pinpoint a Profitable Niche

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Any indie author who writes to market knows about DataGuy, the anonymous number cruncher who, along with Hugh Howey, broke down the mystery at Amazon to show exactly which niche is selling each month. Their Author Earnings Report is a standard in the business, showing which niches are on the rise and which ones have peaked and are on their way down. If you write to market, this information could mean thousands of sales each month. 

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6 No-nonsense Tips for Getting More Book Reviews

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 02:00 PM

It's a fact that every author has to accept and deal with: more reviews equal more book sales. Most experts estimate that the average book will get one review for every hundred books sold, but this will vary greatly, depending on your genre. Some fans simply leave reviews more often than others. Regardless of the niche you're writing in, getting more reviews will be a constant battle and an important focus in your marketing plan. Obviously, worldwide bestselling authors will find the process much easier than those with only one or two books published, but you should start seeking reviews from your readers before you even publish your first book. 

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5 Healthy Habits for a Long-Term Author Career

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Mar 07, 2018 @ 01:36 PM

For love or money? That's always the question when you're writing books, isn't it? If you want to turn writing into your career, you've got to take care of your health. Authors are a notoriously unhealthy bunch with a lot of bad habits, whether they're trying to live the Hemingway lifestyle or simply pounding the keys for too many hours in the day. A long-time writing career puts many demands on your health, all of which you've got to deal with if you want to keep producing. Here are some changes you can make now to make sure you're able to write well in the next few decades. 

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Author Advice From E.L. James

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 @ 10:28 AM

Sure, she's controversial, but author E.L. James has sold millions of copies of her bestselling "Fifty Shades" trilogy. James has taken the criticism she gets from all corners and turned it into a constant sense of motivation. She's got some upfront advice for authors wanting to make it big, despite what their critics say. Here are her top five tips. 

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BookBOAST: The New Trend in Book Marketing

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

In the world of indie publishing, 2017 might go down as The Year of Collaboration. Multi-author box sets were big, as usual, but so were multi-author pen names, genre author teams, newsletter swaps, and genre giveaways featuring large numbers of authors banding together to create huge prizes. The old saying, "A rising tide lifts all boats" is one that fits the attitude of the self-publishing world today. 

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How to Write a Killer Book Title

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Mon, Feb 05, 2018 @ 02:27 PM

Welcome to all our new Blog members! We are getting ready to really up the ante on content in 2018. Please provide me with any input regarding the types of information you would like to read about but simply leaving a comment below your inputs are much appreciated. Below we discuss a one of the most important components of your book...the title.

No one's ever had a favorite book with a forgettable title. Your book's title is wedded to the concept of your book in your readers' minds. Just saying the title out loud should create memories of your story in their brains. Some independent authors come up with titles long before they begin their book, while others struggle with titles every single time. If you have a hard time coming up with memorable titles, try some of these hints to get your imagination going. 

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6 Rules of Fiction From Preston & Child

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the dynamic duo behind the Pendergast thriller series. Their first book, Relic, was made into a movie by Paramount, and they've collaborated on 26 titles since 1995. After working together for over 20 years, they've perfected many aspects of writing bestselling fiction. Here they share some of their best advice for authors. 

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Topics: fiction writing

Authors: 5 Steps to a Winning Publishing Plan for 2018

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

What are your goals for 2018? Most authors have a vague picture in their minds of finishing some books and getting them published, but many don't have any concrete plans for how to accomplish these goals. The best way to reach a destination is by having a map to show your route. Pantsing may be the way some authors write their books, but it's a horrible way to try to run a book business. Follow these tips for creating a winning plan for the year and you'll be much more likely to reach or pass your goals by the end of December. 

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