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A Writing Coach – What Is It and Who Needs One?

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    A Writing Coach – What Is It and Who Needs One? A Writing Coach – What Is It and Who Needs One?

    A Writing Coach – What Is It and Who Needs One?

It’s the New Year, and for many of us, that means making resolutions and getting parts of our lives in shape. Just as people might hire personal trainers to help them develop a fitness plan, writers often turn to coaches to get their writing lives on track.   The word coach has been adopted by many different industries to refer to a professional who knows your field well and who can help you excel in [...]

Seven Steps to Jump Start Your Marketing

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    Seven Steps to Jump Start Your Marketing

When authors talk about self-promotion, many do so reluctantly. Marketing is the evil necessity that they anticipate with dread. However, all authors – whether traditionally published or self-published – should oversee their marketing, and there are many simple ways to create a strong online presence. You want to be “discoverable,” and this means you need to establish a variety of methods for readers to find you, learn about you, and (hopefully) buy your books.   This [...]

Should I Publish Traditionally or Go Indie?

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    Should I Publish Traditionally or Go Indie? Should I Publish Traditionally or Go Indie?

    Should I Publish Traditionally or Go Indie?

This is a question I hear surprisingly often, especially from new authors. I always tell people that both are valid ways, and advise them to pursue a traditional publishing contract first, if that’s what they want. However, they should not stop at that. Instead, they should keep their options open, should they fail to get a contract.   Secretly, I know that 99% of them will end up Indie. Not because their books are no good, but [...]

There’s No Such Thing As a Successful Independent Author

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    There’s No Such Thing As a Successful Independent Author There’s No Such Thing As a Successful Independent Author

    There’s No Such Thing As a Successful Independent Author

Too many aspiring independent/self-published authors have bought into the hype that theirs is a completely DIY activity. If help is needed, somehow it can take away from the sense that they have made a successful author of themselves. Worse yet, it encourages many self-aware writers to not even try it. They know they do not have the budget, the knowledge, and frankly, the idea of starting at all seems overwhelming to them. The truth might [...]

The Author Platform Effect: Techniques to Grow Your Mobile Audience

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    The Author Platform Effect: Techniques to Grow Your Mobile Audience

True or false: Cell-phone subscriptions almost equal the number of people on this earth. Yes it’s true! We’re talking about billions of people here. Mobile data users’ traffic has been doubling year after year and has been measured as 12 times greater than total internet traffic. With an anticipated growth rate at 66% each year, we take publishing on mobile devices seriously, especially with the increase in the use of ever smaller devices like smartphones, [...]

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