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Writing Goals: Discovering What Works for Us

January 10, 2017 Writing Stuff
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Several debates have come and gone on the publishing landscape. Plotters vs. pantsers, self-published vs. traditionally published, etc. I’ve always said that people should find whatever works for them, but what if we don’t know what that might be?

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Self Publishing? Match Your Plans to Your Goals — Part One

January 5, 2017 Writing Stuff
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My series about Indie Publishing Paths at Fiction University has highlighted some of the choices we have to make as self-published authors, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when faced with so much uncertainty. So where do we start?

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Newsletter Plan? — Part Five

December 1, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Newsletters are an important tool for holding onto our readers from book to book, but we usually have to pay a newsletter service if we have a lot of subscribers. So how can we make sure we’re not wasting money on uninterested subscribers?

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Newsletter Plan? — Part Four

November 3, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Newsletters are an important tool for holding onto our readers from book to book, but they’re most powerful if our subscribers read and take action on our emails: clicking buy links, leaving reviews, etc. Let’s take a look at some strategies that might train our subscribers to click links in our messages.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Newsletter Plan? — Part Three

October 6, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Newsletters are an important tool for holding onto our readers from book to book, but they only work if subscribers open our emails. Let’s take a look at some of the strategies that might compel our subscribers to click on our messages.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Newsletter Plan? — Part Two

September 1, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Newsletters are an important tool for holding onto our readers from book to book, but how do we want to grow our list? Do we want to go for quantity or quality? Let’s explore the pros and cons of those two philosophies.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Newsletter Plan? — Part One

August 4, 2016 Writing Stuff
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One way we can keep our readers from one book to the next is to start a “new release” newsletter. But first, we have to know the best practices for newsletters.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Plan to Keep Readers? — Part Five

July 7, 2016 Writing Stuff
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One way we can keep our readers from one book to the next is to encourage them to connect with us or our stories. Bonus content on our website is one way to create engaged readers.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Plan to Keep Readers? — Part Four

June 2, 2016 Writing Stuff
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One way to keep readers interested in our writing is to hook them with an excerpt to our next story at the end of our book. But there are times an excerpt could hurt our sales. When is it a good idea to include an excerpt—and when is it not?

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Plan to Keep Readers? — Part Three

May 5, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Links in the back of our book can lead to our other books or to a mailing list signup. But the internet is fluid and websites and pages change. How can we make sure our links won’t go bad?

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