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Selling Your Story

Queries, synopses, blurbs, and packaging tips and advice. Sample topics: writing pitches and back cover copy, book covers, writing a successful synopsis, creating reader expectations, book tours, etc.

What Do You Want in a Bookstore?

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Many authors dream of working with books beyond just writing them and become editors, agents, librarians, or booksellers. In fact, Angela Quarles, my writing bestie, is opening a bookstore! And she’s looking for suggestions to make her genre- and writer-friendly shop among the best.

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August 2, 2018

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Promo Tool: Making Videos with Lumen5

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Yesterday I played with Lumen5, a super-easy video creator. It makes it easy to create videos from blog posts or other writing in just a few minutes. Should we use it? Let’s take a look at how we might use it for promotion.

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April 26, 2018

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Story Tropes: Lazy or Helpful?

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Every genre and medium of storytelling uses tropes, and they often have a bad reputation—for good reason. All too frequently, they can indicate lazy storytelling or worldbuilding. But they don’t have to be a bad thing.

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July 27, 2017

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Book Promotion: Getting Out the Word

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Many groups and forums for self-published authors compare notes on what works (or doesn’t work) for promoting our work. I’m not a promotion expert—at all. But I’m sharing my experience on what I’ve tried so we all have another data point to consider.

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July 6, 2017

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Author Struggles: Gaining Reviews

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There’s no end to the struggles we face as a writer, including gathering reviews for our books. With Amazon’s algorithms, the quality, quantity, and recency of reviews can affect whether potential readers ever see our work, so it’s important to encourage reviews of our story.

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March 30, 2017

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