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This site is designed for the serious author or small publisher – someone interested in operating like a business, including earning a sustainable profit.
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Authors have a tendency to be myopic. For all the energy we place into writing imaginative prose, we generally don’t extend that imagination to our own careers. We think in terms of a three- to six-month book launch or perhaps, if we’re playing the long game, we give...read more
There are numerous ways to go about writing a book that makes a difference. One way is to show a set of circumstances through the eyes of the characters, and one compelling way to accomplish that is through their jobs. Below are a few ideas; I’d love to hear yours!...read more
Unless you are independently wealthy, there comes a time in a writer’s career when you have to work the numbers to reach your goals. Too often authors rely on a relatively small group of followers on social media or personal friends and family to buy enough quantity...read more
How long has it been since you identified your ideal target audience? Watch the video below or read this content below the video. Your ideal reader is the person looking for precisely what you have just written. They are passionate about reading your work,...read more
The billionaire Richard Branson recently asked, “What are you doing to change the world?” It is not enough for businesses to remain in business simply to make a few individuals richer; in fact, the opposite is true. Businesses should exist because they bring something...read more
With millions of websites, blogs and social posts competing for your readers’ attention, it’s important that you stand out. Studies show that pictures and video increase the likelihood that you will be noticed, causing readers to linger longer on your website or blog...read more
It seems that sensational nonfiction, particularly as related to politics, receives the bulk of publicity but accordingly to Simba Information Estimates, genre fiction is selling briskly. If you are an author capable of writing in multiple genres and you’re having...read more
If you are a self-published author, you may have recently received an email from amazon fining you for a shipment of books. Amazon refers to it as a “chargeback” but it amounts to a fine if your order was not fulfilled exactly as they want it to be. ...read more
The Internet has become a raging river with millions of pieces of information sailing past at breakneck speed. How can you make yourself heard above the roar, and get potential readers to engage in your social media posts and purchase your books? Here are four ideas:...read more
ROBO stands for Research Online, Buy Offline and it can be impacting your book sales. BazaarVoice has released their study of buying habits, and here are some takeaways: According to Rutgers University, 78% of study participants say they still purchase in...read more
We’ve all heard the stories of hack attacks, but we tend to think of them as perpetrated against large corporations and government agencies. When we consider our own websites, we might not have credit card information or sensitive data contained in the background, so...read more
Authors are a sensitive group. They feel emotions more deeply than most; they have to, to be able to bring scenes to life, from hopelessness and anger to love and elation. They do not read words, hear or see them; they feel them. The words morph into three dimensional...read more
There’s been quite a bit of talk surrounding Facebook’s new algorithm changes as the social media giant seeks to address criticism of its platform, most notably during the 2016 Presidential US campaign. As Facebook attempts to return to its original model—that of...read more
This is a peek preview of some of the tips from the 52-week Marketing Plan course on how to think like a journalist and increase your chances of getting your name in newspapers, magazines and online publications as well as radio and television. Discard the...read more
Monroe’s Motivated Sequence was established in the 1930’s by Alan H. Monroe at Purdue University. It was developed as a technique for organizing speeches that persuade people to take action. However, you can use the same sequence whether you are giving a speech,...read more
Change the menu link from “Blog” to “Articles” if your blog is part of your website. This changes your website visitor’s perception from casual musings to worthwhile reading. Remove the meta data—the author’s name, date of post and tags. The author’s name is...read more
Neuromarketing is a fascinating concept that reaches beyond consumer behavior into the subconscious processing taking place within the consumer’s brain—potentially a reader’s brain while they are assessing whether to purchase your books. You may find it intriguing...read more
Visitors to your website will process color before they read the first word, and 93% of buyers will be influenced by the colors you’ve selected. This means that despite your best efforts to attract readers and entice them to purchase your books, the color of your...read more