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August 26, 2018
If you want to get read, get MAD

Everybody has a book in them, right? Way down on at the bottom of some of your hopes and dreams, maybe. You're doing something to make yours: writing, rewriting, working with a coach, meeting with other writers in a group. The work is bubbling up, maybe nearing the surface. When it's at the surface of […]

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August 23, 2018
Get your book in line for a prize

Prizes are important to sales of a book. The kudos make a book stand out and help convince readers to give it a shot. It seems like an easy observation, so why aren't more indie books submitted for meaningful prizes? Cost is always an issue, especially for the indie author. After doing your work getting […]

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July 22, 2018
The ways that readers find their next book

Readers tend to choose what they already know when reaching for the next book. That's what BookBub, one of the leading advertising hubs for books, said in a report from a recent newsletter. The ad site's studies of book buyers showed that readers most often got their next book because they liked the author. At […]

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June 5, 2018
How do you self-publish? Market your book.

You've been edited and proofread. You have your interior layout and cover done. Your designer has a PDF file ready for a printer someplace (Print on Demand through Amazon, or Lightning Source, maybe) and you have a ebook-ready file in MOBI (Amazon) and EPUB (everybody else) formats. It feels like you're publishing. Not yet. Your […]

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February 24, 2018
How to sum up a novel in a sentence

"Help!" a budding novelist asks, hoping to get some advice on a novel. "I'm in a contest and my entry has to be summed up in just one sentence." Summary is a mighty task. Your book of 70,000 words must be reduced to maybe 35. You can do it, but it's going to demand several […]

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July 16, 2017
Write Stuff news: Getting noticed, at a conference and elsewhere

More than 300 writers huddled at classic 8-person rounder tables at the start of the 2017 Agents & Editors Conference hosted by the Writers' League of Texas. The sellout meeting was two afternoons and two mornings of hopeful pitches, two receptions where agents listened for new book concepts, amid hearty hugs and even a squelch […]

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June 12, 2017
Indie-publish, get an agent: success with sub-rights

As it turns out, the money is not just in selling your ebooks on Amazon and Kobo. It's getting your popular books' sub-rights sold—by an open-minded agent. Laurie McLean answered a Q&A for the Writers' League of Texas and noted that self-published titles are part of her client list. Authors publish their own novels (McLean […]

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