Category Archives: Publishing and Self Publishing

Five Ways to Prepare for an Encore Career as a Writer

It’s a daunting proposition…nearing retirement and trying to make the call if we’re ready to jump into a new career as a writer, especially knowing the tremendous work ahead to become a powerful storyteller. And yet, many courageous people do … Continue reading

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Five Ways To Maintain Book Buzz While Writing and Managing Post-Pub Life

All writers know it’s a challenge to keep our book in the spotlight after the rush of a book launch has passed. Author Lizbeth Meredith passes on 5 suggestions to focus on as you work on your next book. For … Continue reading

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Distribution: Should You Go Wide or Narrow?

How should I distribute my books? Do I stick with one marketplace and possibly limit my options, or do I diversify and risk spreading myself too thin? These are questions every author struggles with. Dave Chesson is here to discuss … Continue reading

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Writers, Taking a Break This Summer? Here’s How To Be Productive, Too

Ah, summer. Freshly mowed grass, sunshine, grilling kabobs on the barbecue, a pitcher of mojitos…does it get any better than this? Some of you have likely decided to take time off from writing. Totally understandable. You’ve worked hard and have … Continue reading

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Build Your Writing Career By Investing In the Right Help

One question we are asked to weigh in on is whether an MFA in creative writing is worth the investment. After all, an MFA is a huge commitment and can be costly so writers should investigate thoroughly before jumping in. … Continue reading

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15 (Mostly) Free Tools to DIY Your Self-Published Book

Hi everyone! So happy to welcome writing coach Mandy Wallace to the blog, who has rustled up some great links for anyone looking to Self-Publish. As most writers know, a good set of tools is worth its weight in gold…especially … Continue reading

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Essential Marketing Tactics For Children’s Authors

When we aren’t working on thesaurus books, Becca and I write for children and young adults. This means we know that one of the biggest challenges for Kid-lit & YA authors in is marketing. In most cases, the book buyers … Continue reading

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Milestones that Provide a Valuable Opportunity to Look Back

So, funny story. In January, Becca and I hit 10 years of blogging. TEN YEARS. That’s a lot of time, but also not a lot of time, because we all know time flows differently in the book business. It’s all … Continue reading

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So What’s Your Book About?, or, Creating the Perfect Elevator Pitch

You may think that elevator pitches are only for high-tech startups, job hunters, or Hollywood screenwriters, but being able to succinctly summarize your book in a very short space is a skill that every writer must master. The elevator pitch … Continue reading

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Escape The Slush Pile: Elements of a Successful Query Pitch

Heads up! Pitch Pro Sarah Isaacson has a Query Clinic here PACKED with info to help you escape the slush pile. For length, my intro is short, so read on for a bounty of query advice gold to put into action. … Continue reading

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