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Insider Secrets for Indie Authors and Small Presses from Amy Collins of New Shelves Books

Amy Collins, President of New Shelves Books, is the authority on book sales and marketing in the US. Over the past 20 years, New Shelves has sold more than 40 million books into the bookstore, library and chain store market for small and ...

Does Your Book Have a Billboard on Amazon?

Authors can leverage ads and Book Detail pages on Amazon to make them work like a “billboard” of sorts. But in order for your Amazon billboards to help sell more books, they must display certain characteristics. by Rob Eagar What if I t...

Is Social Media Changing How We Write?

by Anne Leigh Parrish We’ve all heard it said that readers have increasingly short attention spans. Spending time with a print medium isn’t as engaging as watching things move or interacting with content on a screen. Does this mean that...

3 Amazon Secrets Every Author Needs to Know

Rob Eagar offers up three essential Amazon secrets and hacks for authors, including how to change the marketing text for your book, getting email subscribers through Kindle Direct Publishing, and identifying your target audience. Amazon has...

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Seanan McGuire: Fifty Thoughts On Writing

Here’s award-winning author Seanan McGuire’s Fifty Thoughts On Writing. What do you think of her advice? 1. You’re going to suck when you start. Sucking when you start is okay. Every new project, no matter how brilliant th...

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That mixed bittersweet feeling of rewriting your published novel

I just read yesterday that Amazon has been deleting reviews that have been determined to be by family, friends or have been bought. Now there’s some controversy about how Amazon is making the determination. Facebook friends, eve...

Staying Alive: How to Thrive in the Publishing Industry

[Earn the recognition you deserve. Enter the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition.] Staying alive, staying slive, ah, ha, ha, staying alive. Here, Jenny Milchman explains how to not just survive, but thrive in the publishing indust...

Ready Player One: 3 Painful Lessons About Success for Writers

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One has earned some harsh criticism: “Heavy-handed male wish fulfillment.” “The references were about as subtle as a popup ad.” “Wade Watts is a Mary Sue, whose only character flaw is ‘being poor,...

10 Ways to Overcome Lonely Writer Syndrome

[embedded content]  One of the downsides to becoming a fulltime author or writer is that, by its very nature, writing can be a very lonely business. Typically, it’s just you and a computer, shut off from the rest of the world, all alone ...

Improve Your Writing: 6 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer | Tim Knox

Perfect your craft in Advanced Novel Writing with Terri Valentine, an online course from Writer’s Digest University. [embedded content]  Over the past couple of years, I’ve released dozens of videos and written dozens of articles on ...

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