What to Avoid When Writing Your Book's Opening Lines

Page one matters to book buyers. The book cover is the hook, pulling readers in, the book description gives an idea of the kind of book it is, and then what? We take a peek at how the book starts—what it feels like to read this book. That’s where the final decision is made: in the opening lines. 

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How to Breathe New Life Into An Old Book

When something isn’t new anymorewhether it’s your car or your bookvalue disappears with each passing day. But while that new-book smell might decrease, the value of your book to you, as a creator, doesn’t have to if you know where to look.

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Indie Author Day: Building a Community that Supports Local Authors

Indie authors are looking for ways to connect with an audience and build readership. A great place to start is your own local community. Indie Author Day helps writers build a community of readers and there are several other benefits of participating.

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How to Tweet Like a Bestselling Author

When people think authors, they think of books hundreds of pages longnot 140-word tweets. Still hundreds of writers have used Twitter successfully to build their platform: Augusten Burroughs has over 40K followers on Twitter; Joyce Carol Oates has over 175K; Jackie Collins over 180K; J.K. Rowling has over 11 million; Paulo Coelho has over 12 million. These writers aren’t just popular on social media because they have popular booksthey’re popular because they’re actually saying things on Twitter that people are responding to. Here are seven tips to help break down Twitter for authors and make sure you are tweeting like a bestselling author!

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How to Publish Like a Professional

You had a great book idea, you wrote a fine book, and now you think you're ready to self-publish it. Before you take that leap of faith, however, there are several things you should consider in order to publish like a professional. 

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Christmas In July for Indie Authors

I want you to brace yourself for what I am about to say . . . Christmas is coming. Yup. This is not a drill, not a joke, and you are not hearing things. While we are sweating in the summer heat and trying to keep our gardens and lawns under control, there is something that most of us are NOT doing, something we need to add to our summer “to-do” lists and PRONTO. We need to start presenting and pitching our books for the upcoming holiday season.

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Evaluating Your Publishing Efforts in Terms of Book Sales

As a rule, you should always be evaluating your publishing efforts to identify when and where a problem may exist. By setting up a system that quickly points out where problems exist, you can determine their cause and take steps to solve them.

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Connecting with Readers via Social Media

All authors love their books, but some struggle with the idea of promoting them. Sometimes this is because they don’t like the idea of attention or feel self-promotion is arrogant. Other times, it’s because they feel confident in their writing ability, but not in their marketing and distribution abilities. The truth is that you must build your following if you want to be known as an author. Self-promotion is a reality in today’s writing world, and it is neither arrogant nor painful if it is done well.

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3 Ways to Order Books

Your book is finished, and hopefully the orders are ready to start rolling in, but you aren't sure how the ordering process works. Well, there are two ways you can order your book yourself, either specifically for you or for your customers. And the third way your book can be ordered is by booksellers, retailers, and libraries directly from Ingram to sell on your behalf.

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Tips for Author Events

There are a variety of different author events in which you can participate in order to introduce your book to a new audience. You want to do so in a way that is appropriate to your book and in a way that helps everyone fall in love with your new literary baby. Always consider the genre and storyline of your book when it comes to your author event's venue and activities. Here are a couple of different author events you could consider for your book.

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