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Who Reads YA Novels? Surprising Results.

The classical definition of a Young Adult novel is any in which the protagonist is of high school age.  So, while some may disagree, technically, Treasure Island and Lord of the Flies are YA novels.  Also, YA novels are traditionally … Continue reading

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Authors, Wants Some Free Marketing Tips?

If you are the author of a published book (e-book, self-published, or through a traditional publishing company), would you like to eliminate the 10 things that waste the most time and sell the fewest books, and replace them with 10 … Continue reading

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The Blizzard Is Going to China

With about 20% of the world’s population, it is mind-boggling to consider the opportunities for rights sales into the Chinese market. Did you know 20 million Chinese people speak English and 300 million more are learning our language?  In a few … Continue reading

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I’m Back; Progress on the Sequel

Apologies for the long hiatus from blogging.  I’ve been tied up house-hunting, house buying, packing, moving, unpacking, and all the related work of getting set up in a new home.  I’ll do my best to be a more faithful blogger … Continue reading

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An Interview with Me

Eva Coppersmith interviewed me for her blog over at Eva’s Sanctuary.  She also reviewed The Blizzard and, I’m happy to report, gave it her highest rating.  So, if you want to learn more about me or read her opinion of … Continue reading

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Why Quality Is ALL That Matters

Author Andy Hollman gave me permission to reprint this important blog entry that any writer worth the name should keep in mind.  The quality of your finished work is more important than whatever you decide to charge for it (even … Continue reading

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Researching for Fiction Writing

A young writer in a Linkedin writers group to which I belong posted a question asking other members about the need for research when writing ficton.  I posted the following contribution.  I could have given many other examples, but this, … Continue reading

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The Care and Feeding of Bookstore Staff

Authors need to support libraries and bookstores.  Here is an enlightening article by author and bookstore owner Emma Straub.  Self-publishers, in particular, have an uphill battle getting into bookstores.  If and when you do, here are some tips to increase … Continue reading

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Promoting Your Book with Postcards

Believe it or not, color postcards are considerably cheaper than bookmarks.  This is because the paper for postcards (I suggest the 4×6 size) is a standard size and doesn’t have to be trimmed out from larger cardstock like the bookmarks. … Continue reading

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Promoting Your Book with Bookmarks

As I’ve mentioned several times before, if you are self-publishing, and most likely if you have a standard publisher, you will have to personally manage the majority of your book’s advertising and promotion, at least if you plan to sell … Continue reading

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