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CAVEAT EMPTOR: DON’T BECOME A VICTIM TO PREDATORS

There may be more predators lurking in the dark corners of the writing and publishing world than there are in any other industry. No required education or certification process separates outstanding professional editors, agents and publishers from villains. Either you find the villain before you sign a contract, or they make easy money from you in return for... nothing.

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7 TIPS FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST FOR STRENGTHENING YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE

  Reprinted with permission from The Greatest Escapist. "I'm a proud Clevelander, an incurable writer, an unabashed liberal, a neurotic Jew, & a chronic, unapologetic oversharer. I've been sharing my stories here since 2007." I love when people think that writing is my full-time job, but alas, it isn't. I work a 9-to-5 (OK, more like … Continue reading 7 TIPS FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST FOR STRENGTHENING YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE

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How to Become Trade-Published as a Novice Fiction Author

Being published as an unknown author is not terribly difficult if you write non-fiction and you are a known subject matter expert. Your fame represents your non-fiction author platform. For non-fiction, you might not have much trouble selling plenty of copies on your own as a self-published or POD author. You hire a good editor, … Continue reading How to Become Trade-Published as a Novice Fiction Author

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CAVEAT EMPTOR: DON’T BECOME A VICTIM TO PREDATORS

There may be more predators lurking in the dark corners of the writing and publishing world than there are in any other industry. No required education or certification process separates outstanding professional editors, agents and publishers from villains. Either you find the villain before you sign a contract, or they make easy money from you in return for... nothing.

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Platform Means Everything to a Novice Author

There may one day be a time when paper books are iconic remnants of a tree-cutting past. But that time is still far away. Trade publishers will use their professional editors to make your book better. They will hire graphic designers to make your book more attractive and appealing. And they will handle e-book sales … Continue reading Platform Means Everything to a Novice Author

88 Names – a Book Review

88 Names: A Novel by Matt Ruff HarperCollins March 17, 2020 ISBN-10: 0062854674 ISBN-13: 978-0062854674 ASIN: B07T6938D1 302 pages Contact: Rachel Elinsky, Director of Publicity 212-207-7178 rachel.elinsky@harpercollins.com Paranormal and urban fantasy, Science fiction adventures, Technothrillers “I find this book quite entertaining. It is literally a page-turner and a very successful who done-it. This leads to a very enjoyable … Continue reading 88 Names – a Book Review

Anyone – a Book Review

Anyone by Charles Soule Harper Perennial December 3, 2019 ISBN-10: 0062890638 ISBN-13: 978-0062890634 ASIN: B07D2D55BJ 432 pages Supernatural Thrillers, Humorous Science Fiction, Women’s Adventure Fiction “Anyone is a powerful thrill ride; spellbinding, breathtaking and thoughtful. Soule pushes boundaries, carrying the reader on an intense, breakneck ride into a future stained by human vanity, weakness and desire.” Charles Soule … Continue reading Anyone – a Book Review

SWEETEN SALES WITH EFFECTIVE MARKETING

By Guest Author, Charles S. Weinblatt What marketing tasks must you accomplish as the author? Because of the changing nature of the publishing world and the revolution in electronic book purchasing, your book must be known throughout the digital world. This is where the author must work hard for success. Viral marketing ideas: Viral marketing is … Continue reading SWEETEN SALES WITH EFFECTIVE MARKETING

Historical Novel Society, 2018: “This is one of my favorite books this year.”

Jacob’s Courage: A Holocaust Love Story BY CHARLES S. WEINBLATT Find & buy on In Austria in 1939, young Jacob Silverman and Rachael Goldberg are in love. Jacob plans to go on to college. Then tragedy strikes as Hitler’s army invades Austria. All the Jews are forced to live in a decrepit ghetto. Soon they are … Continue reading Historical Novel Society, 2018: “This is one of my favorite books this year.”

Interview with Australian Author/Novelist Sara Ridley

    CW: Tell us about yourself. SR: My name is Sara Ridley and I live in a small outback town in remote Australia. I have self-published four novels and own a blog, Life Of A Storyteller (http://www.lifeofastoryteller.com/), dedicated to helping aspiring authors write, publish and market their novels. When I am not typing away … Continue reading Interview with Australian Author/Novelist Sara Ridley

Book Publishing Blunders of First Time Authors Author, book publishing expert, and coach Judith Briles (AKA The Book Shepherd) joined our February #BBchat Twitter Chat to discuss book publishing blunders of first-time authors. Judith Briles is an innovative and creative writing coach, book coach, and how-to-get-published expert who can assist you with your book and … Continue reading

Announcing the New “Jacob’s Courage,” Republished by Texas Tech University Press

Jacob recalled the words that were on the gate above the entrance to this ignominious
death camp. The wrought-iron letters spelled out “Arbeit Macht Frei,”
which means “Work Makes You Free.” How ironic, thought Jacob. The “freedom”
promised to them was their own death. How can anyone do these things? Just the
thought of touching a corpse was sickening to Jacob. How can these men carry
them around and dump them in piles? These are human beings! Some of them
could have been their own family! How can they put them into the fire? Then, a
terrible thought passed through Jacob’s mind. It was the most painful thought that
he had ever had. What if I have to burn the bodies of Rachael or my parents? His
mind was now spinning out of control. Trembling, he was overcome by a wave
of nausea.

Interview with Author Nancy Christie

It’s so easy to sit in judgment or say that we would never make the choices that others have made that led them down that path of destruction but we don’t really know that for certain, do we? So rather than be afflicted with that most dangerous of all viruses—superiority—we should instead be compassionate. It’s that whole “there but for the grace of God…"

Author Platform: Reaching Readers and Gaining a Competitive Advantage

"The author is the brand. Your job as the author is to build awareness of your brand, and to build, earn and deserve positive desire for your brand. Awareness plus desire create demand for your product. This is why platform will become more important than ever in 2014. "

8 Unexpected Lessons From Working with a Literary Agent by Brian Klems

With self-publishing becoming more widely accepted and Amazon waging wars with publishers, more and more I get the sense from aspiring authors that they don’t think landing an agent means as much as it used to. ____________________________________________________________________________ Writers' Digest Guest post by Bethany Neal, who writes young-adult novels with a little dark side and a … Continue reading 8 Unexpected Lessons From Working with a Literary Agent by Brian Klems