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15 author website examples and critique

author website samples and critique

It’s really hard to describe how to make a great author website, so I made a video critiquing 15 real-life examples. These aren’t *perfect* author websites, but they are representative of the type of websites most authors have. If you watch the whole video, you’ll learn a lot about setting up a website for authors. However: None of it really matters …

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Testing Forms

  Optin Monster Form [thrive_2step id=’11978′]Thrive Leads Form[/thrive_2step] Sumo Forms SELL MORE BOOKS (without spam). I wrote a free book with all my best book launch and marketing tips - if your book isn't selling and you're not sure why, this will definitely boost your sales. There's even a free video series walking you through the 3 secrets, and a …

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Not all marketing is spam (and not all spam is marketing)

This week a few issues have brought up an issue that needs mentioning. I think there’s a reluctance in high-brow literary circles towards money, or marketing, or sales. Many indie authors talk about craft or quality but hate the idea of marketing their books. “Profit” is not the intended result of writing and publishing, for many authors, even traditionally published …

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Digital nomad hotspots of 2018 (the best places to live cheap while you’re building your business)

My wife and I have been travelling full time for the last 5 years, and I’ve been living abroad since the early 2000’s.  One of the most important factors in our travel plans is connecting with friends in the digital nomad community; lifestyle satisfaction and productivity improves when I can meetup and talk business with like-minded individuals (people who love …

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Writing contests (2016) – win a free writer’s retreat!

  RESULTS: The winner is Lauren Smith, who writes historical romance (and an upcoming dragon shifter). Thanks everyone for entering, I’ll link to your articles and try to drive some traffic. I plan to do more writing contests like this in the future!   For the past 10 years I’ve been helping writers publish and promote their books. While I’m …

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How to get book reviews on your Kindle preorder

There are some benefits to doing preorders on Kindle, but the main drawback is you can’t get reviews posted on a preorder book until after it’s live. Or can you? Actually there’s a way around this: Set up the book on Createspace also. Publish it to Amazon. But then, upload a new interior file and don’t approve it. The print book …

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How to grow blog traffic quickly with content distribution and the help of a great VA / personal assistant

Recently on Facebook some virtual assistants (VAs) and personal assistants (PAs) were asking about how to get more work, or what they could do to grow their business. I’ve also talked a lot about using VAs, and have one right now, though I usually haven’t been good about having a clear strategy of things to do that will actually help …

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