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Today’s the Day! (March to Bestseller – Nov. 7th )

  My last post was grumpy. I don’t like being negative and grumpy… But I often find, when I am, some people understand exactly what I’m going through. And I don’t want to shy away from critical, important issues just because they’re uncomfortable or negative. And I’m a Capricorn (on the cusp with Sagittarius) so I swing widely between zealous, blinded-by-starlight …

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A step-by-step book launch checklist (premarketing to make your book a bestseller)

I’ve been meaning to share a book launch checklist for months (years?) but this question popped up in one of my private Facebook groups and I thought I should answer. I am releasing a book soon but still don’t have the comprehensive “what that should entail” list. I’ve been starting to line up advance reviews, paperback copy, so they can …

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Will this simple Amazon trick double your book sales?

I put out “Book Marketing is Dead” almost 2 months ago and haven’t thought much about it. It’s doing pretty well and earning positive reviews. Then I showed it to some indie author friends in Puerto Galera, Philippines this week and they both commented on the title: After the main title, the subtitle was all lowercase. That’s also the way …

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Createspace vs. Lightning Source: Which is better for Self-Publishing Authors?

I’ve seen versions of this debate raging around the internet for several years. The short version goes like this: 1) Lightning source produces better quality books 2) Lightning source offers more professionalism and the right kind of discounts therefore 3) Even though it’s more expensive and a pain in the ass, you should go with LS instead of Createspace because …

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How to start a profitable online business

For awhile now I’ve been thinking of writing a book about starting an online business: I usually talk about writing, publishing and book marketing – but those topics are closely related to branding, positioning, building an online platform, making products that people want to buy and letting them know about it And there are SO many people who dream about …

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Are you happy with your author website? (Comment for a free site review!)

Over the last couple of years my mission has been to improve the quality standard for self-published book covers, and after helping thousands of indie authors, I know I’m making a dent. But authors still face two huge challenges: author marketing, and having a decent author website. Although I talk a lot about book marketing, I’ve said before that I …

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Do you have what it takes to be a writer?

inspiration for writers

There are generally two places when writers quit. The first is after their first, second or third book. They expected everything to be easy and found out that publishing is hard. They assumed their book would be successful on its own merits, despite having an unprofessional cover, blurb and website. They thought it would connect with readers even though they …

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