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Why you should give up your publishing dream (and self-publish instead)

I attended several writer’s conferences this summer, and was surprised by my findings. I’d been picturing writers as teenage girls writing Twilight fan fiction; turns out they are (mostly) 40 to 80 and usually tech-averse. I’d thought self-publishing had become the obvious choice for a plethora of reasons, but here were these authors who didn’t know anything about preparing their …

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How to get an agent and a 100K publishing deal in six week or less

Last week I got the chance to chat with literary agent David Fulgate. I always appreciate David’s advice on publishing because, even though he makes his living representing traditionally published authors, he recognizes that in some cases it’s better for authors to self-publish. The insight I gained from him a few years ago was this: Unless you’re getting an advance of 100K …

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The rise of “sweary” adult coloring books that help people

Today I got to chat with Sasha O’hara, author of the “irreverant” adult coloring books “Calm the F*ck Down” (which is #23 in the entire Amazon store) and sequel “Chill the F*ck Out.” Basically, these are books that take the stress-relieving craze of adult coloring books and make them fun by adding swear words and vulgar phrases. Of course specifically …

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How to set up an email list and autoresponder (that actually gets people to open and click!)

Everybody will tell you that starting an email list as soon as possible is the #1 way to grow your platform and sell more of anything. But how does it really work? I’m not an expert on blogging or email marketing, but this week I’m sitting in my sister’s apartment in Vancouver BC and finally setting up my list the …

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Contest winners (2013)

Sometime yesterday my faulty hard drive crashed, so for the past 24 hours I’ve been reinstalling, rebooting, and restoring files – thankfully I recently signed up for an online backup service (BackBlaze), otherwise the loss of data would be devastating. As it is, I’m kind of on a forced leave of absence (I can’t do much “real work” until I …

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How to buy your way onto the bestseller lists (it’s not that hard).

UPDATE: This post was hypothetical, but I’m not actually going to do any of these things. The reason is, it’s important to keep your “also-boughts” clean; which means, you want people buying your books who are buying other books in your genre. There are lots of ways to make that happen. But getting a whole bunch of fast sales or …

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