Exposure Over Sales

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As indie authors, it’s much too easy to get caught up in our sales rankings, especially on a site such as Amazon in which an author can have a ranking in multiple categories. However, it’s vital for us to stay cognizant of the more

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The Necessity of a Marketing Plan

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A solid marketing strategy is essential for helping indie authors to accomplish their goals effectively and efficiently. I divided my marketing plan in three parts: pre-publication, publication and post-publication. The first thing to do in the

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The Brightness Index

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I’m excited to announce the publication of The Brightness Index. The stories in this short collection take place in Arizona, and they are all as unique and colorful as the place itself. “Just Bring Your Own Food” is about a diner waitress

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Getting Credible Reviews

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Indie authors must start seeking and soliciting potential book reviewers before their books are published. In doing so, offer them a free copy of your book in exchange for an honest review. I recommend doing this first because getting someone to

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eBook Publishing for Indie Authors

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You may choose to publish your book in eBook format before or after publishing in paperback format, although I recommend publishing in both formats simultaneously as doing so may increase your paperback sales. Through Kindle Direct Publishing,

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Grabbing Readers With Eye-Catching Covers

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An eye-catching cover is essential for grabbing readers’ attention. It’s important that the cover be catchy and appealing while not being too busy. A cluttered cover can interfere with the readability of the words on the page. Importantly,

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Tips on Titles

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A good title is a must. As the primary fiction selector for a large library system, I read dozens of book reviews from a variety of reviewing sources–Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus–to name a few. When I see books with banal,

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Something He Could See Himself In

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The visions started soon after Tattoo Tommy caught sight of the empty spot at the bottom of his back. It was the only tattooless spot on his body, minus his face and head, and it lived right below a tattoo of Mary that looked like one of those

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The Necessity of Editing

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After you’ve revised your manuscript several times, you should have it professionally edited. There are different levels of editing, from basic proofreading to more extensive editing which includes such elements as character development and flow

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Writing from the Heart

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I’m a librarian and select fiction for a large library system so I’m constantly reading book reviews in the subject area of fiction. I see many books by authors who seem to be jumping whatever current bandwagon is popular. I’m

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