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Indie Authors: Are Your Sales Flat. Thinking of Quitting? Read This.

Are Your Sales Sucking Mud? Are You Feeling Dejected? Think It’s Time to Quit? You are not alone. Every forum I visit is rife with authors whose sales have flat lined and thinking it’s time to quit. What makes it worse, others are saying how fine their sales.  I never suggest a writer quit. Here’s […]

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WRITER’S ENVY: EVERY WRITER GETS IT. HOW IT HAPPENS.

Now I do have author envy and I’ll tell you about it in a minute. In the distant past I went to writer’s conferences; international, national, regional and local. I often went to writer’s retreats where we talked about our work. I sometimes even set up conferences myself for a group of writers in my […]

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Book Talk ~ Why Some Interesting Things Never Get in a Book

Why is it That an Author May Know a Dozen Interesting Facts He or She Does Not Put in a Novel? The short answer is: Those facts may not move the story along. More over, the book may end up being a travelogue. A for instance: In Count the Roses a main part of the […]

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Holy Smokes! 2018 Almost Killed Me. 2019 ~ Survivor Mode.

In 2018 Awful Things Happened. Some I Understand. Some I Don’t. First up, I fell ill. We’d no more get one issue in hand and another would pop up. I spent time having sonar grams, MRIs. wearing heart monitors, swallowing cameras  and visiting one specialist after another.  I had so much blood drawn I could […]

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Writers! Are your characters staying within the bounds of reality?

Places and Activities ~ Story Location and Character Behavior How many times have you come to a scene in a book and said: That can’t happen? Or you stop reading a story placed in a location you know well and the author has it all wrong? Telling you up front I get reviews that say […]

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Have you checked your Book Description Recently?

Have you checked your book description, referred to as your blurb–recently. If not Do! Did you know that every time you change price, do any clean up on your book, add back matter, or change key words, the original book descriptions pops up on your book.  It’s Amazon’s default blurb on your book. If there […]

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Where Have all the Reviews Gone? Amazon Picked Them Every One…

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH REVIEWS? REALLY. Authors and reviewers can visit any forum and if the topic is reviews, you will see a thread of dozens upon dozens of comments, all of which will dis Amazon for removing reviews.  Mercy, if it is a Five Star review that got removed, the vitriol flow could compete […]

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Are You Marketing Your First Book? If Not~Why Not?

Well, by golly, the Gurus have Spoken… Telling you up front I like The Digital Reader. But a recent blog 8 Ways For Authors to Waste Their Their Money leads with the advice that an author should not start marketing until that author has published three books.  Not all of this advice is from the […]

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Is Your Newsletter Doing Its Job? Here’s What Subscribers Say

SUBSCRIBER SURVEY RESULTS Authors are told the instant they step into our Indie Universe that we must have a newsletter whether we have a few dozen or a few thousand subscribers. My first newsletter in January 2014 went out to 58 fans. In 2018 my subscriber list has grown to above 15K. Yet, composing the […]

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Today is the Day~ GDPR and Newsletter Compliance.

GDPR ~  General Data Protection Regulation  and You. The brouhaha is all but over. May 25, 2018, which was yesterday in the European Union saw the GDPR go into effect. For those of us in the USA, it actually doesn’t go into effect until mid June, 2018.  The best blog and information by an author […]

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