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7 Tips on How To Sell Books on Kindle

This post was originally published on March 11, 2014.

First of all, why should you listen to me, an unknown author, tell you how to sell your book on Kindle? A little more than a year ago, I was a semi-retired professor of U.S. Women’s history who, besides a few academic articles, had never published a thing. What I did have was a manuscript of an historical mystery I had written 20 years…


Added by M. Louisa Locke on August 24, 2016 at 4:00pm — 31 Comments

Is your Book your Baby or your Employee???

Many months ago, on The Creative Penn blog, I read an interview with a prolific writer who wrote a book practically every month. As part of the interview, Joanna Penn and this author talked about the common practice by some of treating their manuscript like a baby, a creative baby. They agreed that maybe for the first few books that was okay, but in order to grow as a writer, a writer needs to write, get past agonizing over each book and put it out there for others to…


Added by Patricia Robertson on August 16, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] 3 Exercises to Sharpen Your Observational Intelligence

“Writers can fill their stories with as much ‘made up stuff’ as they like, but there is no substitute for astute observation,” writes A.J.Humpage at All Write Fiction Advice.  "It’s the one…


Added by Jill Jepson on June 20, 2016 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Don't Review Your Own Book

As I've mentioned before, I read a lot about book marketing and publishing. The other day I came across an article about an indie author who had recently published a novel about baseball. I love sports and thought his book sounded interesting, so I looked it up on Amazon. There were just two reviews, one of which was five stars and had the title: Great book. Among other glowing things, the review said the book was "a nice easy read for kids of all ages" and "well worth the time and…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 15, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Leaving the Memoir Behind

Letting go of a process that has been so much a part of my life – a healing process that has sustained me for so long – feels like letting go of an old friend, or a therapist.  But it is time for me to leave the memoir writing process behind. I spent years coming to terms with life issues and taking the time to write my memoir, The Full Catastrophe. I know it will continue to inspire others to do the healing they need to do and to take…


Added by Karen Elizabeth Lee on August 24, 2016 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

5-minute Facebook Face Lift

Summer is here. The kids are out of school, vacations have commenced, and your Facebook page has officially made it's way to the back burner, because let's be honest - our Facebook…


Added by Janay Lampkin on June 7, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] How To Launch A Book Campaign

I attended my first AWP conference and book fair this year, where I feasted on literary and writing business delicacies, along with over 12,000 other attendees. After reviewing over 550 offerings, I selected fourteen panels, which I attended over three days. It was a treat to see SWP Publisher Brooke…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on April 11, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writers Gonna Write

You have read this (essay, article, rant, post, blog) before: Girls may just wanna have fun, but writers just wanna write. It’s an easy lament to poke holes in, easy as teachers complaining about their jobs (You get summers off! You don’t work all day!!). In the case of writers, we get things like, “You get to work at Starbucks without the apron!” or “I wish I could sit at home all day in my pajamas to do my job.” An author I know recently posted on…


Added by Cindy Eastman on July 20, 2016 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Writing Novel #2 is Not Easy

My first novel, Appetite, was published in May, and I’m on page 83 of my second novel. It’s growing slowly, mostly because I am busy marketing novel number one. Marketing requires a different kind of writing than fiction does, more didactic and less poetic. I find it hard to switch back and forth—to jump from magazine articles, social media posts, questions-and-answers for interviewers, etc., into my new characters’ inner lives. But I can do it. And I confess it’s not only the…


Added by Sheila Grinell on August 20, 2016 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

What Makes a Good Author Bio?

Many debut authors don't know what to put in their bios. That's understandable! In fact, I recently met a debut novelist--I'll call her Lucy--whose bio at the end of her book was one line long. It said exactly this:

This is Lucy's first novel. She lives in San Francisco.

She laughed and said she knew it wasn't much, but she had no idea what else to write. She had't won any awards. She'd never written anything before. She didn't feel she had…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 22, 2016 at 8:10am — 5 Comments

when you're ready for a developmental edit

In 2014, I was yearning for the light, an awakening to the other side. I wondered if I had reached the next step – a developmental edit – after consecutive critiques over the years of life my memoir had been living. But it was this last rewrite when I spotted a glow through a few encouraging words. I want to share my journey with those who are experiencing a similar scenario; there is a developmental edit at the light on the other side.…


Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on August 15, 2016 at 11:10am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Fear and The Hope; The Doubt and The Trust

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

― Paulo Coelho

For any of you out there that have read other posts on She Writes or just about anywhere else that writes about writing, you will have read about the self-doubt, about fear, and finally as Susan Jeffers describes it, about “feeling the fear and doing it anyway.”

I had a dream of writing  a book for many years; of getting published, of talking about…


Added by Patti Clark on August 13, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

How to Write a Kissing Scene


Yup, this is what we're talking about today. Kind of glad that I'm not a vlogger because I can hide behind my computer this way.

 What kind of kissing scene are we talking about here? Are we going for the hot and steamy? The gentle, lingering kiss? The gentle kiss that suddenly becomes rough and desperate? The kissing scene that you write will depend on your book, and your characters, and the situation.

 Yes, the situation is…


Added by Ashley Earley on August 6, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

An Author’s Guide to Praise and Endorsement Best Practices

I get an inordinate number of questions about what the industry fondly calls “blurbs,” and here I attempt to cover them all with a detailed list of how authors can approach soliciting and choosing, and everything in between. In today’s book marketplace, blurbs still matter to publishers and the industry at large, in part because they’re a bit of a holdover from a bygone era and publishing is big on tradition, and in part because household names…


Added by Brooke Warner on August 12, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Why Reading Makes You a Better Writer

When I first signed with a literary agent several years ago, she told me to read as much as I could because it would improve my own writing. I never forgot that advice, and while I have always loved to read, after that I began to read with a different eye.

I enjoy a variety of genres and always have a book on my nightstand (or on my Kindle), and with each one I learn something that positively affects my own work. Sometimes it's the way an author uses details such as colors, sounds, or…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 10, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

What I Do While Waiting on Responses From Agents & Publishers

    Every writer reacts differently during the time they send out submissions to agents and publishers. But this is how I react and spend the time while I wait on responses about my book. I have serious mood-swings during this time...

 Right After Sending Submissions: Yes! I finished my novel, revised it, wrote a query letter and now I've sent out my first submissions. This is awesome!

 10 Seconds Later: Okay...Now I'm really nervous. What if no one…


Added by Ashley Earley on August 10, 2016 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Why you should submit to writing contests

We chatted with Eden Werring, writer and nonfiction contest editor for LUMINA, about how writing contests, while scary, can actually be a great tool. Here's what she had to say:

As a writer, you might live on the inside. Alone, most of the time, with your own imagery, stories, ideas. But then there’s the urge to bring your writing into the world where others can experience it. When you feel this way, consider submitting…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on August 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

5 Tips for Finding Inspiration to Write

“What is the secret to good writing?” is a very abstract question that never gets any answers. There is no single answer and there is no golden goose that gives you the basket of golden eggs and solves all your problems in life. If we must be abstract, then the “secret” comes with two things: Orson Scott Card says it is inspiration and Stephen King says it is hard work. Both are right answers and actually more times than none they are in symbiosis and are the result of one another. The…


Added by Olivia Green on August 5, 2016 at 6:24am — 2 Comments


My book is here! My book is here! My book is here! ... Well, almost.

I've self-published over 90 ebooks, but was contracted by a trade publisher to write one back in December. Well, now it's an "actual book" -- ready to be held in the hot little hands of interested readers according to my editor, who wrote me a couple of days ago, saying:

"Well...it's a real book! We just received the office advances of "The Ultimate Freelancer's Guidebook." And it looks fantastic!…


Added by Yuwanda Black on August 5, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Why Mary Karr eluded me

What is it about Mary Karr’s writing? Her prolific self (award-winning poet, best-selling memoirist) and compelling character studies appear to infiltrate the memoir reaches of the genre. She’s on a professional writing level, elevated and honed, where I could and never would reach in my writing. Mary’s world would never…


Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on August 2, 2016 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

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