All Blog Posts Tagged 'book' (1,135)

To write or not to write a book proposal

I am currently writing a memoir and feel I have a solid first draft although I'll need at least another year to fine tune and rewrite. But, what is stymieing me is the book proposal. After researching what goes into a non-fiction book proposal, it feels like a much higher mountain to climb than just writing the damn book. If anyone has any helpful advice, I'd really appreciate it. My new thought is that it would be far more advantageous for me to spend my time writing a book proposal instead…

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Added by Rebekah Crawford on December 7, 2016 at 4:26am — No Comments

Check Out My New Children's Picture Book!

Essential Information

Author: Joanne C. Hillhouse (Antigua and Barbuda)

Illustrator: Cherise Harris (Barbados)

Publisher: Little Bell Caribbean (USA)

Genre: Fairytale, Children’s picture book

Recommended…

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Added by Joanne C. Hillhouse on December 3, 2016 at 7:31pm — 2 Comments

Marketing Tip: Connect With Book Bloggers

When I speak with indie authors about their marketing efforts, one thing I hear quite often is that they have no idea how to find people who will review their books. For many this is a huge source of frustration, not to mention disappointment, which is completely understandable given all the time and effort they spent writing the book.

If you're in that boat, one great way to secure reviews is to reach out to book bloggers. Book bloggers love reviewing books, and most of them…

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Added by Maria Murnane on November 28, 2016 at 8:38am — No Comments

Forget Amazon Rankings and Just Write!

Book sales are very important to an author. It’s a nice feeling to see a book into which you’ve poured heart, soul and an incredible amount of time, produce healthy sales. The problem is that not all places that put up sales and author rankings are equal or tell the whole truth. A good example of this problem is Amazon.

I know an author who measures his…

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Added by Kristen Houghton on November 28, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Book Excerpt: On Top of the World (Until the Bell Chimes) by David Lamb

Title: ON TOP OF THE WORLD (UNTIL THE BELL CHIMES)

Author: David Lamb

Publisher: Woolly Mammoth Books

Pages: 240

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Multicultural/Humor/Satire

 

2016 BEST FICTION-Pacific Book…

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Added by Dorothy Thompson on November 28, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

Book Excerpt: One-Way Ticket Home by K.C. Hardy

Title: One-Way Ticket Home

Author: K.C. Hardy

Publisher: Casbury Lane Press

Pages: 262

Genre: Christian Inspirational Fiction

Days before boarding the plane to Italy for her daughter’s wedding, Julie Whitaker receives an unexpected phone call from…

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Added by Dorothy Thompson on November 23, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments

Have You Created Your Amazon Author Page Yet?

Did you know that you automatically have an Amazon Author Page if you have a book for sale on Amazon.com? To find yours, do a search on the site for your book's title, then click on your name, which appears directly under the title. If you haven't touched your Author Page yet, you'll see just a list of your book(s), but you have the option of adding things like the following for your current (and future!) fans to enjoy:

  • Your bio—Tell your readers something interesting about…
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Added by Maria Murnane on November 21, 2016 at 9:49am — 8 Comments

Book Excerpt: 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. by Robert J. Dornan

In the early morning of her sister's wedding day, Mila Kharmalov stared in stunned silence at the coloured sparks streaming from Reactor Four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.  At that very moment, her life and the lives of everyone she knew changed forever.

 

Years later and on another continent, Adam Byrd was writing biographies for everyday people looking to leave their legacy in book form. When the woman he loved phoned from Kiev offering him the chance to write the story of…

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Added by Dorothy Thompson on November 8, 2016 at 8:01am — No Comments

Pros and Cons of Book Awards

I'm a big fan of applying for book awards. My first novel (Perfect on Paper) was originally self-published, and I believe that one of the reasons it got picked up by a traditional publisher was that it won multiple awards. However, like every book marketing strategy, applying for awards has its drawbacks. I…

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Added by Maria Murnane on November 7, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments

Marketing Tip: Share What You've Learned

When I speak to authors who are struggling to gain traction for their books, I like to ask them what has worked for them, however small the scale. In my experience, most authors have done at least one thing that has led to a few sales. They have also usually tried a few tactics that were a big fat bust. (I certainly have!)

Then I tell them two things: 

1)    Do A LOT more of whatever you did that worked.

2)    Share what you;ve learned on your blog,…

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Added by Maria Murnane on November 1, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why Literary Writers Aren’t Getting Traditional Publishing Deals

This week I had lunch with an agent friend who expressed her frustration that the best manuscripts she’s representing simply aren’t selling to traditional publishers. It’s a storyline so familiar to me that I used it as the…
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Added by Brooke Warner on October 26, 2016 at 8:00pm — 10 Comments

Book Excerpt: When Johnny Doesn't Come Marching Home by Marian Small

First-time author Marian Small’s WHEN JOHNNY DOESN’T COME MARCHING HOME does for World War I what Tom Brokaw’s THE GREATEST GENERATION did for World War II.

 

Written as a memoir of her father,…

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Added by Dorothy Thompson on October 25, 2016 at 8:17am — No Comments

Writing Update: I've Finished Editing Alone in Paris

   New update on my upcoming book Alone in Paris!



 I've finished editing Alone in Paris! So excited and happy about the progress with Alone in Paris. It really…

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Added by Ashley Earley on October 22, 2016 at 8:28am — No Comments

How to self-publish your book

Most writers are initially concerned only about writing, copyediting and proofreading. They never give a thought on how to publish their work.  Getting publishers is not that easy, especially if you are not an established writer. The best option in such a scenario is to self-publish. If you are wondering how to self-publish your book, there are several things to be considered before actually publishing.

Designing and formatting are the basic things. Design is not merely about the book…

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Added by Christa Elrod on October 17, 2016 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Don't Make This Marketing Mistake

Yesterday I received a rather desperate email newsletter from an indie author in which he essentially begged for people to review his book on Amazon. I empathized with him because I know firsthand how difficult and frustrating it can be to get reviews, especially for self-published books. But then the author did something that made my jaw drop, and not in a good way. In his plea he encouraged us to give his book a positive review--even if we hadn't read it!

I didn't…

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Added by Maria Murnane on October 17, 2016 at 6:51am — No Comments

short and sweet

I've recently read a few different blogs that beg the question "what is my book about?" And the elevator pitch.

I thought about this, and came up with one sentence:

My book is a memoir about my experience with domestic abuse.

That's the short and sweet version. If I could I would add that I include facts and information regarding the signs of future domestic abuse, and the experience of being in it, in order to connect directly with my readers who…

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Added by catherine meara on October 12, 2016 at 4:06pm — No Comments

short and sweet

I've recently read a few different blogs that beg the question "what is my book about?" And the elevator pitch.

I thought about this, and came up with one sentence:

My book is a memoir about my experience with domestic abuse.

That's the short and sweet version. If I could I would add that I include facts and information regarding the signs of future domestic abuse, and the experience of being in it, in order to connect directly with my readers who…

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Added by catherine meara on October 12, 2016 at 4:06pm — No Comments

A Gentleman in Moscow

Originally published in my blog, Chantalreviews.blogspot.com

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

There are several things to love about this novel. I love a book where…
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Added by Chantal Walvoord on October 10, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Why I Haven't Been Blogging

   It's been a while since I've blogged. A long while. So, I kind of owe you an explanation.

I have 3 good reasons about why I've been gone for so long:

 Reason 1:  My classes have started back up again. They require a lot of reading and I hate textbooks so it takes a lot for me to read 60 pages a week haha. I actually haven't read for fun at all since classes started back mid-August. It's kind of sad, especially since so many good books have come out in…

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Added by Ashley Earley on October 1, 2016 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Author

           It’s two weeks until my book launch and I feel tremendous anticipation about what is certainly a defining moment in my life—very much like the two other days in my past when my public identity changed: my wedding day at the bus stop where Jerry and I met, when I became a wife, and the day, almost exactly three years later, when I gave birth to our son, Oliver, and became a mother. The launch on October 1st in our old hometown, Montclair, New Jersey, marks the moment…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on September 19, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

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