Many of you may know Dave Chesson. He is a wealth of knowledge for anyone looking for information about publishing. He also has some products to sell related to that as well (which I am not endorsing here but I do trust him – he’s been around the book world for quite a while). Part of the reason I trust Dave is because he gives a lot of good information away for free. This post is an example.
I have done Amazon ads and I’ve hired others to do it for me as well. Both times I’d say I came out about even in the money I spent and the money I gained. It gave me more readers (not a lot, and not sure that translated to purchases of any of my other books) but I’m still on the fence whether it was worth all the time I spent on doing it myself, since I just broke even.
If you’ve even tried ads yourself, he’s right, key words are KEY! (pardon my pun). His post helps you a bit in that direction. (link below)
“Learn how you can create a list of profitable Amazon ads keywords for your book advertisements and start earning now on your ads!…”
Source: How to Find Profitable Amazon Book Advertisement Keywords 
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The fastest way to improve your story is to write dialogue that dazzles. How? Give each character an opposing goal, and stick to “said.”
These are 2 of the 6 strategies Joslyn Chase writes about in her post about dialogue.
Chase makes good points in her post and I would add, formatting dialogue in a variety of ways also makes reading a more interesting experience. For example, add the dialogue/attribution tag before the sentence or in the middle of a couple of sentences, as well as at the end.
And don’t forget, you only need an attribution (or dialogue) tag, if the reader won’t know who’s talking.
Source: How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers
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Smashwords today unveiled Smashwords Presales, a new book launch tool that will thrill your readers.
Smashwords Presales leverages patent-pending technology to enable the creation, management and merchandising of ebook presales. An ebook presale allows readers to purchase and read a new book before the public release date.
Presales are different than preorders.
Click on the link below to find out the details. Mark also talks about a new Smashwords feature: Global Coupons. Basically, it allows you to create a coupon on multiple titles at once, if I’m understanding it correctly. Not exactly sure how that is a significant help, but I’ll have to think on it a bit more.
This is a great post by Marissa Crespo, an entertainment attorney and principal at Crespo Law Office. It’s geared toward screenwriters but it’s covers book writers as well.
The cost of copyright is definitely reasonable and there are a few steps to it but it’s not hard to do. The copyright office link is here, if you want to go ahead and copyright your work.
Source: 5 Things Screenwriters Should Know About Copyright Law – ScreenCraft
Anne Greenwood Brown talks about platforms for authors. She showcases a fiction author who’s book has in interesting premise – celebery crushes.
Notice she says getting a following can take years. I think she’s right, for most of us authors, so patience and persistance is a must, whether you’re going the traditional route or self-publishing.
Have a read…
In 2010, when I first dipped my toe into the publishing world, the biggest mystery to me was—besides figuring out the difference between a query and a synopsis—this thing called a “platform.” At th…
Source: Do I Need a Platform and If So, How High?
Some really good points from Books Go Social personality Elisabeth Schaffalitzky (say that five times fast!) about publishing for those who have yet to publish and even for an established author. (Link below) They polled their author readers and got these 5 things authors wish they knew before they published the first time.
(Note that professional editing is #1)
So you know you want to succeed as a writer. You have a story to tell, you think you’re good at it, and you think other people would agree! However, the will and the motivation to write aren’t enough. …
Source: 5 Essential Pieces of Advice You Need to Hear Before You Publish – Updated | The BooksGoSocial Blog