Are you uncomfortable with book promotion? Try this…

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By Sandra Beckwith  on Build Book Buzz:

“I’m really uncomfortable with book promotion,” an author told me recently. “It’s just not who I am.”

“What makes you uncomfortable?” I asked.

“I don’t know . . . ” she began. “I think it’s all that waving your book around and telling people how great it is. I’d like my book to speak for itself, without me always getting in people’s faces.”

I reassured her that there are many, many authors who view marketing and promotion the same way. They don’t want to be constantly posting on social media, attending book fairs, or looking for opportunities to talk about their books before an audience.

They just want to write.

Who can blame them?

But in today’s in-one-ear, out-the-other world, all authors have to be willing to take on book promotion. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a six-figure advance or you’re self-published and…

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Descrambling Scrivener: Part I…

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by Judy Penz Sheluk

Get together with any group of writers, whether it’s through an online chat forum or in person, and the subject of Scrivener is bound to come up. And while I’m sure Scrivener has its fair share of detractors, one thing is irrefutable: those who love it really love it.

For those of you who may not be familiar, Scrivener is a word processor/project management software program designed for writers of all kinds—novelists, journalists, academics, screenwriters, playwrights—who (and this is according to the Scrivener tutorial) “need to structure a long piece of text while referring to research documents…a ring-binder, a scrapbook, a corkboard, an outliner and text editor all rolled into one.”

If you think that sounds like a lot of features, you’d be right. In fact, there are so many options and features in Scrivener that it can all be rather overwhelming.

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Mega-List of University Literary Journals Accepting Submissions in Fiction, Poetry, Art, CNF…

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by Erica Verrillo  on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

You may wonder why you should submit to literary journals run by MFA programs. They seldom pay, and they often charge to submit. Normally, either one of those factors would be enough to eliminate them from my list of writing markets. But in spite of those two drawbacks, there are some good reasons to submit to university literary magazines.

MFA department literary magazines are run by young, enthusiastic students and their professors, which means they are more than happy to nominate the stories they accept for Pushcart and other national prizes.

The second reason is that any agent or editor who has graduated from one of these programs in all likelihood has a subscription. (I know of at least one case in which a short story submission to a university literary journal resulted in representation.)

The third reason to…

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Facebook Doesn’t Make It Easy to Delete Your Account. Here’s How to Do It…

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By Minda Zetlin  on

Facebook has come in for a lot of criticism lately, and one of the biggest is that it collects a massive amount of personal information on each of its users and uses that information for its ad targeting. Then there’s the fact that the social network became a tool for a large number of Russian operatives to spread fake news and ill feeling during the 2016 election cycle, and it’s still being used that way today. And the fact that early executives say Facebook was deliberately designed to suck up as much of your time as possible.

Or maybe you’re just sick of wading through funny animal videos and inspirational sayings set against sunsets and mountains.

Whatever the reason, you’ve had enough of Facebook and you want out.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as it sounds. There are options for getting out of Facebook, depending…

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10 Tips for Finding Memorable Character Names for your Fiction…

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By Anne R. Allen

“Agnes Gooch,” “Mr. McCawber,” “Albus Dumbledore”: memorable names of memorable characters.

How can writers come up with character names that readers will never forget?

In his painfully funny 2006 book, Famous Writing School, a Novel, Stephen Carter’s writing teacher-protagonist advises his students to seek character names in the obituaries. But although Carter’s bumbling protagonist offers mostly dubious advice, that tip is a keeper.

Obits are full of great names. I keep a list of odd names in a little notebook. I haven’t yet written about Normal Peasley or Lamia Trowbridge, but they’re ready when I need them.

Another great name source is spam. If I happen to catch a good name before I hit “empty spam,” I write it in the notebook.  I  can always perk up a story by subjecting my heroine to a blind date with Zoticus Weatherwax or Hassan Snively.

My name notebook is…

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100 General Creative Writing Prompts (Fiction Ideas Vol. 1) FREE 20th to 23rd January…

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Hello, Chris.

I have just published the first in a series of 10 nonfiction booklets.

It will be FREE Wednesday, Jan. 20 to Saturday, Jan. 23, then the regular price will be $0.99 USD.

Thank you very much for the opportunity.

Kate M. Colby

Kate100 General Creative Writing Prompts (Fiction Ideas Vol. 1)

Genre: Nonfiction (subject: creative writing/creativity)


Are you struggling with writer’s block? This booklet contains 100 writing prompts to help you take back control of your creativity. 

Do you feel that novel burning inside you but have trouble brainstorming story ideas? 

Are you an established fiction author looking for a fresh new idea? 

If you’re ready to stop staring at the blank page and start writing NOW, 100 General Creative Writing Prompts is the booklet for you. There’s no fluff and no wasted words – just 100 fiction prompts to get you back to what you do best: writing. 

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When Your Book Publicity Campaign Comes To An End…

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by Gretchen Crary  on Just Publishing Advice:

When Publicity Ends Marketing Can Continue

Publicity is a dish best served warm.

That’s what I tell clients who come to me looking for publicity help after the book has already gone on sale. A typical query goes: “My book was published a month ago, and I’ve now decided that I’m ready to hire a publicist to go over the ground that my publisher missed.”

It’s a sad conversation when I have to tell these clients that the publicity ship has probably sailed. Whether or not the publisher did a good job, there is a point when trying to publicize a book that is already on sale faces diminishing returns.

The reality is that setting up a great publicity campaign takes a good deal of time, especially in publishing where things move at a slower pace than most other industries. I think it’s helpful…

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