May 1st, 2017

Do You Get “Accolade Angst?”

My debut launches tomorrow. TOMORROW!!! ‘Scuse me a sec while I breathe into this paper bag.

Okay, I’m back. I’m better. I’ve got this.

I’m ready for launch day … I’ve written the guest posts, I’ve sent out the giveaway copies, I’ve updated my website. What I’m not ready for, though, is the congratulations. […]

April 12th, 2017

How to do the Publishing Hokey Pokey

I’m assuming pretty much everyone out there has either done the hokey pokey or been amused by a group of kids doing the hokey pokey at some point in their lives. It’s one of those rights of passage and some of us are unfortunate lucky enough to get to experience it over and over.

You […]

April 10th, 2017

Stuck in a Rut: How to Amp Up a “Boring” Story Setting

Angela Ackerman

Taking the time to choose the right setting for each scene is one of the best ways to ensure our writing has impact. Why? Because the setting touches everything. It can characterize the story’s cast, evoke mood, generate conflict, shape the plot, and even use symbols and emotional triggers to show readers […]

April 3rd, 2017

Amazon Keywords: The Secret to Doubling Your Sales and Pulling in New Readers!

Penny Sansevieri

As “marketers,” it’s a big part of our job to get more readers, but as you probably have discovered, that’s often a challenge. With so many books and so many titles competing for the same attention, setting yours apart from the pack can be hard.

On the flip side, what if […]

March 10th, 2017

10 Questions to Ask Before You Accept a Traditional Publishing Deal

Susan Spann

The explosion of independent publishing houses in the U.S. and abroad makes it vital for authors to investigate publishers carefully before signing a contract. While even diligent research can’t ensure you’ll avoid every possible problem, here are some questions to ask before you accept a traditional publishing deal:

Does the Contract Require You […]