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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Author Chat with Nikki Woods and Eriq LaSalle

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, February 26, 2015

He does it all!  Including writing best selling novels!

Eriq LaSalle’s latest novel Laws Of Wrath takes you from Chinatown to New York.

The butchered body of a transvestite is found in a dumpster. Nothing out of the ordinary for NYPD, except the victim just so happens to be the brother of Detective Phee Freeman. At first the slaying looks like the random act of a vicious killer, but when it is discovered that there are similar ritualistic murders throughout the city, [...]

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3 Simple Ways To Create New Content Outside Of Your Book

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It’s not enough to write a great book, unless yours is so hypnotically contagious that everyone insists it’s a must-read. You will also need to market well or suffer the author’s greatest fear: obscurity.

Eventually advice from writing sages enlightened me: the secret to selling books—and I was not thrilled to hear it—write more books!

An author may feel spent after producing one, two or even three books, and then she is told to produce another. Is there ever an end to [...]

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9 Simple Strategies For Writing Viral Content {With a Bonus}

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

There are certain websites, writers, marketers and content creators who seem to rule the internet. Everything they put out there seems contagious, capturing an audience of millions and sparking conversations on social media.

These days, unpacking the secrets to viral success has been the mission of researchers, media organizations and businesses alike. After all, infectious content leads to major rewards in the form of readers, subscribers, advertisers, raising awareness for an important issue, brand recognition and financial success.

RELATED CONTENT: 5 Tips [...]

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Creative Non-Fiction Writing: Some Facts

by Nikki Woods on Monday, February 23, 2015

Sex trafficking,  police brutality  and even murder are  commonly news stories, but they don’t have to be. In fact, a “ripped from the headlines” approach to storytelling has made TV series like Law & Order huge hits and authors are having great success fusing  important, factual topics with dramatic, creative writing  as well.

RELATED CONTENT: The Daily Rituals Of 10 Famous Writers

Even when writing your own personal stories always write  them in a way that will draw the reader in. It [...]

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The Daily Rituals Of 10 Famous Writers

by Nikki Woods on Friday, February 20, 2015

Mornings: you groggily emerge from your bleary-eyed state, fumbling for the snooze button while steering well clear of that drool patch on the pillow. Then after downing your first coffee of the day, you proceed to type the final chapter to one of the best-selling novels ever written.

Okay, so perhaps you play Angry Birds instead. But whatever your reason for not penning a masterpiece, you can be sure that your own daily habits don’t stray too far from those used [...]

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Author Chat with Nikki Woods and Abiola Abrams

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Modern (Self) Love Goddess Abiola Abrams pens The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love designed to be your passport to becoming the woman you were born to be.

Abiola spins her magic as a Sacred Bombshell Breakthrough coach and lifestyle journalist focused on women’s Love- Body-Spirit empowerment. The Essence.com love columnist and advice maven is known for giving wake-up-call self- esteem advice when it comes to relationships and healing on networks from the BBC to MTV and columns from Yahoo to [...]

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5 Tips for Crafting Great Opening Lines

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Elevator Pitch, a short summary  of an idea delivered to decision maker, comes from the old studio days in Hollywood.  The idea is to really try to make a big impression in a short amount of time.

RELATED CONTENT: 5 Steps to Writing a Bestselling Book

We have to do something very similar when we try to grab our audiences in the first few lines of our books.   They are the most important, yet sometimes the most difficult words to write.

Here [...]

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5 Steps to Writing a Bestselling Book

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Never in a million years did I think I would become an author.

I loved writing but never thought I would be able to string together enough sentences to put them in a book AND get it published.

RELATED CONTENT: 6 Steps To Turning Over a New Leaf In Your Marketing and

So I was astounded, and very flattered, when a publishing company called me a few years ago and asked if I would like to write a book. I was also scared. [...]

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Losing weight, being more punctual and finishing what you’ve started are all good goals but let’s not forget the one thing that can keep you going long after the other things…um, fall by the wayside, and that is your marketing and promotional strategy.

RELATED CONTENT: So You Want To Write A Business Book – 4 Necessary Components

Here are six steps to turning over a new leaf in your marketing and promotional strategy:

1.  Always Be Prepared

Good marketers looks for every chance to [...]

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So You Want To Write A Business Book: 4 Necessary Components

by Nikki Woods on Friday, February 13, 2015

Not long ago, I received a call out of the blue from a major publishing company. Did I want to write a book about business and branding, the person on the line wondered.

Huh? Me?

I was shocked and flattered. I certainly knew about writing and publishing and was aware of the impact writing a book could have on my career.  Still, I wanted to think about it.

And do some research about books in the same category as the book I was [...]

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