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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Should You Use A Pen Name? Two Things To Consider …

by Nikki Woods on Friday, May 29, 2015

It’s smart to use a new name when writing outside of your genre so that your readers know that this a different genre of book from your normal genre. Think of it this way: What if Stephen King wrote a romance novel? Wouldn’t it be better if he had a different name assigned to that book? If not, you may think that this romance novel is actually a horror story of some sorts.

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Eric Jerome Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther.

In his latest novel, Dickey One Night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel. The pair seem unlikely companions, from opposing strata of society, but their attraction is palpable to all who observe them—or overhear their cries of passion. In the course of twelve hours, con games, erotic interludes, jealousy, [...]

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Three Ways To Measure The Growth of Your Community

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Building online communities is one of the hot topics in Social Media marketing but there are no hard and fast rules in developing social networks – every company and community is different.

When we build relationships with people, whether it’s in a direct way (for instance, on a social network such as LinkedIn) or indirectly (for instance, the readers of our blogs), communities are built.

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Once communities [...]

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Top 5 Historical Facts About The Memorial Day Holiday

by Nikki Woods on Monday, May 25, 2015

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It’s a holiday to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces. So let me take a minute now to say Thank You!

The observance has been in place since the 1800’s. and while many look forward to Memorial Day as a chance to barbecue, spend time with family and hop in the car for a long weekend getaway, the holiday’s origin is anchored in [...]

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A client asked me today whether he should focus only on writing his book proposal or work on building his author platform at the same time. First, my advice to him, followed by my advice for you.

For him: “I understand you’re feeling overwhelmed, but right now you’re not getting contact information for the people interested in your topic. If you write the proposal and completely wait to develop your platform, it will be a hurry up and wait scenario, where we [...]

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Author Chat With Nikki Woods And Debra Foxx

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Debra Foxx is an accomplished actress, author, speaker, and host. She’s been featured in national commercial campaigns, television/film and web series, stage performances and more; her credits are endless. Debra has powerfully combined all of her skill set over the years and coach fellow entertainers on how to pursue a similar path. Her most recent achievement, the completion of her new book, “Loving Through Thick and Thin: Essentials for a Healthy, Thriving, and Sex-Filled Relationship.” The relationship-based book demonstrates how [...]

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Whether you’re trying to land more speaking engagements, market your book, or grow your website, word of mouth is the biggest tool in your arsenal.

When people start talking about you and recommending you, your visibility will grow to global proportions.

Here are 3 steps to identifying people you already know who can help build your platform:

Learn how to generate word of mouth

Pretty much every marketing book you will ever read will tell you to search your brain for anybody you know [...]

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10 Tools To Help With Scheduling Your Social Media Posts

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You have a lot on your plate and one of the last things you may want to do is post something on Facebook or Twitter. But now more than ever, consistent social media postings are essential for growing your author platform and establishing global visibility.

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Here are ten tools to help with scheduling your social media posts:

1.     Buffer (free):

With buffer you can schedule your social media posts that you write in advance, for the day [...]

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6 Steps To Better Branding

by Nikki Woods on Monday, May 18, 2015

I always tell people – your brand is not what you hope you are, what you wish people see you as or what you’re striving to become!

Your brand is what others say about you when you are not in the room – whether you like it or not – so it’s better to brand intentionally.

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Here are 6 steps to better branding:

1.  Know who you are

To begin [...]

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3 Tips for Turning your Blog into a Book

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Have you ever felt like you’d bitten off more than you could chew? Most of us have.  Taking on more than we actually have time to accomplish has as much to do with our good intentions as it does with our poor time management skills.

Whether you’re de-cluttering your house or writing your first novel, if it feels too overwhelming for you there are strategies in place to help you slice giant chunks of work into manageable bit-sized pieces.

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