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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Unless your name is extremely unique there’s a good chance that you’ll run into someone that shares it.  That’s because there’s no way for parents to copyright their child’s name.

But what about your book title? Sort of like naming your child, the best way to make sure it hasn’t been used before is to make it as unique as possible.  But should you change your title if it’s been used before? It depends.

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What James Patterson Told One Author About Writing

by Nikki Woods on Friday, August 28, 2015

“Would you like to have lunch with James Patterson?”

I would.

Many people would, I guess.

I’ve been a James Patterson fan for quite some time.

One author had the opportunity to have lunch with the world’s bestselling author in Sydney, Australia earlier this year.

RELATED CONTENT: 4 Things You Should Know About Book Contracts

Mr. Patterson was promoting his latest venture into children’s books; a passion of his to get young people back into reading. As part of the event, Mr. Patterson was interviewed by a [...]

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How Much Can An Editor Edit Your Work? Three Things to Consider

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, August 27, 2015

How much can an editor change? Three things to know.

How many times have you asked someone how you looked then felt offended when they criticized your hair, make up and the clothes you had on? Probably not very often.

People rarely feel comfortable enough to offer honest criticism even when asked.  It’s different when you submit a book or article for publication.  How much power does a publisher’s editor have to change what you’ve written?

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Here are [...]

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4 Things You Should Know About Book Contracts

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Have you ever listened to the disclaimers at end of a car commercial? 

After telling you all the sleek features of a new vehicle, the announcer shares information that’s very necessary but not very sexy.  That’s sort of like your book contract. Getting one is worth celebrating, but the not so fun part is pouring over the fine details. 

RELATED CONTENT: 3 Ways To Turn Your Manuscript Into A Published Book

Here are four things you should know about book contracts:

1.  Do your [...]

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8 Better Ways To Self-Publish

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

There are plenty of great songs about doing on your own:  “Miss Independent,” “Who Runs the World,” and “Roar” all include empowering lyrics like, “she walks like a boss, talks like a boss,” “ I’m rapping for the girls who are taking over the world,” and “ I am a champion.”  

RELATED CONTENT: 20 Tips On Writing Books From Top Authors

But if you’re planning to self-publish you’re going to need more than [...]

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3 Ways To Turn Your Manuscript Into A Published Book

by Nikki Woods on Monday, August 24, 2015

Lots of stores sell clothing items that boast one size fits all. But the intelligent shopper has learned, sometimes by trial and error that just because something physically fits doesn’t mean that it’s the right fit for you.


And just because it fits, doesn’t mean it always looks good on you.

A similar thing is happening in the publishing world.

RELATED CONTENT: 20 Tips On Writing Books From Top Authors

It’s getting easier and easier it seems to get books published but that is all [...]

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20 Tips On Writing Books From Top Authors

by Nikki Woods on Friday, August 21, 2015

Do you dream of writing a book?

Maybe you have a great idea but just can’t get started.

Or maybe you’ve started, but now you’re stuck.

Whether your book is still just an idea, or whether you’re already writing it, we found some beautiful quotes to inspire you and show you how to write a book.

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Check out these 20 quotes from authors who overcame barriers, and finally finished writing a book:



















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7 Tips To Making The Most Out Of Writing Competitions

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Whether you’re hoping to be at the top of your game in sports or styling hair, finding out how you measure up against others in your field is important.

For some aspiring authors, the idea of putting their work out there to be judged in a competition is the exact opposite of why they became writers in the first place.  But others see writing competitions as ways to get needed exposure, find out how they stack up against other writers or [...]

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5 Ways To Get More Interviews

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Landing radio and TV interviews can be easier than you might think. In many cases, it’s as simple as writing a professional press release and emailing it to a targeted list of media producers.

For example, one of my clients lined up a television appearance and 9 radio interviews by sending out her own press release for free!

RELATED CONTENT: 9 Tips on Creating the Right Online Writing Group

However, obtaining media coverage must be done wisely, because a bad press release can [...]

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9 Tips on Creating the Right Online Writing Group

by Nikki Woods on Monday, August 17, 2015

Formal and informal chats with writers, building relationships, and giving and receiving feedback are just a laptop away with Online Writing Groups.  But how can you create one that will fit your purposes best and those others? 


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Here are nine tips on creating the right online writing group:

1.  Have a clearly stated purpose.

An online writing group should have a clearly defined mission statement to keep focused, so [...]

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