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Monthly Archives: December 2015

6 Tips To Jumpstart Your Writing Routine

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Not so long ago my car battery died. Getting a jump was the normal course of action, but it was easier said than done. I had to borrow cables, and then I had to figure a way for a co-worker’s car to pull close enough to mine so we could hook them up. After all of that my car still wouldn’t start. It turned out that my battery wasn’t only in a slump. It needed to be replaced. If you’re [...]

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5 Marketing Essentials for Writers

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I’m a very efficient packer. There, I said it. After many years of traveling and even having to deal with stringent TSA rules, I’ve gotten anticipating everything I will need down to the science. So much so, that no matter where I go and no matter what happens I will never be too thrown off. Efficiency can be applied in our writing too. As authors, here are five essentials that will keep us on track no matter what.

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3 Tips For Building Your Author Platform

by Nikki Woods on Monday, December 28, 2015

Whether you’re a football fan or you live with one, during certain parts of the year you can barely escape getting caught up in the hype. One thing I’ve noticed is that no matter how much a team has practiced, how skilled a quarterback is, they are in constant communication with coaches who update them on how to improve each play they are involved in. As authors, we can never believe there are not new, better and updated ways for [...]

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8 Tips To Sell More Books on Amazon

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, December 24, 2015

Does your new book have anything to do with the sales of one of the most popular sports cars in history? If you’re lucky it will. The Ford Mustang’s phenomenal success more than 50 years ago was based on offering something unique that would fill a void felt by its primary audience. The marketers worked hard to stir up excitement about the product and placed it in unique venues like the New York World’s Fair. On its launch day, a [...]

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3 Ways To Stretch Your Writing Muscles

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it. We all have muscles but unless we use them…you know the rest. The same with our writing skills, we should constantly be looking for ways to maximize them. Here are three ways to stretch your writing muscles.

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1. Invest in different writing courses.

Nothing’s better than investing in yourself and becoming better at your craft. So why not start by venturing [...]

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7 Tips To Getting Media Attention For Your Business

by Nikki Woods on Monday, December 21, 2015

Do you ever see a local business person or even a fellow author being interviewed on television, or hear them chatting about their book on your favorite radio show? If you ask yourself why them and not you, you are asking a very good question. Here are 7 tips to getting media attention for your business:

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1. Be realistic.

Many business owners see getting featured in national newspapers, on national [...]

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Is It Time To Hire a Team? Virtual vs In-House Employee

by Nikki Woods on Friday, December 18, 2015

Kudos! Your business is growing and you have decided it is finally time to hire an Office Assistant. But which one is better for your business AND for you?

Here are some pros and cons for virtual and in house employees:

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Virtual Assistants:

• are effective independent contractors that provide administrative and technical services to several clients. Hiring a virtual assistant means only paying for their services rendered, which means the number of [...]

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Where’s The Best Place To Publish Your Book Online?

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, December 17, 2015

For most of publishing’s history, if an author wanted to self-publish, they had to invest thousands of dollars with a so-called “vanity” press.

Today, you can get access to the same level of online retail distribution as a traditional publisher, through services such as Amazon KDP, CreateSpace, etc.

Which one is best for your book?

Below I break down some of the more popular online distribution channels:

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1. Amazon (via CreateSpace).

Amazon is the number 1 [...]

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What Content Should Be On My Author Website?

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

If you only had a few minutes to impress someone with your skills as a writer, chances are you would discuss some of your most successful books, the projects you are currently working on, what makes you an expert on the topics you write about and a little bit about yourself. Your author website should include some of the same items and more. Read on for a very useful check list.

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1. Samples of [...]

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7 Tips For Publishing Your Book

by Nikki Woods on Monday, December 14, 2015

Do you ever meet published authors and spend time picking their brains for advice on how you can get your book published too? Read on and get some tips that might get you on your way.

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1. Build your platform.

Begin building your author platform before writing your book. Building your tribe is key to having your target audience anxiously awaiting your book’s release. Get on social media networks such as [...]

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