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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Launching Your Book? 6 Tips For a Successful Book Launch Event

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I’m lucky I have sons. When it comes to birthday parties we don’t have to spend time and money on big sleepovers, fancy themes and other diva-like things. Their celebrations normally take minimal planning, and for that I am grateful. I can put that energy into launching my book events! Here are some tips for making yours memorable.

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1. Do your planning.

Create a solid plan for the execution of your event. This [...]

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3 Solid Tips For Writing Your Query Letter

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I once heard a traffic school instructor say the reason you are so likely to get pulled over when you are doing something wrong is most people are doing things right. So, if most people are driving the speed limit you really stand out when you speed past a police car going 80 in a 65 mph zone. What can you do to get the attention of the people who can get your book or article published? Here are 3 [...]

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Writing Conferences: Reap Their Benefits With These 9 Tips

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A lot of jokes have been written about conferences and how little actually gets done at such gatherings. In fact, author F. Scott Fitzgerald is quoted saying “No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.”

Well, I have been to some amazing writing conferences, but there is a strategy to making sure you get the most of these events. Here are some tips.

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4 Ways To Make Freelance Writing Work For You

by Nikki Woods on Monday, January 25, 2016

When you fantasize about becoming a successful freelance writer you probably imagine getting paid to do something you love, setting your own hours and having to answer to no one but yourself. But in reality, there is a lot more to freelance writing including seeking work, meeting deadlines and trying to get paid for the work you’ve done. Here are 4 ways to make freelance writing work for you.

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1. Negotiate your rates.

Many people, [...]

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11 Tips For Writing a Memoir

by Nikki Woods on Friday, January 22, 2016

When my son was asked to write “The Story of Me” in elementary school, two things became very clear to me. 1. He relied on me to tell him most of what he needed to know about himself, and 2. What he considered to be the highlights of his young life were rarely things I would have thought noteworthy. But a memoir is intended to be your personal account of what has happened in a period your life, and not [...]

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4 Solid Tips For Getting Your Book Published

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, January 21, 2016

A mom was trying to teach her six year old how to count money. She poured out a large bottle of coins and told him that if he could count all the coins he could spend them. The kid looked at the coins and told his mom he’d rather count dollars. Sometimes a task looks so big we want to give up without starting, then wonder why we’re not prospering. If thoughts of getting your book published are scaring you [...]

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6 Tips For Better Blogging

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Since its inception in the 1990s blogging has evolved from online diaries to tools used by journalists, political consultants, entrepreneurs and celebrities. By 2004, there were a variety of genres of blogs including personal, group, micro blogging and corporate, to name a few. The popularity of blogs continues and with millions being published regularly, how can you make sure your blog offers something worth reading? Here are 6 Tips for Better Blogging.

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3 More Tips For Building Your Author Platform

by Nikki Woods on Monday, January 18, 2016

One of my sons is a huge Lego fan. He began playing with the simple sets of the interlocking blocks but over the years he progressed to larger, more intricate sets that required more critical thinking, planning and creativity skills. Whether your author platform is in its beginning stages or you are ready to take it to a higher level, here are 3 tips that will help you.

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1. Get on social media.

Everyone [...]

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9 Ways To Become a Better Writer

by Nikki Woods on Friday, January 15, 2016

The most successful companies in the world Apple, the makers of Cover Girl cosmetics, and AT&T got that way partly because of their constant quest to produce consumer goods that are new and improved. As writers we should never rest on our laurels and always be searching for ways to get better. Here are 9 helpful tips:

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1. Read more.

Many writers forget that it’s not just about writing. To be a good writer, [...]

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Writing Your First Novel? 7 Practical Tips

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, January 14, 2016

They say serving as the President of the United States can be a lonely job because so few people actually know what it is like to hold the office. The unique experiences shared by former Commanders-in-Chief binds them for life. Some first time novelists feel just as isolated as they maneuver their way toward completing their initial drafts. Here are some tips for writing your first novel.

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1. Set realistic goals.

Whether it’s [...]

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