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Monthly Archives: February 2016

3 Things Writers Should Look For When Seeking An Agent

by Nikki Woods on Monday, February 29, 2016

For many of us our only experience with literary agents are the pushy ones we see portrayed on television and in the movies. In real life, just finding an agent could be the bigger challenge. Here are some things you should look for.

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1. Publishing history.

Thoroughly research your target agent’s history in publishing. Find out how they got their start, as well as which editors and publications they’ve worked with. [...]

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Why Do I Need a Business Plan For My Book?

by Nikki Woods on Friday, February 26, 2016

Wondering if you should have gotten the “find my phone” app after you’ve lost your smart phone is sort of like wondering if you should have had a business plan after you’ve completed your book. The answer to both questions is yes, and figuring it out too late can be a costly lesson. Here are five things authors need to know about business plans.

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1. Marketability.

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3 Benefits of Pitching to Small Markets

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, February 25, 2016

According to scientists, over fishing is the ultimate danger to the ocean’s ecosystem. Because of it a variety of marine species have become extinct, the food chain has become destabilized and their natural habitats are being destroyed. It’s healthier for everyone if we fish in our own local waters and the same applies to trying to pitch to large, over saturated publications. Here are 3 benefits to pitching to small markets.

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Authenticity Checklist

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, February 25, 2016

1.  Define your goals and your mission
2.  Develop a purpose behind what you do other than making money
3.  Share your mission and your passions with enthusiasm
4.  Maintain your core identity at all times
5.  Always be consistent and avoid giving mixed messages
6.  Champion a cause to show your charitable nature
7.  Get to know your audience and their desires and needs
8.  Actively engage with your audience through social media
9.  Show personality through content like blogs/video/updates/bios etc.
10. Share secrets, advice and inside information [...]

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How To Go From Whiner to Writer in 9 Easy Steps

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

 

“Writing doesn’t come easily for me.”   “ I have great ideas, I just don’t know how to put them together,” “My mind has gone blank!”

 

If you have used any of these common excuses before starting a writing task it’s probably because you‘ve taken it on without doing the necessary prep work.   Even though you would not enter a marathon or bake a wedding cake without some real forethought and instruction, many people attempt writing books, articles or blogs that way [...]

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9 Tips For Hiring an Assistant

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Swimming with the Sharks” and “Working Girl” are three excellent movies about the relationships between bosses and assistants. In all the three the bosses are tyrants. What you rarely see though is a movie depicting how difficult it is for a good boss like you to find a bright, reliable, loyal and competent assistant. In the meantime, here are some tips that might you find helpful.

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1. Make your [...]

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4 Solid Tips For Tackling Writer’s Block

by Nikki Woods on Monday, February 22, 2016

There are some things that are just inevitable. If you wash your car, it will rain; if you have a day off, one of your kids will get sick and have to come home from school; and if you ‘re writing a book, there will be days when your mind goes blank. The good news is there are ways to push through in spite of your lack of productivity. Here are some tips:

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4 Ways To Engage Young Readers Online

by Nikki Woods on Friday, February 19, 2016

Any one who has had a recent conversation with a child most likely was competing with their technology. Whether it’s a hand-held game system, an iPad or a smart phone, making eye contact let alone getting their full attention can be a challenge. That’s why figuring out ways to engage young readers online is a win/win for authors. Here are some tips.

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1. Know your target audience.

While you may want to jump [...]

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4 Solid Tips For Boosting Your Book Sales

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, February 18, 2016

If you have ever driven by a business and seen one of those inflated dancing characters blowing around or an unenthused teenager handing out flyers and dressed as the Statue of Liberty, you know how far people will go to get sales. But if you want to boost your book sales, there is a much easier way. Here are some tips:

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1. Write a great story.

In your quest to having a [...]

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5 Steps To Getting Your Book On Bestseller Lists

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Urban novelist Teri Woods’ first book was rejected by a publisher, but that didn’t stop her. She made copies on her own and sold them from the trunk of her car. Her audience found her and eventually she reached bestseller status. There’s a better way to climb that ladder once your book is published. Here are 5 steps to getting your book on bestseller lists.

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1. Organize a pre-order campaign.

Leverage your author [...]

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