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Monthly Archives: March 2016

4 Steps To Planning a Book Signing Event

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Whether it’s New York Fashion Week or the return of the McRib Sandwich, success is boosted by the hype leading up to the event. Your book-signing event is no different. Here are 4 strategic steps for planning a successful signing.

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1. Zero-in on location.

Meet your audience where they are. Do some research and list locations where your event could take place. Many authors think a book signing event must be held at a bookstore, [...]

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6 Tips For Hiring an Intern

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

If you are looking at an intern as free or cheap help, you’re looking at it wrong. An internship is a win/win opportunity for you and someone who is interested in learning about your business. Here are 6 hiring tips that will make the experience worth your time and hers.

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1. Identify what you’re looking for.

When deciding to hire an intern, you need to know what you’re looking for. What are the most [...]

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3 Top Sites For Starting a Blog

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Whether your book has been published or it’s still in the draft stages, it’s never too early to start a relatable blog. But once it’s written what happens next? Here are 3 tips:

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1. WordPress.

WordPress is one of the most popular and powerful blog creation websites available today. It offers the ability to create a personal blog or business website for free, or a paid version for advanced capabilities. Additionally, it is [...]

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8 Ways To Nail Your Virtual Book Tour

by Nikki Woods on Monday, March 28, 2016

Before worrying about high-priced airfare, a clothing budget and who’s going to keep your kids, ease into your book tour by going virtual. Here are 8 ways to do it!

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1. Determine your goals.

Similar to writing any literary works, knowing what you want to achieve before you begin pitching ideas is important for executing a virtual book tour (also called blog tour). Do you have an author blog or website? Do you want to illustrate [...]

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7 Tips To Gain Publicity

by Nikki Woods on Friday, March 25, 2016

Barring the way Kim Kardashian, the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford or Sweet (Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That) Brown became household names, there are some really legit, harmless and dignified ways to gain publicity. Here are 7 tips for getting mad coverage you (and your kids) can be proud of.

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1. Identify your target media.

Do your research and carefully choose what you want to cover, the media outlets you want to target, and [...]

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5 Tips For Writing a Column

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, March 24, 2016

How many times have you thumbed through a magazine and only read the columns? If you’re like most people, the answer is often. Columns are regularly the most read sections of newspapers and magazines, and writing one can be a very lucrative gig. Here are 5 Tips for wiring one.

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1. Meet your deadlines.

While you may think writing a column is the same as blogging, that is not the case. An editor plans [...]

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9 Tips To Land a Book Deal

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Night at the Museum are fantasy books that were turned into extremely successful movies. All three feature a young girl, boy or man trying to find their destiny. Writers seeking a publishing deal sometimes feel as though they are on a similar wild journey of ups and downs. These 9 tips can make it easier.

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1. Complete your manuscript.

Many aspiring authors bank on [...]

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3 Reasons To Enter Writing Contests

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Your mom loves your writing, your BFF is your biggest fan. But how do you know if you really have what it takes to become a respectable author? Writing contests are good barometers. Here are some tips for entering.

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1. The chance to win.

Many writers are drawn to writing contests as they imagine the possibility of winning the attractive prizes. While these contests promote amazing prices, the environment is highly competitive and [...]

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3 More Tips For Being a Creative Parent-Writer

by Nikki Woods on Monday, March 21, 2016

Whether you’re from the Windy City or visited frequently, you’re familiar with Garrett’s Popcorn and their famous mix of cheese and caramel popcorn. It’s the perfect balance of salty and sweet. As creative parents, we often are searching for the perfect balance of doing the jobs we’re consumed with and spending time with our children. Here are 3 tips for doing a better job.

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1. Focus on your goals.

While you’d love to retreat [...]

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5 Reasons to Create an Editorial Calendar

by Nikki Woods on Friday, March 18, 2016

Whether your schedule pops up on your device daily or you scratch your to-do list down on the back of your Starbucks receipt, most of us do better when we jot down our writing goals. That goes especially for bloggers. Here are some tips on building a useful editorial calendar.

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1. To keep in line with your goals.

If you’ve decided to start blogging, the first thing you need to do is define what [...]

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