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Why is Blogging Important? 7 Credible Reasons

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Can you market your book without a having a blog? Yes. You can also have pancakes without syrup. But why would you? Here are some reasons why blogging may be more necessary than you think.

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1. It helps you build an audience.

In today’s world, people are constantly searching for valuable information and ways to connect with those who provide that information. If you’re someone who’s skilled or an expert in a particular subject area, [...]

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5 Strategies for Successful Speaking Engagements

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, October 6, 2016

“But I’m a writer, not a speaker!” Not any more, especially if you want to be able to promote your book and your brand to people who are probably eager to buy. Here are some tips:

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1. Research the conference.

Landing a speaking engagement gig will most likely have you feeling overjoyed and excited. Now that you’ve achieved this goal, it’s time to prepare for your presentation. Research your upcoming conference to determine the [...]

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Creating Believable Characters: 7 Pieces of Advice

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The best books have characters that remind you of your real life family and friends. Bestselling author Terry McMillan says she creates believable characters by giving them traits of people she knows well. Here are some more helpful tips.

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1. Jot down your ideas.

As you begin brainstorming ideas for your short story or novel, you’ll also embark on identifying the type of characters to take readers on this journey. Make [...]

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10 Tips For Using Social Media To Promote Your Book

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Your social media followers know all about your son’s touchdown, your high school reunion and how many steps you’ve taken this month. So, when it’s time for promoting your new book, how can you be sure the message gets to the right people? Here are some tips:

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1. Create attractive images.

With the constant influx of information available on the web, a post about your book can be easily missed among numerous other updates. [...]

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8 Better Ways To Meet Writing Deadlines

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

How many alarms do you have? Most of us receive alerts on everything from our phones to our wireless activity trackers. But no matter how many signals we have reminding us of pending deadlines, there are things we have to do to make sure we meet them. Here are a few.

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1. Create a schedule.

In a perfect world it’d be the easiest thing to dive into a project right away with zero [...]

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6 Book Signing Tips to Sell More Books

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, September 22, 2016

How many times have you stood in line for an autographed copy imagining the day when you would be signing your own books. The question is, when the time comes, will you be ready? Prepping for a book signing encompasses much more than having an ample supply of black Sharpies. Here are some tips:

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1. Craft your own announcement.

In advertising your book signing event, craft your own attention-grabbing message(s) for bookstores [...]

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8 Success Tips For Writing a Guest Blog Post

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sometimes we have more invitations than we know what to do with. But every once in a while there’s an event we’d love to be part of and have to work extra hard to be placed on the guest list. If you’re a blogger how do you get the chance to share your info on a hot site? Here are some helpful ways for writing a guest blog post.

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1. Identify your goals.

Similar to [...]

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7 Solid Tips For Self-Publishing Success

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, September 15, 2016

If you’ve been around toddlers, you know they’re constantly trying to assert their independence. You will commonly hear “I’ll do that,” as you attempt to comb their hair, feed and dress them, and eventually they master each of these tasks because they’re excited to get to the next level. This same kind of enthusiasm and confidence can also work for you if you’re considering self-publishing your book. Here are some things you should do:

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4 Reasons Writers Need To Market Their Books

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How did you hear about the latest book release from your favorite author? Even if you don’t have the budget to purchase advertising on mainstream media, there are plenty of things you can do to get buzz going about your new book. Here are some reasons it’s important:

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1. Connect with your target audience.

Before you even begin to write a book you first need to know who you’re writing [...]

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6 Top Mistakes Writers Make When Querying Agents and Publishers

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, September 8, 2016

“He’s Just Not That Into You” was a popular book that gives women tips on how guys really feel in spite of what they say. Some of us need the same kind of help when it comes to attracting agents and publishers. If they aren’t returning your calls, here are some things you might be doing wrong.

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1. Neglecting to thoroughly edit manuscripts.

Many writers tend to think that because they’ve spent so much [...]

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