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6 Steps To Designing a Book Cover For Your Novel

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Whether or not you’re a fan of “The Godfather,” the novel or the films, you probably can close your eyes and see the iconic book cover in your head. Any author would be lucky to have a cover design that incorporates so many elements that work together. The artist used only white on black with a dash of red and yellow. Terry McMillan’s “Waiting to Exhale” cover is the opposite but equally recognizable with four women dressed in bold, bright [...]

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There may have been a time that you gave little thought to how a story’s location came to be. You may have thought when you read a novel you loved that primarily took place in New York City on the set of a Morning TV News show it was the author’s first choice. It may have been. But she might have also considered a family owned-bakery or the trading floor at the NY Stock Exchange. Here are some questions to [...]

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7 Tips To Throw an Online Book Party

by Nikki Woods on Monday, May 23, 2016

Think of everything you need to do to host an amazing party and forget it all in preparation for your online book party. NOT! Even though an online book party is a little more laid back it still takes prep work if you want yours to stand out among the rest. Here are 7 tips:

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1. Choose your venue.

Choose the right venue for your audience to happily attend your book [...]

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3 Ways To Use Social Media Groups as a Writer

by Nikki Woods on Friday, May 20, 2016

Like many of you, I enjoy watching home improvement shows on TV. It’s always fun to see how homeowners with the help of a team of builders and designers can turn an existing space into something brand new. As writers, we should always be looking for ways to add on to our craft and our audience. One way is by joining a group on social media. Here are three tips:

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6 Key Items You Should Have On Your Author Page

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Try having an imaginary conversation with fans of your books. It might go something like this.

You: Thank you for supporting me.

Them: Oh wow, I love your writing. I only wish I could write a book. You make it look so easy. Are you working on anything new?

You: I am.

Them: I wish I could get inside your head and follow your process.

You: Check out my Author Page.

Your Author Page should be a creative way to keep your tribe informed and engaged. [...]

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5 Mistakes To Avoid With Your Synopsis

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Have you ever asked a question expecting a 30 second answer that ends up being five minutes? Did it bore you, annoy you or make you feel like you’re valuable time was being wasted? A synopsis of your book can draw the same negative responses if it’s too long or doesn’t engage the reader. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid.

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1. Too much detail.

While it may be tempting to include all your intriguing research [...]

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3 Ways to Write Strong Scenes

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

In Sister Souljah’s novel “The Coldest Winter Ever,” the main character, Winter, befriends an unsuspecting older woman at an upscale bar. After they chat and drink for a while, Winter walks to her car. I won’t give it away but the next line is, “she never saw it coming.” I remember it so vividly because it was such a strong, well-written, memorable scene. Here are 3 tips on how to write one.

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We’ve all seen and even laughed at YouTube interviews featuring over eager, often unprepared people. Many of them have become Internet famous. Don’t be like them. Fifteen minutes of fame isn’t enough especially if your message is lost in your onscreen antics. There are much better ways of getting interviewed by the media. Here are 6 tips.

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1. Identify your story.

Figure out what newsworthy story you have to share with [...]

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3 Steps To Building a Strong Plot for Your Novel

by Nikki Woods on Friday, May 13, 2016

It’s happened to most of us. You’re driving in unfamiliar territory following the directions on your GPS and suddenly the device loses its satellite signal. Things were going so well, now all of a sudden you’re lost. That’s kind of what happens when you begin writing your novel without fully developing your plot. You might start out on the right track but at some point you will lose your way. Here are 3 steps to making sure your plot is [...]

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6 Tips To Craft Your Elevator Pitch

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Will Smith, often heralded for his outstanding work ethic says “if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” That means, not only perfecting your craft but being prepared whenever a great opportunity comes your way. Having the perfect elevator pitch (a short summary that describes your project in a way that will leave the audience wanting more) could turn a chance meeting into a deal of a lifetime. Here are six ways to make yours pop.


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