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5 Tips For Naming Your Characters

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Name five characters from books you’ve read and movies you’ve seen. The authors and writers of these works would be thrilled to know they had done a great job coming up with memorable names. The odds are they put some real thought into naming these characters and you should too. Here are some tips:

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1. Find out underlying meanings.

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Should I Have a Newsletter? 8 Benefits of Blog Newsletters

by Nikki Woods on Monday, April 25, 2016

For years my parents have mailed out newsletters during the Christmas holidays updating family and friends on what our family was up to. A pre-curser to Facebook posts, these newsletters usually included only the good stuff going on in our lives…graduations, weddings, births, job promotions, grandson’s home runs (Go Tyler), etc. I would imagine there were some people who look forward to getting these newsletters and others who for whatever reason are not in the mood to hear about the [...]

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5 Better Ways To Start a New Writing Project

by Nikki Woods on Friday, April 22, 2016

The good news is you have a new writing assignment that could bring you more exposure, more opportunities and hopefully more money. The bad news is, the creative juices just aren’t flowing. Here are 5 ways to start a new writing project that might help:

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1. Brainstorm ideas.

Brainstorm ideas and make a list of what you’d want to write about. What are your goals? What are you passionate about? What story do you [...]

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4 Tips For Writing From Creative Prompts

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, April 21, 2016

Has a word or situation ever triggered something in your brain that has inspired you to write? Of course it has. The problem is, it rarely happens when we need it. Creative prompts are those things that get us going when we’re feeling uninspired. Here are some tips:

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1. Explore your prompts.

Don’t just run with the first idea that comes to your mind. Think about various story premises and angles for your prompt [...]

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6 Tips For Hosting a Book Reading

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

If you enjoy going to music or comedy venues you probably have your favorite spots. Whether it’s small and intimate or a large arena, the acoustics, visibility, lighting and overall ambiance can make or break a performance. The same with your book reading. There are some things you can do to make your audience’s experience memorable.

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1. Choose your location.

Do some research and choose a location that adequately serves the endeavors of your [...]

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10 Steps To Market Your Books Locally

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Even Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” finally realized there’s no place like home. But like her, many of us have our eyes set on finding success in far away places. When it comes to marketing your book, national exposure is great but don’t sleep on the importance of becoming a local success. Here are 10 steps that can help you understand and achieve that goal.

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When I wrote my first novel “Easier Said Than Done,” I was adamant about using a cover photo depicting my grandmother’s house. It was important to me because part of the story took place at her home in Jamaica. I learned when I re-released the book years later that my decision should have been based less on my personal feelings and more on what would appeal to the audience I was hoping to attract. Armed with new information, I chose [...]

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Sticks and stones will break your bones but names…and bad reviews will never hurt you! That’s not always true, but as writers we have to learn how to handle criticism like pros. Here are 5 ways:

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1. Never respond.

Receiving a bad review is inevitable. You may think you’re the only writer who has ever received a negative review on your article, book, or other literary work; but that’s not the case. [...]

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25 Questions To Help You Identify Your Target Audience

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Have you ever been upset with your child for not making up the bed correctly, but then realize you’d never actually taught him how to do it the right way? I think about that example when we encourage writers to target their tribe without explaining how to do it. Here are some questions that will help you zero in on your audience with the right marketing message, blog or book.

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1. What is [...]

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5 Content Marketing Editorial Calendar Tools For Writers

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

My blogger friend has no problem coming up with topics to blog about, her problem is organizing her content, scheduling and keeping track of the blogs that she’s written. Even if you’re an organized person, having an editorial calendar for your blogs, website, and social media is sure to make you more productive. Here are 5 tools you should check out:

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1. Google Sheets & Calendar.

A simple spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel, Google [...]

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