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Mailing List Tip: Scrubbing Giveaway Leads

Mailing List TIP: Having trouble with high unsubscribes when you import your giveaway leads or shared lists? Watch this recording of a live presentation I did, which helps Fiction Authors import leads (aka email addresses) from giveaways and shared author efforts while drastically reducing unsubscribes. This method also encourages the right readers, who are REALLY interested in your books, […]

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5 Secrets to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Publishing Contract

As authors-turned-editors, we’ve learned a number of truths we wish we’d known when we were authors. Though this article is based on our own experiences as small press editors, many of our colleagues—Big 6 included—wholeheartedly agree with the following points. However, not many of them are willing to share such information. They vehemently shake their […]

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How To Build Your Mailing List Quickly

Trying to get people to join your mailing list can be a little tiresome. I’ve recently stumbled upon a method that has helped me add over 900 subscribers to my list in a little under 3 months. It’s inexpensive in the grand scheme of things, and it takes very little effort, which allows me to […]

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Re-Blog: Here’s a Handy Trick If You Use Word by Leah Braemel

Warning Scrivener Users! I had a melt-down-worthy moment with Scrivener recently. (I’m on a PC, by the way.) I just finished composing my entire 113k manuscript for my next novel and Scrivener did some updates to their software. When I opened my manuscript in the updated version, it told me I had to convert the […]

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The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas, According to Science

Someone in my RAMN (Romance Authors Marketing Network) group posted this article in our Facebook group and I just HAD to reblog it here! I find myself referring other authors to this article often, so I thought it would be easier to re-post here. Nice reference for me and now available to those in my […]

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Plugin Review: MyMail Newsletter

UPDATE: I still think this is a nice option for authors who have a small mailing list. However, I will caution you that if you’re actively building your mailing list – which you should be if you want to make money from writing books – you will quickly outgrow this plugin AND your website will […]

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Arial’s Author Toolbox

I’ve been doing a LOT of reading lately, but not fiction. This year (2015), I’ve been spending a lot of time honing my craft and doing my best to be a more efficient writer. In addition to that, I’ve been focusing on how to best market myself as an author. Self-published authors – and actually […]

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Indie Authors – Should You Publish Your Books to Audio??

I’m just gonna answer this question right off the bat: YES! Now I’m gonna tell you… Why you SHOULD produce your books to audio. HOW to do it AND how to do it for FREE (or at least no money up front) When you should do it for free and when you should pay outright […]

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3 Dangerous Book Marketing Ideas which Drain Your Bank Account

Bookmarks…jewelry…spa items…promo items in general… You can put your book cover or author name on anything nowadays and though these items do get a lot of attention (Who doesn’t like free stuff, huh?) are they a worthy investment? Are you wasting your money on these items and not seeing a large return on sales? Here […]