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Guest Starring in a Novel

Recently, I wrote a blog post containing ideas about how real estate agents and self-published authors could work together to sell houses and stories, respectively. Maybe the idea is a little far out, admittedly, but it does present an interesting way to connect two industries that currently operate in different areas of the marketplace.Brainstorming about creative marketing strategies for self-published authors is an intensely satisfying pursuit, and one that often yields unexpected fruit. When it comes to passing those ideas…

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Sponsoring a Book Club

I’d like to sponsor a book club’s selection of the month. The premise seems simple enough, except that I can’t seem to figure out how to go about connecting with one.For authors, getting detailed, friendly but honest, big picture feedback on our novels is a critical step in our evolution as technical writers and creative storytellers. There are many ways to be published these days, and while the stigma of self-publishing is rapidly diminishing, the challenge of connecting with readers…

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Klout, Kred, and Social Media Scoring

When I first learned about Klout, I thought the idea of providing a scoring system for social media users was smart. I still do. While I don’t regularly check my score, I have found the information useful as a general road map for reinforcing weak areas in my social media communications.The highest score I am aware of receiving on Klout is a 57, which occurred late last spring. Over the summer, the score went up and down like a rollercoaster…

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Klout, Kred, and Social Media Scoring

When I first learned about Klout, I thought the idea of providing a scoring system for social media users was smart. I still do. While I don’t regularly check my score, I have found the information useful as a general road map for reinforcing weak areas in my social media communications.The highest score I am aware of receiving on Klout is a 57, which occurred late last spring. Over the summer, the score went up and down like a rollercoaster…

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The Book Cover Debacle

Maybe “debacle” is too strong a word, but I’ve finally faced the fact that my current book covers have to go.As a part of learning the business of self-publishing from the ground up, I chose to make all of my own book covers.And it shows.           For the short stories, I used an old family photo, one of my all-time favorites, as the focal point of the covers. It made the process extra special for me,…

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The Book Cover Debacle

Maybe “debacle” is too strong a word, but I’ve finally faced the fact that my current book covers have to go.As a part of learning the business of self-publishing from the ground up, I chose to make all of my own book covers.And it shows.           For the short stories, I used an old family photo, one of my all-time favorites, as the focal point of the covers. It made the process extra special for me,…

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Fan Celebration Day, December 1, 2012

I believe it is reasonable to assert that most writers started out as readers.The serious kind. The wallet-draining kind.It is a state of bliss, reading, and one that is always as accessible as the nearest good book. Some novels deliver a new friendship to the reader in the form of a beloved character. Others introduce new worlds, ideas, or ways of living.Often, hope is found in the pages of a novel. Inspiration might be there, too. Even renewal of a…

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E-Book Sales: Charitable Giving Through Amazon

I have an idea, Amazon. It’s one I hope you’ll embrace – or, at least, fully explore.First, let me applaud the innovations you continue to bring to self-publishing, and to the many writers, authors, and dreamers who have joined with you to create a diverse, thriving virtual marketplace.As a devoted believer in the creative abilities of humans, and as one who will never abandon hope in the progress generated by united minds, I thank you.Yet, this “virtual” world -- and…

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E-Book Sales: Charitable Giving Through Amazon

I have an idea, Amazon. It’s one I hope you’ll embrace – or, at least, fully explore.First, let me applaud the innovations you continue to bring to self-publishing, and to the many writers, authors, and dreamers who have joined with you to create a diverse, thriving virtual marketplace.As a devoted believer in the creative abilities of humans, and as one who will never abandon hope in the progress generated by united minds, I thank you.Yet, this “virtual” world -- and…

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