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Independent Bookstore Day is Here!

Writers need readers. Writers are readers. Readers need books. This Saturday, April 29th, keep your book buying local and participate in Independent Bookstore Day. The event is nationwide and many small shops are participating. New books, old books, traditionally published, indie published – it’s all out there and yours for the buying. If you’ve been saving up to splurge on a stack of new reading material, now is the time, book lovers. As writers, we never know what experience will…

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The Help of Others

A guest post by writer Jessica Loftus: I’ve always thought that the idea of writing being a completely solitary lifestyle was a myth. The act of writing is solitary, not the life of a writer. Especially a fiction writer. For those of us that have the characters in our heads all the time, we wish we were alone sometimes. I have times in the middle of the night where I’m trying to relax and then my characters start having fights.…

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Amazon Vs. Hachette

Let me open this blog post by clearly stating my position: I am not for or against Amazon. I am not for or against Hachette. I am on the side of the marketplace. Sometimes, this is the toughest position to be in. Loyalty pulls in one direction while, often, practicality pulls in another. Consider: I am an avid reader of books. If I find myself in a store that sells books, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of me leaving…

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Spanx Me, NaNoWriMo!

Forget “March Madness.” Instead, make it “March Marketing Madness.” As part of all this basketball craziness, I recently filled out my bracket for the family pool. I’m not doing well; I think even my sister-in-law’s grandmother is ahead of me. Still, there is value in participating in creative activities outside of one’s normal comfort zone, and staring at all those match-ups got me thinking about business. In “March Marketing Madness,” the sports teams are replaced by companies. The purpose of…

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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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Author Interview: Jason Scott Gleason

Bio: Jason Scott Gleason is a resident of Elkridge, Maryland, where he lives with his fiancé, her son, their cat, her bird, his snake, the other’s two lizards, and a couple of fish claimed by nobody. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in the small town of Mandeville. While not busy holding down a day job, he enjoys spending his free time writing, and can be found at the Maryland Renaissance Festival while it is in season.…

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Marketing a Book: Sean Biederman, The Concept Farm

  Today we have a special interview with Sean Biederman, Account Supervisor at The Concept Farm. His company creates the book trailers for James Patterson. Sean is here today to share his experience, thoughts, and advice on making successful book trailers, and on creating and defining a Brand. Enjoy! Website: www.conceptfarm.com Blog: www.freshideas365.com Twitter: @TheConceptFarm Facebook: The Concept Farm Based in New York City, The Concept Farm, a hybrid advertising agency, production company, digital development studio and entertainment development group…

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Author Interview: Jon F. Merz

Today's post continues a series of interviews with authors in my Twitter community. Happy reading! Jon F. Merz: Novelist (Lawson Vampire books, Rogue Angel), screenwriter, non-fic author, TV dude (THE FIXER), partner at New Ronin Entertainment, Bujinkan Ninjutsu 5th dan Website:   jonfmerz.net and thefixer.tv Twitter:    @jonfmerz What is your genre? JM: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Thrillers and pretty much anything that I have a blast with. How many ebooks have you published? JM: Wow, I think between novels, novellas, and short…

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Marketing: Quotes About Life

In honor of today being the thirteenth—a lucky number in our family—I thought I’d send out the next installment of TwitterQuest a little early. The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to read the ideas, advice, humor, and the just plain bizarre from the Twitterverse. @HarmonyAnnEvans Harmony Evans…

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