Hugh Howey, John Dumas and Danny Iny all have one thing in common. The bestselling author, top-ranking podcaster and profitable entrepreneur have a habit of giving their books away for free.
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I'm often struck by the opening sentence of a novel or short story. It can draw me in and set expectations for what's to come. This isn't always true, of course, but a story's first line is the author's opening salvo.
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Blogs are a great way to get started, particularly if you are a non-fiction author as you already have your book to re-purpose content into a blog or to use your book as an idea generator for your blogs.
Everyone has a story to tell and for years as a broadcast journalist Ann Murray Paige's job was to tell those stories. Now as a breast cancer patient, she is sharing her own story on film, in speaking engagements, and on the page.
Artfully written, a novel can make you leave behind your world -- at least for the hours you spend reading -- and enter the one unfolding on the pages before you.
The publishing houses are certainly not beyond reproach as judges of worthy literature. Yet, despite their warts, the publishing industry does serve a valuable role as an initial arbiter of literary quality (however flawed it may be).
Some of the best novels have very believable protagonists, so it almost seems sort of/kind of possible to meet them. One of the pleasures of reading is immersing ourselves in a fictional world to the point where we can imagine being part of that world -- at least as a fly-on-the-wall.
There are few things as gratifying as the art of a good conversation. Sure, they might seem scarce today but they do occasionally crop up, leaving us ...
If you want your book to be bought and read by the widest possible audience, you have to start marketing it long before its publication date. Here are some simple tips on marketing that every author should take to heart.
Are you a success? Clearly it all depends on who you ask. Or maybe if you're smart you'll stop asking anyone and not look beyond yourself to figure it out. Because is it what anyone else thinks, or is it what you think?
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