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11 Paying Seasonal Markets For Writers + Holiday Money-Making Tips! by Angela Hoy

11 Paying Seasonal Markets For Writers + Holiday Money-Making Tips! by Angela Hoy

While it's too late to sell Christmas articles to magazines, some websites and blogs may still be interested in your seasonal ideas. As you drink a frothy hot chocolate, feel the warmth of the crackling fireplace, and gaze at candles and twinkle lights, grab a small notebook because it's the perfect time of year to create a list of seasonal ideas to pitch to magazines, blogs, websites, and book publishers - all year long!…

“Amazon Won’t Remove My Book! Are They Violating My Copyright?”

“Amazon Won’t Remove My Book! Are They Violating My Copyright?”

Anybody with an Ingram account (like the resellers listing it on Amazon) can pick up Ingram's feed, and can list the book for sale on Amazon, or anywhere else, including sites like ebay. By the way, I checked and your book IS for sale on Ebay as well. Many of those resellers have thousands of books for sale and they really don't care if a book is later inactivated. They also don't appear to care about the accuracy of their listings since there are countless errors appearing on Amazon.…

How We Prepare The “Home Office For HURRICANES! By Angela Hoy, WritersWeekly.com, BookLocker.com, AbuzzBooks.com and PubPreppers.com

How We Prepare The “Home Office For HURRICANES! By Angela Hoy, WritersWeekly.com, BookLocker.com, AbuzzBooks.com and PubPreppers.com

After several notes from concerned authors, we posted an update to the website that details what we do to prepare for hurricanes. It includes info. about our services being located in another state, our four (yes, four!) different ways of accessing the Internet in a crunch, food and water storage, and even an update on what our employee Brian, who works on a boat, does to prepare his "home," and much more.…

How BookLocker Has Remained Profitable for 17 Years…when so many others have failed by Angela Hoy, WritersWeekly.com, BookLocker.com, Abuzz Press and PubPreppers.com

How BookLocker Has Remained Profitable for 17 Years…when so many others have failed by Angela Hoy, WritersWeekly.com, BookLocker.com, Abuzz Press and PubPreppers.com

BookLocker.com has been in the business for 17 years, and has published more than 7,000 titles in that time. We've seen many competitors rise and fall but we're still going strong. We are a lean organization. We keep our costs down while only working with a limited number of authors each year. This enables me (one of the two owners) to work with every single author one-on-one. We break even on setup fees, and earn our profits on book sales so we and each author have a vested interest in the success of their book.…

What’s The Secret to Ongoing, Consistent BOOK SALES? by Angela Hoy, WritersWeekly.com & BookLocker.com

What’s The Secret to Ongoing, Consistent BOOK SALES? by Angela Hoy, WritersWeekly.com & BookLocker.com

Many authors want to blame the publisher, the printer, the distributor and even retailers for their lack of book sales and some get offended when I'm honest, and tell them it's their lack of promotional activities that has led to decreased or non-existent book sales. Authors get bored with book promotion. Even one week of lower sales can lead to discouragement, spurring many authors to start a new book (or watch puppy videos on YouTube, or share recipes on Facebook, or binge-watch Netflix) instead of promoting the book they already have up for sale.…

World’s Worst Query Letters and Book Proposals For September, 2016!

World’s Worst Query Letters and Book Proposals For September, 2016!

Oh, yes! We know you’re excited!! Today, we're going to share another installment of our popular column, World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters. Featured below are real quotes from query letters and book proposals submitted to us over the past few weeks.…

CREATESPACE COMPLAINTS – PART IV

CREATESPACE COMPLAINTS – PART IV

CreateSpace is a mess. The process to get the proof is no problem. Everything was going swell until I ordered 50 copies on the 9th of January and chose expedited shipping. They shipped it standard, then it took 5 days to print the book, then another 5 days to get it to USPS. Then it was sent off, only to be delayed another 2 days. Now it's the 20th and I need it for a book signing on the 23rd and there's no way it's getting from Pennsylvania to Lafayette, Louisiana in 2 days. Hopefully your service will be done correctly.…

Topic, Common Themes, and Winners of the WritersWeekly.com Summer, 2016 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

Topic, Common Themes, and Winners of the WritersWeekly.com Summer, 2016 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

For the past six weeks, we’ve spent every spare moment judging the hundreds of entries submitted for the WritersWeekly Summer, 2016 24-Hour Short Story Contest. In case you’re not familiar with our quarterly contest, this is how it works. On the date of the contest, at start-time, we send out the topic for that specific contest to all registered entrants, while also posting it on WritersWeekly.com.…

HELP! MY PUBLISHER IS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!! How Can I SAVE MY BOOK Without Going Broke?!

HELP! MY PUBLISHER IS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!! How Can I SAVE MY BOOK Without Going Broke?!

Over the last 2 weeks, we've received reports from authors that another well-known P.O.D. publisher recently kicked the bucket. In their email notice (which used the word "regret," but offered no apologies, nor an explanation), they told authors to pay them ($250 to $300 per author!) if they wanted copies of their production files and an ISBN. That's right. AFTER those authors paid upwards of $1,000, $2,000 or even more to get published, the publisher is trying to drain their wallets further...as they're kicking those authors out the door...…

Want Christmas Sales for Your New Book? Get. Published. NOW!!! It’s Easy! Here’s How! By Angela Hoy

Want Christmas Sales for Your New Book? Get. Published. NOW!!! It’s Easy! Here’s How! By Angela Hoy

When September 1st arrives, I'm sweating and in fast-forward mode. At each of these pivotal moments, I'm reminded that I will be getting little sleep from now until Christmas week. Yes, around 17 weeks of puffy eyes and sore fingertips, but also the excitement and satisfaction of helping so many authors launch their new "babies" into the world! And, I LOVE every minute of it! (Well, except for the sleep-deprivation part...)…

PART II! THINGS GOT NASTY! – Author With Dementia…Or Victim of Daughter’s Deceit?

PART II! THINGS GOT NASTY! – Author With Dementia…Or Victim of Daughter’s Deceit?

...she came out swingin'! She sent me a scathing email, laden with typos (which was odd because she claims to be a "mental health professional" with a PhD), saying that my note to her father forced her to discuss this with her father before she was ready to do so (remember that part for later). She made allegations about her dad being verbally abusive toward his wife. She made some other pretty disturbing accusations about him as well. She said I shouldn't have contacted him without having medical or psychological training (what?!).…

We Just Hired An Ex-cop And Veteran…Who Lives On A Boat – By Angela Hoy

We Just Hired An Ex-cop And Veteran…Who Lives On A Boat – By Angela Hoy

Our one-on-one, owner-to-customer service isn't changing. Richard and I will still have direct contact with our WritersWeekly and BookLocker families. But, we are shifting things around a bit. Richard has always performed the majority of the back-end computer work, which can be taught to someone else. He really wants to get more books on the market under his own name. I haven't released a new book in two years myself and I finally realized that I might never release another one if we didn't hire someone to help with some of my activities. For example...accounting. Like many writers, I DETEST accounting and anything even remotely related to math. (Ug! Why didn't I hire someone to do that years ago?!)…

OUCH! Some So-Called “Authors” Should NOT Be Writing Books! By Angela Hoy

OUCH! Some So-Called “Authors” Should NOT Be Writing Books! By Angela Hoy

If I was truly honest, and told them to give up the craft, or to go to back to school (some of these folks literally need to start all over at the Kindergarten level), I would be harassed for eternity. Most people simply can't accept or comprehend the truth and, no matter how reasonable or gentle your message to them is, they will never believe it and they will hate you for delivering it. They may even try to destroy your reputation online through libelous, anonymous posts.…

World’s Worst Query Letters and Book Proposals For June, 2016!

World’s Worst Query Letters and Book Proposals For June, 2016!

Oh, yes! We know you’re excited!! Today, I’m going to share another installment of our popular column, World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters. Featured below are real quotes from query letters and book proposals submitted to us over the past few weeks.…

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