Articles About Common Author Marketing Pitfalls

Submittable – Good for Writers…or Not?

Many online publishers and even magazines are using Submittable (previously called Submishmash) to collect queries and manuscripts from freelance writers ...
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“A publisher wants to charge me hundreds of dollars to ‘reprint’ something that is widely available for free online…”

Q - I want to quote a poem from another author in my book. I contacted a publisher that has ...
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BarnesandNoble.com STILL Experiencing Problems after Massive Cyber Attack

Lots of authors have contacted us to see what's going on at BarnesandNoble.com. In October, Barnes and Noble was the ...
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“Do people actually buy children’s picture ebooks?”

Q - Dear Angela, I'm not sure if I want to invest the money needed to have my children's picture ...
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ATTN: NEW AUTHORS – “Pre-sales” Only Work for iPhones and Stephen King

I am often asked by authors if we can offer pre-sales of their books. And, I always tell them no ...
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Have You Found Your Work in a Publication AFTER It Was Rejected? – by Kerry Martin Millan

Have you heard about Wergle Flomp Poetry Competition? It was inspired by David Taub's alto ego, Wergle Flomp. Despite penning ...
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Publisher is selling interviews with a radio host previously convicted for two counts of felony theft

Q - Dear Angela, I took a call the other day from a company looking to publish/market my books. I ...
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“My family members claimed they bought my ebook but it’s not even for sale yet. How can this be happening?”

Q - Angela, I am getting reports from people that they have purchased my book in Ebook format from Amazon ...
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“Do you keep a list of scam PR sites?”

Q - I noticed you have a page of complaints about specific publishers but do you get involved with finding ...
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55 Dos and Don’ts of Book Selling Has Been Published! – Get Your FREE Copy TODAY!!

As promised two weeks ago, my new book, 55 Dos and Don’ts of Book Selling, has been published! And, current ...
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How Can I Tell Which Book Marketing Services are Legit and Which Ones are a Scam?

Q - Hello Angela - I have been receiving your newsletter for quite a while and I look forward to ...
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Troubled Publisher’s Virus Excuse for “Being Closed” is BOGUS

I've been trying to keep WritersWeekly a virus-news-free zone (since we're all being inundated with it elsewhere) but this must ...
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How to Establish RESPECTFUL Limits with Clients (and preserve your sanity) by Jennifer Brown Banks

Editor's Note: I've accepted and published several stories over the last few years that discuss how freelance writers can improve ...
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Why Aren’t My Social Media Posts Selling Books?

Q - Hi Angela, Thank you for going to bat for writers. I have a question and I hope you ...
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“I think my book would make a great movie. How can I pitch it to Netflix?”

Q - I've been reading that Netflix is the way to go with getting a movie made from a book ...
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What’s the #1 Hidden Trap Authors Fall Into When Self-Publishing? by Brian P. Whiddon, Managing Editor

Even if you don’t use BookLocker to publish your book, we want to share with you the worst business practice still ...
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Do Market Research BEFORE Marketing!! – By Amy Keeley

Self-publishing is a business. A successful business looks to see if there's a demand for what it's trying to sell...before ...
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“I’m willing to pay someone to promote my book…but who should I hire?”

Q - Angela— I have a question. I’m getting a lot emails from book promotion sites like (name removed), (name ...
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“Should I pay a book review site $1.50 for every copy of my ebook that they give away for free?”

Q -  Hello Angela, It appears that there are lots of book review sites online. One that caught my interest ...
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NICE TRY, FELLA! The FUNNIEST Fake Book Proposal We’ve Ever Seen!

Sometimes competitors and others test BookLocker.com to see if we really do screen manuscripts that we're considering for publication. Yes, ...
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