Articles About Common Author Marketing Pitfalls

Do NOT Pay Someone to Showcase Your Book at a “Virtual Book Fair!”

Q - Angela, I received an unsolicited phone call from a senior marketing consultant at a company that displays books ...
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World’s Worst Query Letters and Book Proposals For December, 2020!

Oh, yes! We know you’re excited!! Today, we’re going to share another installment of our popular column, World’s Worst Query ...
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Should You Use Booksniffer to Promote Your Book?

I recently received the following email: Hi Angela, Attached is a screen shot of an e-mail I received from "Booksniffer." ...
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BOOK PROFIT PRICING: How To Price Your Books For Maximum Profitability – by Jennifer Brown Banks

Some time ago, I got an “S.O.S.” from a client in distress. Her email to me stated that she was ...
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Staging Your Zoom Background to Sell More Books! – by Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg

We're the authors of three books - and we have been presenting our popular book talk to audiences for almost ...
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Amazon is Screwing Over Authors and Publishers ONCE AGAIN!

The latest action by Amazon that hurts authors and publishers is explained in Publisher's Weekly. To summarize: People can buy ...
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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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