Articles About Common Author Marketing Pitfalls

Does This Marketing Company Know the Definition of “Copyright Infringement?”

I was copied on the following email from one of our authors this week. Under his email, you can see ...

Should I Pay Brilliant Books Literary to Showcase My Book at a Book Festival?

An author forwarded an email he received from Brilliant Books Literary / BrilliantBooksLiterary.com. Like many of these types of solicitations, ...

BACK ON OUR SOAPBOX! REPEAT AFTER US: “Real Publicists and Literary Agents Do NOT Spam Authors!” by Angela Hoy and Brian Whiddon

We are receiving DAILY emails from authors all over the world. And, almost all of them begin or end with ...

YOU DECIDE: Is This a Book Review Scam?

Q - Hi, Angela, I hope your Holiday was splendid and blessed. Thanks for any help you gave in getting ...

Which Companies are Committing Crimes by Impersonating Legitimate Publishers?

Q - Angela, I am sorry that I keep hitting you with this garbage, but you are the only resource ...

5 Tips to Not “Get Got” in Your Freelance Business! By Jennifer Brown Banks

“Knowledge is power.” As a veteran freelance writer, I can attest to that. There is always some type of risk ...

SABOTAGE! Another Danger When Accepting Book Returns!!

I recently received the following email: Angela, You may have talked to my brother about his book. This is an ...

6 Imperative Steps for Book-Promoting (and all!) Podcasters By Cliff Burns

My wife and I are grandparents, but live some distance from our kids, which means we must frequently commute for ...
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COMPLAINTS about Your Online Publicist / YourOnlinePublicist.com / (YOP)

I received the following message this week: Subject: "Your Online Publicist" I have received several phone calls from this company ...

TRICKY BUSINESS? Another Reason to NEVER Let Someone ELSE Register Your Website Domain!

Here is a conversation I had with an author last week. AUTHOR: A website design firm designed and managed my ...
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One VERY Easy Way to Know If You’re Talking to a Scammer

Angela, In just the last 6-months, I've received 3 contacts concerning my book. One was a phone call from a ...
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Yet Another “Publisher” is Telling Authors This Specific, Bald-faced Lie

I received a complaint from an author today about a company I am familiar with. Other authors have complained about ...
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“Why are so many books out of stock at Amazon now?”

Q - Angela, I noticed both of my books are now out of stock at Amazon. I don't understand. Did ...
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Can You Share Your Email List With Me?

You'd be surprised how many people ask me to share my email lists with them...for free. I won't even do ...
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Marketing to Libraries – A Waste of Time?

I’m often asked how new authors, both self- and traditionally-published, can get their book into libraries. Traditional publishers often don’t ...

How I Got a Quarter of a Million Views on My TikTok Video – in Just 3 Days!

QUICK UPDATE: I started writing this article last week. My TikTok video is now up to 462,000 views. I haven't ...
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Can Anyone Really Tell the Difference Between Self-Published and Traditionally Published Books Now?

Angela, There is, on Facebook, a popular group that does reviews of articles, books, etc. (and their focus is on ...
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The Old Amazon Best Seller Scam is Still Happening! Don’t Be Sucked In!!

Best Seller: "A book or other product that sells in very large numbers." - Oxford Languages "A popular product and ...

“Have you heard of this publishing company that called me? Are they any good?”

Q - Angela, I received a voicemail from a (name removed), group researcher in the (name removed) company's marketing group, ...
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7 Simple Mistakes That Will Stagnate Your Book Sales (And How to Avoid Them)‍ By William Opar

If you've been selling books online for some time now, then you must have noticed that things are changing rapidly ...