The Flying Nun, Oprah, and Me – by John Riddle

The Flying Nun, Oprah, and Me – by John Riddle

When I was 17 and a few months away from graduating HS in 1970, our family lived in public housing projects in Chester, PA. While watching an episode of “The Flying Nun” one night, I was intrigued by the closing credits that were dedicated to one of the writers who had passed away. Right then and there I prayed, and asked God if he wouldn’t mind making me a writer one day.

Moments later, I felt inspired to write my own episode. Using an old Royal Typewriter (with a few bent keys), I created eight pages of what I thought was “great material.” However, when I showed it to my English teacher at the Catholic HS I was attending, he told me it was “the worst piece of crap” (he used a different word) that he had ever read and that I should consider a career as a ditch digger.”

Right then and there I vowed that, one day, I would see my name on multiple covers of books and that I would travel the country, inspiring and teaching other people to follow their dream of writing. A few months later I enlisted in the Navy.

Fast forward through seven years of collecting rejection slips and I finally sold my first magazine article! I had arrived!!! With no college degree, but lots of clips, I could not get a job as a “real writer” so I drifted from being a payroll clerk at the Dupont Company (seven years) to a few part time jobs after I left there to pursue my writing dream.

A few years later, I found myself working as a Development Director in charge of fundraising and public relations at a local nonprofit agency. It was the best of both worlds, allowing me to use my gift of creative communication to write grant and fundraising letters, and to create special events. For example, I tried to set the Guinness Book of World Records by having the largest number of people dance the twist with Chubby Checker!

After seven years at one agency, I took another Development Director job at an agency closer to my home. I raised a boatload of money for them in the first 15 months or so and they rewarded me by laying me off.

As I sat home, licking my wounds, wondering where I was going to find another full-time job, etc., I remember watching the Oprah show one afternoon. She was going through the phase of the show where she would have self-help experts come on and tell people, “If you want it, make it happen, etc.”

I finally had my “light bulb moment!”

Why was I wasting my time looking for yet another full-time job when, by this time, I had tons of clips (The Washington Post, among others)? Thankfully, the Internet was still in the early stages and I started reaching out to editors online.

As of this date, I have written and sold 34 books to traditional publishers, and have worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. My byline has appeared in major publications all across the U.S., and I have written articles for over 200 Websites.

And I’m not done yet…

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John Riddle is a freelance writer, author, and ghostwriter from Bear, Delaware. His byline has appeared in major newspapers, magazines, websites and trade journals all across the country. He is the author of 34 books, including a few health and medical titles, and has worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. John is also the Founder of I Love To Write Day, a grassroots campaign he launched in 2002 to have people of all ages practice writing every November 15. Last year over 25,000 schools all across the United States held special I Love To Write Day events and activities. He is a frequent speaker at both Christian and secular writing conferences, and recently appeared at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. You can obtain a quote for John’s ghostwriting services here: https://marketplace.writersweekly.com/ghostwriters

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It's A Dirty Job...Writing Porn For Fun And Profit! Includes Paying Markets!

Fact is, writing porn is fun! It's also one of the easier markets to crack and make money at while you're still honing your skills. "It's A Dirty Job..." is one of the only resources that can teach you everything you need to know to create your stories and target your markets.



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Recently Answered Questions:



Q –

Angela,

Is it appropriate for a publication to ask a writer to sign up for a corporate payment platform in order to get paid for a single article? I recently did an article with a very quick turnaround. In order to get paid, I am expected to sign up for a corporate payment platform that asks me to identify myself as a company owner and not an individual/independent contractor. I do not want to misrepresent myself, especially where my SSN is involved, and feel uncomfortable about the amount of information I am being asked to provide. I asked if there is any other way to be paid, and received a brusque reply that I was “required” to sign up.

This was NEVER disclosed to me before writing the article and I’ve never been expected to sign up for a corporate account to be paid. I’m not an employee. I just wrote one article. 

At this point, I am willing to walk away from this payment and publication because it is setting off every red flag. Am I right?

– D


A –

It’s possible the publication knows how troublesome signing up for such a service is (especially if you must provide them with your social security number). They may be using that as a way to discourage people they’ve hired from seeking payment (yes, I’m cynical).

If the payment platform was not mentioned when they assigned the article to you, demand immediate payment in another form. If they refuse, let us know and we’ll publicize their ridiculous behavior on WritersWeekly.

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7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

Make Sure Your Marketing is Targeted at the Right Audience



 

Q –

I’ve been asked to give a talk about my book by a local organization. HELP!

Public speaking does not faze me but I’ve never done it about a book. Do you have any ideas, advice, dos and don’ts? Am I supposed to read sections of the book as I’ve seen people do in movies?

As you can see, I haven’t got a clue.

– N.


A –

I recommend doing a reading of a portion of your book – the most tantalizing section of your book and/or one that you feel will most directly and personally connect with that particular audience. Then, do a Q&A with the audience about that section/chapter. When you’re doing the reading, be sure to look up often at your audience so they will feel connected to you. If they are, they will be much more likely to want to engage with you by asking questions or making comments.

Be sure to interject plenty of personal info. into your answers! People LOVE hearing personal stories from authors. Storytelling is a VERY effective marketing technique.

If the audience starts to get quiet, and stops asking questions, have a list of questions for yourself…but don’t ask yourself the questions out loud, of course. Rather, say “Some of you might be wondering how I discovered…” or “You might be asking yourself why I chose to….” That way, you can fill in any dead time between potential readers’ questions.

If things are really quiet, read another tantalizing portion, and then begin the Q&A step all over again.

During the entire process, remember that the more engaged and excited you are about your topic, the more engaged and excited your audience will be as well. Be animated, talk with your hands, walk around while answering questions (don’t stand in just one spot), smile a lot (unless it’s a depressing topic), and don’t be shy about sharing not just your writing with your audience, but sharing the real YOU with them as well.

Be sure to have plenty of copies to sell to that excited, engaged audience when you’re finished! The most connected they feel with you, the more likely they will want to support you by buying your book. And, remember to have a way to collect money – cash, checks, AND credit cards. For the latter, I recommend Square.

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Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!



Angela Hoy's book will get you started!



  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing


Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.



The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.





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TRAVEL WRITING 2.0: Earning Money from your Travels in the New Media Landscape - SECOND EDITION


Completely revised edition of the ground-breaking travel writing book that provides a road map to success in the digital age. It dives headlong into the entrepreneurial world of blogging and digital books, while still acknowledging the real money to be made in declining print forms.

Drawing on interviews and survey responses from more than 100 successful travel writers and bloggers, this is the definitive guide to creating success instead of waiting for permission. Written by a veteran, award-winning writer with two decades of experience as a book author, online publisher, freelancer, and blogger.

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Q –

I would like to create a book of my favorite poems from my childhood by some of my favorite authors. They are very old and a lot of the authors are probably dead. I want to give them credit for the work but I want a book that has all of my favorite nursery rhymes etc to share with others, sell to others… Is that possible or do I need to have express
permission?


A –

What I actually sent to the person above:

Unless those are now in the public domain, you will need to find the copyright owners of all of them, and request permission.

What I WANTED to send to the person above:

It’s truly bizarre how many people think they are entitled to profit from someone else’s hard work, even though they are just a fan of that work. Some people seem to think that the creator of that work will be sooooo enthralled with the praise that they’ll say, “Oh my goodness! Thank you! Of COURSE you can cut into my sales, and use my material for your own profit!!!

Hell, no, you can’t use those poems without permission and I’m positively flabbergasted that you even asked!!!

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The Best of Boyd's Blogs: 87 Solutions to a Life of Better Speaking and Listening






Ever wish you could have your favorite blog in book form? There's nothing like flipping through the pages and reading helpful snippets here and there.

In this book, Steve Boyd gives you that very opportunity. He has intrigued his readers and clients for years with his insightful newsletters and blog posts. This book includes some of his most interesting stories and communication tips, from listening to speaking. As he quotes this Chinese proverb, "From listening comes wisdom and from speaking repentance."

You won't need to repent from your next speech if you use these articles to guide both your preparation and delivery. As an avid reader of his blog said, "These articles are priceless! People need what you have to say."





Steve Boyd's articles on motivation and communication-related topics have appeared
in various publications. His books on public speaking have sold over 30,000 copies.
He is a popular after-dinner speaker and conducts workshops for businesses and associations
whose members want to speak and listen effectively to improve personally and professionally.




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Q –

Hi Angela,

Each time I start trying to write, ideas and thoughts start to fly around in my head. So, then I start taking separate notes because those ideas don’t fit in the part of the book I’m writing, or aren’t part of writing my book at all. 

Now, I find I have done far more note-taking than writing. And, each time I try to get back to writing, the ideas start all over again and MY BOOK ISN’T GETTING WRITTEN! 

Any advice you can give me?

M.B.


A –

I TOTALLY understand! I have a very active (okay, OVER-active) brain as well and, when I’m doing one thing (writing), my mind is often separately going in a million different directions. Some of those thoughts are related to the book (and, yes, I take notes on the side, too) while others couldn’t be farther from the topic of the book (i.e. “I need to remember to check Mason’s English lesson,” “Did I add Thousand Island dressing to the grocery list?” “Do I have any appointments tomorrow?” “I only have one pair if clean undies left…must do laundry tomorrow!”).

The best advice I can give you is to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea every morning, before you even check your email, and write for an hour. If your overactive brain invades your writing, IGNORE IT. Those thoughts and reminders will come back to you later in the day. DO NOT WRITE THEM DOWN.

Even if it’s a difficult writing session, and if you have to rewrite that part later, at least you’ll have something to go on (lead you) the following day. Also, it helps me immensely to read what I wrote the previous day just before I begin writing anew in the morning.

And, finally, don’t try to edit what you’ve written until that hour is up. Your productivity will be much higher if you resist the urge to go back and tweak the spelling on something, or change punctuation. Write now. Edit later.

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Q –

Hello Angela,

For the past two years, I have been working with a client who is slow to pay, and who demands more work before paying for previous work. At one point, he owed me for more than 100 articles. He finally paid, and then asked me to start writing for another website and he promised to be more professional.

Later, he claimed he’d already paid for that work but he had not. He always acts happy and appreciates my work until it’s time to pay me. I don’t think I can deal with the anxiety anymore.

What do you think would be the best approach from here?

L.


A –

To be completely honest, I would have “fired” that client LONG ago.

My advice is to get the most recent payment and then bolt, or demand he pay you up front, in full, for all future work. That guy isn’t worth the trouble. It’s only a matter of time before he leaves you high and dry on your most recent batch of articles.

Oh, and you should also raise your rates.

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BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K - $100K Publishing Contracts - by Angela Hoy



Peek over the shoulders of highly successful, published authors to see how they landed publishing contracts worth $10,000 to $100,000! An enticing yet professional book proposal is the key!

BONUS! Successful ghostwriter, Anton Marco, shares his secret for landing ghostwriting clients. Don’t miss Anton’s real ghostwriting contract at the end of this book! It provides an example of what he charges and the payment terms he requires from each client.

The Best of Boyd's Blogs: 87 Solutions to a Life of Better Speaking and Listening






Ever wish you could have your favorite blog in book form? There's nothing like flipping through the pages and reading helpful snippets here and there.

In this book, Steve Boyd gives you that very opportunity. He has intrigued his readers and clients for years with his insightful newsletters and blog posts. This book includes some of his most interesting stories and communication tips, from listening to speaking. As he quotes this Chinese proverb, "From listening comes wisdom and from speaking repentance."

You won't need to repent from your next speech if you use these articles to guide both your preparation and delivery. As an avid reader of his blog said, "These articles are priceless! People need what you have to say."





Steve Boyd's articles on motivation and communication-related topics have appeared
in various publications. His books on public speaking have sold over 30,000 copies.
He is a popular after-dinner speaker and conducts workshops for businesses and associations
whose members want to speak and listen effectively to improve personally and professionally.




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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

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Q –

Hi Angela,

Thank you for going to bat for writers. I have a question and I hope you can help? I wrote a book and I’m trying to sell it. My social media posts just aren’t working. I keep posting the same ad over and over again and my book is NOT selling. What am I doing wrong?

LD


A –

Without seeing your ads, I can’t give specific advice. However, I can tell you why some social media posts don’t work:

1. Limited audience

If you only have 100 friends on Facebook, or 25 followers on Twitter, and if most of those folks aren’t interested in the type of book you wrote, repeatedly posting ads for your book to the same group over and over isn’t going to work. (And, in fact, it might lead to people unfriending and unfollowing you). If your friends list isn’t large, I recommend purchasing ads on Facebook and other social media sites. Whatever you do, don’t “buy” friends and followers. Those services are scams. You’ll be buying bots, not people.

2. Private Facebook Page

If you have your Facebook account set up so only “friends” can see your posts, that greatly limits your visibility. I recommend, when doing your marketing posts, set those specific posts to “public.”

3. Text vs. Graphic Ads

Posting text about your book isn’t likely to attract many eyeballs. Creating memes in a graphics program is more likely to catch someone’s attention. What performs even better are video ads and they’re not difficult nor expensive! Read more about those RIGHT HERE.

4. Boredom factor

If you’ve created a meme to promote your book, and you’re running the same meme over, and over, and over, people just aren’t going to see it anymore. Keep your ads fresh by creating new ones every couple of weeks or so.

5. “Follow” the Facebook and other feeds of major news companies.

When they post a link to an article that might be of interest to your specific genre of readers, post a helpful comment underneath their post, and casually mention your book. You can even provide a link where they can buy it.

There’s a LOT more advice along these lines in 90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online.

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Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!



Make Sure Your Marketing is Targeted at the Right Audience



Q –

I’ve been reading that Netflix is the way to go with getting a movie made from a book now. My book could even be a series. It’s action-packed and would look great on the screen. Should I mail them a copy of my book with a pitch letter?

R.R.


A –

You’re going to be very disappointed. You can read a detailed answer RIGHT HERE and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

I do know an author whose mini-series is being filmed now, and will be on Netflix. The process was very time-consuming, and very expensive. Luckily, he found investors. Unfortunately, simply sending your book to Netflix is not how it works.

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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!



Angela Hoy's book will get you started!



  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html

How Many Copies Of Your Book Would You Have To Sell In Order To Break Even?




Q –

Angela,

I hope you can help me. I run a very niche writing service. For a long time, I was the only person that I knew of who was offering this service. A few months ago, I learned of another website that looked eerily similar to mine. Apparently, this person found my website, thought it was a great idea (it is), and decided to do the exact same thing.

While healthy competition isn’t a bad thing, what happened next was awful. The owner of the website started posting negative reviews about my service online. She has never used my service. As far as I know, she and I are the only ones offering this service. She posts under different names but the claims made and the writing style show it’s the same person.

I don’t have the money to hire a lawyer to subpoena websites for the true identify of this person. Her website is so new that I doubt she’s making much, if any, money yet so I doubt any lawyer would take my case on a contingency basis. I don’t know what to do! I can’t sleep at night anymore because I am so angry and I feel like I don’t have anywhere to turn!

Is there any advice you can give me?

L.P.


A –

Bad press really can be good press. When you are attacked by an unknown adversary, you MUST come out swinging. The absolutely worst thing you can do is to ignore the negative posts, and hope people will just forget some day.

If you are absolutely certain that the woman who owns that website is the one posting the comments, your offensive actions should include:

1. Posting a page on your website featuring legitimate customer reviews. If you did not solicit those comments from your customers, state, at the top of that page, that they are “Unsolicited Customer Testimonials.” That is very important.

2. Posting an article on your own blog telling the story about what your competitor has done to you. Don’t be afraid to include information on how much she has hurt you, caused you lost sleep, etc. Personalizing the story will get far more attention.

3. Grab a BIG cup of coffee, and start posting responses to ALL the negative reviews she has posted about you. Simple go to those websites, and click on the option to “respond” or “comment” under her scam posts. I would write it something like this:

The poster above is my competitor, and is online posting false negative reviews using a variety of fake names. To see unsolicited testimonials from my customers, please visit: (include the link of your testimonials for #1 above).

To read about my experience dealing with this scammer, please see: (include link to your article for #2 above)

When companies don’t respond to “negative press,” they always look guilty. While it may take some time, and may be stressful, once you come out swinging, that person will eventually skulk away into the night. Unfortunately, she’ll probably find someone else to victimize in the future.

A few years ago, a similar thing happened to us at WritersWeekly. We’d previously exposed a scammer in WritersWeekly Whispers and Warnings, detailing his illegal activities. He got mad, sent us actual physical threats, and then started an online smear campaign across a variety of websites.

After we laid out the details of what was transpiring in an article posted to our site, and promoted the link on social media, writers and authors were so impressed with our aggressive actions against libel that our business went through the roof! The following month, we had more sales than we’d had in any other month in the history of the company.

So, you see, you really can turn a negative into a positive. People love to read “dirt” online, and exposing a scammer for what she is definitely IS juicy. Give your article a good title that makes clicking irresistible, and watch how the chips fall. You may find that this scammer actually helped your business in the end. 😉

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

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Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed


A systematic approach to writing that generates better quality quickly!


Chock full of ideas, tips, techniques and inspiration, this down-to-earth book is easy to read, and even easier to apply. Let author Jeff Bollow take you through a process that brings your ideas to the page faster, more powerfully and easier than ever before.




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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing


Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.



The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.





Read more here:


http://writersweekly.com/books/6712.html





90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

Q –

My previous publisher stopped paying royalties so I fired them and republished my book with someone else. It just went on the market and, today, the old version is showing up above the new one when I search on Amazon. How can I get them to remove the old version from their site? I don’t want my previous publisher stealing even more money from me.

Ava


A –

If Amazon has copies of an old book for sale, they can legally sell those copies because they already purchased them. And, your previous publisher has already been paid for those copies. If those copies have been on Amazon’s shelf for a long time, their system makes the old version more visible to potential buyers in order to move that inventory. Unfortunately, the only option to get rid of those books is to buy the old copies from Amazon.

However, even if you do that, Amazon still won’t remove the old listing because they allow people to sell used copies of books on their site. But, if you have purchased Amazon’s existing inventory (for self-published books, it’s usually only a handful of copies), Amazon’s system should point people searching for your title to the most recent page, showcasing your newest edition.

For future reference, when you republish a book, I always recommend giving it a new title. That way, when new readers are searching for your book, they won’t get confused by seeing the old version.

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2 Responses to "The Flying Nun, Oprah, and Me – by John Riddle"

  1. Amy Bartlett  May 4, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Great piece and great encouragement as always to keep the writer’s nose to the grindstone. Consistent message from one of the best freelance-process “coach”es in the biz.

  2. Roy Stevenson  March 30, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Nice inspirational piece, John! Good for you, for keeping on. I’m wondering if the 200 websites you have written for all paid for your work, or if you wrote for some of them gratis?

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