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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Recently Answered Questions:



Q –

Angela,

In my book, I am using the name of an actual hospital. Strange goings-on happen at this hospital. Should I make up a fictitious hospital?


A –

I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Please consult with your attorney for any specific legal questions concerning your book. 

That said…

Years ago, one of our authors used the name of an actual inn in his town as the setting for his horror novel. The book is called THE INN: A Cocoa Beach Ghost Story and it is entirely fictitious. The author not only obtained permission to use a real business in his horror novel, but the business also, in good spirit (pun intended), purchased copies to place in each room of the inn. They also sell copies to guests. So, it’s a profitable partnership for everyone and the ghost story probably drives business to the inn.

However, that is a special case. What if an author does not obtain permission, and what if his or her novel actually harms a business?

What if you include a murder in the hospital you’re writing about? Most hospitals are private entities (not owned by the government). If I have two hospitals in town and I think there was a murder at one of them, I might believe that 1. that hospital has bad vibes or evil in it and/or 2. that hospital has horrible security. If I needed care, I’d be going to the OTHER hospital in town.

So, to answer your specific question, NO, do not include that hospital in your book. Sure, you can ask them if you can but, I promise you, they’re going to say no.

Let’s think of another example. Let’s say an author writes a novel about a suicide pact in town where young people are flinging themselves off a particular well-known building – a  building that is privately owned, and that houses many local businesses. Can you imagine the number of lawsuits that would be possible in such a scenario?

Another author might write about a terrorism plot at a local mall. Some people are simply dumb (I’m not going to sugarcoat it), and believe that everything they read is true. That story might frighten some people out of visiting that mall in the future, harming the mall’s owners, as well as the retailers with businesses inside.

Unless you can work a mutually beneficial deal with a local business (like The Inn example above), and have an attorney draw up paperwork to protect you from any and all liability, do NOT use the names of real buildings, malls, hospitals, businesses, etc. in your novel. Doing so not only will not help sell more books, but it may also bankrupt you in the end in legal fees and judgements.

I’ve actually heard from authors who wanted to use a real name/business/location in novels to later “surprise” the individual/business when they find their own name (or the name of their business) in the book. Yes, as ludicrous as it sounds, some people really are THAT stupid.

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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!

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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 – 

Hi Angela,

I don’t believe that my novel has sold outside the USA. JustFiction! has contacted me about issuing an edition with different cover art that would be offered to its international readers.

I believe that I have the right to do so. Please let me know if that is permissible?

Be Well!

Bill


A –

JustFiction! is what we call a P.O.D. Poacher.

Please see:

SOLICITATION ALERTS: JUSTFICTION! EDITION

Warnings for writers –JustFiction Edition

Just Fiction Edition scam

Careful of JustFiction! Edition — SCAM

And:

POD POACHERS! When Bottom Feeders Lure Authors Away from Their Existing Contracts, and Charge Thousands More!

The BookLocker edition of your book is for sale on all of Amazon’s foreign sites, and numerous other online retailers across the globe. You don’t need to pay JustFiction to republish your book. A new cover isn’t going to make your book sell overseas. Promotion is what will make the book sell.

If you haven’t already done so, please read:

90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online! (this book is free for BookLocker authors)

~AND~

55 Dos and Don’t of Book Selling (which is FREE for everyone)

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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!

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HowMaster: The Writer's Guide to Beautiful Word Crafting




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writing that pulls readers into their book. She explains with instruction
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and samples of published works how to craft writing that come to life in the reader's mind.




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Q – 

Angela,

Could you notify Amazon that they may be getting some orders because my book is being showcased by the San Diego Library?


A –

Amazon will not stock a book based on any upcoming small display of a book anywhere. Unless an author is also a celebrity, or is a best-selling author with a brand new book coming out, or is scheduled to be featured on a major network show (meaning tens or even hundreds of thousands of copies expect to be sold), they simply do not care. I’m sorry if that sounds harsh but it’s the truth.

Amazon will only stock books based on their system’s algorithms, which involves tracking customer interest and sales through Amazon’s website only. Stocking copies of one title, which might sell 5 or 10 (or even 100) copies after being displayed at a library, is of no interest to Amazon. If they don’t have any copies on stock, they’ll simply order copies from the publisher if someone orders that book from Amazon. Even if your book is published by Amazon, they would do the same thing.

At BookLocker, every author has direct access to me (the President and CEO). I care about every single one of our authors, and their book sales.

Amazon, on the flip-side, has billions of products for sale on its site. Amazon doesn’t care one iota about any authors (except celebrity ones). Based on Amazon’s actions in the past, it’s clear they only care about their own bottom line. And, stocking copies of one book that may be displayed at one library would not be worth their time or effort when they can simply order copies through their automated system later.

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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!

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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.

Q –

Angela,

We had our book published by (name removed). One of their persons states he is a literary agent. Supposedly, a person representing (a major movie studio) called us and asked us to produce a resume, proof of ownership, and a ‘film license.’ Now, we are being asked by the literary agent to give him money for this ‘film acquisition license.” Is this normal?

Thanks.


A –

You did not receive a call from a major movie studio. The caller and the so-called literary agent are running a scam. Run, run, run as fast as you can away from that publisher.

I know it’s tempting. Like a lottery ticket…except FAR more expensive in the end! You WILL throw away thousands of dollars if you fall for this scam.

And, when any author is looking for a publisher, he or she should avoid, at all costs, doing any business with any publisher (or anyone at all) who claims they will turn your book into a movie for a fee.

READ MY LIPS. IT’S A SCAM!

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










The Fearless Freelancer: How to Thrive in a Recession


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  • Stand out in a sea of freelancers so clients choose you
  • Make freelance marketing as easy as tying your shoes
  • Find high-paying clients that still need freelancers now
  • Create marketing that will attract those clients
  • Succeed in a recession even if you’re a new freelancer


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The short and sweet answer to this questions is, “NOPE!”

I can’t tell you how many authors literally wait until a week or two before Christmas to decide that they’re NOW ready to get their book published. And, boy oh boy, do they get MAD when I tell them they are plum out of luck if they think we can do everything required to get a book on the market AND get copies to them in just a week or two….especially this time of year.

Publishing a book requires:

  • Professional cover design (and the author approving that design)
  • Interior formatting and conversion (and the author approving those files)
  • Uploading files to the printer
  • File processing by the printer
  • Print galley (proof) printing, and shipping that to the author for approval
  • Approval by the author, and then “release” of the book by the publisher through the printer’s and distributor’s systems.

While we DO have a two-week publishing package (for a higher fee, of course), processing an order for books after print galley approval, printing and shipping those books, and the author then receiving those books is NOT going to happen by Christmas.

Add to this the fact that every printer has a backlog in the weeks leading up to Christmas. A print on demand book order that would normally ship in one to three days can take two or more weeks this time of year.

If you want your book published by Christmas, and if you want to have a LOT less stress, and have time to review your files, do a final edit, and even get endorsements, to say nothing of doing actual marketing to sell copies to readers before Christmas, please contact us no later than OCTOBER. Better yet, contact us now to get your book published next month. Why wait until Christmas? The longer your book is for sale, the more copies you’ll sell!

Oh, and if you do contact me this week, and complain that I can’t get 25 copies to you before you leave for Grandma’s house next week, please find another publisher. Our website clearly states we don’t work with jerks. That includes procrastinators who spew profanity at me because I can’t perform a Christmas miracle.

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Well, as they say, it takes all kinds…

Last week, we ran a link to a news article about an author who was censored by a school district. She has written a book about the horrors she endured when she was kidnapped and then held captive and repeatedly raped by ISIS. Why was she censored?

Because the school district didn’t want to offend Muslims.

Our reader, who I will call Crazy Karen, asked if were were “seriously linking to a FOX News story.” She said that’s the last place to find truthful information. She then asked us to cite more reliable sources if we’re going to talk about politics. She then wrote, “What a joke!”

Our Managing Editor, Brian, responded to Crazy Karen:

Below are links to the exact same story from MSN, The Gazette (won a Pulitzer), The UK Daily Mail, and the NY Post. Does that make you feel better?

This is a story about the RE-abuse of a rape victim (who is also an AUTHOR) – not politics. 

Needless to say, we did not politicize this issue. Crazy Karen did.

Get a life, Karen!

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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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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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Q –

Hi Angela,

I was online reading the news this morning and a major newspaper has published an article that has the exact same title as my book. I came up with that title. I own it. My book is copyrighted! Can I sue them?

Thanks.

M.N.


A –

I’m glad you wrote to me before you wasted thousands hiring an attorney.

Book titles can’t be copyrighted. They can be trademarked but trademarking is very expensive and there’s no guarantee your trademark application will be approved.

I found your book on Amazon. While many authors assume their book’s title is entirely unique, that is very, very rarely the case. And, that includes yours. There are six other books on Amazon with the exact same title as yours. And, they were all published before your book. Authors should ALWAYS search Amazon for a book title they’re considering using. Search Google, too.

On a similar note, authors should never get so emotionally invested in their book’s title that they’re tempted to do something downright foolish if “their” book title appears anywhere else.

Awhile back, an author submitted a manuscript to BookLocker that had the same book title as a book we’d published years prior. When I notified him of the conflict, he got very testy with me, and accused me of finding his manuscript somewhere online (before he contacted us), and giving his title to another author to use, which is beyond absurd. He then insisted I remove the previous book from my inventory, and terminate the other author’s contract, which is even more ridiculous.

In the end, I told him to have his book published elsewhere. He was clearly a JERK and our website clearly states, “We don’t work with jerks.” I’m always happy to send the mean, nasty, and narcissistic authors to our competitors. 😉

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The Fearless Freelancer: How to Thrive in a Recession


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Freelancing in a recession doesn’t have to be scary. The Fearless Freelancer gives you a proven, step-by-step process for getting steady, high-paying clients—from a freelancer who’s thrived during two recessions.



Whether this is your first recession or you’ve been through this before, discover how to:

  • Boost your confidence so you can stay calm and focus
  • Stand out in a sea of freelancers so clients choose you
  • Make freelance marketing as easy as tying your shoes
  • Find high-paying clients that still need freelancers now
  • Create marketing that will attract those clients
  • Succeed in a recession even if you’re a new freelancer


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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!

I just can NOT understand some people! SERIOUSLY!!

A woman living in the U.S. really, REALLY likes a particular foreign author. She likes the author’s work so much that she took it upon herself to have the author’s works translated. She claims she asked the author for permission, but didn’t receive a response. Yet, she still went ahead with her (illegal) project.

I guess she thought that the author would be so thrilled to have someone translate all of her work for free that she’d grant that person English-language rights to her books. HA HA HA HA HA.

Is that not absolutely ABSURD?! And even a bit stalker-ish?

So, this woman, who calls herself an “author,” sent me parts of the manuscript to review. She wrote that, if she couldn’t get permission from the author, she simply wanted to publish the book, and have 40 copies printed for herself, and for her family and friends.

She just assumed she had the right to do that. What in the WORLD is wrong with that woman?!

I had to swallow all of the snarky comments swirling in my head (and it was REALLY difficult for me to do that!), and I responded with this:

You can’t publish the book, nor print any copies at all (including for personal use) until you have received a signed legal release from the author.

She stopped contacting me after that. I wonder which one of our competitors she’ll try to trick next?

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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:


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HowMaster: The Writer's Guide to Beautiful Word Crafting




Author Linda M. Gigliotti draws from years of practice as a private
writing tutor in the guidebook that teaches writers how to format visceral
writing that pulls readers into their book. She explains with instruction
and samples of published works how to craft writing that come to life in the reader's mind.





HowMaster is a wise choice for the writer who wants to weave words around the reader’s heart.


Author Linda M. Gigliotti draws from years of practice as a private
writing tutor in the guidebook that teaches writers how to format visceral
writing that pulls readers into their book. She explains with instruction
and samples of published works how to craft writing that come to life in the reader's mind.




Read more here:


http://booklocker.com/books/2304.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 –

Angela,

I was recently published by a local magazine. I’m thinking about hiring a press release service to spread the word about my article. Editors might be interested in my article since it’s not an “advertisement,” and then people reading it will see a mention of my book in the bio.

What are your thoughts on this?

C.A.


A –

I appreciate your angle of thinking people will be more willing to read quality, informative content than they will an ad. And, providing that type of content, with a subtle ad at the end, is also a very good idea. You’ll get far more eyeballs that way.

However, buying press release services to announce getting published in a small magazine is a very bad idea.

First, editors at other publications aren’t going to care that you were published anywhere. They hire writers every day. Getting published is not seen as impressive to them.

Second, those editors aren’t going to be willing to send eyeballs to another publication (where your article appears).

Third, press releases are a waste of money. This isn’t a new thing. It’s been going on for years. There are numerous services that are happy to take your money to create and email or fax out a press release here, there, and everywhere. The problem is, journalists, bloggers, magazines, newspapers, and many others (including myself) are inundated daily with “press releases.” Most of them are simply junk that have “For Immediate Release” typed at the top. The vast majority of press releases are thrown away, sight unseen. I have an email filter that automatically sends press releases automatically to trash.

In essence, unless that press release is directly related to a celebrity (i.e. Stephen King just released a new book), nobody is going to read it. If there is a real news story that people care about, the media (even small, local outfits) are all over it already because real “news” spreads so fast now, especially since the explosion of social media.

Press releases don’t work for selling books, or much of anything anymore. Don’t waste your money. Please download your free copy of 55 Dos and Don’ts of Book Selling RIGHT HERE.

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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!







Fall 2020 24 Hour Short Story Contest




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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Q –

Hi Angela!

Can you send me 30 writing prompts from your 24-Hour Contests? I would like them to write short stories for NaNoWriMo. Thanks!

Sincerely,
Martina K.


A –

You can read ALL of our past contest topics RIGHT HERE. Of course, you are welcome to use those to create a book of short stories for NaNoWriMo! I love that idea!! 🙂

We are now accepting entrants for the Winter contest, which will be in January. Only 500 can participate so sign up today if you want to play! 🙂

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