Tips for authors: How to create a book trailer

Creating a book trailer is a tough decision for an author — it’s a project that demands a lot of time, energy, sometimes money, and may or may not help sell books. I debated whether or not to make a trailer for Forgetting English when the book first came out in 2009. Even as a …

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Tips for authors: How to do a “virtual book tour”

With Out of Breath‘s virtual book launch party taking place on Monday (you’re invited!), I wanted to offer a few tips for all authors on how to create a virtual book tour. So, what is a “virtual book tour”? It’s simply another way to get out there and do what authors do — talk about …

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Blogging tips for authors

The first bit of advice most writers get about book promotion is usually: “Write a blog.” And it’s great advice. Yet writers often think, “Wait…I’ve just spent six years on this novel, and now I have to write more?” Well, yes. Of course, some published writers are published solely because of their blogs (there are …

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Twitter for authors

I admit to being late to Twitter. I just didn’t get it. I didn’t get why I should be, or how anyone else could be, interested in 140-character updates about people’s lives. But then my book was published, and everything changed. Not only have I “joined the conversation,” as they say, I also manage several …

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Writing prompt by author David Hubbard

Hello, writers! I’m delighted to feature a writing prompt by the very talented David Hubbard, who is one of those rare writers who excels at both poetry and prose. David is a writer/poet living in Carlsbad, California, about thirty-five miles north of San Diego, where he works as an environmental law attorney. He published poetry …

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