Improving Your Writing Skills & Marketing

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    Scott Lorenz of President of Westwind Communications Discusses Why Book Awards Matter

    Scott Lorenz Discusses How To Use Facebook To Market Your Book

    Tany Sousanna of The The Soussana Group, discusses Why An Author Needs A Publicist in Today's Market Where the Name of the Game in Publishing is Getting the ‘Word’ Out Think P  R – Generating a BUZZ – on Your Book!


    Peter Winick, a content strategy consultant and book marketer working exclusively with non-fiction authors and thought leaders globally discusses Monetizing Your Platform Strategically – Go Beyond the Book 

    Margaret Brownley, Author of Twenty- Five Novels Presents Questions To Ask When Starting A Novel

    The Following Webinar Was Contributed By Writer's Digest

    Writer with a Day Job: Creating Balance between Your Work and Your Writing Life

    For most writers, the day job—with the salary and the health insurance that often goes with it—is as much part of the writing life as our words on the page. Sure, we all dream of quitting our day jobs and writing “full time,” but the fact of the matter is, with the exception of a few best-selling or celebrity authors, most writers work a day (or night) job. And you know what? Having a day job to support your writing can be a good thing, so long as you’re willing to reconsider how you think about your job and it’s relation to your writerly aspirations. After all, your day job offers you a pre-structured schedule and the worry-free finances you need to actually get do your writing—and that’s just the beginning.
    Writer with a Day Job: Creating Balance between Your Work and Your Writing Life looks at ways in which we can fit regular writing into our busy days. As parents and/or as 9–5 workers, the days seem already packed. But The Writer’s Guide to Beating the Daily Grind will help you to re-examine your schedule to find an optimal and regular writing slot—a time that works best for you.

    The webinar covers:

    • Attitude adjustment, including the act of regarding yourself as a writer and according your writing due significance in the competing demands and the ""bucket list"" of your life.

    • Scheduling: Find the time. From sun up to bedtime, there has to be 10 minutes in there someplace!

    • Morning writing: What works. What doesn't work.

    • Nighttime writing: What works. What doesn't work.

    • On the commute or on your lunch hour: How to set yourself up for timed writing 

    • Writing at the doctor's office or in other unexpected places: How to get the most from those incidental moments throughout your day.


    Philip Yaffe Contributes His Thoughts Concerning Resurrecting the Bullet Point:The Return of an Old and Valued Friend

    The winter and spring seasons are great times of the year for book fairs and festivals. Authors can combine a little travel with a little book marketing and book promotion. Book fairs are wonderful places to interact with fellow authors, publishers, network with book industry leaders, locate a book publicist or book editor, and learn what’s new in the marketplace.Scott Lorenz has provided us with some excellent suggestions.


    Scott Lorenz explores several reasons to rename a book such as adding a subtitle to be friendlier to search engines. Another important reason is to get a new copyright date because many book critics will not review an old book and reviewers often define an “old” book as one with a copyright of more than a year old.

    There’s an endless supply of marketing ideas and suggestions for promoting your book. Some of them work and others, not so much. No matter what marketing strategy you choose to implement, the success of your endeavor boils down to execution. Without proper execution, many wonderful ideas end up dead in the water. Keep this in mind before your jump head first into the marketing ideas below. Careful planning can transform these tips into amazing marketing techniques that have the potential to catapult your book sales.

    Tom Von Deck author of author of Oceanic Mind - The Deeper Meditation Training Course: for Beginning and Advanced Students of Meditation and Yoga has some interesting comments concerning meditation and book marketing.

    The 3 P’s of Promotion: Pursuit, Perseverance, Patience

    Nina Amir Discusses Building Author Platfor by Pitching Yourself to the Media

    Nina Amir discusses the quickest and easiest way to write a book blog

    Nina Amir shares her thoughts with author Jane Atkinson on how to turn a writer into a speaker

    Nathan Segal, Author of Secrets of Profitable Freelance Writing Discusses 4 Fast Methods of Finding Freelance Writing Work

    Nathan Segal, Author of Profitable Freelance Writing Discusses How Magazines Pay for Your Work

    Nathan Segal, Author of Secrets of Profitable Freelance Writing Discusses How To Find Paying Magazines With Keyword Research

    Nathan Segal Author of Secrets of Profitable Freelance Writing Discusses The Right Tools For Your Freelance Writing

    Nathan Segal Discusses 5 Strategies For Success As A Freelance Writer

    Nathan Segal Discusses The Value of an Editor

    Jo-Anne Vandermeulen contributes her valuable thoughts concerning book marketing to

    Jerry D. Simmons Discusses the future of print books in this excellent article

    How to Give a Great Print Media Interview: Five Tips You Don't Want To Miss Contributed to by Marsha Friedman
    CEO EMSI Public Relations

    Authors of cook books have an advantage over traditional authors because they can employ a TV appearance to increase book sales. One of the best ways for cookbook authors to get this extra exposure is to demonstrate their capabilities by showcasing recipes and talent on an in-studio cooking segment on television

    If you want them to read, teach them to write

    Aggie Villanueva Discusses Six Useful Twitter Apps

    Aggie Villanueva Discusses How To Analyze Your Twitter Effectiveness

    Aggie Villanueva Discusses What You Should Expect From A Book Publicist?

    Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm with a special knack for working with authors and entrepreneurs to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more.

    Scott has graciously provided with a list of these Book Fairs and Book Festivals that authors and book lovers should attend

    An interesting commentary from Philip A. Yaffe, author of The Gettysburg Approach to Writing & Speaking like a Professional

    The purpose of expository (non-fiction) writing is to inform or instruct, not to show off your literary prowess. The fact is, the better you write, the less people are likely to notice. And this is how it should be. The reader’s full attention should be on what you are saying, not how you are saying it.

    Philip Yaffe contributes some great tips on writing

    Writer & Author Phillip A. Yaffe comments on the purpose of punctuation

    Award-Winning Author Sandra Dallas Comments On Where Do You Get Your Ideas

    Writing is easy--as long as you don’t have a life. 

    The Universe works in mysterious ways -- most often in ways we cannot even perceive. I recently received notice that I had written award winning fiction. The funny thing of it is I used to think that in order for me to have the house of my dreams -- I would have to be living my dream life -- that of being a best-selling author.

    Many people you hear from these days will loudly and stridently say You Must Have A Web site if you want to promote and sell your books And, to a degree this is true

    Conversations are happening online in real time and now these conversations are being tracked, measured and searched. By becoming part of the community and paying attention to the dialogue around you, I believe your marketing efforts will benefit greatly this year and in the years to come

    Don’t let one editor’s, one reviewer’s, one reader’s opinion of your work cause you to throw in the towel, though. If all else fails, will your writing to the college or high school you attended, and some future generation will discover your unappreciated genius

    For all the fancy new technology mediums we’ve developed over the past century, writing remains the core skill that feeds all other forms of communication, the bedrock upon all other communication is constructed Radio executives will argue the spoken word and sound effects cannot be beat

    There’s a big irony to the writing process, and it is this: While we seek to optimize our creativity while writing, the inert nature of the task works against the brain’s ability to perform at its imaginative best It’s become axiomatic that flashes of insight or even grand epiphanies come to us while showering, driving, walking, hiking through the woods and so on

    When I first began writing professionally in 2006, one of the first things I did was pick through my copy of Writer’s Market for every resource I could find. Writer’s Market, published once a year, has a list of helpful websites and other resources a writer might be interested in. I looked at many of the websites listed there, hoping to find that magical website that would make me a wealthy and creatively satisfied author. Almost four years later, I still haven’t found the “magical” website. I have, however, created this list of resources I regularly turn to and have found helpful.

    Novel writing is easy if you follow these few simple tips I hear writers groan all the time about how difficult writing a novel is

    There are many writers that say that you don’t need to plan before you write a novel They say that the novel will just grow as they write

    Every writer wants to write a great novel, but not every writer knows the secret that can make the difference between a successful novel and a failure

    Have You Made this Mistake When Writing a Novel?

    When you get the idea to write a novel, it seems to just jump into your head. You have an “Aha!” moment; a brilliant moment of inspiration. You can see the entire novel played out in your head. Now all you have to do is write it down on paper

    With today's search empowered readers, do we need to market and publish books differently? Does general publishing makes sense in an age of Google searches, micro communities and niche marketing? 

    Eric Erin O’Riordan shares her valuable advice concerning word play and as she states, "There are all sorts of fun things we can do with words, from the silly sounds of onomatopoeia to the dangers of the double entendre.  Play with your words today!"

    Peter Bowerman, author of The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living discusses self-publishing

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