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Fun with Google Alerts

Fun with Google Alerts

Authors need Google Alerts. It's another one of those Google services that are just too useful not to have. I honestly have no idea why it is that Google provides this kind of nifty thing for free, but hey - let's not look a gift horse in the mouth. I do know that...

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Why You Should Be a Writer

A recent article in Forbes was brought to my attention on Kindleboards, and I'm afraid it was with some horror that I read it and tried to digest its message. It is called, quite simply, Why You Should Not Be a Writer. Needless to say, I can't really get behind this...

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The Use of Amazon Affiliate Links

The Use of Amazon Affiliate Links

Amazon Affiliate links are useful things. There's even a WordPress widget that let's you add them easily to any post, which is very convenient. Many authors have taken to using them to add their books to the sidebar of their site, or when they're doing reviews of...

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The Cargo Cult of Social Media

The Cargo Cult of Social Media

The recent revelation that many successful writers don't seem to use any kind of social media has hit rather hard. Writer Unboxed's article on this very subject was a well-written and thoughtful examination of the whole thing. But the reactions have somewhat baffled...

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Do Authors Need Websites?

Do Authors Need Websites?

Someone actually put this to me this yesterday, and I was tempted to simply start laughing. It seems debatable on its face - do authors, purveyors of narrative not generally known for their tech savvy, need to have a website? My answer would be that you're asking the...

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Beware of Author Solutions

Beware of Author Solutions

First of all, let's get something straight. If you publish a book, either all by yourself or by paying someone up front for the services you can't handle (like cover design), for which you retain all rights and keep all profits, then you are an independent,...

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The Problem with Twitter

The Problem with Twitter

Twitter's been very well accepted by authors as a means to promote their books. Unfortunately, I see more than a few that seem to have lost the whole point of the system, and they devolve into the usual 'Buy my Book!' tweets that get instantly ignored. The problem...

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One to watch out for

Through a series of events that I'm actually not allowed to talk about yet (ooh, mysterious!), I got to read a work in progress by Josh Vogt. That lead to me wandering over to his site, and that lead to me reading his blog, and... well, you know how it goes. Whatever....

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Criticism

Criticism

It's a funny thing, criticism. Sometimes it's needed, but most of the time it's just another way to let the author know that their work has fallen short in the eyes of one single person. It's a true shame that so many authors take it so seriously. Criticism is the...

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