The Value of Signing Events

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Book signing events can be a great tool in an author’s arsenal, but many new authors may be surprised to learn that sales are not the best measure of a successful signing event.  Of course, sales are always appreciated, but when considering the overall cost of attendance versus the profit made, the value of participation is rarely found in the day’s receipts. Signing events are about relationships–creating new ones and solidifying existing ones. Networking with Authors Writing can be a … Read More »

Networking Part 3: Blogs and Websites

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Good morning and welcome to the third part of my networking series. One of the first things we’re told is to have a website and blog to help build our online presence. While there are many different ways to build a site, two of the ones I’ve used were,, and among others. For blogs, I’m a fan of, but there’s also Blogger, Tumbler, and so on. I’ve only used a couple of those I listed, so … Read More »

Networking, Part Two: Facebook and Twitter

Good morning and welcome to the second part of my networking series. Since there are hundreds, if not thousands, of various sites we can use to reach our audience, we’ll briefly cover some of the ones I know and use. The first is one of the obvious, Facebook. To be honest, I don’t look at Facebook as being the powerhouse it once was for one reason: They purposely limit our page reach to “encourage” us to buy Likes for our … Read More »

Write a Synopsis That Secures Agent Interest

What stands between you and agent acquisition? Four basic issues: enticing email subject line slam-dunk query quick-read synopsis captivating manuscript first 350 words. When an agent reads your well-written query, they become engaged and quickly move on to read your synopsis. At that point, congratulations! You’re halfway through the submission gauntlet. If the agent loses interest in your synopsis, “CLICK” and your entire submission heads to delete-ville. Why? The synopsis doesn’t respond to their question of, “What happens next?” The … Read More »

Networking Part One: Starting the Process

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Good morning, everyone! I’ve been thinking about doing a networking series for a while now, so I thought I’d start this month with Starting the Process. One of the most underrated parts of writing is networking. Some of those starting out think it’s easy or people will come to them, and other that have been writing for awhile look at it like a waste of time, or something better left until later or never and want to let someone else … Read More »

Sources for Free Images

Maybe the goofy image  is what made you look at this article. Images are key to attracting readers to blog and social media posts. But how many of us can afford to buy stock photos? Images abound on the Internet and it is easy to use Google Image Search or another search engine to find what you need and copy it to your own computer. But guess what. You’re probably breaking copyright law if you use images you find that way. You wouldn’t want someone taking … Read More »

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