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Laurie’s Guide for Introverts

A Guide for Introverts to Get the Most out of Writers Conferences  A guest post by: Laurie Finkelstein Laurie Finkelstein is the author of the award-winning Next Therapist Please, a book that juxtaposes humor and romance with anxiety, depression and OCD. A member of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, she is among the panelists

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Scary Stories Around the Pitfire

  You’re Invited! to Scary Stories Around the Pitfire at Pitfire Artisan Pizza   5211 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601 – on the patio Wednesday October 24th, 7-9pm Join us for this FREE Halloween event! Local authors read and tell spooky stories. Plus, we open it up for open mic readings after the scheduled

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Optimizing Twitter for Authors

Last month we discussed the power of Instagram to reach your readers. But that isn’t the only successful platform. In fact, Twitter may be the dreamboat of social media for authors. And it isn’t hard to see why. Let’s look at a few things most writers love: Writing thoughtful or quirky sentences Collaboration with other

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Should Authors Be On Instagram?

You may have read our post about why you need a professional photo. But have you considered that you can use photography to market your work? Instagram has 500 million daily users and the engagement rates on Instagram is 15x higher than Facebook. It has an edge on Twitter, too. With that many people, your

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Should Authors Turn Up Their Noses to Media Interviews?

Advice for Authors Who Want Positive Press By Desireé Duffy, Founder of Black Château As an author, one of your goals for a successful book promotion strategy is securing media interviews. Talking about your book’s message to your potential readers is a vital component of your PR and marketing mix. While every author hopes for high-profile

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Which Book Intrigues You?

Can You Resist These Books? Mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, adventure, empowerment: which type of book intrigues you the most? Read these tantalizing book excerpts and see if you simply must read more, or if you’re able to resist the allure. You be the judge, you might be surprised at which book piques your interest.   Baker’s Dozen: A Lexi Fagan Mystery

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Authors Sign Books at DPA Pre-Emmy Awards Gifting Suite

Black Château Authors Sign Books for Celebrities and Influencers at Exclusive DPA Pre-Emmy Event in Hollywood Authors Chester L. Richards and Mark J. Rose were on-hand to sign books during a two-day celebrity event prior to the Emmy Awards. The Pre-Emmy gifting event was presented by DPA, a firm headed by Nathalie Dubois, and held

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Identifying Your Genre

Break these Genre Rules at Your Own Risk How important is identifying your genre? Authors who are ambiguous in identifying their genre, or don’t do it correctly, can run into problems when pitching their manuscript to an agent or publisher. We’re here to nip that in the bud and keep you from breaking genre rules.

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Black Château in the Top 20 Digital Marketing Agencies in Los Angeles

Black Château is listed among the top 20 digital marketing agencies in Los Angeles: DesignRush Top 20 Digital Marketing Agencies for 2021. The list is curated by DesignRush, which is an online marketplace that helps people find and compare the most qualified professionals and agencies from marketing, branding, website design, and app development services. After

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