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LinkedIn for Writers

In the same way that auditioning is part of the job for actors, self-promotion is important for writers. It’s the best way to help out your publicist and keep your name out there. Personal connection is a powerful tool for anyone in the arts, and one of the best tools you can use is LinkedIn.

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Why the Twitter Writing Community Might Make You Love It Again

Many authors from the Twitter writing community have spoken about their love/hate relationship with Twitter. We all know it can be a toxic place. There are trolls in every Twitter cave, and conspiracy theories abound. Everyone is canceled, then celebrated, then canceled again. We all know the pitfalls, and yet…  Like any well-written fantasy, the

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The Guide to TikTok for Authors—is this platform for you?

Okay, let’s have a brief chat about TikTok. TikTok is a social media platform for short-form video content. You load videos, preferably of dancing, and see what kind of fame you can achieve. Does the world need more dancing authors? Could be! Let’s explore TikTok for authors and see if this is right for you.

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4 Simple Ways to Make Money as a New Author

4 Simple Ways to Make Extra Money as a New Author By Phil Giangrande Becoming a full time author is no easy task.  Especially in the beginning, authors who are just starting out often find side hustles to add extra income. Many self-published authors, and even traditionally-published authors, have other sources of income. As of 2017, according

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Writing Your First Book? Here’s What You Need To Know.

Writing Your First Book?  Here’s What You Need to Know. By Phil Giangrade If you’ve already started writing your debut book, you’ve probably discovered just how challenging it is.  Oh you think it’s easy?  Then you’re doing it wrong.  I can’t tell you how many first time authors come to me and complain, “This is

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Grow Your Audience with These 8 Steps to Record Your Audio Book

Grow Your Audience with These 8 Steps to Record Your Audio Book By Phil Giangrande It’s time to record your audio book!  I’ve said that many times at speaking engagements and conferences only to be met by mostly blank stares.  Why?  Because authors love the written word and are therefore much more interested in seeing their

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In a Writing Slump? Try a Little Exercise!

You’ve heard the jokes about having a “writer’s body.” Maybe you’ve made them yourself. It’s not about weight. Instead, it’s usually about our fitness and health. We’re sedentary as a rule, and there are dozens of studies out there that show that a sedentary lifestyle can be damaging to our health. It’s so easy to

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Are You Ready to Be Zoom-Sational?

How to Get Ready for Your Virtual Panel, Interview or Online Event The pandemic means that many of us are turning on our computer cameras to do online conferences, media interviews, and other online events using Zoom. The same goes for other platforms like StreamYard, Skype, or maybe even the old schoolers still on Google

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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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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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