Get Your Platform Moving Part 2 by Tracy Krauss

Last time I introduced two key components that are necessary for every author platform: an online HUB like a website or blog, and building an EMAIL list with which to communicate directly with your audience. I realize that some people may argue the necessity of both, but let’s face it, riding a unicycle is a Read More

Get Your Platform Moving! by Tracy Krauss

Part 1: The Frame and the Wheels An author ‘platform’ is the method and tools used to reach and connect with your audience. It includes a lot of different components and can be both online and physical. Over the next few weeks I will be using a model I came up with a few years ago that uses Read More

Indie Publishing Part Four: Great Expectations by Janice L Dick

Indie Publishing Part Four: Great Expectations “Whatever you may have heard, self-publishing is not a short cut to anything. Except maybe insanity. Self-publishing, like every other kind of publishing, is hard work. You don’t wake up one morning good at it. You have to work for that.” — Zoe Winters, Smart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie Read More

Indie Publishing Part Two: The Strength of Our Why by Janice L Dick

Indie Publishing Part Two: The Strength of Our Why Things to consider before boarding the indie train. Question #1: Why would I indie publish? Answer: As I hinted in “Part One: Say What?”, the route of traditional publishing has become increasingly challenging, with a smaller profit margin, even for established houses. For authors who want to Read More

Indie Publishing Part One: Say What? by Janice L Dick

Indie Publishing Part One: Say What? Clarifying the Terminology Self-publishing, according to Wikipedia, is “the publication of any book or other media by its author without the involvement of an established publisher.” If you’ve written blogs or online articles, you are independently published. A traditional press is one that requires an application process (manuscript submission Read More

The Other W Questions of Writing by Steph Beth Nickel

The Other W Questions of Writing Over the past three weeks, we’ve touched on what to write and why. Today, let’s delve briefly into the Who, When, Where, and How questions. Who? This may seem like a silly question. As a writer, you may say, “Well, d’uh! The answer is me of course.” But you Read More

Consider These Writing Opportunities by Steph Beth Nickel

Consider These Writing Opportunities Today let’s look at five writing opportunities you may not have considered. Picture Books Whether or not you ever publish a children’s book, there are many skills to be learned from writing a picture book manuscript—or two or three. Check out a stack of picture books from your local library. I Read More

What They Write and Why by Steph Beth Nickel

What They Write and Why Are you part of a writers’ group? The ladies I’ve met with over the past decade are diverse, as is their writing. But we’ve learned much during our time together, including what we want to write and why—for now at least. Memoir Barbara is working on a talk she will Read More

What Should I Write? by Steph Beth Nickel

What Should I Write? This is the first in a four-part series exploring what you should write and why. Whether you make your living as a writer or are brand new to the adventure, it’s good to ask yourself these questions from time to time. How do you decide what to write? Here are nine Read More

Changes Coming by Steph Beth Nickel

Vacation. Busyness. Procrastination. Three of the reasons I (Steph Beth Nickel) haven’t been getting new posts up each week. My apologies for that. But it’s time to tell you about exciting changes on the horizon. Each contributor will now be writing a series of posts and will be featured for a month at a time. Read More

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