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  • Author Blog 101: Tips and Resources to Get You Started
    Today's guest post is from Nick Colakovic of FirstSiteGuide.com. Nick contacted us awhile back after discovering the BW blog and asked to share some ideas and resources he thought would be helpful to indie authors confronting the digital aspects of their platform (you know, all that fun stuff we're always writing about, websites, SM, etc.)... [Read More] The post Author Blog 101: Tips and Resource...
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  • Avoiding Defamation & Libel When Using Real People in Your Writing
    Every writer, whether tackling fiction or nonfiction, uses real people. Whether our main character shares our father’s love of puns or we are naming names in a tell-all about an ex-lover, real people populate our work. Is this safe, legal? Can we be sued for defamation by everyone who recognizes themselves in our work? The... [Read More] The post Avoiding Defamation & Libel When Using Real People ...
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  • So You Want to Be in Pictures? “Connecting with Hollywood” Writers Conference
    Book of the Week author, Niki Tschirgi, agreed to share her experiences at a recent writers conference she attended. With so many writers conferences available to indie authors, we wanted to get her first-hand account of one. Here is her report... A friend of mine getting her master's in screenwriting posted about the Connecting Writers... [Read More] The post So You Want to Be in Pictures? “Conne...
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  • Craft a Bodacious Book Bio That Will Boost Sales
    If you want to sell more books on Amazon (and elsewhere), you’ll want to step up your book bio game beyond the typical “about me” that you threw together a long time ago and probably use everywhere, for everything.  If this describes you, then rest assured, you’re not alone. However, it’s time to upgrade and... [Read More] The post Craft a Bodacious Book Bio That Will Boost Sales appeared first on...
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  • BookWorks Summer Reading Recommendations – July Edition
    The dog days of summer lie ahead (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) and that means long lazy days for some much needed 'R & R' (reading and relaxing). For inspiration, we need to look no further than the trove of titles in our own BookShop. There are many wonderful books by indie authors in... [Read More] The post BookWorks Summer Reading Recommendations – July Edition appeared first on ...
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  • A LinkedIn Primer to Help Indie Authors Build Their Platform
    Most of us are familiar with how Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook from his Harvard dorm room, building the website that quickly spread among universities and eventually became the worldwide platform we know today. But what do you know about LinkedIn? I was surprised to learn that it was launched two years before Facebook and began... [Read More] The post A LinkedIn Primer to Help Indie Authors Bui...
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  • Your PDF Proof: How to Save Money on Corrections
    I’ve been dealing with quite a few book proofs recently. Almost all of them are in the form of a PDF proof, Adobe’s supremely useful cross-platform file format. (PDF by the way, stands for Portable Document Format. Just so you know.) A PDF proof looks better than the book that will eventually be printed from... [Read More] The post Your PDF Proof: How to Save Money on Corrections appeared first on...
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  • 7 Keyword Tools to Help Authors Create Good Book Metadata
    When you upload your book to online retailers and distributors like Amazon, Smashwords, and IngramSpark, you'll need to decide what categories your book belongs in and insert information (metadata) such as your book description, author bio, BISAC codes, and keywords. But don't wait until you're ready to upload your book to figure this out. Below you'll find... [Read More] The post 7 Keyword Tools ...
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  • Dear Editor: Semicolons Perplex Me, Please Help!
    (Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly) BookWorks founder and CEO, Betty Kelly Sargent, is a veteran editor with over 30 years experience in traditional publishing. In her new monthly column, she answers questions submitted by readers. In this month's post, she clears up the confusion about the use of semicolons. Dear Editor: I have never understood... [Read More] The post Dear Editor: Semicolo...
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  • Using Public Domain Works in Literary Mashups
    In 2009, Seth Grahame-Smith’s released his mashup novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. He transported Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy to a world where zombies devoured proper ladies and gentlemen out for afternoon strolls. The book hit the New York Times Bestseller’s List and was released as a film in 2016.  Such reimaginings of literary... [Read More] The post Using Public Domain Works in Lite...
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  • Win $5,000 for Your Novel in the BookLife Prize from PW
    BookLife's popular fiction contest, the BookLife Prize, is back for 2017 and is offering another chance for unpublished and self-published books to face off in a winner-take-all battle of the books. The Prize is a great way for authors to receive a short review of their book, for much less than many paid review services. This... [Read More] The post Win $5,000 for Your Novel in the BookLife Prize ...
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  • Hybrid Publishing: Five Questions to Ask Before You Decide
    —Guest Post by Mark Fretz— Hybrid Publishing is a word that we're hearing more often lately. What does it entail? How do you decide it if it's right for you? Mark Fretz of Radius Book Group explains and lists the top five questions to ask before you decide to publish your book with one. (For more... [Read More] The post Hybrid Publishing: Five Questions to Ask Before You Decide appeared first on B...
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  • BookExpo 2017: Shifting Sands in the Publishing World
    There were some noticeable changes in the publishing industry that were in full-view this past week at BookExpo 2017, the largest publishing conference in the US held in New York City from June 1-2. New York has been the traditional home of this annual event whose name through the years has evolved from American Bookseller... [Read More] The post BookExpo 2017: Shifting Sands in the Publishing Wor...
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  • Pitch Perfect – Author Media Pitches That Get Results
    With the media’s attention becoming more and more difficult to capture, it's essential to master the perfect pitch. Media pitches are a bit of an art form. Why, because especially with national media, but also with regional media, and even bloggers, it’s important that each aspect of your pitch be on point. Today, I’ll be... [Read More] The post Pitch Perfect – Author Media Pitches That Get Result...
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  • Insider’s Guide: Essential Author Website Component Checklist
    This is the second in a series of posts focused on building the best author websites. Read the first post, Set Your Foundation, for insider info on the basics of your author website. The first installment of this series showed authors the basics of building an outstanding author website, going through the terminology, how to... [Read More] The post Insider’s Guide: Essential Author Website Compone...
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  • 2017 IndieReader Discovery Awards Winners Announced
    Just last week, the 27 IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs) winners for 2017 were announced at Bookcon by IndieReader founder, Amy Edelman. The goal of the IRDAs is to give indie authors access to people who can make a difference in their book’s success. This year, there were 18 different categories, as well as the top prize winners—first, second and... [Read More] The post 2017 IndieReader Discov...
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  • Independent Bookstores & Indie Authors: a Perfect Match
    “Independent Bookstores are Dying” “Indie Bookstores are Too Small to Make an Impact on my Sales” “Indie Bookstores are Harder to Work With Than the Big Chains” Nope. Nope. And No. Some Stats on Independent Bookstores As you can see from US Census Data, the number of independent bookstores is increasing every year. There were... [Read More] The post Independent Bookstores & Indie Authors: a Perfec...
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  • How to Set Up a Facebook Page for Authors
    Love it or hate it, if you're an author, you need a Facebook page. With 1.86 billion monthly active users as of the last quarter of 2016, and according to the Pew Research Center, with 79% of all online adults in the U.S. using Facebook, you can't afford to ignore it. Facebook captures all age... [Read More] The post How to Set Up a Facebook Page for Authors appeared first on BookWorks.
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  • Digital Piracy & Illegal Downloads: Author Options
    Sooner or later, every author suffers that dreadful experience of finding websites offering free illegal downloads of her book. For most of us, our first reaction to such digital piracy is to send a nasty email or better yet, hire an attorney to write one for us. After all, someone is stealing our work! Wait!... [Read More] The post Digital Piracy & Illegal Downloads: Author Options appeared first...
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  • Dear Editor: When and How Do I Ask for a Manuscript Review?
    (Originally appeared in Publisher's Weekly) BookWorks founder and CEO, Betty Kelly Sargent, is a veteran editor with over 30 years experience in traditional publishing. In her new monthly column, she answers questions submitted by readers. In this month's post, she addresses the best way to approach manuscript review.... It’s an ongoing challenge to get people... [Read More] The post Dear Editor: ...
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  • The Vanity Press Trap: How to Avoid & Recoup the Damage
    Watch out for vanity and subsidy presses who lure you in with fancy marketing and promises of literary success. I spend a lot of time helping authors extricate themselves from a vanity press that has failed to deliver, and sometimes we manage to do it without too much of a cash loss. Promises, Promises These... [Read More] The post The Vanity Press Trap: How to Avoid & Recoup the Damage appeared f...
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  • Announcing Indie Author Day 2017! Here’s the Scoop…
    —Guest Post by Emilie Hancock of BiblioLabs— Did you catch the first annual Indie Author Day last year?  Well, this year promises to be even better! As a sponsor, we wanted to extend an invitation to Indie Author Day 2017 and fill you in on what's coming. Here to tell you all about it is... [Read More] The post Announcing Indie Author Day 2017! Here’s the Scoop… appeared first on BookWorks.
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  • Twitter Marketing: How to Boost Engagement & Connect to Influencers
    As an author using Twitter marketing, it goes without saying that you want to get in front of the right people, or in other words “key influencers.” Where you find them is just as important as how you reach them. Social media offers an incredible opportunity to connect with these influencers in a meaningful way.... [Read More] The post Twitter Marketing: How to Boost Engagement & Connect to Influe...
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  • #IWriteBecause…Share Your Story & Help Fund Literacy
    When we heard that our friends at Reedsy had started a campaign, #IWriteBecause, that invited writers to share their stories AND help fund literacy, we wanted to help get the word out. What a fun way to do some good in the world! Here, from Reedsy co-founder Ricardo Fayet, are the essential details... After working... [Read More] The post #IWriteBecause…Share Your Story & Help Fund Literacy appear...
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  • When Offset Printing is Better Than Print on Demand
    When authors think about indie publishing, offset printing may not be what first comes to mind... Digital book production and print on demand (POD) distribution started a rush to self-publishing on the part of thousands of writers and memoirists, hobbyists and home cooks, fundraisers and charity drives. In the online world, print on demand fit perfectly into the... [Read More] The post When Offset...
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  • BuzzTrace: New Social Media Software Review
    BuzzTrace is a new software program to help authors and independent publishers manage and grow their platform. BuzzTrace accomplishes this by giving suggestions about what to post online and sending alerts when someone is talking about your book online. Well, that’s what happens in theory. If you’d like to try it, this is how you... [Read More] The post BuzzTrace: New Social Media Software Review ...
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  • Dear Editor: How Do I Integrate Medical Facts Into My Science Novel?
    (Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly) BookWorks founder and CEO, Betty Kelly Sargent, is a veteran editor with over 30 years experience in traditional publishing. In her new monthly column, she answers questions submitted by readers. This month's question is about how much is 'too much information' in a science novel... Dear Editor: When writing a medical-linked... [Read More] The post Dear E...
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  • How I Hired and Collaborated with Illustrators for My Books
    In her final installment, Carole P. Roman shares her experiences hiring and working with freelance illustrators for her children's book series. You can find out more about Carole's successful adventures as an indie author in Parts One, Two and Three where she writes about how she got started, her creative process and her marketing strategies. I... [Read More] The post How I Hired and Collaborated ...

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