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Writes And Wrongs: Shiloh Walker On Doing The Blog Thing

BY Shiloh Walker, MARCH 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-weekly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.

Ever wondered if blogging is the thing for you? Trying to decide? Before you go yes or no, here is one rather important question… Can you commit to doing it on a regular basis?

Why is this important?

Blogging has become a ‘community’ of sorts. Now if you’re a big name and you only blog on occasion, it’s not an issue…you’ll catch interest and that’s one of the main reasons we blog, right?

But if you’re not already a name and you only plan to post a blog every three or four weeks, or when you have a new book out, and the only thing you really plan on discussing is promotional-related stuff ... well, it may not be the thing for you. Blogging works best, like most social media tools, when you invest some time into it and interact. It’s not investing time and it’s not interacting if you’re only using it to post when your book is out.


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MaryLu Tyndall Shares Inspiration For Writing Inspirationals - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Inspirational author MaryLu Tyndall shares the path that she took to writing and her top five tips for aspiring authors. And don’t miss your chance to win a set of books from her historical romance Surrender series, including this month’s Surrender the Night

I’m currently writing my 11th novel. Wow! Did I say 11? That fact is still as shocking to me as the first time I got “that call” from my agent, telling me that I received a contract on my first novel. Every contract I’ve received after that has been just as exciting. God has been good to me. But, now that I’ve been in the business awhile, I often get asked, how did I get published? What is my advice for writers trying to capture that illusive ship of publishing?


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Finding The Right Digital Publisher

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bobbye Terry, who also writes under the pseudonyms Daryn Cross and Terry Campbell, is an author with experience writing across the genres and publishing in both traditional and e-formats. Now she shares her tips on how to choose the right digital publisher.

Are you a writer who craves to be published but no matter how many times you submit to print publishers you have a rejection to show for it? I know how frustrated one can be when this happens. If I’d saved every rejection letter I ever got, I could paper several houses, most likely including the White House, not that security would allow it. Now, I don’t claim to be the wise sage who has just the right answer, but I can give you my insights based on fifteen years of writing and having been published with a large New York house and a bunch of small press publishers with an emphasis on digital publication.

When choosing a home for your prize novel, don’t submit wildly in hopes that one of many will accept your work. Choose your publisher just like you would a physical property, with research, inspection and careful analysis of the contract. 

Things to consider: 


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Keeping The Love Alive Beyond The First Book

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

So you've published your first book in a new series and things seem to be going well but, how do you avoid the dreaded "series second slump"? There's nothing worse than losing fans because after an explosive first book the second book in your series only fizzles. So we tracked down an author whose series second is a success. Romantic Suspense author Marie Force made a splash on the e-scene with Fatal Affair back in June and wowed fans again in January with her equally excellent Fatal Justice. Now the author shares her secrets to keeping readers in love with her series!


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Author Cynthia Eden Looks Into A Killer's Mind - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Go behind the scenes of author Cynthia Eden writing process and learn how she comes up with her chilling romantic suspenses. Her latest tale, this month's Deadly Heat got an RT Top Pick! and at the end of this message you can check out an excerpt and enter to win a copy of this novel that RT Reviewer Annette Elton calls "seriously hot!"

When people ask me what I do for a living, I usually smile and say, “I write about monsters.” It’s true. I do. I spend my days deep in the minds of monsters—whether they are supernatural monsters in my paranormal books or human killers in my romantic suspense tales. My life is all about monsters.

When I first started writing my Deadly romantic suspense series for Grand Central, I knew that I’d have to go deep into the minds of killers. After all, my Deadly series focuses on killers. The agents in my fictional Serial Services Division spend their days and nights tracking and apprehending serials—killers, rapists, kidnappers. Not some fun, Hallmark Card-type job. Scary. Intense.

Fun to write (not so much fun to actually live).


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Enter To Win Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award And A Publishing Contract From Penguin!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Submit your entry into Amazon's fourth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition!

Amazon has partnered with Penguin Group and CreateSpace to host this year's competition for the chance to be the author of "the world's next most popular novel". The competition is now open. Any author with an unpublished or previously self-published work is eligible to submit their manuscript.

Two grand prize winners will be named at the end of the competition, one for their submission in the best general fiction category and the other for the young adult category. The winners will recieve a publishing contract with Penguin and an advance of $15,000. Additionally, everyone who enters the competition will receive an e-coupon from CreateSpace for a free proof copy of their manuscript.

The competition is open from now until midnight on February 6th, 2011.

For more complete details click here >>


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Generate a Sales-producing Buzz Using Social Networking Sites

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Authors, learn how to use today's arsenal of social networking sites to your advantage. Marketing agent Jennifer Slattery, who works at the popular literary website Clash of the Titles, shares her tips on how to get recognized online by making the most of things that you’re already doing!

Today’s market is in upheaval. As the market changes, so does the writer’s role in it. Long gone are the days of high-paid publicists devoted to you and your book. Successful authors must generate their own sales, and social networking sites make it easier than ever.

Facebook is by far the best marketing tool available. According to recent statistics, Facebook has over 500 million active users who spend over 700 billion minutes per month on the site. Authors should begin building their friends list well before their first contract, actively increasing it each day. The first step is to create a personal username. This generates a convenient URL that can be used to link to your Facebook page. For example, mine is http://facebook.com/JenSlatte. When creating your email signature, include an invitation to connect on Facebook, then use your personal Facebook URL to link your invitation to your Facebook page. Do the same in the “About Me” page of your blog or website.


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Writes And Wrongs: About Amazon And The Reader Communities

BY Shiloh Walker, JANUARY 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-weekly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.

An Outsider’s Perspective

So I don’t hang out much in reader communities anywhere, at least not anymore. I’ll hit blogs or the occasional forum—poke my head in on Lora Leigh’s forum from time to time, and every now and then, peek into the Jeaniene Frost’s  …I grin every time I go there because the mods are wonderful and they make me laugh.

I just don’t hang out in the reader communities too much—at least not enough to actively participate. Every once in a while, I do. And I lurk in some places. It’s amazing the things you can see when you lurk. What sort of things do I see lurking on Amazon’s reader communities?


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Writes and Wrongs: On the conversation-killer "Please visit my site to check out my work ..."

BY Shiloh Walker, JANUARY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-weekly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.

There are certain words that are almost a guarantee to turn other authors off your work. Now, not all authors, mind you. There may be some that don’t care. But there are some that do. Because these words are annoying…especially when they come right after you’ve been a compliment. 

It’s also usually something a new author tends to do a lot. It’s okay…because it’s a mistake a lot of authors make and unless you do it repeatedly, it’s not going to kill interest forever.

But these words can really put a damper on the conversation. Wanna know what they are?

Please visit my site to check out my work…


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VICKY’S GUIDE TO WRITING AND PUBLISHING A NOVEL THE ACCIDENTAL WAY

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

From inspiration to publication, debut author Vicky Dreiling shares how she "accidentally" ended up writing her Regency romance, How to Marry a Duke!

How to Conjure Up an Idea for a Novel

Watch TV. No, I’m not joking. One night, I happened upon the reality show The Bachelor. While I’d never watched the show before, I was riveted and knew by the end of the episode that I had to write a Regency-era version. I invented a hostess for this mad courtship, Miss Tessa Mansfield, an infamous and wealthy matchmaker. Then I created the most eligible bachelor in England, Tristan the drop-dead gorgeous Duke of Shelbourne. 

How to Write a Regency-set Bachelor Novel

First, I thought about famous bachelors such as Prince William (who is now off the market, but I digress). What do these coveted bachelors have in common? Every single female on the planet is determined to land them. 


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