Engage Your Readers

by D.L. Wilson Authors must engage readers. To do that successfully requires learning who our readers are. Established authors need to find ways of communicating with their readers. The new rapidly advancing Internet social...

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Writers’ Block: The Symptoms and the Cure

The other day I had a writing deadline. I wrote a lead. Deleted it. Wrote another. Deleted it. Played some solitaire. Checked my email. Wrote a third lead. Deleted it. Got a snack. Wrote a fourth lead. I was suffering from that dread disease, Writer’s Block. If you haven’t experienced Writer’s Block, you just haven’t been writing long enough. Believe me, it will happen to you.

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Make It Happen

When I published my first novel Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds, I thought that I could make the book happen—become a big seller, harvest scores of glowing reviews, and find the world had come knocking. Some of that has come true.

The reviews have been consistently enthusiastic. I have been invited to radio and pod-cast interviews and to contribute to the web sites of others. My own web site has reaped dozens of positive comments. I thought that I was on the right track. I thought that I was making it happen. Sales of the book have been steady, but despite all of this positive activity, the numbers have fallen short of impressive.

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Children’s Book Series Spark a Lifelong Love of Reading

Solving mysteries one letter of the alphabet at a time, Ruth Rose Hathaway, Dink Duncan and Josh Pinto never cease to entertain in all 26 titles of the A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy. Younger readers easily relate to the nine year old sleuths’ antics while parents admittedly miss the trio’s sleuthing as their children grow older. My Apricot Hill had the pleasure of speaking to Ron Roy who provided us with insight into the inspiration behind his series.

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The Value of Book Fairs for Independent Authors

The term “book fair” likely conjures up different images for different people. Even for me–after attending nearly a hundred book fairs and publishing industry trade shows over the past 5 plus years–I have a Rolodex of images in my head representing book fairs that go all the way back to my elementary school cafeteria where wood tables were set up and piles of hardcover versions of “The Magic School Bus” were laid out and sold for $5 each to students. But despite the catalog of images that I see in my head when I hear the words “book” and “fair” spoken in succession, the actual concept that I think of is singular: international rights.

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Book Signing Checklist for Authors

Launching a new book is exciting and it is the ideal time to do book signings. Authors can do a book signing at just about any time and probably for the life their book, as long as it makes sense. Here is a quick checklist of items to get you prepared for book signing.

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May I Have the Name of The Book Buyer?

Today an author whom I do not know called and asked me for the names of my buyers so she could follow up on the presentations with new information. She is concerned that her publisher rep is not pitching her book “properly”.

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