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Free eBook – A Heart to Mend and Excerpt

What is A Heart to Mend all about?

It is a romantic suspense novel. It has been proven that the best romantic novels are the ones that go beyond the genre. What does this mean? It means that while the main narrative of a romance novel may be the story of love between the main characters, there has to be much more.…

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Are You a Vanity Author or an Enterprise Author?

“Vanity, definitely my favorite sin.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the above quote, it’s the last line to a film I remember enjoying very much, The Devil’s Advocate. Al Pacino plays John Milton, a physical manifestation of Satan, and the line refers specifically to vanity’s inherent potential for exploitation.…

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Free Book = Free Amazon Marketing Tips

In March 2009, I began writing an article for LLBR about how to market your book on Amazon. The result of that article turned into a longer project that I decided to publish as a book. Taking advantage of Lulu’s free ISBN at the time, I released it as a 93 page guide that included my POD Diary which I wrote throughout the first year of marketing my book, Stealing Wishes.…

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Plot Development…Key to success

There is nothing in a caterpillar that lets you know it will someday become a butterfly…

When you think about plot, story, many things may come to mind: compelling characters, twists, unique situations and emotional ties to the reader…. at least in good plots, right?

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Why I Self-Publish

You may wonder why I chose to become an independent publisher, especially if you know how much I resisted the idea of self-publishing for years. My first children’s book The Haunted Igloo, was published in 1991 by a traditional publisher, Houghton Mifflin.…

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An Interview with Amber Riley

An interview with Amber Riley, author of Kindred Blood. Info on completing this interview here.

1. How did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published
traditionally?

I did try to find an agent. I believe I sent query letters to about 10 seeking representation before decided to self-publish.…

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Getting a Free eBook with a Physical Book

Cross-posted at my blog as well.

I saw a post on the Kindle forums asking “Will Amazon offer free to Kindle users, the hardcovers they have purchased?” and the obvious answer is no, since it’s not Amazon’s decision. Books you buy are not just the words of a story, no matter how ideal that would be.…

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