Guest Posts

How to Get Your Books Into the Public Library by Natalie Giauque

February 26, 2013
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Note: Natalie works for the Salt Lake County Library system and is speaking specifically to that. However, many of her tips will apply to any library system. Have you ever wondered how to get your books into the Salt Lake County Library system? Here is all of the information you’ll need, and a few helpful […]

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Beware of POV Shifts by Rebecca Talley

February 21, 2013
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Point of view, or POV, can be tricky. POV can be defined as the character(s) through whose eyes readers experience the story. Usually, the POV character is the main character, but that’s not always the case. Once you decide which character will be telling the story, you’ll also need to decide if it will be […]

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Utilizing the Book Blog Reviewer by Karen Jones Gowen, WiDo Publishing

February 20, 2013
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Note: WiDo author, Charity Bradford, did a Guest Post last month on Organizing a Blog Tour. She had some great tips. This month Karen Gowen, author and Managing Editor at Wido Publishing, follows up with more tips on how to find Book Blog Reviewers and establish a relationship with them. Reviews are key to getting […]

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Every Day or Everyday? by Annette Lyon

February 19, 2013

Which do you use? When? What’s the difference? Is there one? The everyday/every day mix-up is easily one of the most common mistakes I see in my editing work and one of the most common questions I’m asked. Kinda figured it made sense to address it here. I do mention it in There, Their, They’re […]

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Dealing Positively With Negative Reviews by Michaelbrent Collings

February 14, 2013
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Okay, so, you’re published. Your book is “out there.” It’s “in the world” and “up for grabs.” People can “read it” and “peruse it” at their “leisure” (I like quotation marks). And at first, things seem all right. Fairly predictable. The book doesn’t become an instant bestseller, but it is selling. Your mom bought it, […]

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Author & Publicist: It’s Not a 50/50 Relationship by Kelly Martinez, Cedar Fort

February 13, 2013
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One of the biggest misconceptions held by published authors is that once the manuscript and rewrites are finished, so is the author’s job. Not so! Especially in today’s book market. One of the points I diligently stress to the authors I work with is that ours is not a 50-50 relationship. If we go with […]

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Great Beginnings by Anita Mumm

February 12, 2013
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It’s January and I’ve got beginnings on my mind—in this case, the opening pages of your novel. In 2012 we read 1,029 sets of sample pages and from those we requested 81 full manuscripts. So what made the difference between a “no thanks” and a “tell me more”? Here are five key elements: Voice. Every […]

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E-Books in a Public Library? by Natalie Giauque

February 11, 2013

I’ve been asked frequently how a writer goes about getting their print books into a library system. If a writer approaches the library, they’re often turned down. Donated books frequently go straight into the library’s bookstore. What’s an author to do? If you’re published by a large national publisher, they should take care of this […]

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What’s the Best Approach to Promoting My Book? by Marsha Ward

February 5, 2013
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So many times, that’s a question I hear from first time authors. Here’s my answer, and you may not like it, but it’s really the truth: After you have announced your book to your friends via your email contacts, social media sites, and twitter, and have a short “signature” below your name in your email […]

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Read to Write by Rebecca Talley

January 17, 2013
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When I give my school presentations to young aspiring writers I always tell them that in order to write, they must read. Of course, there’s no substitute for actually writing and no matter how many books you read, you won’t be a writer unless you write. But, the best writers are generally those who read. […]

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Organizing a Blog Tour by Charity Bradford

January 16, 2013
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We all carry an idea of what our book release will look like inside our vivid imaginations. People will be cheering and falling over each other to get to the pile of books. Our names will be plastered on billboards and all over the internet. We wish! Sometimes being a new writer is hard only […]

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Why Punctuation Matters by Annette Lyon

January 15, 2013
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People joke that I’m the Grammar Nazi. My critique group says that I know exactly how to use commas (and then they go comatose, and tweet about it, if I try to explain why a semicolon is correct on page 5). For that matter, rumor has it that when they speak about our group and […]

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Writing a Great Book Review by Tristi Pinkston

November 21, 2012
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It’s fun to write a book review. It’s fun to share opinions, to hear what others have to say, to find books that we otherwise might not know about, and it’s also a great way to bring traffic to your blog. No matter your reason for writing book reviews (it might even be for school, […]

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Don’t Give Up! by Rebecca Talley

November 15, 2012
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As writers, it’s easy to get discouraged. Don’t. With housework, full-time jobs, kids, appointments, volunteer opportunities, political involvement, grocery shopping, caring for aging parents, feeding animals, going to school, or a multitude of other commitments that eat away at writing time, sometimes it’s hard to not give up. Add in rejection letters, time spent waiting […]

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