Author Platforms

March 21, 2012

Everywhere I look on-line I read that an author needs a platform if he/she expects an agent or publisher to accept the writer or the work. Now, I can see that if you have a published work to tout. A platform helps get a book the publicity it needs to be successful. The internet makes […]

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Musty Writing by Michaelbrent Collings

February 29, 2012

When considering self-publishing on Kindle, there are four things you must do (“Must”y writing – get it?  Ha!).  They are like the mustard on my hot dog: a non-negotiable element.  Without it, you may as well not even try.  ‘Cause I won’t bite. Now, before I dive into what those elements are, I should probably […]

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A Little More on Giveaways

January 10, 2012

This post doesn’t deal with the legality of giveaways but rather the logistics. Tracking entrants can me a real pain—especially if you want them to do more than comment on a post. For this site, I decided to try out a simple form system. I tested quite a few of the free ones and decided […]

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What is a Book Bomb?

November 15, 2011

A “book bomb” is when an author or publisher asks readers to purchase a particular book from Amazon on a specific day. If enough readers cooperate, it pushes the book up in Amazon’s rankings, giving it much more exposure than it would get if the same number of copies of the book were purchased over […]

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Supporting Your Facebook Friends

November 10, 2011

After reading Michael Young’s posts on Facebook Fanpages, I hope all of you published (or very soon to be published) authors have created your fanpage. Now it’s time to spread the love. If you have a Facebook Fanpage, paste your link in the comments. It doesn’t have to be fully customized or functional yet. Just […]

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Integrating Your Facebook Fanpage (Pt 3) by Michael Young

November 9, 2011

The last step in maximizing your Facebook Fanpage is to integrate that page into your website, blog and other social networking sites. Phase 3: Integrating Your Page 1. Link to your new fanpage. Put a link or button to your new fanpage on your regular Facebook profile, your blog, and anywhere else you can think […]

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Customizing Your Facebook Fanpage (Pt 2) by Michael Young

November 8, 2011

After you’ve created your Facebook fanpage, you need to customize it to fit your needs and to maximize exposure of your books. Phase 2: Customize Your Page 1. Add content to your page. Upload videos and photos of you at book signings, readings, school visits—anything that provides evidence that “hey, I’m a real author.” I […]

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Creating Your Own Facebook Fanpage, Part 1 by Michael Young

November 7, 2011

This is part 1 of a 3 part tutorial on creating and customizing a Facebook Fanpage—something EVERY published author should have. ~LDSP Let’s face it. As an author, you don’t necessarily want to share everything will your fans. You probably don’t want to them all to see every picture of your kids or the invite […]

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Facebook Ads

October 20, 2011

Do you think it’s worth it to place an ad on Facebook? Readers, I’m going to need some help on this one. I don’t really know a lot about Facebook or Facebook ads. As anyone who is my friend already knows (and if you aren’t my friend, come friend me), I had someone set my […]

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How Do I Get a Book Review?

October 13, 2011

I’ve self published a book [XYZ for ABC’ers] because there isn’t any books in the lds market for this age group. I couldn’t get Deseret Book, Covenant Comm or Cedar Fort interested in my manuscript because they said the niche was too small. Any suggestions on how to get a book review out there in […]

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Unique Blog Tour Tips by Danyelle Ferguson

September 29, 2011

Most authors – no matter if they are traditionally published or self published – set up their own blog tours. Some authors band together with peers who write in the same genre, then do a big blog tour together or contest together (like the Massive Romance Reader Squee Moment Ahead contest). Other authors send a […]

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A Guide to Signing at Costco by Tristi Pinkston

September 6, 2011

I was very blessed to have my sixth novel, Dearly Departed, picked up by Costco. I signed there regularly from the end of June to the end of August, and had a fantastic time. I’d like to share with you some of the things I learned during those two months in hopes that they’ll be […]

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Do I Have to Have a Launch Party?

November 11, 2010

Do I have to have a launch party, or can I just send out announcements? No. You don’t have to have a launch party. However, book sales are greatly benefited by the human connection—the more you interact with readers on a personal level where they can meet and greet and get to know you, the […]

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HELP ME Find Your Books!

October 22, 2010

And by “ME,” I don’t just mean LDS Publisher—I mean every single reader out there who accesses the Internet! If you’re a published (or about to be published) author, you need an Internet presence and you need good solid information about your book(s)! I know I’ve talked about this before but I think it bears […]

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