Marketing Your Novel: Where to Begin?

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Disclosure: I work for a marketing firm. While I have no formal education in marketing or business and would never claim to be an “expert”, working in online marketing for two companies over the last  four years has taught me a lot. This series will explore the marketing strategies I will use to promote my upcoming novel. Also, I know free stock photos are lame. I’ll get my own legit photo for this series at some point, I promise.

Telling people that I work in online marketing typically induces one of two reactions in people. Either, “holy crap, how could you work in such a scummy, manipulative industry,” or “wow, marketing my work is so intimidating, where do I begin?”

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The Writer’s Obsession With Editing One Tiny Paragraph #SundayBlogShare #writer


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This dreadful obsession can wreck writing days, it can bring unwanted tension into your home and it can leave you questioning your sanity. Once it strikes there is no escape.

There are 5 stages to this terrible condition:

  1. Writer Radar. The small paragraph appears on your Writer Radar for the wrong reasons. You may have just written it or noticed it after a quick read through or spotted it during editing. Your first thought after reading it will be ‘ugh’ and this will be quickly followed by ‘did I really write that crap?’  It will be like a fly in your literary ointment. For those of us with highlighter issues this paragraph will receive our full attention; it will be highlighted in a bold colour, a couple of comments might be added or scribbled next to it, a post-it-note might be stuck to it and some…

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The Writer’s Itch To Share Their Creative Work #SundayBlogShare #writers #writer


The Writer's Itch To Share Their Creative Work

Have you ever had a powerful itch to share something you have created or written…and then post sharing spiralled into writer panic mode?

Perhaps it wasn’t your best work or it was something very different to what you have done before and you were nervous about how it would be received? Maybe you are like me and just get carried away with the excitement of showing the world your literary wares and then crying about it later?

The itch to sharetheir creative work can vary amongst writers.

Some writers will only experience a tiny itch – it will take the form of a faint voice in the back of their mind saying “maybe I should share this short story or poem that I have just written?” After a strong coffee and a deep breath these sensible writers will dismiss the urge to share and go back to their creative…

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20 Fab Writing Tips From 20 Author Interviews #Writingtips #WeekendBlogShare


Author Interviews

This week I am having a rest from my Author Interview Series and reflecting on the useful insight gleaned from these interviews.

I am so grateful to all the authors who have taken the time to share their book writing experiences with me.

You can find all the interviews by clicking here.

In each interview I asked for some handy writing tips for aspiring new writers. I thought it would be great to summarise these in one useful post.

These are great tips from people who have actually written books. They have all experienced the many challenges that come from writing a novel and have come out the other side …smiling and proudly clutching their beloved book. Sigh!

So, here are 20 writing tips from the first 20 authors interviewed as part of my blog series – Author Interviews.

  1. Helen Treharne. Write for you. Stick at it. Listen to…

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2 Things Before Building Your Brand (2 min read)

Millionaire's Digest

Part 1: State Your Purpose In Life & Core Values (2 Things)

1. Define who you are.

So the first thing you need to understand is who you are as an individual and brand. Craft your personal vision statement and get clarity on who you are and what your unique contribution is. You want to be as authentic as possible. Of course, you are dynamic and changing, but there are things you have always loved and always will love.

Read: Defining the Purpose of Your Life

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For Aspiring Writers

Jim Baton

write-593333_1920   Everywhere I travel and speak, I meet people who are writing or wanting to write. I want to encourage you to go for it! There have never been as many tools and services available for writers as we have now. Professional editors, cover artists, formatters, and marketers are available to make sure the self-published author produces a quality book. And if you want to learn how to do everything yourself, there are tutorials everywhere.

I’ve also met so many helpful people along my writing journey who have taken time to answer my questions, inspire me, or point me in the right direction. If any of you have questions about writing, I’d be happy to do my best to answer them too.

An easy way to ask me what’s on your mind is by adding to the questions I’m already answering at:

Take a look there at what I’ve…

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Technology: A Tool for Creative Writing

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Technology is everywhere and it is a tool that most students understand. Some students are almost obsessed with technology. Let me clarify that when I say “obsessed” I mean that I had a third grade student tell me that she could not sleep the night before because her “phone kept going off.” Truthfully, I am most likely too attached to my smartphone, tablet, laptop, and so on. I think that it’s safe to say that a majority (or maybe a large minority) of Americans share a high level of attachment to their technology.

Several years ago (before I had begun to consider a career change) all I heard about was “technology in the classroom” and there was little to no explanation as to how technology was being utilized or why. I heard that the high school I graduated from had won some award for their use of technology. I…

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How to Combat Writer’s Block



As a freelancer, writing forms a major part of my business. I must admit that there are times when I want to write but I find myself staring at a blank page. Sometimes the struggle is real, and I feel uninspired. Writer’s block happens to even the best of us. It occurs when you are unable to write because you don’t have an idea of what to write or how to write it, or you just feel ‘blank’. Writer’s block is usually caused as a result of stress or tension, which can rob you off the inspiration to write.
Fussing over perfect opening paragraphs, punctuation, or perfect pictures can be a lot of pressure. For some freelancers, fear is the number one reason why they stop dead in their tracks when they want to write.  They’re afraid that their write-up will not be loved by anyone. Forcing the writing process…

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Want more blog traffic? Here’s the trick!

The Musing Quill

Who doesn’t want more readers?
We might say,
I do it for self-satisfaction,
for thought-liberation,
to improve the language,
or create worded memories.

Right and agreed.

But has anyone ever felt they don’t much care about having an audience?
Having an audience to appreciate your work never hurt anyone.

As writers, all of us crave readers.
As writers, all of us want to know what readers feel about our work.
As writers, all of us wish that our words stay with our readers.
As writers, all of us wish to inspire other writers.

So, in the quest for knowledge, we seek answers to such questions.
But there’s one catch

Read no matter how many articles. Refer to no matter how many resources.
Speak to no matter how many experts. Share with no matter how many friends.

No one’s going to tell you this.
If there’s any rule to attract more…

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If You Looked Inside a Writer’s Brain #SundayBlogShare #writers


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I find writer brains fascinating. So much activity goes on inside them.

Here is my list of what I believe to be inside a writer’s brain.

  1. W.I.P Lobe. This is where you store all information, emotions, feelings, plot structures and characters relating to your current creative project. Depending on where you are at with your project, this part of your mind can either be a busy place with the lights on or it can be quiet, deserted and dark.
  2. Past Work LobeThis is where you store all your thoughts, emotions, bad memories and characters relating to your past stories or previous creative projects. It is a great place to wander through when you are bored or desperate for inspiration. You might find that old characters wander out of this area and into the W.I.P lobe whenever they feel like it.
  3. Spare Character Lobe.This contains all…

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