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The Dreaded Question Every First-Time Author Fears

“So when is your next book coming out?” he asked me as I handed him the signed copy of my book he had just purchased. I had just finished speaking to a group of genealogy enthusiasts, and was happily signing books for those who were inspired to tell their own stories. In the three years… Read more…

Face Your Fears

There’s a certain kind of confidence you get when you stand up to someone (or something). You stick your chest out a bit further and your chin up a bit higher, and your stride is just a bit longer. But what it takes to get to that point might not be so pretty. You might… Read more…

7 Book Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Effective book marketing seems to be an elusive activity for many self-published authors. Sometimes I think that’s true because authors often make marketing their book more difficult than it needs to be. Remember, marketing is everything you do to get the word out about your book. That could include any number of activities, strategies, and… Read more…

Do You Speak My Language?

I was almost in tears, laughing as my husband placed the order my sister had texted me. “Give me a grande triple skinny caramel macchiato with nine pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, upside down,” he said into the drive-thru speaker, glancing at me sideways as if embarrassed. “Did I just order coffee or dessert?” he… Read more…

How to Write an Introduction That Sells Your Book for You

How many times have you bought a new book and skipped right over the introduction? It’s not that you don’t care what the author has to say. It’s just that you’re excited to get to the meat of the thing. It’s easy to assume that readers of your book will also skip over the introduction,… Read more…

What Your Book Is Not Intended to Do

What do you think your book should do for you? If you’re an author, or hope to be one soon, you should have some idea of what your book will do for you. How will it help you in your pursuits? What results do you want from your book? Getting to the answers takes some… Read more…

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