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First Chapter Plus Emerges from Its Cocoon!
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The past couple of years we have been experimenting with First Chapter Plus to transition from a book catalog to a full-blown content magazine which features Indie Authors and the literary world. Our goal was to present the new magazine in January, but we feel that after all that has been going on this year, we needed to end the year in renewal and a positive note to lift our spirits up.

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Building Your Author Platform with Newsletters
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As an author setting up a newsletter and writing editorials for it was very challenging for me, to the point that I gave up on it. It wasn’t until I decided to establish myself as a publisher that I realized how wrong I was…

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ReBranding – Why Update Your Look?
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I don’t know about everyone else but I am, in substance, the same person I was when I reached adulthood. But I really don’t look the same at all. I wear my dress differently, I like different types of clothes, I use different type of accessories, I read different kind of books (even though I keep my lifetime favorites), you know what I mean…we change with time, even though we are the same people. Well our brands must do the same in order to stay relevant and keep growing.

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What Language Does Your Book Ad Speak?
What Language Does Your Book Ad Speak? 1024 576 Reader Views

Most of us rather let the media attention do our PR to gain credibility. However, we would be fooling ourselves if we believe that relying on that alone we are going to obtain our sales goals; especially if we are first-time or unknown authors. It is a fact we need to budget PR and ads along with our media pitches to market our book.

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Benefits of Participating in Book Giveaways
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Sheri HoyteManaging Editor As Indie authors it is important to make the most of your marketing dollars with the primary goal being to increase sales, followed by the need to…

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Writers – It’s Okay to Help Each Other!
Writers – It’s Okay to Help Each Other! 1024 576 Reader Views

Sometimes it is difficult to be social, and vulnerable after sitting alone all day with your work in front of you thinking -… My precious…. – but if we do not take a risk and open ourselves, we not only will miss out on opportunities to better ideas, we will also keep committing the same mistakes and stay outdated.

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Literary Awards Fees – Where Do They Go?
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For a while now, I have been seeing comments and questions on social media about the Literary Awards and fees. This week I decided to explain where those fees go, at least in the Reader Views Literary Awards. Contrary to popular belief, Literary Awards, if ethical and done properly, are not a money-making service.

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Literary Awards and Book Reviews to Build your Author Platform
Literary Awards and Book Reviews to Build your Author Platform 1024 576 Reader Views

We all know that readers check the reviews before deciding on a book, so no wonder most authors rush out to get book review requests even before the launch of their new title. But are reviews and literary awards relevant to building your author platform and boosting sales?

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Legacy Books – Preserving the Stories that Matter the Most
Legacy Books – Preserving the Stories that Matter the Most 1024 576 Reader Views

Have you ever thought about creating your own Legacy Book? Maybe this challenging time is the perfect motivation to record our lives before 2020. Has your lifestyle changed because of the Pandemic guidelines? Because of the economic downfall? Creating a Legacy book might not only record what normal life looked like before, it can also offer something comforting to do with your loved ones at home.

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Using Dialogue to Bring Your Story to Life
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After over 20 years of working on my writing, I have learned that dialogue is the most important tool available when telling a story. We can use the dialogue to describe, inform, show action, establish mood, and even portray the personalities of our characters. In short, the dialogue brings the story alive for the reader. For this reason, it is so important to create a balanced amount of dialogue that will move the plot forward and make the characters real.

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