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Can Indies Secure Prime Table Placements at Bookstores?
Can Indies Secure Prime Table Placements at Bookstores? 1024 576 Reader Views
For indies, it is hard enough to convince a bookstore to take your book on consignment. Could it even be possible to get a good table placement for your book? read more
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The Power of Great Opening Lines
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In this high speed world where we want everything now, the opening lines of your book are more important than ever. Today, Dr. Randy Overbeck shares his thoughts on crafting opening sentences to make the reader want more… read more
“Listen and Learn: Podcasts for Indie Authors”
“Listen and Learn: Podcasts for Indie Authors” 1024 576 Reader Views

Listen and Learn: 40 Podcasts for Indie Authors by Sheri Hoyte, Managing Editor, Reader Views A couple of weeks ago, we talked about some of the best craft books for…

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Your Best Writing May Not Be What You Think
Your Best Writing May Not Be What You Think 1024 576 Reader Views
One of the biggest writing problems I see among people in my mentoring program, and others who hire me to improve their writing, is that they’re afraid to write like they talk. Perhaps they fear “wordiness,” but sometimes writing like you talk is less wordy. read more
Make Banned Books Part of Your Summer Reading
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I am a staunch advocate for diverse and inclusive books. These books are mirrors for kids to see themselves and know that they are not alone, and windows to let kids see and learn about others. But unfortunately, these books are the ones that are being targeted for removal from school library bookshelves at an alarming rate. read more
Short Stories as Promotion?
Short Stories as Promotion? 1024 576 Reader Views
Short Stories as Promotion: Valerie Allen Provides Case Study for Promoting Creative Writing read more
Traditional or Self-Publishing: Which Path is Right for You?
Traditional or Self-Publishing: Which Path is Right for You? 1024 576 Reader Views
I came across a social media post the other day that really pushed some buttons because I see variations of it so often and it’s so self-defeating. The post was on Facebook in one of the writers’ groups I frequent, from an author who was giving up on trying to break into the traditional publishing world. read more
Are You Making the Most of Your Author Central Account on Amazon?
Are You Making the Most of Your Author Central Account on Amazon? 1024 576 Reader Views
If you list your book on Amazon, you MUST have an Author Central account. If you’re unfamiliar with the service, take the time to get informed, discover all the valuable things you can add to your page and take advantage of the benefits. If you already have an Author Central be sure to keep it current! read more
Keep Your Sensitivity In Check to Help Promote Your Book
Keep Your Sensitivity In Check to Help Promote Your Book 1024 576 Reader Views
Writers sometimes get a bad rap for being eccentric and lacking a social filter. This comes as no surprise if we take into account the amount of time writers spend inside their heads and in front of their computers, isolated within their own little worlds. read more
Building Your Platform through Guest Writing
Building Your Platform through Guest Writing 1024 576 Reader Views
he editorial section of our newsletter is open to guest writers with the goal of sharing your knowledge and building your platform. If you have tips you’d like to share with your fellow authors, bloggers and/or readers, we’d love to feature your work. Not only will you be imparting your wisdom with your peers, but you’ll also have the opportunity to promote your book/website in the process. read more