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Tips for a Successful Book Signing or Convention

Why book signings and conventions are vital. Nothing is better than face-to-face advertising. Signings are the “executive seminars” of the book world, putting your book in front of the CEO of corporate buying – the avid reader. Conventions are the “trade shows” of the publishing world, getting your book in front of marketing coordinators – […]

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How Would A Geek Recast Marvel’s X-Men for the MCU?

Danger Room. Activated. Simulation In Progress. Nerds are the lifeblood of comics. Nerds are also the lifeblood of the comic-based cinematic universe. Most know that I have been obsessed with Marvel’s X-Men Universe for 30+ years. With the recent news that Disney (the owners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and television shows) bought out […]

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How to Read A Book Every Week (Minimum)

“I want to read more!” Having time to read isn’t something precious to be put on a pedestal and admired. Reading a book every single week is not as difficult as many people make it seem. I’m not special. I don’t read hundreds of books each year. But I do manage to consume one to […]

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From The Writer’s Pack: Meet My Inspiration

I am an animal lover. It’s true. The first “people” I meet when I visit someone’s house or go to a party are the animals. I spend a good deal of time with each, learning their names, greeting them slowly and gently. It actually distresses me when an animal doesn’t seem to like me, while […]

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Author’s Book Marketing Guide: Month 2 Pre-Release

The countdown is getting close! Are you able to breathe? Hopefully with the homework we’ve laid out in Months 6, 5, 4, 3 of the pre-release plan, the only nervousness you feel is the excitement of your new book almost ready for a booming and successful start! This month is all about “priming the pump” […]

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Why I Help the Homeless

I didn’t grow up in a family that had causes. I was taught from an early age that you took care of yourself first, and then you helped others when and where you could. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized that helping others was taking care of myself. Once I realized I […]

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Author’s Book Marketing Guide: Month 3 Pre-Release

Let’s get ready to rumble! Okay, we’ve covered what to do in months 6, 5, and 4 prior to book release. We’re halfway toward your release day. In this post you should start to see all the hard work you’ve put in so far pay off. This month, we’ll focus on:  Website content creation Blogging […]

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5 Easy Ways to Support an Author

You love to read? You have a favorite author you just can’t wait until they publish their next book? Show ’em some love. 5 Ways to Support an Author Write a review. This seems simple but the truth is few readers take the time to review a book once they have read it. Reviews don’t […]

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A.D.D. and Writing: 3 Tips to Using A.D.D. Toward Productivity

It is estimated that nearly 11% of children between the ages of 4-17 years suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.). Approximately 4% of adults also suffer from a disorder that can cause impulsivity, distractibility, disorganization, restlessness, emotional outbursts. Writing is a pursuit that requires a great deal of organization and focus. So juggling A.D.D. as […]

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The Writer’s Pack: Flagstaff Arizona

Writing is…ruff.And sometimes all a writer needs a little headspace adjustment to get over the obstacle that is “being a writer.” For me, nothing works better than pulling myself bodily up a mountainside with my canines: one plowing forward and blazing the trail, and the other nestled comfortably in her baby carrier modified sling. An […]

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