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What to do when your book cover sucks!

It is not just about the reviews! Learning to market your book as a self-published author is an interesting and sometimes painful journey. There is so much to learn and so much to do. The book cover, the story itself, the categories and keywords, SEO, social media marketing, Twitter, Instagram. BookBub, etc. … and getting…

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Contest: Adirondack Bear Tale Book Cover

Here are the two covers in the contest! Will you please help me with this cover contest by picking which cover you like best for my next book. It is a collection of family-friendly tales about true encounters with black bears in the Adirondack Park! I have two cover designs and both of them are…

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Book Review: Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter

Welcome to Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter by Author Kent Wayne! Author Kent Wayne does a good job with this first book in his Echo series titled  Echo 1: Approaching Shatter. His writing style is lively and at times humorous. The characters are well developed, and it is truly a compelling story. His book is an…

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Patience: A Lesson Learned From Self-Publishing

Do you have the patience to self-publish? Self-publishing is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to become a published author to get their work into the hands of readers. But, understand! Just because you publish a book does not mean it will fly off the shelf at Amazon.com! Self-publishing is not easy. It takes…

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How You Can Learn From a Good Review!

Honest reviews offer insights into your work that you can learn from! Douglas C Gilbert (no relation) recently reviewed Serpents Underfoot on both GoodReads and Amazon.com giving it 4 Stars. It was an honest and fair review which I appreciated very much. It is a review I can learn from. One comment he made to…

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Promoting Your New Book? Have You Tried Libraries?

Book Promotion 101 You are a self-published author and you have published your first work. Unfortunately, it is not flying off the shelves at Amazon.com. You are selling some books and getting some great reviews, but real success seems to be so slow in coming. Establishing yourself as an author takes time and hard work.…

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Use Reviews To Improve Writing Skills

Mixed Reviews on Goodreads? Do you use reviews to improve your writing? I have an account on goodreads.com, but to be honest, until recently I have not spent a great deal of time on this website. Then, I few days ago, I dropped in on my account to see what was happening only to discover…

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A Soldier writes: Soldiering After the Vietnam War!

A Great Story About a Professional Soldier! This is a must read book about a soldier and soldiering! I read Glyn Haynie’s first book, When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir some time ago. I enjoyed reading this second book immensely. A Soldier Returns from Vietnam For American soldiers returning home from the Vietnam…