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Q&A Will it help you to get published if you have a lot of followers of your writing?

Background To be honest, I really didn't know how to title this question. Anyway, the background. I was sitting around in front of the plan for the second book of my trilogy. Woohoo! I finished th...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Daniel Cann‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by desbest‭

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Q&A What's a good market for experimental novellas?

A short story of mine has grown until it's become a bit of a monster - about 15K. I don't know if that makes it a novelette or a novella, but it's certainly too long for most of the journals I woul...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by micapam‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DPT‭

Question marketing novella
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Q&A Would it be better to write a trilogy over a much longer series?

I'm planning out a long series (more than five books as is). It's very optimistic, I know. But I'm just wondering: Would it be better to plan out my series as a trilogy, leaving room to expand if...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by klippy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Self-Publishing Chapters

Is selling individual chapters a valid marketing scheme? Is there anything against it or examples where it worked to sell a whole novel?

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by poeticvampire‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How To Define The Compelling Need Of My Reader

I am in the process of revising my book and I started reading a little about marketing. I got this wonderful e-mail by Jeff Bullas, who explained to me the basics of selling: It is not trying to c...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Lady Fickle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it a bad idea to adopt an 'English' pen name as an Asian American writer to reach a wider audience?

There is currently a dearth of Asian American writers on U.S. library bookshelves, and those few authors who are Asian Americans tend to write about things associated with Asian culture. Think of A...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Sharpie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are Novellas marketable?

I am thinking of writing a novella, but I am not sure whether it is marketable. I have a story in mind, but I'm trying to determine how best to publish a novella, whether it's worth publishing, and...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Rhettmartens‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A DIT:Is it legal if a write a book about an artist?

An example is "Miley Cyrus transformation - a marketing approach" I wont use their stuff inside. No copyrighted material, for example, pictures So for my previous example, i would write how mile...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by user1584421‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question legal marketing
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Q&A How to write a press release announcing my own appointment?

I'm working on my first Press Release and the challenge I'm having is that I should really be part of the announcement. Is it acceptable to say .. "Acme Co. has appointed Y as its new marketing ma...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Ryan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A About the Author description

Whether we like it or not, the "About the Author" description is a marketing tool. It contains selective personal and professional information which is deemed to have the potential to create a posi...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Javeer Baker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A A tricky serial semi-colon

A serial comma is used to separate a list of items: For breakfast, we had ham, eggs, and toast. A serial semi-colon is used when items in the list have commas: For breakfast, we had ham, ...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Lauren Ipsum‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dedicated micro website

I recently wrote a non fiction book. A marketer from the publishing company, advised me to setup a small website with a few pages dedicated to this book. This website will have a description of the...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Navi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the most marketable title?

I am writing a novel about someone being chased by the Russian Mafia. A hitman is sent to save her and that's where the books takes off. I have way too many titles floating in my brain - three to...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Megan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What can I write to improve reader participation at this blog?

I work for a costume company that has a company blog intended to inspire costuming and general ideas. We focus on Halloween sales, but we also have Renaissance and Oktoberfest themed costumes that...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Lindsey Lewis‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does giving away free stories boost sales?

Is it worth it for writers to give away free short stories (or entire novels)? I've heard people say that having freebies on your site can boost sales of your books. I'm not talking about giving aw...

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Ralph Gallagher‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should an author include user-interactive sections in his website?

Related questions: Should an author have one website or two? As an new author, how important is to have a personal website? Pros and Cons: A blog to get feedback A possible duplicate of, even i...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I bring back Planetary Romance as a genre?

This question is about genre and reader expectations. I'm not trying to change my story to fit a mainstream genre. I have already taken steps to broaden it's appeal, but it's too late to create an ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by wetcircuit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to invoke interest in readers for second part of story when first part is not so popular + old?

I started a story and published it online in 2016. And then I disappeared due to various unavoidable priorities in life. But now I want to restart. But I am not sure. There are already less views. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Karan Desai‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should I include (and not include) on a book's website?

I'm building a dedicated WordPress website for my (in-progress) graphic novel. My first thought was that I'd have an artist's blog for work-in-progress, and explore some of the worldbuild-y aspect...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by wetcircuit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I (or can I?) create a Canva.com cover for a CreateSpace 6"x9" title? [closed]

http://canva.com appears to offer support for multiple formats including eBook (and also Kindle), but what I can't tell from the homepage is whether they offer direct support for creating a cover (...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Christos Hayward‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make readers know that my work has used a hidden constraint?

According to this wikipedia article, Constrained writing is a literary technique in which the writer is bound by some condition that forbids certain things or imposes a pattern. The same link also ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Karan Desai‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Materials to promote my book in person

Say I have a book...or a comic series...or a podcast...or another published work. Marketing written or scripted works is perfectly on topic here, and most of the promotional materials are also wri...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Cyn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are some effective ways to gain readers?

I seem to be having trouble finding any readers. I have my work in progress on Wattpad right now, but I only have 527 reads. I don't know what I'm doing wrong with my promotion. I post my story...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aspen the Artist and Author‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it advisable to begin marketing a book before it is published?

I watched a presentation called Your First 10k Readers. It explains a marketing course that will build an audience for your book prior to release - even prior to completion. It sounds sensible and ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Rasdashan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Writing an "honest" Blurb?

My story is set in a sci-fi universe but it is less about genre tropes and more about the kinds of grown-up complicated characters I'd want to find in any story. I'm not bragging or trying to be hi...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by wetcircuit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I encourage conversation on my blog posts?

I have written for years on my site about cycle touring, adventure, and gear reviews, but I'm aware that I may have put off my audience by starting off writing about these things, then losing my fo...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is this America Star Books Special Services unsolicited email a positive step in publishing and marketing?

I received the following in unsolicited email: Hello, My name is ___________. I saw that you have written _________. My question for you is: may I promote the book at the Los Angeles Times...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Christos Hayward‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the best way forward for a first time author with little cash?

I am working on my first novel which is a collaboration with a friend. We both have no experience and no contacts within the industry, so we are realistic about the prospects for the first novel an...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by KD Novels‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Meeting with a respected publisher, what questions should I ask?

At a writing conference I've managed to snag a 15 minute appointment with a publisher (who published Terry Pratchett, my favourite author). I'm a debut fantasy novelist. She will have received a c...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Tristan Warner-Smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does anyone know the average number of times a new author has to submit before acceptance?

I can't find any authoritative citation for this. As an example, I know that the average entrepreneur has to be involved in 12 new businesses before he has a successful enterprise. That is the na...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Nathan C. Tresch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I find short-story spinoffs for my fantasy epic?

I write epic fantasy; I've written two trilogies in a joint setting, and am writing further books in the same setting. I would like to start writing short stories for my setting as well - stories ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Standback‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What marketing techniques are effective for short story eBook collections?

I have a collection of short stories that I'm currently selling in the Amazon Kindle marketplace, and one of the biggest hurdles to actually getting my works read is lack of exposure. My passive p...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Strozykowski‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Publishing a Children's Picture book -- Question about an App and a Printed version

I've written and had illustrated a children's picture book. I'm thinking of making this into an App for download from the Apple Apps store. I'm also considering looking for a publisher to publish...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Richard‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I find a market for "offbeat" short stories about God's relationship with us?

I have written some short stories that don't seem to fit into any category I can find. They feature God's relationship with various people, but they are not typical "Christian" writing. For examp...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Marain‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I announce an area-restricted feature without discouraging the rest of my visitors?

I want to make an announcement to my users at my website about a new feature launch. However, in its first phase, this new feature has limited access - it will be supporting only one city for now, ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by learner‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where to find authors for highly technical articles?

I've looked at some of the largest outsourcing sites. These have huge amounts of software developers, and huge amounts of casual writers. I'm having enormous difficulty finding authors that would...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Eric‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the challenges of converting blog content to a publishable work?

I have been actively participating in the "blogging world" and have developed a substantial portfolio of 25-75 word "rants" on a variety of topics related to my specialty. I would like to know ho...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Joseph Barisonzi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Creating a persona for cross niche marketing

Not strictly a writing question but this touches on some issues that some writers may face, and I thought maybe someone here may be able to help. I used to be a freelance web designer, moved away ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by W. Eless‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A I don't want to be introduced as a "Minority Novelist"

I started writing a novel directly tied to my background in which the protagonist and her surrounding environment have many characteristics in common with mine. As I wrote the first chapter, I re...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by tawsonfield‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question novel marketing
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Q&A How much web presence should I have?

I am getting ready to release my first fictional novel. At the moment I have zero web presence (besides E-mail accounts). I am considering using Amazon's Kindle Direct. Before releasing should I ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Igor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I release my novel now... or miss a golden opportunity?

I just finished writing the first draft of my novel. (BTW, this is my first) As luck would have it, something just popped up in the news which is directly related to my story. The topic has been t...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Caspian‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Comics marketing: focus on issues or collections?

Situation: 5 year comic book series (by my spouse; I do marketing, website, etc) 4 issues a year (in theory...it's been slower) Issues are available as e-comic only Every 4 issues is collected in...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Cyn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to "market" my podcast?

I'm not expecting $$ for any of my podcasts -- I think The Audacity to Podcast guy had a great explanation when he said the reason to Podcast is PROFIT: Publicity, Relationships, Opportunities, Fun...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by April Salutes Monica C.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a tag line useful on a cover?

I am playing around with cover art ideas and have some that are quite interesting. I have added a brief tag line, not quite a subtitle, to the cover to indicate the genre. Frankly, the artistic pho...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Rasdashan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to identify target audience? And how much details do I need to know about my perfect reader?

I'm identifying my target audience based on the experiment explained in the Snowflake Method book. The narrator describes it as follows: “Now I want you to imagine that you’ve published your no...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by iamtowrite‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sugar-coating a niche genre

I have written one novel, which I believe to be in the steampunk genre. The main plot revolves around a two adventurous women entering in possession of a fabled machine, and using it to chase the m...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by _X_‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do some self-published books on Amazon get lots of sales without any marketing whatsoever?

I get confused with this whole indie-publishing thing in terms of the advice I keep hearing from experts. On one hand, people say that no matter how great your book is, no one is going to read it o...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user394536‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I hire an author manager as a beginner author?

So far, I've only written one short story but I wish to write a novella. I'm worried, however, about the enormous work of marketing and contacting agents and publishers. I just want to focus on my ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Yostina‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Referencing another company's product in my product manual

I'm making a manual that references a product that is not mine. What would be the correct way to note this? I'll give an example of a common product (this isn't mine, but it's a similar idea). Ex....

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Charles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Library of Congress filing: answering "intended for children or young adults"

I'm going to submit a request for a Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number (PCN). One of the questions on the form is: Is this title intended for children or young adults? Because of ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Andy Giesler‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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