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Arthur Gutch

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Published On Apr 6, 2022

Author Advice From E.L. James

Sure, she's controversial, but author E.L. James has sold millions of copies of her bestselling "Fifty Shades" trilogy. James has taken the criticism she gets from all corners and turned it into a constant sense of motivation. She's got some upfront...

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Published On Dec 23, 2019

Should You Read Your Own Work for Audiobooks?

You're planning on adding an audiobook to your current novel or nonfiction book. Many people tell you that you have a nice voice, or maybe you're thinking you might save a little cash, and you're thinking about doing your own audio.  Is this a good...

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Published On Nov 19, 2019

Publish or Perish: How Often Do You Need to Publish?

We've all heard the words, "publish or perish," when it comes to academic careers, but what about an independent writer? After all, you have to publish to get readership, and you have to keep publishing if you want to continue to have readers. So,...

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Published On Nov 7, 2019

Juggling Act: 5 Tips to Balance Writing and Family Time During the Holidays

Shutting your "work brain" off as an independent author is difficult. You don't have the luxury of leaving work at the office and if you're not working, you're not earning money. Relaxing becomes even more challenging over the holidays, when there...

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Published On Nov 5, 2019

How to Increase Your Mailing List Size

One tool many Independent authors often ignore but shouldn't is their author mailing list. With the vagaries of promotion on social media, email is the one tool that still hits a home run for readers, even if they claim they never read or use their...

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Published On Aug 27, 2019

Seth Godin: Writing & Marketing Tips After 19 Books

When it comes to writing and marketing, very few authors can top Seth Godin. Seth Godin has 19 bestselling books, which means it's hard to go wrong listening to his advice for writing and marketing.  Here are some excellent pieces of advice he has...

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Published On Aug 6, 2020

3 Ways of Getting Out of Writer's Block

Writer's Block. It's the nightmare of every writer. Some writers swear they don't exist, while others believe it is real. Until you've experienced a block, chances are you don't know what it's like.  It's not that you can't write -- you're...

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Published On Apr 8, 2019

6 Ways to Get Great Results From Your Cover Designer

Marketing a book depends on a wide range of factors that combine to entice readers; your cover, blurb and sales page can be even more important than the actual story. Experts agree that a great cover can make or break a book. Collaborating with a...

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Published On Jun 18, 2020

How to Crowdfund Your Novel With Patreon

During the Renaissance, rich benefactors would support artists with stipends, allowing them to do their work without worrying about an income. Today's authors have finally got the modern equivalent of these patrons in a website called Patreon....

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