4 Types of Book Reviews
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
  Your book is finally finished. It is available for purchase, and you’ve had your book launch party. Now it’s time to relax and let the profits come rolling in, right? As you’ve probably suspected, it’s not that easy. Marketing is the most important factor towards achieving a profitable book. How do you make sure that people hear about your book? There are a multitude of ways to answer that question, but one of the key ingredients to your book’s success will be the reviews it earns. Grandma will buy your book, but will a stranger do the same? Reviews earn a reader’s trust. When selling ..read more
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Why Hire a Writing Coach for Your Book?
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
By Alexandra O’Connell, writer, editor, and writing coach.   A smart writer works with an editor. A smart writer who is looking for assistance during the process of writing considers working with a writing coach.   I see a lot of manuscripts that could have benefited from coaching. Unfortunately, many of these are from first-time authors, who don’t always realize the stumbling blocks they’ll hit, or they’re determined to plow through on their own anyway, certain that their “editor will take care of it.”   Let’s be blunt for a minute: your editor will help improve your manuscrip ..read more
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13 Steps to Hosting a Book Launch on Facebook Live!
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
  By Polly Letofsky, Publishing Consultant, owner of My Word Publishing There’s hardly anything more fabulous than having a book launch party with plenty of wine, music, and you signing your books, surrounded and being celebrated by close friends and family. But there is now another way—launching your book into the world via Facebook. Many people have done a launch via Facebook before—full of posts and questions and interaction—but now we have an even better means, an upgraded Facebook launch, and that is via Facebook Live. There are pros and cons to a Facebook Live launch—cons being tha ..read more
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Print-On-Demand, Short-Run, and Long-Run Printing: A Comparison
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
Your book is finally ready for the world. For the past several months (or possibly years), you labored over your content, survived the editing process mostly in one piece, and chose the perfect design flairs that say, “this is MY book.” Now it’s time for one of the more exciting parts – the part where your book because an actual, physical thing that you can hold in your hands. You have a product that you can hold up to someone and say, “I made this.” Let’s make that happen. Throughout the publishing process, there are a slew of decisions to be made. When it comes to printing your book, you wi ..read more
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Self-Publishing Your Book On A Budget
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
One of the few downsides to self-publishing is the cost. Every detail from the editing to the cover is paid by the author before the book is published. This is the biggest hurdle that stands between many potential authors and their dreams of being published. It can often drive authors to independent presses or vanity presses in order to bypass the cost – which is a shame. Don’t be discouraged by the cost of self-publishing! The amount of care and attention to detail that is poured into your book is what truly counts. It can give you the chance to recoup your investment and more. Cost ranges f ..read more
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Beta Readers vs Manuscript Review
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
The court of public opinion can be a scary place. Writers spend an inordinate amount of time and resources putting their thoughts onto paper. It would be heartbreaking to reach the end of that long journey and discover that your character is unlikable, your plot doesn’t make sense, or that you have an unsatisfying ending. These things should be caught in the editing process, but massive overhauls of your narrative can be costly in both time and money. Fiction writers have found that an effective way to resolve these issues is to identify them before the editing process. Many fiction writers h ..read more
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A Guide to Understanding ISBNs
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
  Before I started my own self-publishing journey, I used ISBNs as a tool to search for and purchase textbooks I needed for school. Those who underwent the College/University experience might know that the college bookstore is not always the cheapest option. I would write down the ISBN of the book I needed and searched online retailers to find the cheapest copy I could find. I didn’t really understand what an ISBN was, but I knew that using it as a search term always pulled up the edition that I needed. At the time, that was all I needed to know. But an ISBN is so much more than that. So ..read more
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A Quick Guide to Writing Your Book Title
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
Which do you think is more difficult – naming your child or naming your book? Truthfully, either can hold immense influence over the future. Your book title is the first stage of your marketing plan. It will either intrigue readers and urge them to find out more, or it will turn them away in disinterest. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to writing book titles. While your title is important to your book marketing, that doesn’t mean you should go overboard either. Your title is not the place for your impeccable SEO skills where you throw keywords at the wall and see if they stick like sp ..read more
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Passion and Practice: How to Write Faster and Better
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
This week we will hear from our very own Catherine Spader: editor and fiction writing extraordinaire! She will explain the best habits and mindset to keep in order to write faster and better – and possibly have a little fun along the way.   The best writing advice I ever received was to practice, practice, practice. This may not sound fun, but it can be passionately fun—and highly rewarding. A consistent writing practice will make you a better, faster writer. It is also the best way to develop a career, whether you want to write award-winning novels or freelance for magazine and webs ..read more
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How to Create a Fiction Outline
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by Kerry Roepke
2y ago
October is one of my favorite months. As a lifelong procrastinator, October will forever be highlighted in my calendar as the time that I begin to create my fiction outline before November. To writers, November can be the most hectic 30 days of the year. November is National Novel Writing Month (more well known as NaNoWriMo). If you are a fiction writer and a “Planner” like me, October is your last chance to pull together your overall plot and characters before the big event. This is the time to create your fiction outline. In this context, October becomes affectionately known as “NaNoPlanMo ..read more
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