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Anne R. Allen
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Great in-depth piece on paid reviews. Even though you should never pay for an Amazon reader review, reviews in print publications like Kirkus are not considered unethical. But they are pricey and may not do much to boost sales. 
The majority of authors will not benefit from paid book reviews, and should invest their time and money elsewhere. Here's why.
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What was your first "grown-up" book? What about desert island books? 
And in case you're planning a shipwreck, here are three hilarious ebooks to take to your desert island or wherever you want, and they are only 99c for all three. This sale is at Amazon only and ends on February 14th.
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I'm not sure I ever "'graduated" to "grown-up" books. I read everything when I was kid. There were no limits. The only time my parents paid attention to my reading was when I started reading about witchcraft and tarot.
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For published writers who are interested in learning how to market in social media, award winning marketer +Chris Syme  is offering a FREE webinar today and tomorrow. It's about 45 minutes. She's guest blogged for us and she really knows her stuff. 
FREE Webinar + Content Bucket System Handbook +. BONUS VIDEO: 6 DAYS TO THE PERFECT FACEBOOK PAGE Learn the secrets to producing social media content that will sell more books and build raving fans without feeling like a used car salesman.
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Thx for the heads-up - had some stuff going on the last week or two and let my email get out of control. Back on top of it now I hope :)
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A fabulous review from Big Al of Big Al's Books and Pals. He says it is satirical, but more true to life than people realize. "Yes, there really are people that crazy out there."  
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More international book marketing news from Mark Williams, International Author. We should all be paying attention to India!
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I've got a new post up at my new book blog. This one is about my own "bag lady fears" of becoming homeless and how I turned those fears into a funny mystery about  a Martha Stewart-type living in a homeless camp in San Luis Obispo wine country. 
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All writers should be on Google Plus, even though it's nerdy and slow, and the new version is clunky, chaotic, and scream-out-loud frustrating. (And G+ will NEVER post the featured image with a post! I have no idea why they have this book cover here. It's not even on the post.) But Google Plus is the most important social medium for author visibility. Only Amazon is more important. Check out this week's post to find out why. 
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Great piece on writing in a second language by +Sasha A. Palmer in Ebooks India. 
Want to write in a language that isn’t your mother tongue, but are unsure? Sasha A. Palmer describes 5 benefits of writing in your second language to help you.
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6 Steps to Hooking your Reader! This week  +Ruth Harris  has a must-read post on how to hook a reader and create a page-turning novel. http://annerallen.com/2016/01/hook-reader-happy-hooker.html
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The Camilla Mysteries feature perennially down-and-out former socialite Camilla Randall. She’s an ultra-polite New York fashionista who’s a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong. So far she's been involved with 5 Mr. Wrongs. I've profiled them in this blogpost. Could any of them turn into Mr. Right? 
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I had what is known as a "good education."  I attended East Coast and European prep schools and Ivy League colleges. Both my parents were college professors with PhDs in literature.

All of which left me uniquely unqualified for my chosen profession:  writing novels.
Why?

Because I grew up knowing almost nothing about what kind of writing actually sells....
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An Indian magazine put out a list of the top 21 books every writer should read. +Catherine Ryan Hyde  and I are very honored that our book HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE made the list. http://e-booksindia.com/21-top-self-help-books-every-writer-should-read/
It’s important to devote some time for self-improvement, so that you grow as a person and a writer. This article shares 21 top self-help books you should read.
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Congrats, Anne!
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I blog about the craft of writing and the publishing industry at Anne R Allen.com and I blog about my books at Anne R. Allen's Books. I'm the author of eight comic novels including the five CAMILLA RANDALL MYSTERIES: THE BEST REVENGE, GHOSTWRITERS IN THE SKYSHERWOOD, LTD, NO PLACE LIKE HOME and SO MUCH FOR BUCKINGHAM 

I've written a survival guide for writers with Amazon #1 author Catherine Ryan Hyde: HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE and a collection of short pieces called WHY GRANDMA BOUGHT THAT CAR

I'm  a former actress and stage director, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and I live on the beautiful Central Coast of CA, near San Luis Obispo--the town Oprah called the "happiest town in the US.".
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My blog, Anne R. Allen's Blog...with Ruth Harris was named one of the Best 101 Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest.
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Are Paid Book Reviews Worth It? | Jane Friedman
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The majority of authors will not benefit from paid book reviews, and should invest their time and money elsewhere. Here's why.

5 Benefits of Writing in Your Second Language | eBooks India
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Want to write in a language that isn’t your mother tongue, but are unsure? Sasha A. Palmer describes 5 benefits of writing in your second la

Conferences, Workshops, Etc. and Publications
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Conferences, Conventions, Workshops, Festivals, Retreats, and Seminars Ongoing - Page Lambert - Workshops, seminars, and writing retreats Ca

Blogs for Self-Publishers, May 16 – 22, 2015 — The Book Designer
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Blogs for Self-Publishers, May 16 – 22, 2015 including Anne R. Allen, Dara Beevas, Amy Quale, Laurie Boris, Jordan Rosenfeld and Debbie Youn

Eleven Sundays
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I talk about books because books are my life. Pardon the F**K outa me. (...
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Something that really got under my skin this week: an author friend of mine was erased from Facebook. Both her personal account and author p

Boost Recognition, Get New Readers, and Increase Sales
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18 of the world's foremost thought-leaders on book marketing and authorial development weigh in on how to best get your book into the hands

Amazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop Down Menus
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If you've tried to review a book on Amazon recently, Amazon has added a few options for users when r...

The Top 10 Resources for Self-Publishing Authors | Mark my Words
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Self-publishing authors have a fair bit to do: Write, edit and format books, design covers, learn how to use Kindle Direct Publishing (and o

6 Quick Tricks to Transform Crappy Ideas into Gleaming Nuggets of Undeni...
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Struggling to come up with content ideas that don't suck. Learn how to transform mediocre to magical with these simple creativity tricks.

Here’s the Type of Hate Mail Bloggers Get …
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Over several years of blogging, I’ve received some interesting letters from people. And by “interesting” I mean “rude.”

Your eBook Deal How-To Guide! - Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
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eBook Sites You Should Be Using to Promote Your eBook Deal! POSTED eBook Deal How-To 02122015 So you've scheduled an eBook promotion and mar

Copyright Myths Authors Should Know About
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Authors are no strangers to bullshit. We listen to book reviewers, we have agents, we troll forums; we are constantly immersed in a world of

The Beauty Of Being A Hybrid Author • Pubslush Blog
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This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing the talented, Catherine Ryan Hyde author of 27 published and forthcoming books. Her bestselli

9 Ways Writing Short Stories Can Pay Off for WritersWritersDigest.com | ...
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BY ANNE R. ALLEN Bite-sized fiction has moved mainstream, and today’s readers are more eager than ever to “read short.” Here’s why writing l

Where to Find a Great Book Cover Artist
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They say don’t judge a book by its cover–but we do. The cover art has to grab our attention while conveying the tone of the story or a scene

How to Improve Your Fiction Marketing Through Peer Collaboration: 11 Quo...
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How to Improve Your Fiction Marketing Through Peer Collaboration: 11 Quotes From the Experts by Jason Kong offer suggestions from experts on

Negative Book Reviews Getting You Down?
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If negative book reviews are getting you down, read this article and learn to soar above and prove them wrong!