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Anne R. Allen
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Joel Friedlander always has links to some of the best blogposts of the week for writers. This week he gave me a shout-out. 
Blogs for Self-Publishers, May 16 – 22, 2015 including Anne R. Allen, Dara Beevas, Amy Quale, Laurie Boris, Jordan Rosenfeld and Debbie Young
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I'm glad he did, that was an excellent post!
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I don't know why Google Plus didn't pick up my featured book from the blog today. It's THE BEST REVENGE--the prequel to The Camilla Randall Mysteries and it's only 99c/99P this week. Get ready for my launch of Camilla #5 in July. This is a hilarious romp through the big-hair, pastel-suited 1980s when Camilla loses everything and is accused of murder after a wild San Diego party goes wrong.

The Best Revenge is on sale at Amazon http://authl.it/2a3  and Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-best-revenge-anne-allen/1109462917?ean=2940148288312
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I got a nice shout-out from book marketing guru +Frances Caballo  in her podcast today! Thanks, Frances! 
This week's podcast focuses on book marketing tips from experts in the field.
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I see I just reached 8 million hits on Google Plus! I have no idea what that means. Not that I'm selling any more books, that's for sure. (Why is May such a slow sales month?) But there it is: 8,003,365 views.  Yay me. :-) 
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Facebook rears its greedy, ugly head again. This is why all authors need to be building a network here on Google Plus. An author had both her pages deleted without warning. And she didn't do anything different from what any of us do! FB is a scary, scary place these days. Excuse the language, but I understand why this author is so angry!
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James, you're right. No social medium is a substitute for your own site. IMO you need a website AND a social media presence to drive traffic to it. 
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Paid Reviews: Why Authors Should NEVER Buy Amazon Reader Reviews
by Anne R. Allen Last month the Seattle Times reported that Amazon is suing a bunch of paid review mills. Unfortunately, many paid review sites don't feel they're doing anything wrong. A spokesman for one of the companies Amazon is suing said: "We are not s...
by Anne R. Allen Last month the Seattle Times reported that Amazon is suing a bunch of paid review mills. Unfortunately, many paid review sites don't feel they're doing anything wrong. A spokesman for one of the companies Am...
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Another info-packed post from the EBUK blokes. Indie authors need to pay attention to non-North American and UK markets. And think outside the Amazon box. So here's info about Rakuten and Kobo, with news from Romania, Germany, Indonesia ...and space. 
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10 Tips for Choosing the Right Book Title in the E-Age
by Anne R. Allen I'm not going to pretend that picking a title for your book is easy. In fact, it gets tougher all the time. We have to consider a lot more than how grabby a title looks on a bookstore shelf these days. In choosing a title now, we have to th...
by Anne R. Allen I'm not going to pretend that picking a title for your book is easy. In fact, it gets tougher all the time. We have to consider a lot more than how grabby a title looks on a bookstore shelf these days. In cho...
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Thanks much for the shout-out Frances! I'm glad you like my sense of humor ;-) Great tips here. I think the idea that "book marketing begins as soon as you put pen to paper" upsets some writers. Especially newbies. They want to feel safe in their own private writing cave before they think about how to sell their work. And they can. This is why people shouldn't rush into publication.

But as a career grows, marketing savvy has to grow too. We have a duty to our fans that is as strong as our duty to "the muse." 
This week's podcast focuses on book marketing tips from experts in the field.
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Facebook deletes another celebrity member for no reason. These people are SOOOO evil! 
A tale of sorrow: How Facebook's new identity policy took away a treasured FB Personality.
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I'm a guest at the Kill Zone today, talking about social media etiquette for writers. Don't be a badly behaving author! Some of the stuff marketers tell us to do can actually backfire and make people avoid our books. 
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How NOT To Win A Writing Contest: 7 Deadly Story Sins
by Dr. John Yeoman Have you ever entered a short story contest and failed to win? And wondered why? You may have made one or more of these seven 'killer' mistakes. How do I know? Since 2009, I've judged more than 6000 entries in the Writers' Village short s...
by Dr. John Yeoman Have you ever entered a short story contest and failed to win? And wondered why? You may have made one or more of these seven 'killer' mistakes. How do I know? Since 2009, I've judged more than 6000 entr...
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I'm the author of seven comic novels, FOOD OF LOVE and THE GATSBY GAME, THE LADY OF THE LAKEWOOD DINER, and THE CAMILLA RANDALL MYSTERIES: THE BEST REVENGE, GHOSTWRITERS IN THE SKYSHERWOOD, LTD, and NO PLACE LIKE HOME. I also have a collection of short fiction and verses called WHY GRANDMA BOUGHT THAT CARI'm published by MWiDP and Kotu Beach Press.

The next Camilla Randall mystery, SO MUCH FOR BUCKINGHAM, is due in summer 2015.

I've also written a survival guide for writers with Amazon #1 author Catherine Ryan Hyde: HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE and a two-fer boxed set combining The Chanel Caper by NYT million-seller Ruth Harris and The Gatsby Game: CHANEL AND GATSBY

My three comic mysteries about women of the Boomer generation are now available in a boxed set: BOOMER WOMEN: THREE COMEDIES ABOUT A GENERATION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

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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blogging, social media, public speaking, acting, directing, teaching, and I make great chicken soup
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    writer, 2001 - present
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Blogs for Self-Publishers, May 16 – 22, 2015 — The Book Designer
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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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Copyright Myths Authors Should Know About
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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

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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!

Put a Comedy in your Stocking! Anne R. Allen's NO PLACE LIKE HOME
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Blogs for Self-Publishers, August 30 to September 5, 2014 — The Book Des...
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Blogs for Self-Publishers, August 30 to September 5, 2014 including Molly Greene, Sabrina Ricci, Laurie Boris, Carla King and Lysa Grant

Top 30 Websites for Indie Authors - Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
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Trying to build your writing and publishing career is a challenge. There's a lot of information out there, and trying to discern a solid pie

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Who’s Your Distributor: Smashwords or Draft2Digital? by Jason Matthews compares the pros and cons of distributing books through Smashwords a

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After years of chasing Facebook fans and Twitter followers, many companies now stress quality over quantity in their social-media strategies