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These days, it isn't just your opening scene that can make or break a sale. It's the first 10% of your book. That's what a reader can see before they decide whether to buy. This gives you more room to make your sale, but it can also drive the reader away if things start to sag after your opening scene. Here are some dos and don'ts for your opening chapters.
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Some great info on various roads to take to get your books into foreign markets. I'm especially intrigued by translator partnerships. Instead of paying the translator up front (very expensive) they'll translate on spec and you split royalties 50/50. Lots of detailed info her from Mark Williams at E Book Bargains UK. 
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Do you have a social media executor? Do you know what will happen to your blog when you die? Do you know that Facebook allows you to appoint a FB executor now in their settings? Maybe we can talk Google Plus into doing that too.

Not a cheerful thing to think about, but if you don't want to become a social media ghost, hanging forever on the Interwebz collecting spam and troll comments, appoint a social media executor now! 
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This is very interesting thank you for the info I will think about it
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Today I'm talking to +Debbie A. McClure about my new comedy-mystery So Much for Buckingham at You Read it Here First. https://fromtheauthors.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/so-much-for-buckingham/
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It was a pleasure working with you, Anne! 
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Here's a fascinating infographic showing how Bookbub's selection process works. They prefer books that are NOT in Select and are on all platforms. Number of reviews is not the only factor, but it's a biggie. 
We often get questions from our partners about how the BookBub curation process works: Why are some books selected for a Featured Deal and not others? Do we have a minimum review requirement? What ...
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+joshua sullivan   --All you have to do is click through to the post (click on the picture) copy the url (the address at the top of the page in the long white rectangle.) Then send her the link (the url) . I'm likely to get spamblocked if I write to a stranger and I'm on a big writing deadline today. 
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Unfortunately, all those stories about how KDP's new system would be a "boon to authors" wasn't true. It's just another cut in royalties for people in Select. 
July marks the start of the new payment terms for KDP Select. Where Amazon used to pay participating authors based on the number of times an ebook was loaned in Kindle Owner's Lending Library or KDP Select, under the new terms Amazon will pay each author based on the number of pages that have been... Read More »
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Too many fish (i.e. putative authors) in the sea. Same limited food supply. Therefore, portions become smaller. Soon enough, some fish will die away (self-publishing does not give autonomous control to all those pale fish), and portions will swell. Amazon, like most any other company, is in business to grow and then maintain maximum profits. Their best suppliers will prevail. (May you be one of them.) Capitalism 101.
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Ruth Harris gives us some great advice this week on how to write faster and more efficiently. I sure need some help in that department! Also, Ruth and Michael Harris have two FREE bestselling books to offer!
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Today I'm at Romance University, talking about how to choose the right book title. Technology has changed the way we need to think about book titles. Keywords and categories matter. 
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What happens to your blog when you die? Or your Google Plus account? Without passwords and usernames, your heirs can't delete your account, and it can haunt the Interwebz forever, attracting trolls and spam. Here's what to do to avoid that. 
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I agree, Geri. It amazes me how people who are apparently the same species as we are can be so completely lacking in humanity. 
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This week we have a guest post from journalist Porter Anderson, who has some fascinating things to say about the new SELF-E contest sponsored by Library Journal. It's absolutely FREE, offers cash prizes AND will get your book visibility in libraries across the US.
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Thanks, Michelle!
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This week a famous author was bullied on Twitter. A lot of people seemed to think this was okay because she's successful. But is it really? Is it okay to create a world controlled by bullies and trolls...or say it's not really bullying because this person is more successful/less successful than me? A number of bestselling authors have spoken out against the cruelty. I agree with them. It's time to declare our independence from the tyranny of the troll. 
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The EBUK guys say that India is one of the most exciting prospects on the planet right now for indie authors, and with Bookbub now sending out a newsletter with buy buttons for some of the key Indian stores, including Amazon and Flipkart, we can expect to see a handful of western indies do very well here over the next twelve months.
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I'm the author of eight 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, NO PLACE LIKE HOME and SO MUCH FOR BUCKINGHAM I also have a collection of short fiction and verses called WHY GRANDMA BOUGHT THAT CARI'm published by MWiDP and Kotu Beach Press.

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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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

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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.

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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!

Put a Comedy in your Stocking! Anne R. Allen's NO PLACE LIKE HOME
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Recommended Reading: Like my Goddaughter series? Check out author Anne R. Allen! One of the pleasures I’ve had this year is discovering a fe

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

Who’s Your Distributor: Smashwords or Draft2Digital? by Jason Matthews —...
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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