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Anne R. Allen
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HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE; A SELF HELP GUIDE is  99c  until Wednesday. Written by #1 Amazon bestseller +Catherine Ryan Hyde and moi.

You'll see a lot of books out there about how to write, and a whole lot more that promise Kindle millions. But this book is different. It helps you establish a professional writing career in this time of rapid change—and answers the questions so many writers are asking: 

• Does an author still need an agent? Can new writers still get published by Big Five publishers? 

• What about digital-only imprints, mid-sized publishers, small presses—or should everybody self-publish? How can you tell if you've found a good self-publishing partner, or a scammy vanity press? 

• Do fiction writers need a platform? What's the difference between a hook, logline and a pitch? And how are they different from the dreaded synopsis? Does an author need to worry about all that if planning to self-publish? 

• Do you need to spend endless hours on social media? Should all authors blog? What are the secrets of a successful blog? How do you cope with rejection, depression, bad reviews and other downsides of the writing profession? 

How to be a Writer in the E-Age answers all these questions and more in this fun, information-packed book 

http://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Writer-E-Age-Self-Help-ebook/dp/B00L4KTOSO
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Thanks +Anne R. Allen I bought a copy!
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An interesting look at the Indian book market. They talk about print as well as ebooks. It's not easy to get into the non-Amazon marketplace, but it can be done. 
 We’re working on a comprehensive overview of the India ebook market which we’ll be releasing in epub, mobi and PDF formats, but that will be a while yet, so meanwhile here’s a quick summary for th...
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Thanks for sharing, Anne! Invauable information in there.
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Here's my promised post on how not to spam on various social media sites. The rules for each site are a little different. So I've quoted our fearless leader +Johnny Base on what not to do on Google Plus. I include FB (where you can get frozen out of your own page if you break the rules) plus Twitter, blogs, forums, Pinterest, and Tsu.

Sometimes the rules are hard to find and written i flyspeck font, so most of us don't have a clue that we're spamming. I sure didn't. So I learned this stuff by trial and error. Mostly error. :-) 
by Anne R. Allen Internet spam! Everybody hates it, right? Not only is it annoying, but vigilante groups can be cruel in enforcing anti-spam rules. But here's the thing: not everybody defines "spam" the same way. I thought I...
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Nicole--I'm always doing that too. Makes me crazy!
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I'm one of 18 book people giving advice on how to market books in this article. Some of the advice I agree with. Some not so much, but it's worth the read. http://www.ereleases.com/prfuel/book-marketing-secrets/
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 of new readers.
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The guys at EbookBargainsUK explain why we need to look at the next 5 years, not the next 5 weeks when planning our marketing strategies.
Yes. we've been off-line. Sorry! But we're back, and lots to catch up on, starting with this graphic (LINK) which shows predicted mobile data traffic globally over the next five years. Hard to exag...
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Some solid truths about using social media from the wonderful Jane Friedman. Make your social media time creative and fun! 
If you need a place to start, then focus on talking about or posting about others you admire.
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Important insights from a Writer's Digest contest judge. Don't forget the formatting. It matters. Great piece by +Jodie Renner 
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Thanks for the mention, Anne! :-)
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Ten Reasons for Authors to Blog
by Robin Houghton One of the questions I'm most asked is "how do you find time to write a blog?" I can answer this quite simply – I find the time in the same way that I find time to do the grocery shopping, or read poetry, or stroke the cat. We all find the...
by Robin Houghton One of the questions I'm most asked is "how do you find time to write a blog?" I can answer this quite simply – I find the time in the same way that I find time to do the grocery shopping, or read poetry, or...
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Finally Amazon is doing something to crack down on paid review mills. Now I wish they'd do something to deal with the one-star trolls and the vicious culture of the Amazon fora http://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/amazon-sues-to-block-fake-reviews-on-its-site/
Targeting a California purveyor of product reviews, the online retail giant says that bogus evaluations undermine customer trust.
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Justice shall be served!
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How NOT to be a Spammer: A Guide for Authors
by Anne R. Allen Internet spam! Everybody hates it, right? Not only is it annoying, but  vigilante groups can be cruel in enforcing anti-spam rules . But here's the thing: not everybody defines "spam" the same way. I thought I knew what was acceptable on so...
by Anne R. Allen Internet spam! Everybody hates it, right? Not only is it annoying, but vigilante groups can be cruel in enforcing anti-spam rules. But here's the thing: not everybody defines "spam" the same way. I thought I...
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The 10 Commandments of Highly Productive Professional Writers
by Ruth Harris I' ve known and worked with a lot of professional writers over the years (decades). Some work first thing in the AM, others in the PM, some don’t get started until near midnight. Some write sober, some don’t. Some write on a computer, some on...
by Ruth Harris I've known and worked with a lot of professional writers over the years (decades). Some work first thing in the AM, others in the PM, some don’t get started until near midnight. Some write sober, some don’...
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Mark Tilbury  at "Mark My Words" posted a list of "top 10 Resources for self-published writers".  Ruth and I are honored that our blog was included. We're in great company. All of these blogs are full of excellent information on writing and marketing your book.
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Awesome link. I can vouch for Sean Platt, I read all of Write, Publish, Repeat, and ate up every bit of it. Some really great people in the craft on this list.
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Introduction
I'm a contributor to Writer's Digest and 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.

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 I have 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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writer
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blogging, social media, public speaking, acting, directing, teaching, and I make great chicken soup
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  • author and blogger
    writer, 2001 - present
    I write stuff.
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Escondido, CA - Gainsborough, Lincolnshire - Waterville ME - Windsor, CT - Middletown, CT - San Luis Obispo CA
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Amazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop Down Menus
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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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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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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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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

Gallup poll concludes: Social media has little influence on most shopper...
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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

Writer Beware®: The Blog: Bait-and-Switch for Self-Published Authors
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Shining a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls. Also providing advice for writers

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Joanne Harris, Sarah Churchwell and others pay tribute to bestselling author of Touch Not the Cat and This Rough Magic for her 'fab, literat

Blogs for Self-Publishers, April 26 – May 2, 2014 — The Book Designer
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Blogs for Self-Publishers, April 26 – May 2, 2014 including Mark Coker, Sabrina Ricci, Shari Stauch, Ruth Harris, Leona DeRosa Bodie