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Not all writers are cut out to blog. Author blogs don't just take time, commitment and discipline—they require the ability to switch gears from a WIP to blog-voice on a regular basis. If you're working on a novel, this can be a major shift.  But there's a way to take advantage of blogging even if you don't want to go through the hassles of maintaining your own site: guest blogging. Visiting blogs by writing a guest post is a fantastic way to improve visibility and sell your books. And it doesn't cost a thing. It's useful for everybody from new writers who haven't built much of a platform yet—to long-time pros who want to promote a new title or build their mailing list.
http://annerallen.com/2016/05/ignoring-free-book-marketing-tool-10-tips-guest-blogging.html
by Anne R. Allen I’m a big fan of author blogs. I think blogging is a great way to build your platform and connect with readers. But not all writers are cut out to blog. Author blogs don’t just take time, commitment and discipline—they require the ability to switch gears from a WIP to …
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Want to make a book perma-free on Amazon? Here's the way to do it. Molly Greene always has great advice! http://www.molly-greene.com/new-way-to-go-free-on-amazon/
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+Anne R. Allen I'll be sure to let you know! 
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I thought I'd do a series on common poisons used in classic mysteries. This is the one I used in Sherwood, Ltd. Digitalis.
Classic mysteries often use poison as a murder weapon. Agatha Christie was a master poisoner, and she knew her stuff, since she had worked as a pharmacist. Christie used poison more than any other mystery author and, there...
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Almost all poisons have traditional medical uses in small doses. Digitalis is still used to regulate heart rhythm in people with congestive heart failure. 
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Fascinating stuff! +Debra Eve writes about later bloomers. I'd never heard of Frances Glessner Lee and her "dollhouses of death." Definitely worth the read! 
A no-nonsense granny born in the Victorian era became the "godmother of forensic science" in her 50s.
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Very interesting! Makes me think of my grandmother, who was fascinated by the law and wanted to be a lawyer like her father, but was told her family had to save the college money for her younger brothers. None of them used it, but by then it was too late. Later in life she went to work for judges as what we'd call a paralegal, but she should have gotten to be the judge. 
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Sometimes a story grabs you and won't let you go until you write it. That's what happened to me with The Gatsby Game. It's based on a real-life Hollywood scandal involving Sarah Miles and Burt Reynolds and an odd duck named David Whiting. I'd dated David in college, so the story touched me at the time. But it took several decades before I could figure out how to give the story shape. Right now The Gatsby Game is only 99c on Amazon. 
Usually writers search for a story. We often find inspiration in news stories. Or sometimes a story springs entirely from our own imaginations. But sometimes the story finds us. And won't let us go until we write it. ...
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Truth really is stranger than fiction in some cases.
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FREE!! My collection of short stories and verses is FREE from April 8-April 12. A short book of short pieces about strong women at turning points in their lives. And there's an audiobook. You can get the audio for only about $3.00 if you download the free ebook! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RDK3HYQ (Curse you Google Plus, for not allowing me to post the cover of the free book. All they let me choose from are the "also-boughts" noto the actual book on the page. Sigh.) 
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Aconite (Aconitum) the neurotoxin found in wolfsbane, is otherwise known as monkshood, leopard's bane, mousebane, women's bane, devil's helmet, blue rocket and "the Queen of all Poisons." 

It's very popular with murderers, because it works fast and leaves no trace on the victims.
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Check out Ellis Peter's "Monk's Hood" to see how effective this can be. At least in fiction!
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Today's post is on our new host. The blog has a cleaner, simpler look I just love and I'll be able to manage it myself! Many, many thanks to +Barb Drozdowich of Bakerview Consulting for the design and the move!
 
We didn't go back to Blogger. It turns out Thomas Wolfe was right: you can't go home again. But Barb found WordPress hosting for us that we can afford. She's my hero right now.
 
Today Ruth Harris introduces us to the faculty at the University of Hard Knocks. Most writers will meet one or two of them at some point. The scammy agent, the evaporating formatter or cover designer, the overpriced booth at the book fair, the fake book "writers" who are taking a huge chunk out of the KU pot…they're everywhere.
 
Ruth gives us some great tips for avoiding them.
 
http://annerallen.com/2016/04/survive-hard-knocks-u-writers-guide.html
Meet the faculty, tour the campus and calculate the tuition of the University of Hard Knocks by Ruth Harris Scammers and con artists have been around publishing since writers were using chisels to carve words into stone tablets. They loot, cheat and steal. They’re the faculty of Hard Knocks U. and they are out …
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Well, it seems we're a bunch of zombies now. Did you know that Google Plus is unofficially dead? http://marketingland.com/unofficial-death-google-means-marketing-122696
As the Google+ we knew splits up, what's the lesson learned? Don't put all your digital marketing eggs in one basket, advises columnist Travis Wright.
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Cathy, thanks for pointing that out! That's what happens on Facebook: Stuff just keeps getting shared-and people like me don't check the dates. Nevermind. :) 
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Cat Michaels is a children's book author and educator who has some great tips for us this week for building your "online community." I love that she uses the term "community" instead of "platform." She points out that what an author needs to do on social media isn't to treat readers as "targets" but as friends. And forming those friendships does more than sell books. It keeps a writer from feeling isolated and gives us much-needed support.
 
She has some great tips and useful links. On the big blog today at http://annerallen.com/2016/04/11-tips-build-online-community.html
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This week, we heard that Amazon is banning hundreds of book review bloggers and removing their reviews. Amazon, like much of the rest of the world, doesn't seem to get how important bloggers are to contemporary commerce.

They may learn that disrespecting bloggers is not a smart thing to do, whether you're an author, publicist or even a giant retailer. Unfortunately a lot of people who query us don't seem to realize that querying a blogger isn't any different from querying an agent or publisher.
Today I give the top ten mistakes people make in writing those queries.  
http://annerallen.com/2016/04/top-10-ways-write-self-rejecting-query-blogger-agent-publisher.html
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Short Stories are hot! James Patterson, the bestselling author in the world, is coming out with a new line of short fiction starting in June. And in Publisher's Weekly this week, Welsh author Cynan Jones made a case for "very short novels" that you can read at one sitting. He's talking about pieces that take 90 minutes to 2 hours to read, so he's really talking about a longish short story. More on why the short form is having a renaissance on my book blog today. 
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Anne writes funny mysteries and how-to-books for writers. She also writes poetry and short stories on occasion. Oh, yes, and she blogs. She's a contributor to Writer's Digest and the Novel and Short Story Writer's Market for 2016. 

Her bestselling Camilla Randall Mystery Series features perennially down-on-her-luck former socialite Camilla Randall—who is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong, but always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way.

Anne lives on the Central Coast of California, near San Luis Obispo, the town Oprah called "The Happiest City in America."

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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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