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Anne R. Allen
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I write stuff
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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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blogging, social media, public speaking, acting, directing, teaching, and I make great chicken soup
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    writer, 2001 - present
    I write stuff.
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How to Fix that "Unpublishable" Novel: Fiction Rehab And The Magic Of The Makeover
by Ruth Harris Every writer has (at least) one— The trunk book The published bestseller to which the rights have reverted but which is showing its age The half-finished book, the abandoned book, the book—published or not—that fizzled The manuscript languish...
by Ruth Harris Every writer has (at least) one— The trunk book The published bestseller to which the rights have reverted but which is showing its age The half-finished book, the abandoned book, the book—published or not—tha...
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Want to keep up on book fairs and conferences? Get Porter Alerts from Porter Anderson. (And he quotes one of my Tweets) in his promo. :-) 
No need to pack a thing. Porter Alerts! free email will keep you informed on upcoming conference & event coverage from Porter Anderson Media.
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99c for 2 more days! How To Be A Writer In the E-Age: A Self-Help Guide by Amazon #1 seller +Catherine Ryan Hyde  and moi! This isn't your usual "how to make a million with Kindle" or "how to game Amazon". This is helpful stuff for writers going the indie or trad route. Lots about how to use social media without getting overwhelmed, dealing with rejection and bad reviews and lots more "insider" information http://amzn.to/1DjgKU5  #writing
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I'm getting a whole bunch of click-farm profiles following me right now--like 30 today--so if you want me to circle you back, put something of interest in your "about" section, and show that you're interested in books or the arts or social media or the tech industry.  

Fake profiles of soldiers are especially annoying. Those photos are being lifted off some military site. 

And if there's a lot of skin in your photo, I don't click through. I am not interested in dating strangers of either gender.
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Eek. Makes sense. Hope you can stem the tide quickly!

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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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Is Nook really dying? The blokes at EBUK think it may be bought out by Rakuten, who now own Kobo. A merger like that would really give the Zon some serious competition. Interesting, and positive look at the future of ebook markets.
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That is interesting.
1st time I've seen them being called the Zon and I like it!
Some real competition can only be good thing.
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How to Guarantee Rejection: Top 10 Ways Writers Self-Reject when Querying Bloggers, Editors, and Agents
by Anne R. Allen H aving a popular blog has helped me feel a lot of empathy with agents and publishers. That's because Ruth and I get a ton of queries, too. Most of ours are from authors or publicists who want a blog tour promotion, guest blog spot, or a bo...
by Anne R. Allen Having a popular blog has helped me feel a lot of empathy with agents and publishers. That's because Ruth and I get a ton of queries, too. Most of ours are from authors or publicists who want a blog tour prom...
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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, +Nicole Montgomery !
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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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Sarah--The A-Z challenge is a great way to build a blog--and your blogging muscles--but I wouldn't recommend anybody try it more than once a year. Your exhaustion is normal.

The most important thing for your readers is consistency. If you have more stuff to talk about one week than another, consider saving posts to put up later. That's what I do. I usually write the posts for the month in one or two days, then post them at the exact same time every week. 
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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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Over several years of blogging, I’ve received some interesting letters from people. And by “interesting” I mean “rude.”

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