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Anne R. Allen
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Attended Bryn Mawr College
Lives in Coast of California
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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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I write stuff
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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'm published by MWiDP and Kotu Beach Press.

I've also written a survival guide for writers with Pay it Forward author Catherine Ryan Hyde: How to be a Writer in the E-Age: A Self-Help Guide, and I have a two-fer boxed set combining The Chanel Caper by NYT bestseller Ruth Harris and The Gatsby Game: Chanel and Gatsby

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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I'm going to repost this with the correct header. I'm so out of it with the meds for this strep throat that I only counted ten the first time around. Talk about Dumb Things...
by Anne R. Allen We writers tend to be a delusional lot. Most of us know the average writer doesn't make a bunch of money, but we secretly believe our own efforts will bring us fabulous fame and fortune. Or at least pay the ...
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Great stuff!
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TOOLS OF THE (WRITER’S) TRADE: Lots of them FREE + reviews, how-to videos and cheat sheets.
by Ruth Harris L ike plumbers and carpenters, architects and astronauts, cellists and golfers, writers need the right tools to help them get the job done. New tools appear constantly and many of them are FREE. Here is a round-up of current offerings. Word p...
by Ruth Harris Like plumbers and carpenters, architects and astronauts, cellists and golfers, writers need the right tools to help them get the job done. New tools appear constantly and many of them are FREE. Here is a rou...
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+Anne Gallagher , I can't figure out why it would happen since we both have Blogger blogs. But then, so much of the tech world is a total mystery to me. But you can always email me a comment and I'll post it for you. 
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I think a combo of both Smashwords and D2D may be best. But D2D is looking very good. I didn't know they were so on top of things. 
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I have not actually attempted it myself. I have nothing to lose by trying, I suppose.
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How to Plan a Novel without Actually Outlining: 3 Awesome Tips from Nathan Bransford
I 'm so jazzed  we're hosting Nathan Bransford this week!  Mr. Bransford — who is a children's author, former literary agent, and blogging legend — gave this blog its start when he offered me a guest spot on his blog in 2010. I wrote a piece on why you shou...
I'm so jazzed  we're hosting Nathan Bransford this week!  Mr. Bransford—who is a children's author, former literary agent, and blogging legend—gave this blog its start when he offered me a guest spot on his blog in 2010. I ...
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Thinking Outside the Book: When a Writing Dead End Becomes a Detour to Success
T oday we're excited to be hosting freelance writer Nina Badzin. I've known Nina since she started blogging and it's been fantastic to watch her career soar.  Nina was a compelling blogger from the time she wrote her first post. It was obvious she had tons ...
Today we're excited to be hosting freelance writer Nina Badzin. I've known Nina since she started blogging and it's been fantastic to watch her career soar.  Nina was a compelling blogger from the time she wrote her first...
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+Angela Booth , exactly. I first met Nina when she and I were both "query addicts" living from query to query, fueled by the occasional request for a read from an agent who would almost always leave us rejected and depressed. I went with a small press and Nina became a magazine writer. Now we're both prosperous and happy and doing what we love. 
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My latest comedy THE LADY OF THE LAKEWOOD DINER is on an Amazon countdown this week. For the next few days it will only be 99c. Who shot aging rock diva Morgan Le Fay? Only her childhood best friend, Dodie, the owner of a seedy diner in Central Maine, can find the culprit--and keep him from finishing the job. Boomers, this comic look at our generation's history is for you.

"In The Lady of the Lakewood Diner, nothing is sacred, nothing is profane. And yet, in the end, love does conquer all. If you're of an age to remember Woodstock and the Moonwalk, don't miss it. If you're not, well, you won't find a better introduction." Debra Eve of the Later Bloomer   
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Ten Dumb Things Writers do to Sidetrack Our Own Success
by Anne R. Allen W e writers tend to be a delusional lot. Most of us know the average writer doesn't make a bunch of money, but we secretly believe our own efforts will bring us fabulous fame and fortune. Or at least pay the rent. When we start out, we're c...
by Anne R. Allen We writers tend to be a delusional lot. Most of us know the average writer doesn't make a bunch of money, but we secretly believe our own efforts will bring us fabulous fame and fortune. Or at least pay the ...
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Yes, +Anne R. Allen , sabotaging ourself is a bigger career-killer than all the literary agents - and their power lunches - combined.
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I only have one book in KDP Select at the moment. I still think it's good to launch in Select, but the other markets are becoming increasingly important. We don't want to get left behind in an Amazon ghetto.
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+Anne R. Allen What agita! 
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Interesting study. I think the people who try to use social media for direct marketing are missing the point. 
After years of chasing Facebook fans and Twitter followers, many companies now stress quality over quantity in their social-media strategies. They are tracking mentions of their brand, then using the information to help the business.
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True, +Anne R. Allen . I have a friend who has 30,000 Twitter followers and has posted some 500,000 words of tweets in two years, around five novels' worth. He can reliably attribute just two book sales to his tweets.
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How to Blog: Essential Do's and Don'ts for Author-Bloggers
by Anne R. Allen D o all authors have to blog? Nope. Blogging doesn't sell books. Not directly. And it's not a particularly good way to attract an agent (agents will glance at your blog if they're considering your query, but mostly to make sure you're not w...
by Anne R. Allen Do all authors have to blog? Nope. Blogging doesn't sell books. Not directly. And it's not a particularly good way to attract an agent (agents will glance at your blog if they're considering your query, but m...
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Thanks, Sylvia. That's what I've found too. Most blogging advice is aimed at nonfic writers. 
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Writer Beware! I've had some missives from these people. Some actually read the book, but many don't. They also may leave a one-star "review" on Amazon saying the book is full of typos. Then they contact you and say they'll change the review if you hire them to "fix" the problems. Which don't exist.
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Thanks for this info, I'll be careful, too. I proofread for a friend. He liked my work, so that's good. No worries.
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How Book Launches Have Changed in the Digital Age
by Anne R. Allen M ost writers have been picturing it since we started scribbling ideas for our first novel. It's the light at the end of the tunnel, the goal that keeps us slogging along, the Holy Grail of our writing journey— It's your BIG BOOK LAUNCH PAR...
by Anne R. Allen Most writers have been picturing it since we started scribbling ideas for our first novel. It's the light at the end of the tunnel, the goal that keeps us slogging along, the Holy Grail of our writing journ...
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Thanks much for the shout-out. In the age of the ebook, we have infinite shelf space, so we only need to have a big, splashy launch if we're really up for a party. 
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