By Shelley Sturgeon
Welcome July! We’re officially half way thru 2018. Are your writing and self-publishing plans for the year on schedule?
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Patrice Williams Marks on Writer Unboxed
What Is a Sensitivity Reader and Can I Become One?
“A Sensitivity Reader is someone who specializes in a specific niche (African-American, Muslim, Physically Challenged, LGBTQ, Little People, etc.) and is a part of the specific marginalized community that the author is writing about.”
Stephanie Chandler on Nonfiction Authors Association
5 Online PR Strategies: How to Locate and Pitch Internet Media Sources
“Traditional media has set, long-established rules about how to pitch newspapers, radio, magazine, and television sources.5 Online PR Strategies: How to Locate and Pitch Internet Media Sources The world of online media, however, offers more flexible opportunities for pitching sources.”
RJ Crayton on Indies Unlimited
A Survey of Your Newsletter Readers Provides Info, a Sense of Community
“Author newsletters have been a topic of conversation here before. These newsletters let you communicate with readers, telling them about upcoming books, sales or appearances, and a variety of other fun topics you choose. However, your newsletter doesn’t have to be a one-way street.”
Sandra Beckwith on Build Book Buzz
Book marketing: Where should you start?
“Authors often think that writing the book is the hard part . . . until they discover they have to market it, too.”
Anna Castle on Self Publishing Advice From The Alliance Of Independent Authors
Running an Author Business: Top Tips on Managing Research Trip Costs
“Running a successful effective author business includes setting allowable costs against your tax bill. Whatever kind of books you self-publish, there may be times when you need to travel for the sake of writing research.”
Too Good To Miss
Emily Temple on Literary Hub
Is This the Biggest Book Cover Trend of the Year?
“We see a lot of books here in the Literary Hub offices, and after a while, it’s impossible not to start noticing trends.”