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Genre Hopping: Genius Idea or Fatal Mistake?

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Remember when J.K. Rowling wrote a detective novel and it was the craziest leaked secret ever? Well, it turns out that she’s just one drop in an enormous bucket of authors. Genre hopping is becoming more and more popular among modern authors, not least because it can

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The ONE Thing That Can Kill A Book

Algonquin round table

So we were on Twitter a little while ago, just looking around at all the different books coming out. It made us so happy—so many fun books coming out! Funny, though—you don’t see as many new book titles come out during the summer. The season of vacations,

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How to Format for Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle format

Buying an eBook requires a leap of faith for the average person. That’s why it’s important to flank any objection possible for your reader to make that leap. Just about everyone has an Amazon account already, and the company is well-regarded for its friendly return policy. By

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You’re Meant to Be An Author If…

ernest hemingway quote

We finished off another great Buck Books sale this week, and we got to thinking: What makes someone want to be an author? What draws someone to the art and business of writing? And moreover, what qualities make it easy for someone to succeed as an author?

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How to Self-Publish A Book

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It’s gotten increasingly easy over the past decade to self-publish a book. Before the rise of Amazon to prominence in the bookselling market, and later Amazon’s Kindle store, the vast majority of authors either published through a formal publishing company or not at all. Authors were at

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How to Become a Writer

Chris Farley Well la dee frickin' dah

So, you want to know how to become a writer. Good. You’ve come to the right place. There are a lot of ways to do it — become a writer that is (meaning write for a living and not have to do anything else for money). But

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Choosing a Category for your Book on Amazon

book categories on Amazon

While it’s not much more complicated than shoe-tying or crotch-scratching, there are a few tiny tricks that can help your book get more sales when it comes to choosing the right category. An extra book sale a day makes a huge difference when compounded over a time

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Creating Agency Through Short Stories

Darth Vader

One of the big questions that often come up when writing a new novel boils down to one simple word. “Why?” Why did Darth Vader become a Sith Lord? Why did Jack Torrance turn on his family? Why did the chicken cross the road? All of these

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How to Make Money as a Writer (For Real!)

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There are many ways to make money as a writer. This article will focus primarily on independent, self-employed, internet-based writing. Basically, what we’re talking about here is making some money blogging and self-publishing books at vendors like Amazon and Lulu. First, decide how serious you are about

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The Case For Taking Breaks From Writing

writing break

Write all the time! Write all the time! Write all the time, until you drop dead from the weight of all the money you’ll be making! This is probably the most common piece of writing advice you’ll see on the Internet today. Write all the time, because

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