Hooking the Reader


Guest Blogger: Dakota Banks Browsers in a bookstore scan the shelves, eyes moving rapidly from book to book. If your books are spine-out rather than face-out, you have only your title and your name to get the buyer to pick up your book. If your book is face-out, you have …

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Book Store Signing Tips


Guest Blogger: Derek Clendening I like doing book store signings. Some authors aren’t so crazy about it, but I can see the upside. From my own experience, I can see that it’s an art and not a science. There’s more to it than sitting at a table with a puppy …

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The Book Tour—Worth It?


Guest Blogger: F. Paul Wilson I just got off a book tour for THE DARK AT THE END: Houston, Burbank, Redondo Beach, Phoenix, Atlanta in six days. A book tour sounds like fun, but it involved living out of a suitcase in a different hotel every night (two consecutive nights in …

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Welcome to Jeremy Robinson’s Great Kindle Giveaway and Blog Tour


“Hurray for free Kindles!” you say, but who the hell is Jeremy Robinson? Allow me to introduce myself. I’m the author of eleven mixed genre novels, published in ten languages, including the popular fantasy YA series, THE LAST HUNTER, and the fast-paced Jack Sigler series (also known as Chess Team—not …

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Open Letter to Readers


Guest Blogger: Lucienne Diver I’m doing a crazy-obsessive amount of promo…or, at least, guest blogs…for my new novel BAD BLOOD. Why? I love these characters.  I love this story.  I want people to buy a lot of e-books (and later print) so that I can justify continuing to spend so much …

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Funny Search Engine Terms


To throw something a little fun into the mix, I decided to blog about the funniest, unique or most interesting search engine keywords/phrases that brought people to my site and to include others. Here’s what we discovered. From Jen Forbus at Jen’s Book Thoughts, a book blog that covers the world of …

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Why I Chose a Traditional Publisher


Guest Blogger: Nathan Bransford One of the more common questions I receive in interviews and the like is this one: You have a blog, you were in the business by virtue of being a former literary agent, why didn’t you self-publish? Why didn’t you do it on your own? Couldn’t …

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Call It What You Like


Guest Bogger: Christopher Golden I don’t worry about labels.  Never really have.  And I try to pass on that disregard for labels to my children.  Let’s face it, we put people into categories in our minds and sometimes we even speak those labels aloud.  In school, it’s done by students …

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A Writer Puts It All on the Line


Guest Blogger: Michael Palmer First of all, I want to thank Janice for inviting me to guest blog on her website. I actually love writing when there are few or no restrictions, and this is one of those situations. So I’m going to do what I do best—ramble. As of …

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The Good Life


Guest Blogger: Kelli Stanley So. The Writing Life. Or, as I insist on calling it, the good life. And not the “good life” that Jerome Bixby wrote about in his infamously horrific short story (later filmed as a Twilight Zone episode  with Bill Mumy—remember it? But I digress …). Maybe …

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