While Author Buzz features a global activity page where you can catch up with the users and groups you have followed, you have a personal activity page too. while this is not exactly the worlds most exciting topic, I thought I’d write about it so you know the options you have […]

Overview of your activity stream


Blogging is not easy – especially if you want to use it to sell books – but these advanced blogging tips for successful authors should help you sell more books with your blog. First, what is a successful blog? These days, successful authors are usually blogging authors but having a […]

12 Advanced blogging tips for successful authors


mistake
Being an author is hard and newbie author mistakes are bound to happen. However, the more you can avoid and the sooner you can avoid them, the better your chances of success. There are so many self-proclaimed authors out there, so many new books, that you only need one bad […]

Author mistakes that make you look like a newbie



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Today I am going to break the silence and talk about the one character authors never ever discuss and yet we all need to use. This character never ever appears (directly) in any novel. They do not get a name. No one knows them even though book sales depend on […]

The one character authors never talk about


In an office writing
Calls for submissions are where a lot of writers pick up paid work. While some calls pay very poorly others can be quite generous.  On the whole, the more a publication is willing to pay the higher the standard of work they produce. For example, a site offering £5 an […]

Calls For Submissions: A Round Up


books
I don’t have any specific figures to show you but my guess is that less than 1% of readers are actively searching for new books. The sad state of author earnings suggests that readers stick to authors they already know and trust. Which explains that the tactics for selling books […]

How do you reach readers not looking for new books?



#TellTheBloggers
It seems to me that publishers have yet to discover bloggers. Maybe we should help them? Over the last few months, I searched out every publisher I could find and sent them a similar email. In that email, I said who I was and that I wanted to write about authors […]

It’s time for publishers to discover bloggers


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There is a way of getting free publicity as an author which is so easy it is a wonder more people don’t use it. Blogs, such as this one, are often hungry for something to write about. All you have to do is feed your news to us in an […]

How to score free publicity as an author


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Did you know that URL structure can make a difference in search traffic? Although minor URL structure can have a cumulative impact on SEO. URLs are one area that most people setting up an author blog forget about. One thing that I did not cover when I wrote A Definitive Guide on […]

Let’s talk about URL structure for author blogs



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Most author blogs are abject failures as far as marketing and promotion are concerned. This is actually great news for you because it means, if you get the basics right, the competition will be scarce. Why author blogs fail As far as I can tell, there are three common reasons […]

A Definitive Guide on How to Start Blogging as an ...


blow your own trumpet
Writing a page with a title of “Why I am wonderful” can be hard for some authors but if you are going to set up a platform then you need to do a good job of this. The page itself might be called “about the author”, or simple, “about”. Whatever title you […]

Why I am wonderful


Facebook toxic
Social media – like Facebook and Twitter – help authors but we need to periodically detox Facebook to get the best out of it. Recently, I took my Facebook account through a detox and I was amazed at how much more productive I was able to become. As a side […]

Detox Facebook to become a better writer