A Way to Grow Your Email List That Actually Works

My email subscriber list was stuck at a stagnant 6 subscribers for weeks. They were my husband, my three kids, and my 2 emails. I was beginning to feel like a total failure. My first book is on the verge of being published, and I had no way to market it other than Facebook. And that hadn't been working so far. Image: Patrick Tomasso via Unsplash ...more
nckyola I apologize that I missed your question.  It was really hard to step out of my comfort ...more

How to Use Google+ for Book Promotion

I’m a huge Google+ fan and have been since earlier this year. I’ll admit to being late at the party, but once I discovered the power of Google+ Hangouts, I was a convert.I’ll admit to having opened a Google+ account a year ago, but I really wasn’t doing much and quite frankly found Google+ to be another painful social media site I was forced to manage to increase my visibility....more

The Importance of Promoting Your Book

As an author, we're so excited to get our book published so people can read it. Many people think that an author can now relax after their book has been written and begin their next book, but it’s not so. At this point an author’s responsibilities are just beginning. An author must promote his or her book by doing FIVE THINGS that will enhance the book’s success....more
@JudeVo I just checked your website and your book looks fantastic. What great illustrations! I ...more

How To Create A Better Converting Author's Website for Your Book

An author’s website or page is ESSENTIAL     if you want to drive more sales to your non-fiction book and if you want to position yourself as being “media ready”!The prices vary when it comes to getting an author page created by a webmaster, but there are key elements that MUST be present in order to make that page work for you.There are many ways of creating an effective author page, but the best way to do it is to use the same powerful lead attraction strategies Internet marketers have been using for years!...more

So You Think You Can Write?

You are an established author and have already published, or you have aspirations to become a writer but you haven’t got a clue how to go about furthering your vocation.Welcome to ‘Angie’s Diary‘, the site that allows you to find out how to write or how to write even better!We are an established community for writers and editors, connected by a love for the written word....more

What's Hot? Creating the Author Video

I’d been hearing the talk— Author Videos are the new thing— more effective than a book trailer the in way to connect with your readers. I gulped. Nothing to do but give it a try, so here’s what I did: My husband found that I have moviemaker on my computer and we have an inexpensive camera which we routinely use for Skyping with our children. That was the basic equipment, although we found— on about take 6, as I recall— that the sound was crisper if we used an external mic. I knew from my Skyping experience that lighting is all-important....more

"Which Way Did They Go, George? Which Way Did They Go?"

My title today reflects my favorite line from an old cartoon character. Nevertheless, it also asks a pertinent question about today's publishing business....more

Book Promotion Ideas: Do It Without Guilt

As far as I'm concerned, as long as I take the time out of my schedule to promote other writers' books, I will have no hesitation promoting my own.~~...more

Do I Need an Agent?

   I am wondering if  there are any merits to getting an agent and/or a traditional publisher anymore. The more posts I read about how we as writers have to promote, promote, promote the more I wonder what agents do. I’m going to guess that they have connections I don’t have to big name publishers, but then what?...more
You and I are in the same rocky boat! I HAD an agent. A terrible agent who did nothing at all ...more

Promote Your Book on a Budget

Whether you self-publish or go the traditional publishing route, it’s likely that you won’t have a huge publicity budget for your first book (or first few books). This may not be a bad thing (read on to find out how you can potentially damage your writing career by spending too much money and time on publicity). There are hundreds of cost effective ways to promote your book....more