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Building an Engaged Audience for Your Writing

Before your book is ever ready for the presses, especially when you’re considering self-publishing, there’s a fair amount of legwork that has to be done. I’m not talking about the time it’s going to take you to ensure that your book is well-written and that you’re taking on a genre that you understand like the back of your hand; at least, it certainly doesn’t end there. When it comes to creating a successful literary endeavor, one aspect that cannot be ignored is the matter of readership. In order to create buzz and the income that you’re hoping follows, you need to create an engaged community of readers.

Sidelining Stereotypes – The Role of Sensitivity Readers

Have you ever read something that pertains to an area you are familiar with, or a group that you are part of, and felt disappointed, frustrated or even offended by how off the mark the work was? Or worse, how it pandered to demeaning stereotypes. One’s initial...

Getting the Right Balance for Self-Publishing Authors

A Tale of Two Books I recently read two very different works which left me with two very different impressions. The first had an eye catching cover design, a clever title, and an interesting author bio. The marketing campaign had been slick and the release date...

When is the best time to publish your book?

One of the advantages of being a self-publishing author is greater flexibility in terms of writing, marketing and publishing your book. Having said that, it doesn’t mean you can ignore certain timelines or optimum publishing opportunities. Much of the time your genre...

The Benefits of Public Speaking for Authorpreneurs

As an authorpreneur it is easy to get caught up in the digital web of social media and technology platforms.  They are, of course, great marketing tools and can bring about huge benefits. But remember that, no matter what your genre, the best marketing tool is...

Why you need an author website

Publishing looks a lot different than it used to. Authors spent so much time fighting for a coveted spot on a well-known publisher’s roster, who would then do so much of the leg work for them promoting a book and getting the word out there. Self-publishing is more...

STANDING OUT – THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING A GREAT TITLE

As an authorpreneur choosing a title is one of the most important decisions you will make.  The right title can kick-start the commercial success of your book. You don’t need to be very creative but you do have to find a unique way of expressing what your audience...

2017 CBC NonFiction Prize

The 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize is currently open for submissions. See below for details on how to enter. WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished works of nonfiction between 1200 and 1800 words. WHEN: Competition runs from January 1 to February 28, 2017. WHO: All...

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