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5 Reasons Why I Am Retiring My Musings

For the past month, I have been debating whether to continue writing My Musings or retire the blog. Depending on the day, I can list many reasons to keep posting or just as many not to do so. I started the blog about five ago. Since then, I have provided strategies and support to indie authors,…

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Want to sell more books? Optimize your Keywords

I recently heard the author Nick Stephenson say that to be successful as an author you had to think of Amazon is a search engine and not a book retailer. It was light bulb moment. To ensure being found by readers, you have to optimize your book’s search engine metadata—the keywords (and categories) associated with your book. Keywords are the words or phrases you use to…

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How to make it irresistible for my readers to sign-on to my list

For the past several months, I’ve watched my book sales decline. At first, I was not concerned because the ratings remained constant. I thought that perhaps the whole market was in a slump, or that the approaching summer, the political unrest or whatever was taking readers away from books. When my ratings dropped from the…

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Are you reaching your maximum profit at KDP

I recently uploaded a large file to Kindle Direct Publishing. The book had a little over 31K words and 150 images. In spite of its size, KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) had no trouble converting the .doc to a .mobi. I sold four books and earned a royalty of $0.00. Trying to maximize my profits, I had…

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9 free tools that will make you a better writer

Serious writers are always looking to improve their skills. Even when I read for enjoyment, I am looking at the author’s phraseology, especially the use of similes and metaphors, which are difficult for me to coin. I look at voice and theme development to see what works or doesn’t. I read books in my genre to see how…

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It’s About Time by Susan A. Royal (Part 2)

In the first part of this two-part blog-swap, Susan A. Royal discussed how she started the “It’s About Time” series and how she fits writing into her busy life. In this part Susan discusses the next installment in the series. I’ve got almost 20 chapters of Into the Past, the next book in the “It’s About Time” series.  In Not Long…

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It’s About Time Susan A. Royal (Part 1)

In this two-part blog swap, Susan A. Royal discusses the time-travel series, “It’s About Time.” In this first part, she tells us how she started the series and how she fits writing into her busy life. In Part 2, (available November 6) Susan will discuss the next installment in the series. First, I want to thank you for allowing me to visit…

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Exercise to be more creative

While I wrote my last book, I gained ten pounds. It’s easy to do when you sit eight to ten hours a day. Even though I had incorporated walking and weight training into my daily routine, I was out-eating my fat-burning endeavors. This summer, I hiked the Long Trail in Vermont. Within three weeks, the strenuous mountaineering and…

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It’s important to be consistent to your brand

Branding is much more than your logo or your book cover designs—it is the entire experience you create for your readers. It includes your genre, tone, and writing style, both in your books and on your Webpage and social media. It’s how you present yourself at book signings and presentations, at conferences, and on radio or television. Think…

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To be successful book reader, engage the audience

At a recent book event, I listened to several authors discuss and read from their books. I was surprised by how many authors  mumbled, spoke too softly, and failed to engage the audience while reading an excerpt. No matter how eloquent the prose or how descriptive the scene, failing to captivate the people who came explicitly to learn more about your books…

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