JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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BEST FREE MARKETING SITES

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JB’s Journal for Authors is a bi-weekly newsletter dedicated to the writer who never has enough time and is crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help writers sell books.

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 I am scheduled for surgery on August 22. The August 23 edition (Wednesday) will be published on August 21 and the September 6 edition may be pushed forward to September 13.

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EDITOR’S COMMENT ON BLOG MAILING LIST 

Please send me an email if you want to add your name to our mailing list. In appreciation, a courtesy download of SETH will be made available in either epub for your reader or as a pdf file. Just indicate which you would prefer. Thank you.

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BEST FREE MARKETING SITES by Lysa Grant

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: I cannot say enough about the value of this article for authors. Lysa’s post is a must read for any writer planning a free or discounted promotion for their book. Lysa lists the top twenty sites AND best practices to set up the promotion. Great stuff. Oh, save the article for future promotions.

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FEATURED ARTICLE

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FIVE NONFICTION WRITING TECHNIQUES THAT WILL KEEP READERS TURNING PAGES by Alexander Limberg

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The Writer’s Chatroom recently featured the article in a Sunday evening chat. The title is a misnomer. The subject is applicable to fiction writers. I liked the simplicity of the post. The five techniques coupled with strong writing are essential ingredients for success. Alfred Hitchcock mastered the five techniques in telling his stories.

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CATEGORIES AND KEYWORDS FOR YOUR BOOKS ON KDP by Melinda Clayton

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: A short article with an important point. There is value in the use of key words to assist the reader selecting their next book. The post highlights KDP’s Selecting Browse Categories page to assist authors. The information is worth taking a moment to review.

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THE WORDPRESS PLUGINS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT by Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  Another fine article on the technical side of writing. If plugins are an author’s thing, this post is for them. Jane discusses fourteen different plugins to help master the computer world. As for me, I need to hire a techie to bring me into the twenty-first century.

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USING ERGONOMICS TO DESIGN THE OPTIMAL WORKSTATION by Grace Wynter from Writer Unboxed

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Great tips to improve the comfort zone of the workstation where the next great American novel is under construction. Tips include head, neck & eyes: hands & wrists; sitting;  and standing. The importance of taking breaks is also mentioned. Although not mentioned, exercises may also be helpful.

 

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BONUS

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SELF-PUBLISHING A DEBUT LITERARY NOVEL: THE ACTIONS, THE COSTS, THE RESULTS by Nicole Dieker from Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is an outstanding post on all the necessary steps to introduce a debut novel. Nicole explains her efforts to secure professional and book blogger reviews, advertising, appearances, distribution, paid promotions, giveaways, and more. Experts say promotional efforts should start six months before release. Nicole shows the success that follows such an effort.

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PINTEREST BASICS & INSIDER TIPS, PART ONE by Bethany Jett  from The Write Conversation

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PINTEREST FOR WRITERS-MARKETING by Cynthia Owens from The Write Conversation

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Time is an elusive creature that hides from many authors. The day needs to be stretched to create more hours. It is impossible to participate in all of the social media platforms. Pinterest has a legion of fans and may be the vehicle of choice for authors seeking a new direction. The two articles provide important information on usernames profile picture and how to use boards. Jeff also adds how to use the search feature.

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BOOKSCAN AND PW ANNOUNCE SALES AND CATEGORY SALES GROWTH AND DECLINES FOR JAN-JUNE 2017 by Amy Collins from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The article covers adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction.

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THE SURPRISINGLY COMPLEX PRINCIPLES OF A SUCCESSFUL PICTURE BOOK by Melissa Manlove

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: A comprehensive look at what is involved in a successful picture book including cadence/music, accuracy of graphics, connecting with children, and creating mystery.

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BOOK PROMOTION: DO THIS, NOT THAT-JULY 2017 by Amy Collins  from The Book Designer

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TIPS FOR CREDITING PHOTOS USED IN BLOGS by Kathryn Lilley

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 SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT

“I liked Seth.

The book and the man.”

Ray Simmons

READERS’ FAVORITE

 

Enough. She had wasted valuable time. Serious business at hand. Angel’s stiletto heels clicked on the charcoal gray granite floor interspersed with smoky veins of white and black. Her black leather miniskirt held tight against her silky-toned legs. The overhead light reflected on her long black hair wrapped into a French twist. Removing her black cashmere wrap coat, she draped it over her forearm and extended her arm. Cesar stepped up, gathered the coat into his arms. Her white silk blouse with a boat neckline, kimono sleeves, popped against her black skirt. Angel’s elegant appearance was her signature of an assassin at work.

She studied every minute detail of the location. There couldn’t be any surprises. Where to place each step. How to open the door. The dark recesses of a hallway. The quickest escape route. Which weapon to use. So much to know to stay alive.

So much.

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