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How to Copyright a Book: A Step-By-Step Guide

By C.S. Lakin

As a writer, you’ve no doubt heard about copyrights. And maybe you’ve wondered if you need one to protect your precious writing from being stolen. While it’s unlikely your greatest worry is story theft, there are other reasons to copyright your work. And not every book needs to be registered with the Copyright Office. So, […]

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KDSPY Review: Get an Edge in Book Sales

By C.S. Lakin

There’s no worse scenario for an author than launching a new book out into the world and watching, waiting, and hoping for sales, week after week, and … nothing. Knowing how much competition there is for book sales, writers need every edge in getting their books discovered, and acquiring real-time data on what books sell […]

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How to Price your Self-Published Book: Everything You Need to Know

By C.S. Lakin

You’ve written your book and it’s ready to publish. Congratulations! You now upload your manuscript and cover files and put your keyword phrases. Just a few more items to complete before you click “Publish” and send your masterpiece out into the world. But … now you have to set a price for your book. At […]

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How to Build Your Author Brand

How to Build Your Author Brand: 5 Proven Steps

By C.S. Lakin

If you’re a writer, at some point you’ve daydreamed about success and what that would look like. Your book topping at #1 on the best-seller lists. Your name popping up on blog posts and news articles, along with praise for your masterpiece. Fans sending you emails and posting reviews daily, gushing with enthusiasm over your […]

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How to Market Your Book

How to Market a Book: 15 Proven Book Marketing Strategies

By C.S. Lakin

If you have just finished your book—or are in the process of finishing it—I have some bad news for you… Writing your book is the easy part.  Because here’s what comes next: Planning and executing your book launch Developing pricing strategies Marketing and promoting Selling and managing sales channels Advertising Building a fan base Assembling […]

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How to Choose a Pen Name

How to Choose a Pen Name

By C.S. Lakin

You’ve finished writing your first book, but you’re struggling with the idea of putting your name on the cover. Maybe you have a common name, and there are authors already publishing under that name. Or your name is so hard to pronounce, you worry readers won’t remember it. Maybe you want an author name that’s […]

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Book Cover Design Ideas: 7 Proven Tips for Creating Yours

By C.S. Lakin

No doubt you’ve heard the old adage: “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” This is so true—a singular image can inspire activism and outrage, trigger tears of pain or compassion, or make us laugh uproariously. Iconic images linger long in the collective memory of a society—and can even change us profoundly. As a self-publishing author, […]

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How to Write an Author Bio (with Examples)

How to Write an Author Bio: A Proven Guide with Examples

By C.S. Lakin

One of the important marketing tools a writer needs is an author bio. This descriptive bit of writing informs readers, in few words, who you are, what you write, and what makes you unique. It’s the marquee announcing your author presence in the world of publishing. Think about your author bio as your “elevator pitch” […]

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8 Proven Steps to a Successful Book Launch

By C.S. Lakin

If you thought writing “The End” meant you were done with your book, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s only the beginning. You might spend months, even years, building a beautiful fishing boat, but if you leave it docked once you’ve finished, how will you catch any fish? The fish are out at sea, […]

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23 Top Writing Podcasts That Help You Improve Your Craft

By C.S. Lakin

Writers have so many online resources these days to help them hone their writing skills, but there are never enough hours in the day to take advantage of them. And when it comes to podcasts, you would need a thousand lifetimes to listen to all the great content that will help you on your writing […]

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