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A Comprehensive Guide to Building an Author Website

By C.S. Lakin

You know you need one. Or maybe you already have one. But is your author website everything it needs to be? What is the point of having an author website, and what does it need to accomplish? The answer seems obvious: your website is the place readers discover you and your books and, one hopes, […]

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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 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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How to Succeed as a Writer: 3 Essential Steps

By Ginny Yttrup

Guest post by Ginny L. Yttrup I sat at my desk, heart pounding, as I opened the email from a best selling author I’d long admired.           “I have looked you up on Amazon and see how successful you are…” I read the line once. Twice. An author who’d achieved the pinnacle of success when […]

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7 Steps to Building a Writer Platform from the Ground Up

By DiAnn Mills

Guest post by DiAnn Mills Writers who build a platform from the ground up lay the foundation for a vibrant career. The process begins with the decision to view writing as more than an interest or hobby but as a serious pursuit.  Dedicated writers accept the challenge of learning the craft, which is a lifelong […]

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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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How to Become a Writer: Going From Hobby to Career

By C.S. Lakin

How do you become a writer? After thirty years of writing and publishing dozens of books, and sharing more than one million words of instruction via blogging, here’s my easy answer: Practice. Practice writing. It’s really that simple. If you wanted to be a gardener, would you just sit at your kitchen table flipping pages […]

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