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3 Ideas for a Successful Book Launch by Kristen Hogrefe

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A myriad of writing resources talk about honing the craft, but fewer address how to prepare for a book launch. No matter our publishing path, the industry expects us writers to play a leading role in spreading the word about our books.

Join Kristen Hogrefe on the Seriously Write blog as she provides three tips for launching your new book. While you’re there, share your experience. 

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Do you have any tips to add for launching a book into the marketplace?

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How to Build an Author Page on Amazon.co.jp

Don’t worry. You don’t need to speak Japanese to understand Stevie’s instructions.

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

How’s your Japanese?  Mine is a little rusty, and because I sell a few books on Amazon.jp every week I thought I’d set up my author page. To save you the arse-ache of what I’ve had to go through to set mine up, here’s an easier way of doing it than toiling backwards and forwards from Amazon.jp to Google Translate:

1. Sign-in to your Author Central Account at: http://authorcentral.amazon.co.jp  I did set my account up a couple of years ago, but never got around to making an author page.  If you haven’t registered with Amazon.jp, they’ll need to confirm your email address first before they accept you.
2. Once registered, click the “本” (Books) tab on the top of the page.
3. Your books are displayed under “外国語の本” (Foreign Language Books).
4. Click the “さらに本を追加する” (Add more books) button near the top of the Books tab page. This will automatically…

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Creative Writing as Therapy: How Can Writing Help?

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Therapy can take many forms, and creative types of therapy are growing in popularity. The Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada integrates Music Therapy and Art Therapy as essential parts of the healing experience for kids staying in the hospital, as do many other hospitals including the Children’s Hospital Colorado, Children’s Hospital Philadelphia, and the Boston Children’s Hospital.

You don’t need a therapist, an art teacher, or a writing coach to use writing as a form of therapy for yourself. For this type of self-healing, you are completely in control. You never have to share your writing with anyone – in fact, you can burn it when you’re finished if you like.

Writing, whether autobiographical or fictional, allows us to imagine how a scenario might play out. Truth is stranger than fiction, and scenes from our own lives can end up in the middle of our…

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How to do a developmental edit yourself

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Friday is here again, which means another blog post from me!

Today I’m following up on last week’s post on the importance of developmental editing, by popular request, with a how-to for writers who want to try and do it themselves. (If you missed last week’s post, read it here.)

Meanwhile, on our blog, I hope you enjoyed this week’s post from Byron Gillan, on magic and environment in fantasy (read it here) and Sean Gallagher’s great post on his own magic in the world of Mysts (read it here). Next month, we’ll be talking about what inspires us to write the fantasy stories we write, so stay tuned for that.

Before I dive into the how-to, I want to announce something exciting that I’m starting next Friday. World Builders 3.0!

For those who followed the World Builders series, this started with the original world builders (read…

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Optimizing Your Online Book Description

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Effective online book descriptions are more than just the words. The internet is a visual medium, much like a magazine. Readers expect content to be presented in a visually interesting way. This means thinking about your description as a web design project, including visual arts elements, like white space, and formatting your text using HTML. Even if you are not a programmer, simple tags for bold, italic, H1, H2 are easy enough for the novice. (If you still need help, use a WYSIWYG HTML generator. Then, cut and paste the results in your Amazon description.)

Here is a book description that needs revision. Notice how the large block of text is unappealing, even daunting. Readers are conditioned to expect efficient content online, smaller chunks of text, and variety.

bad hook Giant blocks of text turn readers off

When designing your book descriptions, consider how all the elements of the page will work together…

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