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3 Things I Learned from Dean Koontz

I recently interviewed Dean Koontz for a BingeBooks book club, and learned a few really interesting things.

He’s a massive superstar with 500 MILLION books sold. Fourteen #1 New York Times Bestsellers. Over 100 books written.

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Working With a Cover Designer

Working with a cover designer for the first time can be an intimidating process. Luckily, we had two authors hold a roundtable on this topic at Inkers Con 2022. Patricia Bates and Caralyn Young provided the following tips.

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Breaking into BookBub

There was a time when getting a BookBub Featured Deal was akin to hitting the lottery. Champagne was popped, authors started screaming in joy, and money was guaranteed to fall from the sky (or at least via ACH deposit).

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A Rolodex of Author Services

The longer you’re in this industry, the bigger your author Rolodex grows. We took a peek at Alessandra Torre’s (our co-founder!) list and grabbed the top 15 most frequently used items to share with you.

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8 Ways to Improve a First Draft

First drafts are… as I like to warn every new author, messy. But hey – they’re supposed to be! That’s part of the creative process – the regurgitation of ideas into one big pile of words on a page.

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Tiktok Best Practices

Have you jumped into TikTok yet? TikTok is the #1 fast-growing social media app in the world and authors have been busy joining, posting, and going viral. As a result, #BookTok is one of the biggest influencers of book sales that our industry has ever seen.

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3 Ways to Grow Your Author Platform

If you’ve done any research around publishing and marketing a book, you’ve probably heard the term “author platform” a lot. A vital part of the book launch process is building up your profile and reach. While you might already have the basics of an author platform (an author website, social media presence, and a mailing list) it can be hard to grow that budding following.

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10 Common First Draft Issues

First drafts are loveably troublesome, and it’s easy to miss some of their weaknesses and problems. That’s where a great editor is worth their weight in gold. Editors are accustomed to dirty first drafts, and how to mold them into beautiful and intriguing works of art. In this post, editor Tex Thompson will share the 10 most common first draft problems that she sees.

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Bad Words in Your Books

As writers, our words are the building blocks and material of our novels – so we have to choose them carefully! The word choices you make create the flavor and tone of your book, and as important as having impactful strong words are, it is just as important to avoid “bad words” in your novel.

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9 Podcasts for Authors

Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn while on the go. We reviewed dozens of podcasts and wanted to spotlight 9 podcasts for authors that are highly recommended in our author community.

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The #1 Common Dialogue Mistake of Authors

Strong dialogue can be crucial in creating compelling scenes, unveiling your characters, and progressing your novel’s plot. In a 2020 Inkers Con workshop, Mitali Perkins taught attendees how to spot and fix seven common mistakes authors make and demystified the process of delivering great dialogue.

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5 Facebook Groups for Authors

While writing, researching, publishing and marketing a book… you’re going to have questions. Internet searches can often help you find some answers, but there are some fantastic resources that you should bookmark for common authorly woes. In this blog post, we will explore one specific area of the cyber universe: Facebook. Don’t groan! While Facebook can be a sea of distractions, Facebook groups are a treasure trove of networking and information opportunities. Here are 5 groups worth joining:

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5 Tips For Attending An Authors Conference

Authors conferences can be a fantastic place to expand your knowledge, improve your writing, meet other authors, and discover new products and services. But they can be a wee bit intimidating, especially for a first-timer. If you’ve never attended an author conference before, here are my 5 tips for success:

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