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  1. How To Ask For Blurbs
    How To Ask For Blurbs

    Asking people you like and respect for blurbs for your book is both an art and a craft and Tim Grahl tells you all about how to do it.
    https://booklaunch.com/blurbs/


  2. Wordpress resource
    Wordpress resource

    If you're using Wordpress, you might want to subscribe to a couple of blog that specifically offer Wordpress help. This will keep you up-to-date on plugins that are new or ones that are bad, etc. Here's one you might like.


  3. List of free photo sites
    List of free photo sites

    It took me several hours to go through my list. I had to make of the links and some sites have closed down. I also have a bazillion vector, clipart, png, and others sites in my list, so I had to take them out. Forgive me if there are any boo-boos. I'm sure you'll be able find something in this list. If not, just google it. ;) But be careful. :D

     

    List of free photos

     

    *site for searching

    https://visualhunt.com/

     

    ***watch if it calls for attribution; you don’t want it usually

    ***always read their license agreement/terms of use, etc. even though I checked them ***some sites allow for books and some do not

    ***some sites also have premium subscriptions

    ***some may have mandatory attribution; I don’t use these

    ***some premium may have been included

    ***never use any image from Getty (or other related Getty sites) without paying/you will get in tons of trouble/can sue you for thousands

    ***don’t get confused if the site says sign up for tree trial; that’s their premium side or they’re connected with another site for pay; just use the freebie part

    ***some will email you freebies if you sign up

     

    *sites

    stockvault.net

    negativespace.co

    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

    rovenimages.com

    pixabay.com

    picjumbo.com

    unsplash.com

    lifeofpix.com

    rawpixel.com

    canva.com

    morguefile.com

    pictography.net

    barnimages.com (no not images of barns)

    freelyphotos.com

    onlygfx.com

    devostock.com

    publicdomainpictures.net/en/

    freestockphotos.io

    needpix.com

    freebibleimages.org/photos

    freejpg.com.ar

    freephotos.cc

    1001freedownloads.com

    motionarray.com/browse

    gratisography.com

    freerangestock.com

    pixy.org

    janmantri.com

    absfreepic.com

    jooinn.com

    photos.icons8.com

    reshot.com

    burst.shopify.com

    pixnio.com

    pxhere.com

    quuu.co

    goodfreephotos.com

    freeimages.com

    freelargephotos.com

    skitterphoto.com

    freeimagebank.com

    imcreator.com/free

    mmstock.com

    dreamstime.com/free-photos

    splitshire.com

    kaboompics.com

    pdpics.com

    freeforcommercialuse.net

    libreshot.com

    maxpixel.net

    freestocks.org

    photohdx.com

    chainimages.com

    magdeleine.org/browse

    goodstock.photos

    pexels.com

    kiviphoto.com

    stockfreeimages.com

    pond5.com/free

    picdrome.com

    photos-public-domain.com

    mypublicdomainpictures.com

    4freephotos.com

    snapwiresnaps.com

    photopin.com

    imagebase.net

     

     

     


  4. Book Marketing Milestones
    Book Marketing Milestones

    I'm a huge fan of the Novel Marketing Podcast, and the latest episode has been one of my favourites so far. They were answering a listener's question about what to prioritise as you build your writing career/business, and what milestones you should focus on as you progress in your journey towards publication.

     

    Maybe one reason I loved it so much is that they confirmed what I've long suspected: platform building looks different for fiction vs. non-fiction writers. You'll do many of the same things, but in a different order. Here are their recommended milestones for fiction:

     

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    Marketing Milestones for Fiction

    • Discover and define who you are
    Build your website (debate)
    • Write a short story
    • Write your first book
    • Write another short story
    • Refine who you are
    Refine/Build your website
    • Start an Email List
    • Build a Landing Page for your short story Reader Magnet
    • Promote the short story one on one and send people to the landing page.
    • Write the second book.
    • Advertise/PR
    • Experiment

     

     

    James Rubart and Thomas Ummstadt disagreed on when exactly a fiction writer ought to build their website, which is why I've emphasised it in bold italic: James thought a website should be the second milestone, while Thomas believes it should be done after at least one novel and a couple of short stories. I'm in agreement Thomas here. Secure the domain name, but no need to focus on building the website and email list until you have some fiction material to show.

     

    Their recommendations for non-fiction look rather different:

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    Marketing Milestones for Non-Fiction

    • Discover and define who you are
    • Build your website and blog
    • Blog/Podcast/video on your topic.
    • Promote posts one on one.
    • Getting feedback from your listeners!

    • Start an email list. Connect it to your blog so new posts go out as emails.
    • Create a Reader Magnet (Tip Sheet, Printable, Guide, Etc.)
    • Write the book
    • Advertise
    • Experiment

     

     

    Here, the platform comes long before the book. I hear so many people telling novelists to follow a path that looks much more like this non-fiction plan.


  5. Author Interview Offer
    Author Interview Offer

    Author Interview Offer

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    Our interviews will publish up to twice weekly, so if there is a backlog of submissions, it may take a while to get to you.  Please let us know in the comments box if you’ve got a new release coming up so we can adjust the form accordingly.

     This is a good way to be known and recognised!


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