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  1. 8 parts of a perfect copyright page
    8 parts of a perfect copyright page

    8 Parts of a Perfect Copyright Page by Creative Law Center.


  2. Body language cheat sheet
    Body language cheat sheet

    Writers Write has a great cheat sheet list for writing body language.


  3. Sci-fi looking images free
    Sci-fi looking images free

    Pixabay has some sci-fi-ish looking images for free. But check their rules.


  4. How to copyright your book
    How to copyright your book

    This article is written by an intellectual property lawyer. How to Copyright Your Book

     

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    In this article, I’m not only going to simplify the complex world of book copyrighting, I’ll also show you the most effective means of protecting your work and ensuring you’re covered.

     


  5. K.M. Weiland's Professional Writing Resources
    K.M. Weiland's Professional Writing Resources

    From our own K.M. Weiland: The Professional Writing Resources I Use for All Parts of the Writing and Publishing Processes.
    https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/professional-writing-resources/


  6. Has anyone heard of...
    Has anyone heard of...
    19 hours ago, Jeff Potts said:

    I'm doing an initial "polish pass" on my book, and I'm seriously considering paying out-of-pocket for copyediting before I try submitting to an agent.

    I'm not sure I'd call their prices affordable! They charge three more than three times what I paid my editor. She's been great to work with. Really fast and accurate. https://kristawagner.wixsite.com/author/editing-services


  7. Book Cover Elements
    Book Cover Elements

    This article is dealing with Fantasy Book Covers, but the key components would most likely cross genres.


  8. IF you have your own site...
    IF you have your own site...

    ...or will in the future, you need to subscribe to this site. Great help for sites. This is her Tuesday info.


  9. 7 tips for writing winning newsletters
    7 tips for writing winning newsletters

    7 tips for writing winning newsletters

     

    Here's the first one:

     

    Tip #1: Identify the Purpose of Your Newsletter

     

    The purpose of your newsletter is to stay in front of your readers with helpful content. (Note: your newsletter’s purpose is not outright promotion. But more on that in Tip #4).

     

    Let’s say a prospect connects with you as a customer … or through social media … or comes to your website through a search. She gets the information she needs and then clicks away from your site. Will you ever see her again?

     

    Maybe. But there’s a good chance she will forget about you.

     

    But what if you capture her email address? Then you have the opportunity to continue to send her helpful information. Valuable content makes the reader feel good and cultivates her interest. This way, when she needs a product or service or more information in your niche, who will she contact? 

     

    You. You’ve already proven that you’ll give her helpful, valuable content. Your newsletter is an excellent way to generate ongoing interest in your products and services and demonstrates that you are a leader in your niche.

     

     

     

     


  10. How to effecitively "tell" emotions in fiction
    How to effecitively "tell" emotions in fiction

  11. 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/


  12. How to optimize your website for newsletter signups
    How to optimize your website for newsletter signups

  13. 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.


  14. 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

     

     

     


  15. 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.


  16. 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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