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    Are Facebook Author Takeovers Right for You?

    Facebook Author Takeovers What are they? Whether you have published a book or not, there are still many ways you can begin self-branding on Facebook. One of the easiest ways is through Author Takeovers. Let me clarify, an author takeover is not the same as an event. One is a networking tool, the other is a marketing tool. In brief, Facebook takeovers are great tools for building your fanbase, gaining readers, and getting your name out there. You don’t even have to be published yet to do one. On the other hand, a Facebook event is a marketing tool to bring awareness to your new book and create sales. Since I am huge…

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    Even Though: No Fear Writing

    You can’t let fear dictate your life. On Monday, July 2, 2018, my mother sent me a text. It goes something like this: “Police just arrested a guy planning an attack during fireworks! In Cleveland! Please be safe and stay home.” Is that scary? Most definitely. Even though Cleveland is 3 hours away. Even though I could get shot walking down the street. Even though finish the sentence here. Even though. We still went out and celebrated with the rest of Columbus on Tuesday, even though my mom’s words lingered in my head. We stayed til the end, even though we were surrounded by tall buildings and a heavy police…

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    On Blurb Writing: Captivate Your Audience Right from the Start

    Have you ever been told to send a potential agent/publisher/pa a blurb of your story? The first time I heard this, my fingernail scratched my temple. “Huh? Say what? A blurb?” I had never heard of this before, so off to google I went. Here’s what I learned: most blurbs start with “When.” Blurbs are generally one sentence long, approximately 100 words. Blurbs should give away your story without really giving away the details. A tight written blurb will get more attention than a loose and overly descriptive one. You should blurb for everything you write. Practice makes perfect. Back cover blurbs are more defined than a basic blurb (More…