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Diana Gabaldon’s Next Outlander Novel Gets A Cover And A Release Date

Outlander fans, rejoice! Our long international wait is about to be over. Diana Gabaldon has announced that the ninth novel in her beloved Outlander series, Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone, will be published on November 23, 2021. Gabaldon has done a very diligent job of keeping fans up to date with her writing process on her website. She has released bits and pieces via both her blog and on Facebook, as well as making sure that fans are kept up to date about who would release the information (her), and when (“the moment I have it”). And...

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How to Sell Your Books: A Makeover Can Help

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt’s never too late to figure out how to sell your books but what do you do about your backlist? Having a book fall flat, for whatever reason, doesn’t mean that it can’t be saved. Sometimes a makeover, inside or out, is a great next step to your book marketing plan.Just like in life, book events happen to the best of us. This is a great opportunity to give your book a second chance now that you know how to sell your books and have more knowledge. The key is taking a critical look at what went...

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2021 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

This morning Sheree Renee Thomas and Malka Older announced the nominees for this year’s Hugos, joined by Ulysses Campbell, the Treasurer of DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C. The Hugo Awards have celebrated science fiction and fantasy since 1953. The 2021 Hugo Award Ceremony will take place at the 79th annual World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon), DisCon III in Washington, D.C., in December. Here are the bookish highlights of the 2021 Hugo Award finalists: 2021 Hugo Award Finalists: The Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Novel Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas (Swoon Reads)A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger...

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How to Sell Books: 11 Book Marketing Myths You Should Not Believe!

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhen it comes to how to sell books, there’s a lot of information out there. Especially information on book marketing for self-published authors. Some of it is great – but some of it isn’t. I thought it might be time to address some of the things I hear a lot, and give you the real skinny on what works, and what doesn’t when it comes to promoting your book!How to Sell Books to Your Friends and Family (Who Will Buy Lots of Copies of My Book!) I lead with this because it’s something that I hear a...

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Winners of the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Announced

The winners of the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards were announced in their first-ever online ceremony since the Awards began 57 years ago. It was hosted by Kara Young and featured many guest appearances, including Whoopi Goldberg and Viola Davis. In total, $380,000 in prizes were awarded to a diverse range of writers, translators, poets, editors, journalists, and others. Although they were not able to host the usual festivities, the online ceremony is available to watch in its entirety on Youtube! [embedded content][embedded content] PEN America was founded in 1922, with the intent to “foster international literary fellowship” in the...

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Book Marketing: The Number One Tip for Staying Motivated

Reading Time: 2 minutesI don’t usually post book marketing inspirational stuff, but I feel like every now and again we could all use a shot in the arm (a little vaccine pun there) of motivation. And a reminder to refocus to help us achieve our goals as a self-published author.So often we peruse social media and think: I’m not doing nearly as well as that author over there. Or: I feel like I’m a failure, my book hasn’t done as well. The truth is, most of us don’t share our failures on social media. Facebook is often a mirror of...

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Book Marketing Plan: Why Audio is the Next Big Thing in Book Promotion

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhatever your book marketing plan was for the past year, I can guarantee you that 2020 tossed a lot of unexpected elements your way. But one of the odd benefits of the pandemic was the ability to attend events all over the world – from the comfort of your living room or office. Zoom, of course, was the star for much of the year, and while video will always be a big player, audio is seeing somewhat of a golden era boom. Think podcasts, in particular, and now the new app everyone seems to be talking about:...

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