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Tag: how to sell more books

Pitch Perfect: Can You Sell Your Story in ONE Sentence?

The pitch is critical for book sales because it connects the consumer (reader) with our work. Sales is always, ALWAYS about the customer, and the essence of all sales is that it solves some sort of problem for the buyer. Books solve problems. Which one does yours solve? How? Why your book?

Gatekeepers & Good Books: Trophy Fishing in a Literary Tsunami

Without gatekeepers, we may have hit a point where self-publishing could start doing irreparable harm to our industry. A ‘bad book’ from 1999 is not the same creature as the ‘bad book’ of 2019.

Fiction Addiction: How Great Storytellers Put the “Meth” into “Method”

When your fiction is crafted properly, readers will beg for your book to end…and then be depressed when it finally does.

Bad People Make Better Stories: Crafting the Perfect ‘Unlikable’ Character

Bad people make better stories. Why? Because I cannot say this enough, ‘Fiction is about one thing and one thing only—PROBLEMS.’ Who better to create a lot of problems than damaged, broken, unlikable, foolish and possibly even unredeemable human beings? ***I use the term ‘human beings’ for all characters because aliens, otherworldly beings, and any …

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5 Newbie Mistakes that Will KILL a Perfectly Good Story

We all make mistakes, especially when learning anything new. Writing is not immune to process. Contrary to popular belief, writing great stories is HARD. It takes time, devotion, training, mentorship, blood, sacrifice and the willingness to make a ton of mistakes. This means countless hours and probably years of practice (which also means writing a …

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