JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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FOR DETECTIVE WRITERS FROM DASHIEL HAMMETT

JB’s Journal for Authors is a bi-weekly newsletter dedicated to the authors who never have enough time and are crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help authors sell books.

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HOW TO INTERACT WITH READERS ON GOODREADS by Sandra Beckwith from BuildBookBuzz

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HOW AUTHORS CAN ENGAGE WITH READERS AND REVIEWERS ON GOODREADS from Authors and Advertisers  and Goodreads Blogs

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THREE MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING ON GOODREADS by Sandra Beckwith from BuildBookBuzz

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THREE COOL THINGS YOU CAN DO AS A GOODREADS AUTHOR by Sandra Beckwith from BuildBookBuzz

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: Simply put, Goodreads is the best social media site for authors to connect with readers. In the early stages, it is also complicated  and time consuming to understand how to connect the author with readers. One of the popular features is soliciting readers for book reviews. I am confident authors will find the four posts an excellent starting point to jump into the world of Goodreads

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FEATURED ARTICLE

2018 Release

HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH A BOOK: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE from reedsy.com

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a comprehensive approach to self-publishing. As expected, resources are given on the process of design, typesetting, and formatting for digital and print. There is also a helpful discussion on mastering the Kindle Store, marketing, and launch plan.

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

2018 Release

SELLING OUT: GOING WIDE OR GOING EXCLUSIVE TO AMAZON by David Kudler from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The author provides an in-depth discussion of the world of Amazon. Among the items discussed are KDP Select, benefits of going exclusive, Kindle Unlimited, promotions, royalties and the benefits of going wide. I enjoy posting these types of articles that provide a wealth of information for the author.

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DASHIEL HAMMETT’S TWENTY-FOUR RULES FOR DETECTIVE WRITERS by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: I know, twenty- four of this and twenty-four of that. Enough to wear you out. But, this is a solid post for any mystery writer and should be kept close at hand.

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TEN TIPS FOR LAYING OUT BACK COVER TEXT LIKE A PRO by Cathi Stevenson from Book Cover Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is an excellent post on preparation of the back book cover. What I thought was helpful was the text size and spacing consideration. This is a must read for anyone tackling a book cover.

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2019 Release

 BONUS

  SIX CREATIVE WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR STORY IDEA by Joslyn Chase from The Write Practice

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: A helpful discussion on how to put some juice into your story idea. The one that caught my eye was the last point. Write what excites you. The story is strong when the author is invested in the plot premise.. As an example, I enjoy writing about the conflict between two people rather than some dude who is the only individual that can save the world from a gosh-awful villain.

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HOW TO WRITE FABULOUS DIALOGUE IN FIVE EASY STEPS by Mia Botha from Writers Write

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Mia writes a helpful post on successful dialogue tips. Authors should take a look at her links on additional dialogue tips. AND FOR SURE, take a look at her dialogue example. WHOA! AWESOME.

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SECOND PAGE

HOW TO CREATE A COMPELLING BOOK COVER by Joanna Penn from the Creative Penn

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SAVE EVERY WORD WITH SCRIVENER’S SNAPSHOTS FEATURE by Gwen Hernandez from Writers in the Storm

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HOW TO ACCESS THE ARCHIVES (of Nathan Bransford) by Nathan Bransford

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WHAT IS THE GDPR AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AUTHORS? by Cyle Young from The Write Conversation

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TEN WRITING MISTAKES EVEN BOOK LOVERS MAKE by Grammar Check from Writers Write

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FIVE SIMPLE TIPS FOR WRITING AWESOME URBAN FANTASY by Claire Bradshaw from Writer’s Edit

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