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HOW TO UPDATE YOUR BOOK WITHOUT LOSING REVIEWS

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 PROLOGUES ACTUALLY FUNCTION AND SIX TYPES TO CONSIDER

from September C. Fawkes blog

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: This is an excellent post including the function of a prologue and the six different types. Prologues has it proponents and opponents. I recommend this rather lengthy post for any author considering this literary approach.

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2018 Release

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR BOOK WITHOUT LOSING YOUR REVIEWS by Joel Friedlander from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  This is an excellent post for those worried about the typo on page 64 of their novel and the need to change the cover. There are many links for further information and a discussion on major changes for fiction books.

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

2018 Release

HOW TO MAKE THE LEAP FROM SELF-PUBLISHING TO TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING by Nathan Bransford

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Nathan Bransford explains the self-publishing stigma is gone and adds his comments on what literary agents look for.Especially helpful for authors were his comments on how to maximize chances on finding an agent.

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 WHAT IS CHEKHOV’S GUN AND HOW TO USE IT from reedsy.com

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: I have to confess to some confusion understanding the title. Once understood, the point is an excellent reminder for all authors. Simply put, if an item, feature, or issue is put on the table in scene one, resolve the point before the end of the story. The use of examples make this post helpful.

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2019 Release

MY TOP TIPS FOR BALANCING STORIES WITH MULTIPLE POINTS-OF-VIEW by Kristen Kiefler from Well-Storied

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: I must confess I have an interest in the subject given I utilize multiple POV’s in my novels. Two points were very helpful in the post. Consider purpose when choosing between points of view and don’t repeat scenes.

 BONUS

 SMASHWORDS VS DRAFT2DIGITAL REVIEW by Dave Clesson from Kindlepreneur

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is an excellent post rich in detail. I strongly recommend it for any author interested in comparing these two self-publishing platforms. The post compares the pros and cons of each platform and picks a winner.

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HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY NOVEL by Joslyn Chase from The Write Practice

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: We have discussed this matter before. This post caught my eye and I thought you mystery writers would enjoy the comments. What makes a mystery a mystery? Also included were comments  know the tropes, four areas of a mystery, and mystery tips..

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BOOK PUBLICIST-PLUS TIPS FOR GOING IT ALONE by Tanya Hall from Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  Tanya outlines a good publicist looks for multiple angles in pitching the story and follows up with creativity and diplomacy.  Tanya also outlines what to do for DIY authors.

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HOW TO CREATE A CHARACTER PROFILE: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE (WITH TEMPLATE) from reedsy.com

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is another one of those posts full of  specific information to help the author outline the characters. The post covers physical appearance, childhood, and the emotional foundations. Great stuff.

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SECOND PAGE

WHY PUBLISH A LARGE PRINT EDITION OF YOUR BOOK? PLUS TIPS ON HOW TO DO IT by Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn

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NEW GOODREADS GIVEAWAY CHECKLIST FOR INDIE AUTHORS by Penny Sansevieri from BookWorks

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AUTHORS BEWARE! SIX NEW WRITING SCAMS TO WATCH OUT FOR by Ann R. Allen’s from Anne R. Allen’s Blog

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ARE FREE PROMOTIONS STILL WORTH IT? by Frances Caballo from The Book Designer

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HOW TO WRITE A BOOK USING MICROSOFT WORD by Sarah Gribble from The Write Practice

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SOCIAL MEDIA IS ABOUT ADDING VALUE–NOT SELF-PROMOTION by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

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