JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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PUBLISHERS FOR DEBUT AUTHORS

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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FIFTEEN FABULOUS PUBLISHERS FOR DEBUT AUTHORS  by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  An absolute must for anyone in search of a publisher. The genres are included with each publisher.

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Publish date January 22, 2019

POINT OF VIEW MAGIC: HOW TO CAST A SPELL

ON YOUR READERS by Joslyn Chase from TheWritePractice

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Excellent post. The post advocates every word in a novel is told through a POV.  With that thought, Joslyn discusses sensory, opinionated,  and emotional details to illustrate the point.

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

Publish date, Spring 2019

HOW TO UNDERSTAND YOUR READER’S LEVEL OF AWARENESS TO GROW YOUR FANBASE by Dave Chesson from Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:The post illustrates the value of specific key words. Sci-fi keyword will give the author a number of hits but not sales. Readers are shopping. Whereas alien sci-fi may have fewer hits but more dedicated readers who will buy the book.

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SHOULD YOU INCLUDE  A PROLOGUE IN YOUR

STORY? by Kristen Kieffer from Well Storied

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The value of a prologue is a debated question in the writing community. A prologue can create dramatic irony or foreshadow  pivotal plot events. Equally so, a prologue can be too long, doesn’t set up the story, or is boring. Interesting post.

 BONUS

Publish date, Fall 2019

 CREATE KILLER TWISTS; LEARN HOW TO REDEEM YOUR VILLAIN by Sacha Black from Writers Helping Writers

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The post’s thesis is simple. What greater twist than to reveal the dastardly villain has a heart or has seen the light? The post offers the types of redemption and redemption tips to create the change of heart.

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THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT ME! JOANNA PENN AND DAVE CHESSON TALK KEYWORDS by David Kudler from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The subject has been discussed previously in the Journal. Natural phrases are better in Amazon keywords is the thrust of the post. The answer is interesting.

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DIY: BUILDING AN AUTHOR WEBSITE by Allison Schiff from Publishers Weekly

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The options include creating your own website and hiring a web developer. Also included is information on SEO.

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UNDERSTANDING THE CURRENT “DO’S” AND “DON’TS” OF AMAZON BOOK REVIEWS by Amy Collins from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The post covers Amazon reviews in a question and answer format such as “May I ask people to write a review of my book?” and “What can I do if a review is taken down unfairly?”  Good stuff.

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HOW TO CHOOSE A COLOR FOR YOUR BOOK COVER DESIGN by Sarah Gribble from The Write Practice

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: As expected, the post reviews the emotional response of the popular colors. Perhaps the most helpful comment is the suggestion at the close of the narrative.

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FIVE STEPS TO NAILING YOUR QUERY LETTER, BY Literary Agent Britt Siess from Writers Digest

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  The value of the query letter cannot be understated. The post offers assistance to craft a winning letter including introduction, pitch, and biography.

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HOW TO INTERVIEW A BOOK PUBLICIST BEFORE YOU SIGN AN AGREEMENT by Joan Stewart from The Book Designer

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HOW MANY BOOKS CAN YOU EXPECT TO SELL? THE TRUTH ABOUT BOOK SALES AND THE KEYS TO GENERATING INCOME FROM PUBLISHING by Stephanie Chandler from NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION

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THE ANATOMY OF A BOOK COVER: A GUIDE FOR AUTHORS by  Yvonne @ Reedsy from the Editors of Writers Digest

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HOW TO USE ‘MYSELF’ AND OTHER REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS by Mignon Fogarty from Grammar Girl

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HEADS UP FOR AUTHORS…THE FLIP FLOP WORLD OF PUBLISHING by Judith Briles from The Book Shepherd

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USING STYLES IN SCRIVENER THREE by Gwen Hernandez from Writer Unboxed

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FIVE TIPS ON WRITING A TRAUMA BACKSTORY by Lisa Hall-Wilson from Writers in the Storm

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ANNUAL NUMBER OF PUBLISHED BOOKS HITS A NEW RECORD from BookMarketingBuzzBlog

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