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Welcome to the August 27, 2012 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors, with insights into writing, book sales, book marketing, and self-publishing. Thank you to the contributors who submitted a blog post on one of our topics and helped make this a great edition!

Book Sales

Books in the Douglasville, Georgia Borders store.

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Sue Collier presents How front and back matter can stimulate book sales | Self-Publishing Resources posted at Self-Publishing Resources.

Book Marketing

Nick Thacker presents How to Build a Platform posted at LiveHacked.com, saying, “A ‘Home Base,’ first of all, is not an extension of you–it is you, as you exist online.

It’s your brand, your identity, and your business, and if you’re an author, understanding this concept is crucial. You can’t ignore the importance of having a solid brand platform online, especially in today’s fast-paced electronic world.”

Writing

Ruan presents Writing: What Makes a Good Character and How Do You Select a Lead Character? posted at Pixel Smith Studios, saying, “What Makes a Good Character and How Do You Select a Lead Character?”

Ken Lange presents Winston Churchill: A First-Class Writer posted at Kenneth Lange, saying, “Churchill did not win the Nobel Prize in Peace, but he did win it in Literature. Read this post to understand why.”

Ken Baker presents Ken Baker: Children’s Author: Advice to Aspiring Authors posted at Ken Baker: Children’s Author.

Jonny presents Smart Blog: Benefits of Writing a Notebook posted at Smart blog, saying, “I know that this might be coming at your carnival from a different view, but keeping a writer’s notebook is often incredibly helpful for keeping ideas and creating inspiration, as well as other things.”

Jonathan Milligan presents How To Do Less This Week and Unleash Your Best Ideas posted at Simple Life Habits, saying, “A good book often begins with a good idea. As a writer, you need to develop the habit of productive thinking. Here are 4 ways to do less this week and unleash your best ideas.”

Self-Publishing

Joel Friedlander presents Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published posted at The Book Designer, saying, “If you expect people to respond favorably to your self-published book when comparing it to traditionally published books don’t make these errors.”

Byteful Travel presents How to Make a CreateSpace Cover in Photoshop posted at Aravinda Publishing, saying, “Are you planning on self-publishing through CreateSpace and aren’t sure how to begin creating your cover? Today, I’d like to demystify the process, step by step.”

Jon Rhodes presents How to Set Up a WordPress Blog posted at Affiliate Marketing Tips, saying, “This article shows you how to keep your old blog posts in the lime light.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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