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The Wordsy Woman book marketing philosophy is to get back to the basics of book marketing by looking at the five Ps: Product, Price, Place, Promotion, and People.

This mini e-book will get you started with the basics of the basics so you can get on your way to developing a book marketing strategy that works best for you, your book, and your reader.

“The best marketing plan does nothing sitting on your computer or in the cloud or desk drawer; it must be something you will implement.”

WRITING CRAFT BOOK REVIEW – SAVE THE CAT BY BLAKE SNYDER

WRITING CRAFT BOOK REVIEW – SAVE THE CAT BY BLAKE SNYDER

Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder has been on my to-read list for quite a while. I don’t have any particular aspirations to write screenplays, but I know learning about writing from all different viewpoints is helpful,...

PLANTING EVIDENCE IN MYSTERIES

PLANTING EVIDENCE IN MYSTERIES

I touched on this topic when writing about storyboarding a long time ago, but I thought it might be helpful to your writing craft to add more detail, hence this post. When writing mysteries, you are likely going to have lots of evidence you need to bring into your...

DO-IT-YOURSELF WRITING RETREATS

DO-IT-YOURSELF WRITING RETREATS

This post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools Blog on October 20, 2016. Go here to read it. If you’re anything like me, when you read the latest writing magazine edition, you look longingly at the ads promoting retreats to write in beautiful places with...

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – WRITE A LETTER

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – WRITE A LETTER

When I started writing my sequel to Taming the Twisted, starting off with that book’s character’s, Abigail’s, point-of-view, essentially starting where Taming the original left off. I quickly got bored. About seven pages in, I got the idea of writing the book from one...

GET ANY MENTOR YOU WANT

GET ANY MENTOR YOU WANT

Though I don’t recommend blindly copying what other authors are doing to market their books, because there is no one-size-fits-all, magic-bullet book marketing solution, and what works for one author or book, might not work for you or yours, I do recommend keeping...

GYMNASTICS FOR WRITERS

GYMNASTICS FOR WRITERS

I attended Felicia Schneiderhan’s “Advanced Fiction Writing” a/k/a “Gymnastics for Writers” workshop at the Midwest Writing Center‘s David R. Collins Writers’ Conference. The workshop used different techniques over the workshop’s three days to stretch the imagination...

SINGING THE PRAISES OF FREE WRITING

SINGING THE PRAISES OF FREE WRITING

I’m not sure if it was the first time I was introduced to freewriting, but the first time free writing really stuck with me was when I read Natalie Goldberg’s, Wild Mind, in high school. I was struck by the concept of just letting the words dump out onto the page...

GET YOUR WRITING DONE – IN MONTHS, NOT YEARS

GET YOUR WRITING DONE – IN MONTHS, NOT YEARS

This post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website in October, 2015 (click here to view it). So you intend to write a book. Many, many people do, but there are just a few who seem to actually get it accomplished. You’re not Stephen King or J.K. Rowling...

GET BACK INTO THE WRITING GROOVE AFTER ILLNESS OR VACATION

GET BACK INTO THE WRITING GROOVE AFTER ILLNESS OR VACATION

An edited version of this post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website on June 12, 2015 (click here to view it). You’ve no doubt heard more times than you can count how important it is to write, if not every day, at least regularly. But there will be...

BUTT IN CHAIR – IT APPLIES TO EDITING, TOO

BUTT IN CHAIR – IT APPLIES TO EDITING, TOO

I’m sure you’ve heard the biggest challenge to getting your book drafted is to actually get fingers to keyboard and get it out of your head. But did you know that this applies to revisions and editing as well?  And sometimes it can be even harder to get back to work...

A BRIEF REVIEW OF GRAMMARLY

A BRIEF REVIEW OF GRAMMARLY

I have been using Grammarly for a couple of years now. For the most part, I have found it useful. I used it the most as the Chrome extension when I was line editing short articles for my local school district’s e-newsletter and social media. It helped me to catch...

SAVE CASH WITH BETA READERS

SAVE CASH WITH BETA READERS

Occasionally, someone will ask me if I can read their work and “tell them what I think.” Though I love writers and readers, unfortunately, I don’t have time to read everything that’s put in front of me. Plus, I realize that what they are usually asking for is a...

TO GERUND OR NOT TO GERUND

TO GERUND OR NOT TO GERUND

Some of my line editing clients have loved starting sentences with gerunds, or words ending in “ing.” This is not terrible in itself, but as it is in writing as in everything else, balance is important.  And sometimes starting a sentence with a gerund phrase just...

JOIN US IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY – PLEASE!!

JOIN US IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY – PLEASE!!

My typical line editing client is someone my age or older and likely 90% of the time, the first correction I need to make is to change all of the sentence endings to contain one space after the final punctuation mark instead of two. I grew up during the typewriter...

HOW TO HIRE AN EDITOR

HOW TO HIRE AN EDITOR

Your book is finished and you’ve done all you can with it, so it’s time to get an editor. But it can be sooo expensive. You wonder, could I do it myself? You could, maybe, but you’re likely to have a much better result if you hire someone else to edit for you. Our...

A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

Using the Find and Replace function in Word can help a ton when revising and copy-editing a manuscript. It helps to ensure that you stay consistent and don’t miss correcting a frequently made error. I use it a lot to replace “.  ” (period, two spaces) to “. ” (period,...

DECODING MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS

DECODING MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS

In my continuing series about using the correct words in correct situations for line editing, today we tackle lay/lie and stationary/stationery. Lie vs. Lay During my final proof of Missing Emily: Croatian Life Letters, I had the hardest time with the words lie, lay,...

DECODING MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS

MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS SORTED

In our continuing series, here is some advice to help you keep a couple of more confusing word pairs straight while line editing. Past vs. Passed These two words sound the same, and when my writing brain is chugging along, it sometimes forgets which of these...

DEFINE YOUR WHY TO STAY MOTIVATED FOR BOOK MARKETING

DEFINE YOUR WHY TO STAY MOTIVATED FOR BOOK MARKETING

Sometimes it’s difficult to stay motivated when marketing books, especially when it gets toward the end of the year with all of the holiday preparations, family get-togethers, and so many other things taking our attention. And this is fine. I see nothing wrong with...

THREE STEPS TO CREATING YOUR AUTHOR BRAND

THREE STEPS TO CREATING YOUR AUTHOR BRAND

When working with branding for book marketing, there are essentially three steps to follow. Define Your Brand Whether you like it or not, people are going to form opinions about you and your writing, thereby defining your brand. So why not do your best to steer those...

BOOK MARKETING: FREEBIE READER MAGNETS

BOOK MARKETING: FREEBIE READER MAGNETS

Have you heard that you should be giving something away for free so that readers will give you their email addresses, but you’re not sure what to give? You don’t want to proverbially let them milk the cow for free without ever buying it. Or maybe you only have one...

FIND A LOCAL CONNECTION FOR IN-PERSON APPEARANCES

FIND A LOCAL CONNECTION FOR IN-PERSON APPEARANCES

I have been doing signings, readings, and presentations for several years now, and I’ve had by far the best results when what I was peddling had some sort of connection to the location where I appeared. I’ve noticed that attendees gravitate toward other authors’ books...

HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK’S ELEVATOR PITCH

HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK’S ELEVATOR PITCH

So you have written a book. Congratulations! And now your publisher or book format person is asking for a blurb to go on the back of your book to hopefully entice people to read it. How in the world are you going to condense a 250-page (or more) manuscript down into...

THE CONTENT RULES FOR BOOK MARKETING

THE CONTENT RULES FOR BOOK MARKETING

I read the revised and updated version of Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) that Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business by Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman. As I’ve been known to do, I thought I’d share my thoughts...

FINDING SELF & INDIE PUBLISHED FRIENDLY BOOK REVIEWERS

FINDING SELF & INDIE PUBLISHED FRIENDLY BOOK REVIEWERS

An edited version of this post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website in March 2015 (click here to view it). When you ventured into the author world, you likely pictured reading a glowing review of your book in a major publication. At some point after...

HOW TO USE FACEBOOK GROUPS TO “SELL” BOOKS

HOW TO USE FACEBOOK GROUPS TO “SELL” BOOKS

An edited version of this post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website in February 2015 (click here to view it). “Sell” in the title is in quotes because you do not actually sell with Facebook groups – you build relationships, which sometimes lead to...

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It’s never too early to start thinking about book marketing, so if you scrolled past the free mini e-book above, go back and get that. Once you’ve requested that (or if you already did – thank you!), click the button below to download your free wallpaper featuring an original photo by me and an encouraging Maya Angelou quote. Enjoy!