As a self-published author, when switching from author to salesperson, remember: readers want a good story more than a cheap book.

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To get reviewed on Amazon and other places online, you need to assemble a book review team and learn how to follow up. It's a model that has worked for me over the course of many years and dozens of book launches.

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When you agree to review a book, do you always follow through? Are you loyal to other writers by keeping up your side of the bargain?

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When asked if you're a writer, do you use excuse words to hold yourself down, or do you use positive language and build yourself up?

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Libraries have long been deeply rooted in local communities. By being active in events like Indie Author Day, self-published authors can leverage libraries as a free and community­-centered approach to building and reinforcing their readership.

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Creating a writing group with trusted friends and authors is one way to provide accountability, moral support, and feedback – and can be a great asset as you advance your writing career.

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Award-winning novelist SJ Rozan and BookBaby president Brian Felsen sat down at the 2011 California Crime Writers Conference to talk about her creative process, how technology has changed the conversation with publishers, and the tricks that create a memorable book. In this segment, SJ Rozan talks about her slow transition (over 15 years) from full-time architect to full-time writer. When she first started writing, Rozan had a professional career that took up 60+ hours a week of work. She could only write on weekend mornings and maybe one other weekday evening.

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