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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."
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Book cover design tips for independent authors

We spoke with two graphic designers to get some insights on what makes for great design and why your book cover design is more important than ever before.
book description

5 tips for crafting a memorable book description

Jacket copy is never going to be “perfect.” It’ll never capture everything you want readers to know about your book or your achievements as an author. So give up on trying to pack it all in and just accept the fact that this is supposed to be, much like the descriptions on a menu, a teaser. First throw your hands in the air, and then use them to karate chop all the extraneous elements into submission. What’s left over will be in fighting trim.

Famous writers’ insults [infographic]

You can tell a lot about a writer from the way he or she insults a fellow writer. Here are some of the most famous insults hurled at one writer by another. Infographic from AussieWriter.com.

Forbidden print: a brief history of banned books [infographic]

Censorship: it's like a publicist's dream! Nothing makes me want to read a book more than when someone says I can't read it. Check out this infographic featuring some now classic books that were banned because of... well, you'll see the reasons.

The best Christmas books of all time [infographic]

What are your favorite books that take place during the holidays?

Here's an infographic from NinjaEssays showing the "best" Christmas books of all time (according to Goodreads and Stylist).

What to post & when to post it on 9 important social networks [Infographic]

Great content. Good timing. That's the key to successful social media marketing in a nutshell. But quality content and appropriate timing look different on every social media platform. To help you keep all the details of your social strategy straight, here's an infographic from Business 2 Community about WHAT, WHEN, and HOW OFTEN to post to the 9 most popular social media sites.
eBook formatting tips

eBook formatting tips for self-published authors

Self-published eBooks shouldn't look any less professional than traditionally published eBooks. It's important to at least learn the basics of eBook formatting to make sure that the digital book you publish comes out on the other end of the eBook conversion process looking like something you cared about, labored over, and handled like a professional.

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