Social Media Day: Writers Helping Writers

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Today is social media day for Whisper of an Angel by Lorah Jaiyn. Her novel is available now. Congratulations, Lorah! You’ve made all would-be Authors proud. Good luck 🙂

Available Now: Sometimes second chances start with four paws. In the small town of Marshall Glen, Sofia retreats from life following the death of her husband. Six-year-old Kady lives in foster care and hasn’t spoken since a house fire stole her family. After she saves Kady’s dog from drowning, Sofia attempts to stay locked […]

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The 2018 Author Interview Series Featuring Angela Kay

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Welcome to the 2018 author interview series. Author interviews will be posted every Friday throughout the year. I am honored to continue this series with Angela Kay, a Georgia author and blogger that writes…

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A Book Launch Plan for First-Time Authors Without an Online Presence via @janefriendman

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While it’s not easy to launch a book without any kind of online presence, many first-time authors are in exactly that position. Unfortunately, it’s an exercise in frustration to launch one’s online presence—and get up to speed on social media—in conjunction with a book release. It’s like trying to drive a car at the same time you’re building it. At some point, you’ll end up on the side of the road.

I recommend authors who are starting from “online zero” to look at their strengths and opportunities that exist outside of their own newly started (or nonexistent) website, blog, or social media. If done well, the book launch will help draw people to you online because they’ve read your book and enjoyed it, not because you’ve tweeted at them to buy it. When your book achieves…

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Writing Quotes — Ernest Hemingway


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Avast! There be Pirates!


Avast! There be Pirates!

We pour our heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into our writing. Every day we sit at the computer, or at a desk putting pen to paper writing a book, a series, or a short story. When the first draft is finished, we begin the painful but necessary task of editing, rewriting where needed, and revising. Once this is finished, it’s off to the beta readers, then more editing and revising. Finally, we have a book that’s ready to be published!

Many indie authors do everything themselves; formatting, the cover, the conversion to eBook. Many don’t have a choice because of limited funds. Others hire people to do the work for this which is great, keeps people employed. Once the book is ready, it goes live, and the author eagerly waits for readers to purchase their book.

The sales start coming in and the author is happy, returning to what they do best: writing more books. Meanwhile, a reader decides they love the book so much they want to make it available to everyone. For free. This is PIRACY. EBook Piracy is the illegal downloading of eBooks, usually for free. Some sites actually charge for these downloads, keeping all the profits for themselves, leaving the author out in the cold. If you download one of the pirated copies, you are STEALING! The online version of Shoplifting! You are the lowest life form to rob an author in this manner. Many writers depend on the income they receive from selling eBooks and if you illegally download a copy, you’re keeping them from making a living.

Don’t try to justify your actions by saying ‘You can’t afford to buy a copy’. Or ‘Everyone else is doing it.’ It doesn’t matter, you are stealing. There’s always a way to earn money to buy an eBook. Instead of paying your monthly subscription for playing an online game, use the money to buy an eBook! Do you really need to have Starbucks every day? Don’t support the pirates! Support the authors of the books you love to read!

For writers, there are a few steps you can take to help combat this growing problem.

  1. Create a Google Alert with your name and the title(s) of the books you have written. Set it for Daily.
  2. Do a Search of the popular file sharing sites.
  3. If you find a site that is hosting your work, you need to send them a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) form letter (A sample is available at the end of this article.)
  4. Make a list of these sites and check them a couple times a month.
  5. If your work is distributed through a publisher, let them know about the illegal downloads.

With more and more eBooks becoming available, the problem of Piracy will increase unless authors and readers take action. Don’t let these thieves ruin our livelihood and our lives with their activities.


My name is INSERT NAME and I am the INSERT TITLE of INSERT COMPANY NAME. A website that your company hosts (according to WHOIS information) is infringing on at least one copyright owned by my company.

An article was copied onto your servers without permission. The original ARTICLE/PHOTO, to which we own the exclusive copyrights, can be found at:


The unauthorized and infringing copy can be found at:


This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.

Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and ultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.

I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights my company owns are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright(s) involved.

Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly.

Thank you.


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Finally, A New Book From Don Massenzio

Author Don Massenzio

blood match front cover2017 was a tough year. My blog grew by leaps and bounds and I finished two books, but didn’t get either one edited or published. Most years I’ve published 2-3 books, but in 2017, I published none.

But, enough of that doom and gloom. My latest book, Blood Matchis now available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be formally published on February 2nd.

You might remember that this book was a Kindle Scout candidate and it performed well lasting on the Hot List for 209 of 720 hours or some part of 11 out of 30 days with over 4,000 views.

Here is a blurb about the book:

Intelligence analyst Jake Balrich boards his Monday morning flight, as he has so many times, for routine field work. When the plane lands, a passenger fails to wake up. Jake soon realizes that the death was not accidental and is…

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5 Reasons Being an Indie Author Makes You a Small Business

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Book marketing is brand building

If you plan to write more than one book your book marketing serves as more than just a sales tool.

Successful, full-time indie authors use book marketing to promote their brand and keep their titles top of mind for their current fans, and to draw in new buyers.

Plus, the most effective book marketing approaches don’t simply push product, they create a connection with fans that keep them coming back for more.

Which leads me to my next point…

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