To read this highly informative article, click on Author Anne R Allen’s photo or link below:





  1. that list was really great = and so is that site

    my fav takeaway:

    “If you write nonfiction, yes, you need to submit a book proposal, but you don’t need an expensive service to write it for you. Buy a book on the subject, or Google “how to write a book proposal” and read advice from reputable agents. Here’s a great post on book proposals from former Writer’s Digest editor Jane Friedman. The bible for nonfiction book proposals is agent Michael Larson’s How to Write a Book Proposal now in its fourth edition.”

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  2. Some poetry contests are a scam in the sense they are in book selling business. You may be a winner but 400 people also “win” and naturally you pay $60 for a copy to see your poem in print. Then you buy extras to send to friends. Well you are indeed published but they gotta be making $50 a book. Other packages are also offered.

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  3. Hi, Chris. I posted the following comment at Anne R. Allen’s blog:
    Hi. This is my first post to your blog–hope it goes through.
    This information is incredibly useful. I’ve republished previously published novels as e-books with Smashwords and Amazon and am slowly trying to learn how to make good marketing decisions. Info like this helps a lot. Thanks for the warning about book fairs. I was starting to feel I ought to be digging into that option. Maybe later. My literary suspense novel is working its way through agent rejections and will probably end up in the small-press environment, so your advice will be useful there.
    I have three WP.com blogs, using their basic technology. Obviously the dot-com option would not work for you, but I have been very satisfied. I do pay for “premium” status on two of the three. The staff have always been prompt and helpful, though I did run into confusion the other day trying to insert anchors and links into a page (I will have to go back to my HTML manual, I fear, but this snafu is an exception).
    Like Chris Graham above, I’d really love a reblog button. Without one, I can only share on my blogs by posting a link. You may prefer that we use that option. I’m not sure of the pros and cons to having a reblog button. Some bloggers do seem to avoid including one, but I don’t know why.
    Best of luck at WP!

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    • About reblog buttons Virginia – the WordPress powered sites (self hosted) don’t have them, only WordPress direct sites like mine. However, I have seen self hosted sites with sharing options that include sharing with WordPress blogs in a simplified version of a reblogged post, like Nicholas Rossis’ blog for example. 🐵



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