Authors! Refresh, Rehab, Repair, and Renovate: How to Rejuvenate Your Backlist – by Ruth Harris…

on Anne R. Allen:

No, I’m certainly not sending you to the plastic surgeon. Even though maybe, just possibly your bio/book page could use — shall we say? — a nip and tuck. (Nothing personal. Just sayin.)

And I’m not recommending a visit to Home Depot, either, even if the paint is chipped, the faucets leak, and the appliances date from circa 1940.

As you no doubt know, plastic surgeons have long wait lists — and won’t pick up a scalpel without a prior application of beaucoup bucks.

As you also know, home renovation tends to be expensive, time consuming, nerve wracking — and possibly the Number One cause of divorce. (And, in extreme cases, murder?)

Unlike plastic surgery or home improvement, Author Refresh, Rehab and Repair does not require snooty doctors, vast sums of money, unreliable contractors, MIA electricians, no-show plumbers or, in desperate cases, consultations with expensive marriage counsellors.

Fortunately for us, there are lots of free and/or relatively low-cost DIY ways for us to approach the challenges faced by authors confronting the realities of a publishing career — meh covers, messed up epub and mobi files, a lacklustre author bio, an uninspiring author photo, off-target categories or clueless keywords.

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