Whether you are an aspiring author, a published author, a publisher or one who provides services to those who publish, the purpose of this SLPA Blog is to provide information and resources on a full range of author/publishers issues and ideas.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:34 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Frances Caballo guest posts an excellent article on Joel Friedlander's blog that tells about Facebook's algorithms concerning page viewing and whether buying ads on FB is worthwhile. Any author using FB should read this - and the comments. 


    Facebook Ads: Should Indie Authors Buy Them 

  • Monday, March 10, 2014 11:47 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Book shepherd Judith Briles finds lessons for authors from watching the Shark Tank TV show where entrepreneurs try to lure business investors. (Thanks to Peggy Nehmen for finding this)


    Lessons for Authors From the Shark Tank


  • Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:06 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)
  • Friday, February 14, 2014 4:46 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    This looks interesting for those with smart phones:


    Hemingway App highlights long, complex sentences and common errors. If you tidy up your manuscript before sending to your editor, you will probably save money and definitely make her job easier.

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2014 3:59 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Our own Bob Baker got a quote (and a bit of his own buzz) in this excellent Publishers Weekly article:

    DIY: How to Build Buzz for Self-Published Books.


    Good lead-in for our January 11 meeting - check out the details for that on our SLPA website. See you there!

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:09 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)
  • Wednesday, October 09, 2013 10:44 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)
    What should you blog about? Should you keep it all business? Joel Friedlander posts why you should Blog Your Own Story
  • Thursday, September 05, 2013 12:09 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Working with an editor can be scary and disheartening, even for the best of writers, but think of it as a learning experience. You don't have to make all the changes they suggest, but think twice about the changes you don't agree with.


    Working with an editor

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:13 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Here are two free sites where you can find independent (free) book reviewers OR you can sign up yourself to be a book reviewer. Reviewing books of the same genre as yours on your blog is a good way to attract interest to your blog and therefore to your own books. Post your reviews on Amazon - be sure your Amazon profile mentions the complete url of your blog (make it a live link) and the titles of your books so if anyone clicks on your review signature they will see your work. Goodreads is another networking place to post your reviews.


    How to find reviewers for self-published books

  • Monday, August 05, 2013 11:28 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    LinkedIn is not just a business network where you create a profile just to have a presence and then ignore it. LI is a lot like Facebook, where you can join groups and participate. Do a search for writer and/or publisher groups to network with and learn from each other. Search for groups revolving around interests pertinent to your book theme or topic and participate as a involved member, not as an author. There you may mention your book casually in pertinent conversation, and group members who want to find out more about you because they like your comments can simply click onto your profile and discover you have a book. Either way, do not spam by repeatedly posting sales pitches for your book. Patrick Dorsey, a member of our SLPA LinkedIn group, shared the following article:


    The REAL Power of LinkedIn for Authors


    There are many more writer groups than this article mentions, so search away!



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