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.
  • Tuesday, October 08, 2019 1:03 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Book descriptions are not the same as back-cover text. The description is the text you enter through Kindle Direct or Ingram or other sites that buyers see online with your book's profile. Learn more about this through an excerpt from a book by Penny Sansevieri of Author Marketing Experts:

    How to Improve Your Amazon Book Descriptions


  • Sunday, July 07, 2019 9:45 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Most authors fail at book marketing. After all that work writing and publishing, don't you want people to read your book? How will you let them know your books exist? Having a blog and posting regularly is one way to attract attention. Author-blogger Anne R. Allen gives some tips on blogging:

    10 Tips for a Successful Author Blog

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:33 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    First-time authors often use a lot of words in their manuscripts, which can bog down the writing and distract readers. A good editor can help reduce wordiness and hone into the action. Depending on genre and writing style, some wordiness can add to the delight of the story, but for fast-paced mystery, thriller, or sci-fi, cutting down on words will create more tension and grip the reader. Always though, there is no need to repeat or to explain the obvious. An article by C.S. Lakin shows an example of how to cut words:

    How Novelists Can Say More with Less

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:40 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Do you have a blog and don't know what to say? Do you have a new book you want to publicize? Hosting another writer (of a related genre) on your blog or being a guest on another blog (of related genre) is a great way for both of you to publicize yourselves and gain more audience. Sandra Beckwith guest-posts about this on Joel Friedlander's blog:

    Sell More Books with Guest Blogging

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 4:08 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    School teachers may have told you to use creative dialogue tags, but they can be distracting - to the point of annoying if used too much. Here is a detailed explanation by Giacomo Giammatteo, multi-published fiction and non-fiction author, to help you learn more about this topic:

    If You Need Fancy Dialogue Tags, There's Something Wrong with Your Writing

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 3:23 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    At our November meeting, Andrew Doty of Editwright and Karen Tucker, the Comma Queen, gave a comprehensive discussion all about editing, and included tips on self-editing to make the manuscript the best it can be before submitting to a professional editor. That way, the editor can concentrate on making the manuscript better rather than fixing all the errors. This can lower your costs, too, since the editor's time is your money. 

    Joanna Penn just posted a helpful article of self-editing tips. (Note, she says you should still hire a professional editor!)

    Writing Tips:  10 Ways to Fake a Professional Edit


  • Monday, October 08, 2018 10:21 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Even the big publishers have started their versions of vanity presses, where you pay them to publish your book, and maybe even buy one of their expensive marketing programs. They, too, have discovered they can make money from your dreams without even selling one copy of your book.

    Maybe a vanity press is right for you, especially if you just want a book to hold in your hand and to give to your family members, and you don't want to deal with any hassles or learning curve. Just be smart and understand what you are getting for the money, besides a high-priced book.

    From the Alliance of Independent Authors:

    5 Reasons Authors Fall for Vanity Presses

  • Monday, August 13, 2018 12:43 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Learn from others'  mistakes:

    Book Production:  12 Avoidable Rookie Errors

  • Saturday, August 04, 2018 7:57 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)
    Your library may have more resources than you think to help you in your writing and publishing endeavors. The St. Louis County Library has online classes on writing, editing, publishing, marketing, and more - free with library card from any Greater St. Louis area library. The St. Louis Public Library Central location has free Adobe software you can learn on - make an appointment with a trainer if you need help. With the new SELF-e program, you can submit an e-PUB format of your book for approval into this Missouri-wide library system.
  • Thursday, April 05, 2018 11:08 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Spring is here! ... hmm, not yet ... yes ... no ... Well, it has to come sometime soon. Whether you spring clean your house or not, it's time to spring clean your social media. We notice quite a few authors do not even have their website urls on their social media profiles!  Here's an article by Frances Caballo to help you:

    Spring Cleaning:  7 strategies to clean up your social media

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