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.
  • Sunday, February 14, 2016 3:04 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Using beta readers is important - beta readers read a late or final draft to give you feedback so you don't publish to embarrassing reviews. Hopefully these readers are honest with you. Author Anne Leigh Parrish gives tips on how to use this feedback:


    Tips on Getting Feedback


  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 4:20 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    You are using social media to spread the word about you and your books, right? Don't be a spammer, though, or go on and on about your books, annoying potential readers. What do you post about then? Gary McLaren of Writers Unplugged has an article for you:


    40 Ideas for Writers to Post on Social Media




  • Wednesday, October 07, 2015 11:10 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Your author bio can help sell your book, so don't be shy about your accomplishments. Author/Copywriter Bryan Cohen gives 5 tips in his article 

    How to Write the Best Author Bio. 
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:25 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Joel Friedlander talks about proofreading and how reading aloud is not just for kids.



    7 Tips for Proofreading Your Book
  • Monday, April 27, 2015 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    This post provides details about the 5 Parts of the Book You Will Write, in addition to the book itself. A must read if you thought your contribution ended with the content!

  • Friday, March 06, 2015 6:53 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Editor Rachel Newman has an excellent article on Joel Friedlander's blog on editing your work for point of view - of course, don't rely on yourself to catch all the errors. Who is telling your story? Be sure to maintain this point of view throughout, unless you are really good at knowing how and when to switch.


    Whose Story Is It? Self-Editing for Point of View


  • Friday, February 27, 2015 12:00 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Here's an excellent, detailed article about using Amazon ACX to create an audiobook. You must have a published book available on Amazon to do this, not an unpublished manuscript.

    How to Produce Audiobooks with Amazon ACX 

  • Friday, November 14, 2014 8:41 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Don't rush to hire an editor unless you need a developmental editor to help organize your story and make sense of it. SLPA member and editor Kathleen Pickett tells how to avoid having to hire a copyeditor twice.

    All in Due Time: One more way to save on editing costs


  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:08 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Joel Friedlander features Nina Amir on finding your brand while you're still writing the book. Branding should be part of your business plan and will help you market your books.

    6 Branding Tips for Writers

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:02 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Writing market copy? Here are some words and phrases known to create sales.

    Big List of Words That Convert
    Big List of Words That Convert 

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