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.
  • 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 You must have a published book available on Amazon to do this, not an unpublished manuscript.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 

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:40 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Joel Friedlander (you should be following him) has an excellent guest post by Frances Caballo, a social media strategist and author. She reiterates an important point Bob Baker talked about at our June meeting, then launches into details with tips on using social media effectively, perhaps most important for those with Facebook pages since FB has made visibility more difficult for page owners.


    How to make sure you're not wasting time on social media

  • Friday, June 13, 2014 6:06 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Found this valuable article via editor Janette Lonsdale:


    7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful


    (You still need an editor or at least a proofreader or two for your book manuscript)


  • Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:11 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)
    Joel Friedlander's guest posted tips on having a successful author event with book reading. Don't read too long because the audience can get antsy, especially if you have not mastered the art of reading with feeling. Seven to ten minutes is plenty. The audience is most interested in why and how you wrote the book and especially about insights into characters and plot.

    Tips for a Successful Book Reading

  • 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)
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