3 Ways To Improve Your Poetry In Under Ten Minutes ǀ Writer’s Relief #motownwriters

by Blog Editor | Mar 24, 2022 | Poems | 0 comments

3 Ways To Improve Your Poetry In Under Ten Minutes ǀ Writer’s Relief

Writing good poetry takes dedication, many attempts, some rewrites, and of course, time. But not every poetry exercise or lesson needs to take hours. In fact, the experts at Writer’s Relief know a few great ways to improve your poetry that take less than ten minutes! When you want to give your poetry a quick, effective boost, try one of these methods.

Ways To Improve Your Poetry In Under Ten Minutes

Pretend Performance

Imagine you’re on stage reading your poetry at an open mic night or poetry slam. Hearing how your poetry sounds instead of silently reading it to yourself offers a whole new perspective, and it’s a technique every poet should use during the revision process. After you’ve edited and refined your poem, find a quiet spot and read it aloud to yourself. Do it a few times, too, and at different speeds. Notice where you trip up or where the wording sounds awkward, and mark those spots. Now you know which lines need a little extra work! Bonus: You may enjoy the experience of reading your poetry aloud so much that you sign up for your next local open mic night!

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Posted by Guest Post | Nov 25, 2021 | BlogMARKETING – MEMBERS ONLYNonfiction Book Marketing | 





Book Marketing Plan Essentials

Leverage This Super Effective Book Marketing Strategy Youtube Video

In my last video I gave you simple ideas for creating enticing bonuses you can give away during your book promotion campaigns.

In this week’s book marketing copy training video… I’m going to teach you about an often-overlooked promotion strategy that allows you to put your free bonuses to work for you.

The strategy is called piggyback marketing.

In a nutshell, piggyback marketing involves planning a special promotion for your book that is tied to a current news or cultural event that you know will get media attention.

It’s a clever little strategy, and you can discover how to leverage it to gain new fans and sell more books by watching this week’s video…

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Posted by Guest Post | Dec 7, 2021 | BlogNonfiction Book MarketingWEBSITES, BLOGS, SOCIAL MEDIA – MEMBERS ONLYWebsites, Blogs, Social Media for Authors | 

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The start of 2022 offers an opportunity reflect on your your experiences blogging during the current year and identify possible ways to save time blogging during the coming year. Start by asking: “What were the lessons and takeaways you learned while blogging during the previous year?”

Many bloggers might immediately respond “blogging took a lot more time than I had expected!” If you spent more time blogging than you would have liked, it’s time to explore 7 ways you can save time blogging during 2022. This might help you free up time you can devote to other marketing tasks (like writing a book).

Below are 7 easy ways you can not only create more efficient blog post during 2022, but you can save time writing, self-editing, and promoting your blog posts. The following ideas are easy because they don’t require a lot of learning or execution time. They’re practical because they have proven their value over time.

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Posted by Stephanie Chandler | Dec 2, 2021 | BlogBusiness Side of AuthorshipNonfiction Book MarketingOther Nonfiction Topics | 

Being a writer can be a lonely profession, even if it’s just your part-time side gig. Unless your partner or best friend have also written books, they aren’t likely to understand how challenging the entire process can be. From inception of manuscript to book publication to promotion and beyond, becoming an author can be a complex journey.

The good news is there are many writers who are traversing the same path you are, and they feel just as overwhelmed as you do. Following are ways to connect with writers and adopt strategies to support each other along the way.

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SPS-308: Foreign Market Opportunities for Authors – with Alex Newton

 10 DECEMBER 2021 



When is it a good time to translate your books into another language or turn them into audiobooks? Alex Newton walks James through some of the ways he crunches the numbers to determine if a book is worth this investment.

Show Notes

  • On Mark’s recent recovery from the ‘rona
  • The return of Self-Publishing Show live in 2022
  • Book selling trends and growth during the pandemic
  • How the pandemic has affected sales in specific genres
  • Should authors invest in audiobooks and translation?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

PATREON: Self Publishing Formula Show’s Patreon page

SPS LIVE IN 2022: Sign up here to receive notification when tickets go on sale for SPS Live in London

FREE TIKTOK AUTHOR ADS ADVENTURE: Sign up here to receive notice when the adventure begins

WEBINAR WITH ALEX: Join the free SPFU and you’ll receive access to Alex’s webinar on Using Data To Make Good Decisions

MERCH: Are you a ligneous beetle or a yawning hippopotamus? Get your SPF hoodies and t-shirts in the brand new SPF Store.

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How To Start A Book Review Blog—And Score Some Free Books! | Web Design Relief #motownwriters

by Blog Editor | Jul 26, 2019 | Author Website DesignBlogging Tips For Authors | 0 comments

If you are a ravenous book reader, you may be able to turn your passion for the written word (and your love of sharing your opinion) into a rewarding book review blog. Not only do book review bloggers get the satisfaction of reading and critiquing, they also often score free books from writers and publishers who want to generate some book review blogger buzz. Here’s what Web Design Relief wants you to know about how to start a book review blog!

How To Start Your Own Book Review Blog

Pinpoint a genre/readership. Although your reading tastes may run the gamut from quiet literary fiction to noisy international espionage thrillers, you may want to focus your book review blog on one specific genre. When you focus clearly on a particular target audience, you’ll have a better chance of connecting effectively with that specific readership.

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Article: Yes, Social Media Can Sell Books. But Not If Publishers Sit on Their Hands #motownwriters

December 8, 2021December 8, 2021 by Jane Friedman 16 Comments

Ever since social media appeared in the mid-2000s, publishers and authors (and marketers) have argued about whether social media actually sells books.

I thought this was an open-and-shut case, but every so often it has to be re-litigated.

YES, social media sells books. See what’s happening on TikTok for the most recent example of how and why.

But does an author’s personal social media following sell books?

Often. Usually. But not magically without any effort whatsoever.

Which brings me to the New York Times article published yesterday about celebrity-authored books that aren’t selling all that well. It’s titled: Millions of Followers? For Book Sales, ‘It’s Unreliable.’

Is it really unreliable? Or is it publishers falling asleep at the wheel? Or is it the case of not-so-great books being published and no one wanting them?

There’s a lot of context missing from the article—things we don’t know about what’s happening behind the scenes marketing-wise. But if publishers’ marketing teams truly believe an author’s large social media following will, of its own accord, lead to enormous book sales, that’s pretty simplistic and naive. Maybe these publishers assumed the celebrity authors would do more than they did, on social media, to talk about the book and move copies.

But most authors, even celebrities, need to be assisted or receive direction on how to do this well and in a way that has meaning and leads to sales. The NYT article makes it sound like publishers are just sort of sitting on their hands, waiting for the millions of followers to just show up and buy the book. No decent marketer today with a pulse thinks that just happens, and publishers tend to employ smart people. At least that’s what I’ve always thought. Then I read this quote in the article:

In an effort to mitigate these issues, some book contracts now specify the number of posts required before and after a book is published.

That is not going to fix the problem. And it’s very depressing that anyone in publishing today thinks it will fix the problem. It sounds like an executive’s bad solution.

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10 Best Free and Cheap Publishing Resources for Writers [video] #JennaMoreci #tipthursday


Writing a book is so, so hard! But you know what’s harder? Publishing! And if you go the indie route, publishing is even harder. That’s where I come in! Just ‘cause I love you, I am listing 10 of my favorite free and cheap publishing resources that I’ve found throughout the years. I’m covering Kindlepreneur’s publishing insights, The Rebel Author Podcast’s answers to your indie publishing questions, 20BooksTo50K® ’s info on how to ethically make money as an author, and more! So if you want to know how to save money as an author, where to find independent publishing resources, or you just need help finding self-publishing information, I’ve got ya covered! We writers don’t have money to burn, so allow me to save your wallet! 💸 –Straight from my cold, dark heart, Your Cyborg Queen #JennaMoreci #CyborgQueen #CyborgArmy

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Article: Wait! Are You Ready to Start Promoting on Amazon: Book Marketing Podcast Recap #motownwriters

by Penny Sansevieri | Nov 4, 2021 | Amazon Updates & Marketing Tips | 0 commentsWait! Are You Ready To Start Promoting On Amazon

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Wait! Are You Ready to Start Promoting on Amazon, is a recap of “5 Reasons Not to Put Your Book on Amazon Until You’re Ready to Promote It,” a recent episode on our Book Marketing Tips & Author Success podcast.

We give more details on common mistakes authors make when putting their book on Amazon without any forethought for promoting. Make sure to download and listen to the full episode so you don’t miss anything!

We get a lot of authors coming to us because they published their book and then did nothing with it. They assume hiring us can make up for all that lost time. And while we can definitely help you catch up in some areas, there are things even beyond our control.

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You’re Getting Your Amazon KDP Account Closed [video] #motownwriters

So, you’re getting your Amazon KDP Account closed? What comes next? Kindle Direct Publishing has rather rigid terms and conditions. Anyone publishing books afoul of their terms of service become terminated, blocked, banned, or suspended. Whether you’re publishing fiction, nonfiction, or low content books, this is information you NEED to know to make an informed decision.

🔵 The Alliance of Independent Authors –

📚 Websites to Self Publish a Book Online –… ================================

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Article: 5 Surprisingly Simple Book Marketing Tips to Help You Stand Out From the Competition #motownwriters

by Penny Sansevieri | Nov 9, 2021 | Book Marketing Basics | 0 comments5 Surprisingly Simple Book Marketing Tips to Help You Stand Out from the Competition

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Book Marketing always seems complicated, doesn’t it? But the truth is that the best book marketing strategies are the ones we so often overlook – and they’re simple, even deceptively simple. And the best part is that it doesn’t require you to spend a lot of money or learn how to perfect that dance for your TikTok presence. Sure, you can if you want to – but if learning a new social media platform isn’t your thing, take heart, because the best book marketing isn’t always about jumping on the next big thing. Let’s dig in:

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Article: How to Market a Book Using ARCs: What They Are and Why You Need Them #motownwriters

by Penny Sansevieri | Nov 16, 2021 | Book Marketing Basics | 0 commentsHow to Market a Book Using ARCs: What They Are and Why You Need Them

Reading Time: 6 minutes

When it comes to how to market a book, there’s a lot of industry “jargon” – like the terms ARCs and Galleys. And what’s even more confusing is how and when to use them!

First let’s discuss what these key marketing tools are.

ARCs and Galleys Explained

The term ARC stands for Advanced Review Copy. Galley essentially means the same thing but you’ll often see these two terms used interchangeably.

The term “Galley copy” is usually reserved for books that are still in the editing phase, meaning this version is maybe only 60% ready to go – it’s probably lacking a run-through by the author and needs one more content pass by an editorial team.

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Article: Why Some Goals Never Work and the Problem with Brainstorming: Book Marketing Podcast Recap #motownwriters

by Penny Sansevieri | Nov 18, 2021 | Book Marketing Podcast | 0 commentsThe Truth About Setting Goals and Avoiding the Brainstorming Trap- Book Marketing Podcast Recap

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Why Some Goals Never Work and the Problem with Brainstorming, is a recap of a recent episode on our Book Marketing Tips & Author Success podcast.

We delve deeper into our discussion about this important topic for authors trying to figure out the ins and outs of marketing, so be sure to download and listen to the show for all the details, recommendations and considerations!

We see a lot of authors that tend to focus on the wrong things. I adore goal setting, and I’ve read tons of books on the topic, so this is sort of a real sweet spot for me.

It’s easy to get caught up in “all the things” because we all want to assume we’re going to finally figure out what sells more books or guarantees more reviews or secures more media attention. And if often feels like you have to do all of it at once, because there’s such an urgency to all of it, right?

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Article: Update Your Author Platform with These 3 Easy Tips #motownwriters

by Penny Sansevieri | Nov 25, 2021 | Social Media for Authors | 0 commentsWhat Does Your Author Platform Say About You

Reading Time: 2 minutes

I talk a lot about your author platform and how important it is. Your author platform is how your author persona shows up in the world and -unsurprisingly- it can impact your sales!

So, if you have spent some time on your author platform, but you know it needs some updating, or if this is your first time really considering this, I have good news: it’s a lot easier than you think.

Figure out something that really works for the kinds of books you write now, and the kind of vibe you want to put out there. Your website, social media, and book covers should match across the board. Author platforms rely on visuals just as much as the content you put out. It’s important to stay consistent and mindful about what you send to your readers or followers, because it’s all a reflection of you.

Even these three small, subtle changes can have a big impact on how readers perceive you, and how successful your book sales will be! Find more information on our infographic below.

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#Article: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing in 2021 #motownwriters

Do you have questions related to Self-Publishing for Denise? As a writer, what has your publication journey been like? As a reader, what has been your experience of self-published and trad-published books?

Self-publishing has fascinated me for years, and I’m fortunate to call many self-published authors my friends. Today is it is my pleasure to welcome my long-time writing friend Denise Covey to Daily (w)rite, as part of my guest post series, to give us an introduction to self-publishing, and a few solid bits of writing advice for someone who has recently started on this journey.

Take it away Denise!


SELF PUBLISHING – how fortunate authors are to be writing in the 21st century!

If you’re in the early stages of Self-publishing or diving in for the first time, read on. I’m travelling with you, and am happy to talk with you about my journey thus far.

Nowadays, books from self-publishing offer an excellent alternative to those traditionally published, because a self-published author is part of an ever-expanding tribe who offer services, some free, some paid to make your book sing. You have beta readers, critique partners, developmental editors, structural editors, line editors and so on; cover artists extraordinaire, blurbs/synopses help, book formatters. You are not alone!

From my perspective, there are 3 major steps to self-publishing:




All 3 stages of self-publishing are closely interlinked and carried out in order.


We write for different reasons – enjoyment, to tell a story, or hoping to change the world. With self-publishing, your writing is a business where you, the author, is in control.

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