Why You Need to Figure Out Your Book's Genre

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Authors bristle at having to fit their books into neat boxes according to genre—yet the industry and readers continue to demand that we do so. Katrin Schumann explores why, and how best to find your genre.

 

 

Personally, I've found it quite challenging to figure out the genre of my novels. It seems overly simplistic to categorize my own work according to genres, and differentiating between them can be hard

Katrin Schumann

10 Holiday Gifts for the Writer in Your Life

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It's that time of year, when we rack our brains trying to figure out our gift list. Last year I shared a list of gifts for your favorite socially savvy author (or for you, if you are aspiring to be one!)

Crystal King

The Writing Life

Seven DON'Ts for Socially Savvy Authors

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Getting ahead in the world of social media isn't easy, but it's even harder if you are doing things that self-sabotage your efforts. Here are seven things you can stop doing to help you bolster your social media efforts to find more fans and sell more books. 

 

1. Don't be spammy in direct messages (on any channel). Don't spam people in Direct Messages with automatic replies

Crystal King

Grub News The Writing Life

Tips on Getting Those Dreaded 'Blurbs' for Your Book

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Asking for endorsements from established writers for your upcoming book can be a cringe-worthy endeavor. Katrin Schumann looks at how to do it right.

 

 

Does it influence you when a writer you admire endorses a book you're considering buying? For most readers, seeing killer blurbs from known names can make the difference. 

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading The Writing Life

Five Things Socially Savvy Authors Should Do Every Day

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When I talk to authors trying to wrangle their social media activities, one of the big questions is what should I do every day to make the biggest difference? This is especially important to figure out so you can maximize your time and put your efforts in the right place. Savvy book marketers should be able to do the following five things in an hour or less every day

Crystal King

Grub News The Writing Life