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Another Great Tahoe Retreat!

This fall, I’m hosting another intimate writers’ retreat at beautiful South Lake Tahoe, CA!

Spots are filling up, so I’m sending this one last blast to give you a chance to join in.

Get inspired, instructed, and refreshed at this top vacation destination as you learn the nuts and bolts of novel structure, work on your ideas and work in progress, get great feedback, ideas, and brainstorming help on your novel—all at one of the most beautiful lake resort areas in the US!

Spend your mornings in intensive instruction, your afternoons writing, your early evenings in discussion, and your nights relaxing—soaking in the hot tub, working on your writing, taking in a show, or enjoying all the South Shore has to offer.  Continue Reading…

Last Day to Get $100 off My Targeting Genre Course!

My brand-new comprehensive course, Targeting Genre for Big Sales, is getting great response. Authors have been writing me and sharing their successes: big sales, hitting the tops of the search results and Amazon best-seller lists.

What I teach in my course is not a mystery or anything complicated. But it’s a compilation and distillation of years of experimentation and suffering disappointing results from numerous marketing approaches.

What I learned goes against what most authors are taught: that they need to put the most effort into building their author platform.

I’ll just say this: all the author platform in the world will get you nowhere if you don’t know how to target genre and target Amazon in a smart way. You can write a terrific book and never, ever sell more than a handful of copies if you don’t know how to optimize for big sales.

In my course I teach you everything I know about selling big on Amazon, the world’s largest bookseller. Continue Reading…

How Writers Can Take a Lesson from Late-Blooming Writers

Today’s post is by author J. M. Orend.

Writing is not for the faint of heart. It can take months or even years to create a piece of work, only to have it turned down multiple times for publication.

One way to stay motivated and productive as a writer is to learn about late-blooming authors whose work became better and more recognized later in life. Here are five terrific examples.

Harry Bernstein

Harry Bernstein wrote his best-selling memoir The Invisible Wall when he was in his nineties. The book was published when Bernstein was ninety-six years old. The Invisible Wall became an international best seller and was the most acclaimed work of Bernstein’s life.

What many people do not realize about Mr. Bernstein is that he wrote forty other books in his life prior to The Invisible Wall, none of which made it to publication. Continue Reading…