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How to Create a “Selling” Author Bio

This is the second in Valerie Peterson's series on author marketing. You may want to check out her previous article, "7 Common Mistakes of an Author Website." Your bio is a marketing tool, pure and simple. Properly executed, it can help you attract an agent, editors, journalists, and readers to your work. But if your current bio has you revisiting your long, long road to discovering your inner author, you're going to have to do some killing off your bio babies. I know, I know: You were weaned on Dashiell Hammett and you've wanted to pick up a pen since you were in Pampers. My tough love to you is — that's a big club, nobody gives a dirty diaper, and…

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7 Common Mistakes of an Author Website

Your author website is the cornerstone of your media platform, and it’s the one piece of real estate that you can (mostly) control. Your author website is the thing that: 1. Validates you as a professional writer with a knowledge of the marketplace (even before you publish) 2. Substantiates your ability to draw in an […]

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Mug Shot: Lorenzo Carcaterra

Lorenzo Carcaterra is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sleepers, A Safe Place, Apaches, Gangster, Street Boys, Paradise City, Chasers, and Midnight Angels. He is a former writer/producer for Law & Order and has written for National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, Details, and Maxim. His most recent novel is The Wolf. […]

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Panster vs. Plotter: The Definitive Answer

“No one can write a book without an outline,” the New York Times #1 Bestselling author said to the assembled audience of mystery/thriller novelists, aspiring writers, and fans. There was not the slightest provisional hint in his tone. He was speaking ex cathedra. This was the first line of his papal encyclical on how to […]

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