• Book Marketing Timeline: From Pre-launch to Post-launch

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 16, 2014
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    In my free book marketing plan outline, I suggested creating a book marketing calendar or schedule to keep track of your marketing activities in the months leading up to, and extending beyond, your book launch. But when exactly should you pursue each promotional tactic you're considering? This post offers a book marketing timeline that you can use as a guide. […]
  • Free Book Marketing Plan Outline

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 15, 2014
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    Continuing with this week's series on book marketing plans, it's time for a freebie. This is a book marketing plan outline that you can use This book marketing plan outline is a short form "real" marketing plan for indie authors (meaning it goes beyond a simple, and often untargeted, list of tactics). While a simple list might be fine when […]
  • Book Marketing Plans: Keep Market Research Simple

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 14, 2014
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    Market research is an essential step in creating a book marketing plan. But it doesn't have to be as scary, dull, or time-consuming as you might think. You can't afford to ignore it. So why not keep it simple? In this post, my goal is to help you do just that -- simplify market research for your book marketing plan […]
  • Book Marketing Plan Basics

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 13, 2014
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    Today marks the first day in a week-long blog series on book marketing plans. In addition to sharing some background on what book marketing plans are all about, I'll also release a few fun tools and resources to help you create your own. Let's kick things off with a quick introduction to book marketing plans. Who needs them? What can […]
  • The Snowflake Method for Outlining a Novel

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 9, 2014
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    It’s no secret that when it comes to tackling large writing projects, I’m a planner. I work from outlines for nearly everything I write (even this blog post). I’ve tried several outlining strategies over the years. And ultimately I’ve taken bits and pieces of each strategy to customize my own process. Last year, I came across someone on the NaNoWriMo […]
  • Novel Planning Tools and Worksheets

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 8, 2014
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    We recently talked about preparing for NaNoWriMo during October, and I shared some of my own plans such as using the Snowflake Method for this novel's outline. Today I'd like to share some of the best resources for helping you plan your NaNoWriMo novel (or any novel for that matter). Here are links to character planning resources and some of […]
  • Promote Reading and Writing in the Horror Genre with Your Horror Selfies

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 7, 2014
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    We're taking a detour from our usual Tuesday Quick Tips series this week. Instead I want to highlight a campaign I'm a part of, and one I hope will be of interest to some of you. As you might know, I'm an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and I help out with the promotion and social media side of […]
  • Prepare for NaNoWriMo: 5 Tips for October Planning

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 6, 2014
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    Last year was the first year I took part in NaNoWriMo. I participated mostly as a challenge that I could document here on the site. It went well. And I'm doing it again this year, although I'll be following the traditional rules rather than last year's "rebel" approach where I combined a few projects that I needed to work on […]
  • It’s That Time Again: Writing Goals 3rd Quarter Check-in

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 4, 2014
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    October marks the start of my favorite time of year: when we hop from one holiday to the next. It kicks off with Halloween and continues straight through New Year's Day. There's decorating. Shopping. Family time. And a crazy work schedule. Fall and the beginning of winter are probably my most hectic time of the year as a freelance writer-blogger-publisher, […]
  • The Freelance Writer’s Self-Evaluation Worksheet

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 3, 2014
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    In an earlier post I explained how it can help to think like a boss when running your freelance writing business. In that post, I suggested conducting self-evaluations (as if you were an employer evaluating an employee's performance). Here is a simple self-evaluation worksheet that you can download and fill out for yourself to identify some of your biggest strengths […]