Free Writing Courses during Covid-19 #stayathome Period

I came across 15 FREE writing course offers from International Writing Courses. You may want to check check it out. Do enrol and keep your time occupied with your writing task. Here’s the link below

Blogging for Author Branding

Do you blog apart from writing books?

Many successful writers started off as bloggers and they connect with amazing like-minded writers along the journey. I started blogging in 2013 and based on the topics I write on, I was able to connect with many writers who provided me useful tips on writing and blogging, and most importantly engage with the topics I write on as well.

I believe when you have a good following, your marketing efforts would be made easy when you publish a book. It is also a great way to brand yourself as an author.

If you regularly publish blogs to stay connected with your readers, share with us about your blogging journey and drop your blog link below.

Mine is

147 Book Festivals Happening in 2020

A list of book festivals happening in 2020
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I personally feel that, as an author, it is crucial to attend book festivals to connect with the like-minded communities. It is where you can meet readers, writers, publishers and literary agents who may represent your work one day.

Attending author events can be costly and that is the reason why I chose to attend three of the many interesting writing-related workshops and book launch that took place October this year. I wish I could attend all of them and meet as many interesting people from the events but time and cost are the two factors that would often prompt us to prioritize our choice, which I think is good as we are forced to think efficiently.

I just made a quick google search for Author Events 2020, and this link caught my attention. However, I do think that it has not covered several other events like the Ubud Writing Festival, Bali Indonesia, even in this website list as well, which is a very well-known event among the international writing community. So, you may want to look for other sources that populate author events that have been missed out in this list.

Are you planning to attend an event next year? Comment your choice of event(s) below, and share with me why you’d like to be a part of the event(s).

Ebook Theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Ebook

E-book theft and measures to prevent it from happening
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I am in the midst of finding out how to encrypt work shared digitally, especially for the purpose of getting beta readers to critique our work and to get #bookreviewers and #booktubers review our books. Author Review Copy (ARC) is what we call the books sent to readers in exchange for a review, but when it is sent in PDF form, it is just a matter of time before the whole book gets copied and sold elsewhere.

A simple google search moments ago helped me discover this website which I believe has a lot more other useful tips for authors and I would highly encourage you to read it. Also let me know in the comment below if you have actually used any softwares that help you safely sell encrypted e-books or if any of these precaution measures helped you in the past?

Ebook Theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Ebook

David Farland’s Writing Tips : You and Your Career — Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

David Farland is one of the authors constantly providing valuable tips for writers and I would recommend you to check out his subscription site if you’d like to be in touch with his updates regularly.

I’ve been watching other writers now for nearly fifty years, thanks in part to a neighbor I had as a kid. I was born and raised in Oregon, and in the late 60s, the Hippie Generation was on the move.

David Farland’s Writing Tips : You and Your Career — Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Free slot for Author Live Interview

Hi all,

I’m looking for a fiction author with an interesting storyline or characters in book to join us for a live interview today 10th December 8PM CST. Email me at to book the slot.

The Newly Revamped Author Live Chat with Fans Show

We have newly revamped the Author Live Chat with Fans Show format. For those of you who are new to our website, our mission is to enhance author branding by leveraging the power of video marketing.

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Everything you need to know about the program is right here, which is the same link to the previous Author Live Chat with Fans webpage. We’ve updated the link and we thought of letting you know about it as well.

We hope to have you as our guest on one of our shows soon! If you have any question, please do get in touch with us via email info at

Author Branding Tips #1: No Engagement is Better Than Fake Engagement

No Engagement is Better Than Fake Engagement

I recently came across authors who probably felt that it is okay to tag their friends in social media every single day in the posts they publish, drop snippets of their book and links to their Amazon site as comments under their friends non-book related posts, and comment in an unengaging way with their friends probably with the hope that it enhances their author branding.

Guess what? It is not going to help people notice you. I think, in order to stop getting overwhelmed with the needs to comment excessively, one should narrow down their focus, and try engaging with people whose posts you genuinely like.

It is also a part of your journey in creating your very own tribe of readers.

What is your thoughts on this?

No Readers? Here’s a Simple Way to go from 0 to Hero

How to gain organic followers?

How to gain organic followers?

This post is gold! Cristian Mihai wrote a very soulful post on how to gain your followers or readers when you blog. Now, I believe this applies not just for bloggers but also authors.

Now, let me share with you how being authentic helped to just forget about stressing if I’ll attract readers for my blog, because I know for a fact that what I wrote there would definitely interest readers who are keen to learn about social issues.

Being authentic had helped to me to grow my audience, and even had an author sending her book to me as a gift. This is also how I plan to promote my new book.

I’m still in the planning phase of my new book, but I’ve roped in my audience, asking them what social issues pertaining to women that they want me to discuss in my new book.

I’ve had readers saying Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage, and human rights as some of the issues to be incorporated into the book.

Tentative cover idea of my new book

Just so you don’t know, this book is going to be highlighting issues that are common to women across the world. For instance, rape happens in a different context and intensity in different countries. Spiking drinks and raping women when they are drunk happens in the Western part of the world. Whereas, marital rapes are more prevalent in the East.

Do you have an idea that would fit my book? Please, please drop me an email to jassie987 at and follow my blog at thoughtsandviewsthatmatter

It creates an interest even before the book is released. Genuine interest because you’re being authentic.

Read what Cristian has got to say here in his post



Indie Author Marketing Still Sucks…Pt 1.

This post is GOLD! It explains everything that you NEED to look into if you’re looking at selling more than 250 copies of books!

Email marketing is one of the things that authors really have to use because that would only mean you are engaging with your audience and readers on a regular basis.