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Tuesday’s Trail Notes

Mile 45: Facebook Pages

This blog post is about Facebook (FB) pages, but not yours. We’ll cover your page in another post. I want to discuss the value of group FB pages. I will grant that social media can be controversial — some love it and some hate it. But what isn’t up for debate is whether or not

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Mile 44: Publicist — Yes or No?

First-time writers will often ask, “Do I need a publicist?” Maybe. I have a publicist, and I think he does an amazing job for me. In all candor, this blog post will read like an ad for Nick Wale, the man handles my publicity. But before it does, let me take a step back. Outside

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Mile 43: Editor — Yes or No?

First-time writers will often ask, “Do I need an editor?” Sometimes, mistakenly, they answer, “No.” This happens for a variety of reasons. Maybe you were an English major in college and feel you have all the spelling and grammar expertise necessary. Maybe you really don’t want feedback on your project. Perhaps you think spellcheck covers

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Mile 42: Amazon Author Page

Credibility and accessibility. If you’re wondering why you need an Amazon Author Page, those are the two reasons. Once you’ve finished your book (and you will!) and made it available for sale on Kindle and through Amazon (and you will), this is the next logical and important step. Of course, if you’ve signed with that

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Mile 41: Lone Pine

In the previous blog post (on Kanab), I discussed the value, fun and importance of writers attending Western film festivals. The Lone Pine Film Festival (like many of the other Western film festivals scattered around the United States and the world) shares many of the same attributes as Kanab: a rich film history, great celebrity

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Mile 40: Kanab

Most of us who write Western novels are also fans of Western movies. I am tempted to say all of us, but somewhere out there is someone who loves books and won’t watch movies — I just haven’t met him yet. However, for the rest of us, there are terrific Western film festivals throughout the

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Mile 39: Cover

You’re going to need a cover. You may not be finished writing your book yet, but it’s never too early to start thinking about what you’d like the cover to look like. And if you haven’t, you should. The cover design has far more impact on the eventual sales of your book than you might

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Mile 38: Self-Publishing – Yes or No?

What do self-publishing and online dating have in common? Both used to be thought of as signs of desperation and failure. No longer. Self-publishing is now a perfectly respectful avenue to take in order to get your book out to the paying public. Many argue that online dating apps are much safer than bars —

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Mile 37: Agent – Yes or No?

Now that you’re rolling along with your first Western (and you are, right?), you may be starting to think about which major, New York, internationally renowned, representative of New York Times best-selling authors only, superstar you want to be your agent. Or not. The reality is that agents are far more difficult to come by

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Mile 36: Reviews

“You can make some of the people happy some of the time, but there ain’t no way you can make all of the people happy all of the time.” – Arlo Flynn, Western Author Recently, the January 2019 issue of True West magazine showed up in my mailbox. I was thrilled, surprised and honored to

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