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Tuesday’s Trail Notes

Mile 51: Awards

You’ve finished your novel and published the dang thing, and sales are starting to roll in. Your mind turns toward large checks and your second novel. But before you do, there’s one more thing. The honors and awards you so richly deserve! The world of Western novels has a variety of awards and honors that

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Mile 50: Kindle Page Count

Unless something unusual happens, when you do finally get to publish your book (yay!), you’ll be selling it, at least in part, on Kindle and through Amazon. When that happens, you can sell your book in one of three ways: paperback, direct Kindle sale or Kindle Unlimited. When you sell a paperback, Amazon takes a

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Mile 49: Forewords

When I signed with Dusty Saddle Publishing (and publicist Nick Wale), I was absolutely thrilled when they rereleased my first novel, “Coyote Courage.” I’ve written in previous blog posts about the value of great covers (which “Coyote Courage” now has), as well as excellent publicity, which it received. But I couldn’t have been more surprised

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Mile 48: Blog

There are as many ways to tackle writing a blog post as there are reasons to do so. For those of us who fancy ourselves writers, it gives us a creative outlet that is usually far easier than writing a novel. Blog posts can be of any length, but usually seem to run in the

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Mile 47: Website

In the previous blog post on having an author Facebook page separate from your personal Facebook page, I acknowledged that I am not certain how great the return on your investment of time is. While I think there is little to no risk or downside, I can’t promise that it will make a huge difference

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Mile 46: Your Facebook Page

I’ll be candid with you. I’m not sure how valuable having a Facebook (FB) page, separate from your own personal page, really is. I have an author FB page, and I’m pretty good about posting on it, usually once a day, sometimes twice. I have quite a few people who like the page, but very

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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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