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Practical Tips for Online Writers

writing advice

Lida E. Quillen


What does the book include?

Chapter One: Get your story published in an ezine
Chapter Two: Web Design
     A: Create an online magazine
     B: Build an author web page
Chapter Three: Create an email newsletter or a blog
Chapter Four: Market your novels online
Chapter Five: Promo tips from published authors
Chapter Six: E-authors talk about e-publishing
Chapter Seven: Self-publish your books
Chapter Eight: Find paying jobs online
Chapter Nine: Research on the net
Chapter Ten: Locate writers' resources

Appendix A: For Readers
Appendix B: Mostly for Women
Appendic C: Recommended Reading For Writers
Appendix D: Definition of Terms
Bonus: Online Promo Action Plan

You can find lots of info about the craft of writing, market listings, writers' critique groups, etc. on the Internet. But very few websites will tell you exactly what you need to do to make a sale to an ezine, how to create an ebook, or how to market and promote your book.

** 800+ verified links of benefit to writers are available in the new edition.

New authors just like you are building their writing careers solely on the Internet every day. In Practical Tips for Online Authors 2012 Edition you'll find listings of writers' groups for support and critiques, you'll learn how to submit stories to ezines in order to polish your craft, send submissions via email and locate an epublisher for your first novel.

After your book is published, you can obtain cyber reviews, take advantage of online promotion and find places that will sell your book for you. Info on how to do all this and more is included in these pages.

For published authors, this book also covers more advanced techniques such as how to create an email newsletter or on-line magazine, how to build your own author web site from the ground up and how to self-publish your novels. This book offers tips, advice and resources to help you get started on your chosen endeavors.


Who am I and why am I writing yet another book on getting published on the Internet? I am a writer just like you, an editor, a publisher, publicist and web designer.

My writing career was progressing nicely until I discovered the internet in October 1997. Since that time I have come up with new and creative ways to procrastinate about writing. First, I had to build three personal web sites. Then, I thought a couple of virtual domains would be nice.

When I took a break from building web sites, I kept meeting talented, yet unpublished or underpublished authors on various email lists. I could feel their anguish and frustration at not being able to break into print. I decided to do something about it and created Twilight Times ezine to showcase beginning writers. The seventh issue recently went on-line.

Each week I still receive stories from unpublished writers. Most submissions are great stories that deserve to see print, but new writers cannot seem to break into the print markets. For these writers, I offer advice on how to get their stories published online.

Next, I started listening to writers who could not get their novels published. These were novels that later garnered four star reviews. Thus, Twilight Times (TT ezine), Twilight Times Books ( TT Books) and finally, Paladin Timeless Books were created.

On epublishing email lists, writers ask questions such as -- how can I get published, which epublishing house should I choose, how can I best promote and market my first novel, etc. The people asking these questions are authors who have written good books, but simply cannot break into the novel markets. Most of these authors prefer to write cross-genre fiction, which the NYC publishers do not seem to know how to market. In Practical Tips for Online Authors, I answer these questions and more based on my own experiences. I will also give you a number of low-cost or no-cost tips on how to promote and market your novel on-line.




Author Bio

Lida E. Quillen is an author, editor, publicist and web master. She is the founder and owner of Twilight Times Books, Paladin Timeless Books, and Twilight Trade Books as well as Twilight Times ezine.

She shares the knowledge and experience gleaned from her Internet endeavors in a non-fiction book, Practical Tips for Online Authors. Lida is also working on a new book, Practical Tips for Small Press Publishers containing dozens of no cost and low-cost marketing and promotion tips.




Practical Tips for Online Authors Copyright © Lida E. Quillen. All rights reserved by the author. Please do not copy without permission.


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"For new authors, or published authors uncertain how to use the internet to grow their careers, Lida Quillen's Practical Tips for Online Authors is a useful resource packed with timely information. ...Filled with enthusiasm and solid knowledge, Practical Tips for Online Authors is a must read."

Reviewed by Cindy Penn, Word Weaving.

As a book reviewer, I pride myself on the speed with which I can read a book - not this one. It took me HOURS to read. Why? Because I had to stop every couple of pages, dial up the internet and visit links that were so pertinent to my career that I could not wait till I had finished the book.

I am not exaggerating. Every new topic combines invaluable advice and really clever tips with absolutely awesome links. I consider myself a professional writer, and having done most of my writing almost exclusively online for the past few years, I thought I knew it all - how wrong I was. Lida has some brilliant strategies for marketing, promotion and research that had never occurred to me before.

But this book isn't just for professional writers, as she starts with the very basics and proceeds from there.

...Lida is full of great suggestions for getting your work known. With some very impressive guest writers, she includes advice on query letters and marketing your books.

..."Practical Tips for Online Authors" is worth its weight in gold - definitely a 'must-have' resource!

Rating *****

Reviewed by Sandy Cummins of Writers Exchange

"...You'll find timely tips from bestselling authors and professional explanations for everything you will ever need to succeed in online publishing. Run, don't walk, to buy this book! You'll be glad you did."
Charlotte Boyett-Compo, author of the popular WindLegends series

"...the information for unpublished authors is a treasure trove...saving you countless hours of Internet time trying to network and find the sites to help you in your quest to get published. This book is a must buy for writers!
**** Fours stars

Reviewed by Jewel Dartt, Midnight Scribe Reviews

At this price, you canít go wrong even if you are only curious about writing. Lida is the Publisher of Twilight Times Books, so she knows her topic from first hand experience, so you can be assured that this is a well thought out volume. Highly recommended by Baryon.

Reviewed by Barry Hunter for Baryon Online.

While unabashedly geared for the "prepublished" ebook author of speculative fiction, much of the advice crosses genre boundaries and proves useful to writers aiming for traditional print markets, as well. In fact, with the Internet becoming a major force in the world of book marketing, authors at all rungs of the literary ladder of success will benefit from this handy and well-organized reference. The hypertext references make it easy to skip to specific topics within the book....

Reviewed by Kim D. Headlee, the author of Dawnflight, a novel about the legend of Guinevere garnering rave reviews and award nominations from romance and fantasy venues alike.



Publisher's Note:
Practical Tips for Online Authors contains dozens of low-cost or no-cost marketing and promo ideas from several published authors along with over one thousand current links the author has compiled from weeks of searching the Internet.


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