World’s Shortest Book Marketing Plan…

Doesn’t get any simpler than this! (And it makes sense!) 😉

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by Joel Friedlander  on The Book Designer site:

Welcome to the world of book publishing. When you decided to self-publish you became an author-publisher, and that implies a higher level of seriousness and responsibility than someone just messing around by putting a book out.

That’s why you need a plan for how to sell your book, even before you publish it. What you need is a marketing plan.

Trouble is, it’s time consuming to try to figure out how to create your own marketing plan, and costly if you try to get someone else to do it for you. That’s why many authors simply skip it.

However, studies show that the more you put into marketing your book, the more books you’re likely to sell.

So here is one solution, my pared-down, super-time-saving, and, in fact, the: 

World’s Shortest Book Marketing Plan

(Just because it’s short doesn’t mean it…

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“The Trouble with Antlers (a.k.a. Melvin’s Rampant Rack): Season 1, Episode 1, Special Illustrated Edition (Shifter High)” by A.J. Culey

#FREE thru August 13th!

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“The Trouble with Antlers (a.k.a. Melvin’s Rampant Rack): Season 1, Episode 1, Special Illustrated Edition (Shifter High)

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/NA

Release Date: June 23, 2016

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In a high school full of shifters, it’s the one inquisitive human who poses the biggest threat.

When a human is the only applicant for town veterinarian and moves to Shifterville with his teenaged daughter, Amelia, the town residents conspire to keep the humans in their midst from discovering their secret. If only they can keep Melvin away from Amelia.

Melvin Moose has a problem. Anytime a girl gets too close, his antlers go on walkabout, popping out of his human head at the most inopportune moments. As if that weren’t bad enough, a human girl just enrolled at his school, and if she catches sight of his unruly rack, it’s all over for Shifterville.

Warning: This book contains typical teen language, which does include the occasional swear word. It is also full of rampant, teen hormones and the subsequent fallout.

This is season 1, episode 1 of the Shifter High series. Each episode is novella-sized, ranging from 70 to 100 pages in length.

A.J. Culey is a teacher, world traveler, and writer. She is a fan of books, bunnies and cats (and also rainbow-colored hair, but that’s another story).

She can be found online at, and on Twitter @tyrabbisaurus.

“The Quiet Village” by T. J. Walter

#FREE August 11th Only!

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“The Quiet Village

Genre: Suspense/Murder/Crime

Release Date: August 2, 2017

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John Brookes retires after a busy career as a London detective. He discovers a quiet village deep in the countryside and settles there. He makes new friends and finds a new love, but there are undercurrents; events that threaten his newfound peace. Then a murder occurs and he finds himself drawn into the investigation, unsure of who among his new friends he can trust. How will he overcome this without losing all he has gained?

Taylor Lee Weekend Special: 8/11-8/13 – 99¢ #Sale


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The Dangerous Affairs Omnibus Collection

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From Taylor Lee, the #1 Bestselling author in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Mystery Thriller, comes The Dangerous Affairs Collection, Sizzling International Intrigue.

Spellbinding international thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat. Pulse pounding action and steamy romance. A cast of unforgettable characters that will capture your heart!

The Dangerous Affairs Collection Includes the prequel short story The El Paso Incident, three full-length novels, The Moscow Affair, The Bangkok Affair, The Rio Affair”, the bridge novella The D.C. Incident,  and the short story finale “The Paris Incident”.

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“Beauty’s Curse: A Historical Fantasy Fairy Tale Retelling of Sleeping Beauty (Once Upon a Princess Book 1)” by C. S. Johnson

#FREE August 11th Only!

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“Beauty’s Curse: A Historical Fantasy Fairy Tale Retelling of Sleeping Beauty (Once Upon a Princess Book 1)

Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale

Release Date: January 20, 2016

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“I have better things to do.”
“Like what?” Rose asked. “Waste your life on a fool’s journey, under a silly girl’s orders?”
“I have never considered saving your life to be the same as wasting mine, Rosary.” He came and stood in front of her, the ease of his presence replaced by an unusual heat rather than familiar warmth. Rose had never before been bothered by the six inches he stood taller than her, but all of a sudden the shadow of his strength imposed itself on her.
The cursed beauty of the moonlight revealed the clarity and sharpness of his eyes as she gazed up at him. “What if you did waste your life though? What if?”
“If I have wasted my life, I have wasted it on you. Willingly.”


For four years, Princess Aurora of Rhone—Rose to her friends—has searched the world for a way to break the curse placed on her by Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies at war with her kingdom. Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married.

Enjoy this novella series retelling of the Sleeping Beauty, with new characters, new plot twists, and plenty of action and adventure. Perfect for teen and young adult historical fantasy readers, and check out Part II, “Beauty’s Quest,” as the story continues!

C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at

“Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years” by Gregory Maguire

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“Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fairy Tales

Release Date: November 1, 2011

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“Maguire’s work is melodic, symphonic, and beautiful; it is dejected and biting and brave. How great that people flock to these magical novels.”
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Bestselling author Gregory Maguire’s remarkable series, The Wicked Years, comes full circle with this, his fourth and final excursion across a darker, richer, more complex landscape of “the magical land of Oz.” Out of Oz brilliantly reimagines L. Frank Baum’s world over the rainbow as wracked with social unrest—placing Glinda the good witch under house arrest and having the cowardly Lion on the lam from the law as the Emerald City prepares to make war on Munchkinland. Even Dorothy makes a triumphant return in Maguire’s magnificent Oz finale—tying up every loose green end of the series he began with his classic Wicked, the basis for the smash hit Broadway musical.

Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature from 1979-1985. In 1987 he co-founded Children’s Literature New England. He still serves as co-director of CLNE, although that organization has announced its intention to close after its 2006 Institute.
The bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad.
He has three adopted children and is married to painter Andy Newman. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

“What She Knew: A Novel” by Gilly Macmillan

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“What She Knew: A Novel

Genre: Suspense/Psychological Thriller

Release Date: December 1, 2015

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In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…

Gilly Macmillan grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, and also lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time photography teacher and is a full-time mom.

5 FREE Anthologies for Charity – over 45 Books!

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From Author Emma Nichols –

Some amazing authors have all worked together to make an anthology for a charity. Thing is, there were so many of them, they had to split it into FIVE books!

Right now, for a limited time, you can get all five for FREE!! Every single downloaded helps! And come on, reading for free AND helping a charity? It doesn’t get much better than that!

Check them out below and grab them all for free while you can! Ends Soon!


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Are you ready for some new love?

Seven of your favorite romance authors have come together for a charity anthology. If you like billionaires and witty heroines, or high school sweethearts and runaways, or southern stories with a love as big as Texas, then settle in for tales of finding home, overcoming the past, loyalty, broken promises, and even a surprise wedding. Even family obligations can’t hinder what’s simply meant to be.

Don’t miss this LIMITED EDITION boxed set created to benefit the March of Dimes. 

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Are you ready to be lucky in love?

Ten of your favorite romance authors have come together. Enjoy second chance romances, sports romances, and rocker romances. Meet your new favorite bad boys and blue collar lovers. There may even be a surprise pregnancy or two.

Don’t miss out on a whole lot of happy endings in this LIMITED EDITION boxed set created to benefit the March of Dimes. 

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“Haunted by Love”

Are you ready to be haunted by love?

Ten of your favorite romance authors have come together for a charity anthology. With vampires, witches, wizards, shifters, shadow walkers, fallen angels, demons, and a wraith king, you’re sure to be enthralled. Be prepared for greed, lust, lies, and betrayal to culminate in coups and menages. After all, the fate of the world often depends on the actions of hot alphas.

Don’t miss this LIMITED EDITION boxed set created to benefit the March of Dimes.

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“Forbidden Love”

Thirteen of your favorite romance authors have come together for a charity anthology.
This set is about as naughty as a collection can get. They may look innocent, like the boy next door, or the brother’s best friend, they may be working like the blue collar guy making a house call, the undercover cop, the rock star, the bodyguard, or the stripper. Don’t be fooled. These stories are filled with romance,  suspense, and temptation. Oh, and no one seems to decline the opportunity for romps in public, with a stranger, a roommate, or the occasional affair.Learn how forbidden love makes for strange bedfellows in these modern fairy tales of love, lust, and deception.

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“Dangerous Love”

Are you ready to flirt with some dangerous love?

Seven of your favorite romance authors have come together for a charity anthology. Prepare to dance with the dark side of love. This collection is full of suspense with crimes like stalking, kidnapping, and murder. Meet some men in blue and some bad boys too. If you have a taste for dystopian, enjoy interracial love, and get hot and bothered over sexy protectors such as private investigators, the FBI and CIA, then one-click right away.

Don’t miss this LIMITED EDITION boxed set created to benefit the March of Dimes. 

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Curated Content for Writers – August 11, 2017

Big list this week with some useful and time-saving resources!

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Hey, Story Empire fans. Craig here today to assemble your weekly collection of links.

We take turns assembling this post, but all six of us contribute links. To start you off, we had our first group post on Monday. Three of us debated the merits of a Free or Self-Hosted WordPress Site. Then on Wednesday, P. H. Solomon posted about 4 Ways to Pack the Power of Scrivener into your Series. If you missed these, we’d appreciate you checking them out.

After that, here is the weekly collection of content for writers we found this week. Let’s get to your links.

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