Writer’s Tips – Author’s Toolbox, Scams, Search Engines, Freelance Writing and More!

Hi everyone! Welcome back to my Writing Tips edition. This is the first post I’m sharing of 2020 on tips this year since I was on a winter hiatus. I picked out some posts I found had great information along my blog and newsletter reading, and I think  all writers will find these posts helpful in some way. There’s always something in my tips that you may not need now, but more than likely you will need at some point in your writing career, so you may want to create a folder for yourself in your files or in an app file for future reference. I personally, have all my reference files in the Evernote app, in case you’re looking for a recommendation. (No, this isn’t a sponsored ad, just trying to be helfpful.)




Google Keep – a great note taking tool by Jacqui Murray (I use this on my phone. It comes in handy for making lists of things to remember.)




Anne R. Allen with some great information on Publishing Scams to beware of:

10 New Publishing Scams to Watch Out for in 2020



The Bookdesigner demonstrates how to use Amazon’s Search Engine

Amazon is a Search Engine–Make Your Book an Easy-to-Find Product



Deborah Jay has some terrific information on how to get our books in more categories




Anne R. Allen again, with great tips on how to write a good Query Letter

How to Write a Professional, Not-Embarrassing Query to an Agent, Reviewer, Editor, or Blogger



Janice Wald from Mostlyblogging.com sharing some freelance writing websites




Doris Heilmann of 111 Publishing offers some interesting tips on how to get more exposure for our books

Sweepstakes: Getting Your Book Message Viral



Nicholas Rossis has an excellent share for creating your  Online Signature for documents you have to send back signed



I hope you find these tips as helpful as I have.




#Writing Tips – #Editing, #Literary Submissions, #Amazon Categories, Your Self-Publishing Dollars

This week’s edition of Writing Tips offers lots of great information and opportunities. Sally Cronin is running a wonderful series at the Smorgasbord – Potluck, where she takes the liberty to dive into our archives and choose articles to feature on her blog, If you’d like your posts to get a little extra attention, you may want to sign up to be featured. Details are in the post below.


Anne R. Allen is featuring an interesting article about ‘where not to waste our self-publishing dollars.’ And as always on Anne’s blog, she offers links at the bottom of her posts for writers about current writing opportunities for writers, book sales, and more! I’m also sharing one of those links offered by Anne for a place to submit our writing with many categories and genres available.


Co-Authoring a book and worried about how you will split royalties? Check out Publish Drive that works with KDP and many other platforms


And last, but certainly not least, the Kindlepreneur is back offering up some great information for authors when choosing categories for our books.




Donna W. Hill’s Potluck feature at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord has some helpful advice about editing.




Anne R, Allen featuring Nate Hoffelder with some very wise advice on where NOT to spend our self-publishing dollars.

How to Waste Money When Self-Publishing a Book



I also found on Anne R. Allen’s blog, a great list of Literary Journals accepting roughly 50% of submissions.

20 Approachable Literary Journals



Check out this royalty sharing program for co-authors.

New Royalty Share System for Co-Authors from Publish Drive



The Kindlepreneur shares some great info for authors on how to choose best categories for our books.

Source: The SECRET Method to Choosing Amazon Book Categories [2019]