20 FREE Marketing Tips for New Authors

I’m a big fan of free, so check out these great free marketing tips…

Watching the Daisies

climbing mountain“20 FREE Marketing Tips for New Authors” was originally posted in November 2017. However, I have updated it and added new links.

Next week, I will be sharing a new post on Paid Marketing Sites for Authors.

The day your first book is published is incredibly exciting. However, you now have to market and sell it…

This post is based on my own steep learning curve. The majority of these tips are FREE.

Begin with an E-Book

Consider having e-book format only for a few months. This will allow you to gatherreviews which you can include on the inside cover of your print copies.

It is also well worth investing in a good book cover. It will pay dividends.

I launched “Watching the Daisies” on 14th November 2016 with Amazon Kindle, and enrolled in KDP Select for six months – to create free deals and Kindle countdowns.


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Don’t Let Reviewers Hold You Hostage

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

Unpublished authors imagine that once they are published, life will be glorious. That’s because they haven’t thought much about bad reviews. Every author gets them, and sometimes they’re agonizing.

As a published, working author, you learn to live with the reality of bad reviews in different ways. You can stop reading them. You can have someone you trust vet them for you and warn you so that nasty splinters of prose don’t lodge in your brain. You can leave town or stay off the grid when your book comes out.

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Using Instagram to Promote Your Book [Long Post]

Please forgive me for being late to the party, but I have recently joined Instagram. What took me so long you ask? Well, it's just not something I had ever considered as being helpful in my goal of promoting my work. It's mostly photo sharing, so it won't be useful in that goal. Right? I … Continue reading Using Instagram to Promote Your Book [Long Post]

Serial Saturday: [Horror] A Snap of the Fingers #2

Saturday rolls around quicker each week. I'm going to start buying stuff for Halloween soon. But until then, I've got part 2 of my horror short story A Snap of the Fingers. Think I said this last time, but Snap is one of my favourites. It's probably the one that makes me feel most uncomfortable, … Continue reading Serial Saturday: [Horror] A Snap of the Fingers #2

Road to a Comic: Week 1-2

Hey all! Welcome to the end of week 2, and an update on how the project is going so far. If you've only just come to this party, you missed last week's episode. Basically, I am trying to turn one of my short stories into a comic. Now, I don't mean I'm looking for an … Continue reading Road to a Comic: Week 1-2

Let’s Break Stuff: Passive Characters

Story Empire

Hi, Gang, Craig here again. I may make this a sporadic series, and I welcome my Story Empire compatriots to steal it and use it any time they like. We talk about all kinds of things here, always with a positive shiny face on it. That ends today.

Today, we’re going to break things. Honestly, we see all kinds of posts about good things to do, helpful tips, and downright cheerleading. We also need to know what to avoid, and the topic today is passive characters.

Main characters have to drive the story. They have to take actions to solve whatever the main issue is. I’ve mentioned before that I keep living documents with pointers and tips. One I saved years ago is from the Pixar recipe book: Readers will appreciate the character more for trying than succeeding.

That’s a powerful thought. Trying must be pretty important in the scheme…

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Flashes: Call for Submissions

Piglet in Portugal

Hi fellow writers. I am going to give a shoutout for Flashes.

Flashes is a literary website where we publish short stories, non-fiction, flash fiction, poetry and author interviews. Our goal is to give talented writers a platform to showcase their creativity, with an emphasis on original voice, innovative style and challenging plots.

If you would like to submit your work for consideration, submit >here<. And, please don’t forget to follow the submission guidelines.

Are you an Indie author who is active in the blogging community, and/or active on social media and would like to be considered for an an author interview? Please contact us on

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Writing Tips That Help Me!

Stuck in Fiction

It seems like my life at the moment revolves around creative writing, so I thought I’d dedicate a blog post to it as well haha! Doing a creative writing course has been such a challenge for me because it’s something that I’ve never done before. I’ve always written little stories here and there, but I didn’t think I was any good at it, and since doing this course, I’ve realised just how difficult it really is.


I’ve learnt so much over the past few months during this course, and I’m sure I’ll learn a whole bunch more once I finish the course over the next year. I thought I would share some of the tips that I’ve found useful, and some of the things that have helped me along the way!

Write in scenes

Whenever I start writing, I generally have no idea where the plot is going. I find…

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Writing Tips For Great Scenes

K.M. Allan

If the thought of writing a novel freaks you out, first, know you’re not alone. Second, this seemingly huge task is not as overwhelming as you think it is.

Sure, you have to come up with characters, plot lines, unique ideas, master show, don’t tell, and learn how to use commas properly. And it could take months or even years to write all the words you’ll need to tell the story, but it can be done. How? By writing scene-by-scene.

Breaking your novel into smaller sections of work is Productivity 101 and will allow you to concentrate on just one specific scene and not think about what else you have to do to get your book written. That’s my first tip for a great scene. For the rest, keep reading…

Writing Tips For Great Scenes

Know What Kind Of Scene It Needs To Be

As a general rule:

  • The…

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First Person, Present Tense. Is it the Devil in Disguise?

The First-Person, Present Tense Devil I sit in my misery for some considerable time. Time enough for the shadows in the office to lengthen. Quitting time is right around the corner. The flyer sits on my desk in front of me, ready for my assessment. It sucks. That’s my assessment. It’s a huge waste of … Continue reading First Person, Present Tense. Is it the Devil in Disguise?