Ally Shares How Authors Go From Shy to Sold at MWA Carroll County Chapter–February 7, 2015

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On Saturday, February 7th, I gave my presentation “Pitching, Querying, and Proposing: How Authors Go from Shy to Sold” during the Carroll County MWA chapter meeting. The meeting takes place in the large meeting room of the Finksburg Branch Library, and lasted from 1:30 to 4 PM. Here is the description of my presentation:
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Self-Publishing Super Summit at Communication Central—September 26-28, 2014

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Communication Central hosted its 9th Annual “Build Your Business” Conference during the last weekend of September, and I was thrilled to be invited once again. The conference offers a unique opportunity to join my respected colleagues in Rochester, New York as we explore all aspects of a successful freelance editorial career.

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Are the Love Lies Fouling Up Your Relationships? A Book Doctoring Project

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It’s always immensely satisfying to help my expert clients get their message out to the world, and it’s a particular treat when I get to work on projects that are so personally exciting for me. Working with Debrena Jackson-Gandy on The Love Lies was just that—a treat. When the publisher, Sunrise River Press,…

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My Prevention Day Calendar 2015 (Prevention Books, 8/14)

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In keeping with tradition, My Prevention Day Calendar 2015 will keep you on track for 2015! As you know, I love learning about wellness topics and discovering new ways to keep a sharp mind while living a long, healthy life. Working on this series with Rodale Inc. is always enlightening and a pleasure.

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3 Signs You’re Ready for a Book

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Are you and your business really ready for a book? The decision to write a book can be very exciting. Maybe you’ve been thinking about taking this step for many years, or maybe something recently inspired you to add a book to your business and marketing strategy. But when it comes to successfully using a book to grow your business or as a source of income, it’s important not to put the cart too far before the horse. Here are three signs to help you avoid wasting time and resources.

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The Florida Writers Association Nonfiction Conference–June 28, 2014

Article-Writing54In June, the Florida Writers Association hosted their first “mini” conference devoted to nonfiction and I was thrilled to have been invited to give a two part workshop on “How to Write a Winning Book Proposal.”

This talk taught attendees what goes into a contract-winning book proposal, where to find important information, and how to evaluate your own material to…

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Approaching Book Publishers: Save Yourself Some Headaches and Create a System. Or Use Mine.

MeetingIf you’re like most authors, there’s a good chance that you will send your manuscript to a number of publishing companies as you pursue a book deal. After all, the more publishers you approach, the better your chances of getting a book published. However, sending submissions out to numerous publishers also increases the chances of confusion and error on your part.

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Doing a Headstand Doesn’t Make You a Yogi

yogaLast week, my yoga class sat in our “meditation” poses on our mats while our instructor, Jeff, outlined the day’s practice for us. He told us about an interesting article he read and the surrounding debate about what does (and doesn’t) make for an effective yoga practice. “In the article,” he explained, “the writer noted that just because you can do a headstand, that doesn’t mean you’re practicing yoga.” We all nodded in agreement. “I want you to think about what that means today, and what it means to you to have an effective practice,” he added.

But the thought that immediately popped into my head wasn’t about yoga at all—it was about how applicable this statement was to writing a book as well. After all, any semi-literate adult can write…but does that make you an effective writer? Does it mean you can write a successful, engaging book?

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Can you pitch your book in just one sentence?

061114_1712_Canyoupitch1.jpgImagine you’re in an elevator, and when the doors open, in walks the agent/publisher/book reviewer of your dreams. You only have until the elevator gets to the next floor to tell this Kingmaker about your book, or forever lose your chance at success and happiness (okay that’s dramatic, but we’re imagining, right?). Would you know what to say? Would you be able to say it confidently and engagingly?

On July 2nd and 3rd, something special is happening. I’ve partnered with Cherise Fisher, most recently the Editor in Chief of Plume (an imprint of Penguin Random House) and a 20-year publishing veteran with numerous bestsellers under her belt, to bring you a two-part, Master Class webinar on perfecting your book’s sales pitch. We’ll host it live, and then recordings will be made available to all registrants, so even if you can’t make it in person you can still benefit from this rare opportunity.

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Eastern Shore Writers Association Workshop–May 31, 2014

ESWA logoI was so excited to do this special one-day workshop on“Building a Platform that Will Help You Sell Books” for about 20 eager writers in Easton this past weekend. Hosted by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, the all-morning interactive workshop gave the participating authors a simple five-step roadmap to self-publishing success. In today’s highly saturated book market, a strong publicity and marketing campaign requires…

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