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Genre Labels Poll

[poll id="173"] Today we are going to have a #followreader discussion on the issue of genre labels on Twitter wherein we have to express our opinion in 140 characters! I’m interested in hearing what you have to say in the… more

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Do You Use Twitter?

[poll id="171"] Maili (@McVane) had a great comment yesterday regarding the promotional benefits for authors on Twitter.   I love Twitter for all the reasons I don’t love blogs. You get a real sense a person’s individuality and personality because of… more

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Electronic Business Cards

[poll id="170"] I’ve been thinking about getting new cards for Dear Author. When I go to conferences, people are always asking for my business card and the ones I have, I don’t really love. I read this article about how… more

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Are You a Grammar Goddess?

[poll id="169"] Here’s what’s on Google’s home page on May 16, 2009: Over 28,000 children drew doodles for our homepage. Vote for the one that will appear here! Anyone who has read this blog has already figured out that we… more

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The Love Triangle

[poll id="168"] I have a hard time with love triangles. If done right, some poor nice guy or girl is totally getting the shaft at the end. If done wrong, some initially poor nice guy or girl is demonized by… more

Is Stripping a Form of Female Empowerment

Is Stripping a Form of Female Empowerment

[poll id="167"] An article at Huffington Post made me think about the issue of female empowerment and the sex trade. I go back and forth over whether stripping, The Bunny Ranch, and so forth is really a sign of progress… more

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Video blogs

[poll id="166"] I’m curious to know what readers think of video blogs. Personally I think that a blog needs to have written content and that video can be complimentary to the written content.   What do you think? Would you watch/subscribe… more

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Do you cry easily?

[poll id="165"] In an email conversation this morning, two of my friends admitted to being easy weepers. It takes a lot to get me going. Where do you fall? Any books that have made you cry lately? (Barbara Samuel’s A… more

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Author Self Promotion

[poll id="164"] I’m working on an article of author online promotional dos/donts. This issue came to my attention by a reader who participates on the Amazon Discussion boards. The reader has been noticing an increase in author participation on the… more

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Amazon Buying Habits

[poll id="161"] In light of Amazon’s recent deranking of categories of books effectively removing those books from search engines, bestseller lists, and recommended lists, I wondered how difficult it would be for people to move to a new vendor like… more

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Publisher Imprint Poll

[poll id="159"] Some of the comments to the giveaway for Berkley and ACE/ROC made me wonder how loyal we are to certain imprints.   I remember when I first started reading, I would always look for the little kangeroo because Pocket… more

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eBook Bundle Poll

[poll id="158"] Diesel eBooks contacted me for a quote regarding the promotion of their romance  ebook  bundles. I was happy to provide one because I love the idea of bundles. Recently Nora Roberts first three books were offered in a print  bundle. How… more