Julia Daniels

…and they lived happily ever after.


April 2016

Benefit of Writing Contests and Book Awards

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How to Get More Readers from an Award
Publicity around a book award will boost your book sales. Contests are a great way to hone your craft and show the world how much better you are than other writers.  Winning a book award for your self-published fiction or nonfiction book is a great way to gain recognition and approval.  You will not only see an increase in your book sales – if you market it well.  You can add the award sticker to your cover and mention the achievement on your back cover, in your books’ description, and in all your marketing and promotions – online or offline.  Most awards call for entries every year, so if the competition is closed for this year, mark your calendar for next years’ contest call.


Here are a few of the most popular book contests: (IPPY awards)

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Life Cycle Of A Writer: When It All Happens At Once

The writing life is full of waiting and I’ve discovered in more recent months that when it does happen, it all happens at once! Following a successful book launch for Waiting for You, I then …

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My top 10 regency style P&P variations

My top 10 list: 1. A Will of Iron – Linda Beutler 2. Mr Darcy to the Rescue – Victoria Kincaid 3. The Unthinkable Triangle – Joana Starnes 4. Yours forevermore, Darcy – Kara…

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Dummies turns 25!

Courtesy of: PublishingPerspectives.Com Publishing Perspectives

DummiesI wonder how many times I have looked at these books over the years?

AARP is getting into the mix.

Medicare for Dummies is a Best Seller on Amazon: Medicare for Dummies

My favorite at the moment is called Raising Chickens for Dummies: Raising Chickens for Dummies

Hard to believe these guides have been around so long. Of course it’s hard to believe I have been around so long that I remember when they were first released in 1991…

XO Julia





Why romance writers are “frittering their talents away” writing a predictable genre

Helena Fairfax

pride and prejudice, helena fairfax romance                  Image courtesy of Pixabay

Earlier this week an author colleague posted a link to a review of her latest novel. The reviewer was highly complimentary regarding the author’s writing skill, but he expressed deep disappointment that a writer of her ability was “frittering away her talents in a genre that didn’t deserve them” – ie romance novels. Boy meets girl, boy and girl have a conflict to resolve before the novel ends happily. According to the reviewer, it’s all “boringly predictable”. (You can read the full review here.)

My beloved Jane Austen collectionMy well-loved Jane Austen collection

What is it about the romance genre that draws this type of dismissive reaction?  I’ve written before about romantic conflict – that is, something in the characters of the hero and heroine that prevents them from getting together. This conflict is what romance novels are all about, and Pride and Prejudice is the perfect example. Jane Austen…

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