How to Write Romance Novels without Crossing the Line

How to Write Romance Novels without Crossing the Line

We’re not judging you if you enjoyed reading Fifty Shades of Grey, but if you want to write a bit more…ahem…tasteful romance novels, here are a few tips.

1.)    Focus on the emotional rather the physical. If writing detailed love scenes makes you blush, skip the gritty details and focus on how excited your couple feels in the moment. Romance novels aren’t all about shock and awe. Stay away from X-rated details, and focus more on the flirty side of things, such as the rush one feels when a new love interest holds their hand. Continue reading

Book Marketing: Timing is Everything

Book Marketing: Timing is Everything

Successfully promoting your book isn’t about a big break or an overnight sensation. You have to create a plan of action around a strategic timeframe. Too often authors become so excited with the thought of publishing their book that they forget to use their release date to their advantage. What do I mean exactly? Continue reading

Quotes on Writing: Do These Famous Authors Really Know What They’re Talking About?

Most writers have a bestselling author they admire, such as Shakespeare, Stephen King or E.L. James. (Hey, we don’t judge here.) We think it’s great to have someone’s success motivate you to be a better writer yourself. Quotes are a great way to stay focused during rough patches of your career. And, with Pinterest, those famous quotes are everywhere these days. We all have famous mentors that we look up to, but do these authors really know what the heck they’re talking about?

Here we breakdown a few quotes from famous authors. Tell us what you think: Continue reading

A Good Story is a Terrible Thing to Waste – Novel Beginnings Writing Contest

You might know him as a screenwriter who has collaborated with such comic greats as Mel Brooks and Steve Martin. Carl Reiner, a distinguished actor, film director, producer, writer, and comedian, is giving aspiring writers the opportunity to become a published author. He teamed up with AuthorHouse and launched a unique writing contest in conjunction with the release of his new book, I Remember Me. For the contest, Reiner started a novel and is giving other writers an opportunity to finish the story and get published.  Here are the details on the contest: Continue reading

Announcing: Winner of the iPad Generosity Contest

Booktango is giving gifts a little bit early as the holiday season approaches. We’re running a two-part contest, Generosity, during October and November. For the first part of the contest we entered all of our authors who submitted their book for publishing by October 31st into a drawing to win a free iPad with Retina display.

We are pleased to announce Oliver Frances, author of Through Existences, is the winner of the iPad!

For those authors who didn’t win the iPad, don’t worry! You still have a chance to win the second part of this contest. Be one of the first 300 authors to submit a book by Nov. 30, and you’ll get:

  • 10 downloadable copies of your e-book to give to family and friends this holiday
  • a free promotional e-mail to help you spread the word about the launch of your book

Join us in congratulating Oliver, and best of luck to those who enter the second part of the contest!

Five Easy Ways to Optimize Your Facebook Fan Page

Creating a Facebook fan page for your book is a no-brainer. It’s an easy (and free) way to reach an audience; plus, millions of people spend an average of 8 hours on Facebook per month.

But, it can be overwhelming to build and maintain an active community of fans. Here, we break down five easy steps you should follow in order to optimize your Facebook outreach: Continue reading

7 Traits of a Great E-book Design

You already know Booktango makes it easy for you to publish your e-book. But, not all e-readers are created equal, so it’s always nice to have little reminders of what universally works before you upload your manuscript. Make sure to follow these seven traits of a great e-book design, which came straight from our e-book design experts:

  1. High resolution cover. Professional-looking covers need to be high-resolution – at least 200 ppi (pixels per inch)
  2. Consistent style. Make sure your style flows throughout the book. You don’t want your readers to feel like they’re in a different book with each flip of a page that has a new layout, random pictures or different font type. Continue reading

The Best Things in Life are Free

The best things in life really are free.Earlier this week, we announced that the first five authors who commented on Tuesday’s blog post about the end of Booktango’s beta website would receive a free Time Saver package.

Well, we had such an overwhelming response that we couldn’t possibly just leave everyone who participated high and dry. We’re excited to announce some changes to our little contest:

  • The first five comments (Georgette Pann, Michelle Brinson, Leah, Heather Robinson, and Laryssa) will now receive a Trendsetter package.
  • Everyone else who commented prior to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 will receive a Time Saver package! Continue reading

Book Reviews in the Blogosphere

Times are certainly changing with the rise of e-book publishing. It makes sense that book marketing is evolving right along with it. No longer are reviews confined to newspapers and magazines. Today, book review bloggers even have their own convention in New York City called the BEA Bloggers Conference!

But, how do you get a book review from a well-known blogger?

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Freemium: The Art of Giving Your New E-book Away


How do you normally research items you’re going to buy? I typically ask friends, neighbors and family members for their recommendations. So, how do you get readers to recommend your book to loved ones? By giving your e-book away for free (yes, for free), you can boost the chances of having readers tell their friends, “You’ve got to read (insert title of your book here).”

For many unknown authors, giving away their book as opposed to selling it for $4.99 or even $0.99 is a great jumping off point to propel your marketing efforts. But even already established authors, such as Seth Godin, are fans of giving away free copies of books. By giving away free e-book downloads for your title, you’re encouraging others to promote your book by word-of-mouth. Plus, there are various lists, like “Top 100 Free Ebooks” (which is listed right alongside the Bestsellers on Amazon) or “20 Best Websites to Download Free EBooks.” You never know who might stumble upon your book.

Here’s why you should start giving your book away to strangers:
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