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About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to or check out

What Are Some Questions You Have?

I have already written posts on some methods for avoiding burnout (which deals somewhat with time management, though I plan to do one specifically for time management) and resonance.  I have scheduled those for release in February.   I haven’t written a post yet on doing serials, but I do that on my To Do List for this weekend, but I’ll schedule it for February, too.

I think that covers the questions from a post I did asking if anyone had blog post ideas.

What Janet Syas Nitsick and I are going to try is a series of videos dedicated to answering any questions you might have.  We will also be happy to cover topics ranging from writing to publishing to book promotion.  (I might have an easier time answering a specific question on promotion than I do with coming up with a blog post topic, so I’m hoping this method will help get ideas going.)

We’re going to start small with video segments that will last for a couple minutes.  Eventually, I’d like to be able to do something where you can hop onto a webinar event and ask us questions in real time while we’d answer via video.

For now, we’re planning to do videos no longer than five minutes to answer a question you have.  Then we’ll post them up on here.  I’ll say in advance, these are not going to be professional quality.  They’ll be recorded with my laptop camera.

Janet and I both have experience with self-publishing and traditionally publishing (with a small publisher), and we’ve been doing this for over five years.  I believe she started out in 2007, and I started out in 2002 with vanity presses but moved to Amazon, CreateSpace, and Smashwords in 2009.

Thanks in advance!

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Unasked-For Advice to New Writers About Money

I found this in my inbox this morning and thought it was excellent advice and very eye opening.  This is the reality of being a writer and dealing with the money side of it.  Since a couple of you emphasized the business side of writing, I thought this was especially worth passing on over here in case you don’t see this somewhere else on the Internet.

This post is long, but it’s worth reading in its entirety.

Unasked-For Advice to New Writers About Money.


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A Book Marketing Virtual Summit You Can Take From the Comfort of Your Home

I’m passing along information for this online event called Author Marketing Live! which is presenting the Virtual Book Success Summit.  It’s from January 26-30.

Since one of the things people coming to this blog would like to learn is how to market their books, I came across this virtual summit and thought it might be of interest to some reading this.  The problem with most conferences is that they often require you to travel somewhere, which can be hard to do with day jobs, kids, lack of funds, etc.

The best thing is you get access to all these presentations.  You don’t have to be online when the person is presenting the topic.  You can watch the video recording when you have time to sit down and relax.  So it’s on your time when it’s convenient for you.  They’ll even provide transcripts.  And it looks like you can access the materials even after this online event ends on January 30, which makes it even more convenient.

So if you want fresh, new ideas on how to market, I suggest going to this.  I figured I’d go ahead and attend since Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn mentioned it on a podcast.  Joanna Penn’s advice is worth taking.

In my opinion, this event is an excellent deal.  You get a lot of great information for the price they’re asking, and the speakers are top-notch.  If you’re serious about the business side of writing, I highly recommend this.

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