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Monday, November 29, 2021

Tips for Authors

Using Tech for Book Marketing

Kate Gingold from Sprocket WebsitesKate has been building websites with her husband Don since 1996 for all sorts of clients, including authors.

Kate regularly writes about online marketing for Sprocket Websites and provides tips and techniques for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. Since being an author today is not really different from being an entrepreneur with a small business, most of those tips are just as useful to authors.

Kate is an author herself. She writes books on local history, including the award-winning "Ruth by Lake and Prairie," a fictionalized account of the true story of Great Lake pioneering to the shores of Chicago and beyond to found Naperville, Illinois. 

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Author Tips and Tales

Writing and Writing Practice – for Work, for Pleasure, for Passion

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My writing time suffered quite a bit this summer. We purged our house of 30+ years of “stuff,” staged and maintained the staging while it was for sale, packed everything left into storage, moved in with my parents for a month, and are now settling into our new place. While I did snatch hours here and there for my current project, they were pathetically few. 

But that didn’t mean I wasn’t writing.

Thinking about Torquay Today and Agatha Christie

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Since Agatha Christie’s birthday is September 15 and I try to post on the fifteenth of the month, Christie’s birthplace, Torquay, has been on my mind. The annual Agatha Christie Festival, held in mid-September, is held in and around the town. Which means it’s happening this week and I'm not there! So I'm "visiting" Torquay virtually.

A New Chapter for an Old Book

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In July I an old book of mine was given a new chapter, in a way. This is a big deal for me because it was in honor of the 190th anniversary of the founding of Naperville and the fifteenth anniversary of my first published book. Also, the book is about Naperville, which will soon no longer be our hometown. 

The Day We Visited 40 Little Free Libraries

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On July 15, 2021, my husband, Don, and I visited 40 different Little Free Libraries in our town to drop off copies of my first book “Ruth by Lake and Prairie.” I was surprised to find them all so unique and creative! But as much as I loved seeing all the different libraries, I was equally enchanted by the books people left inside them. 


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Marketing Author Interview

Following a presentation for In Print Professional Writers Group, Kate's husband (and publisher!) Don was interviewed by author Louise Brass for WBOM Radio. During the conversation, Don shared many of the marketing tips from his presentation. You can listen to it online here.

The Sprocket Report

The Sprocket Report is published every other week with Internet marketing tips, tools and techniques. The archive features articles from 2011 up to the present. You are welcome to read how business owners are using technology to market themselves and apply those tips to your author business.



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Kate will be happy to send you her brief Book Signing Checklist. Treat your book promotion like a business - because it is!

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