Diva Literary Festival

November 21, 2017

The Diva Literary Festival

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

In this episode, Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss the diva literary festival.

Email questions to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo 

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Books On Writing That Harper Bliss Recommends  

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport  

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction.  

Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mind-set that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work, and now, in Deep Work, he shows how anyone can achieve this elusive state. 

Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world. 

 

Get It On Amazon

 

 

Steven King on Writing 

There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as 'the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down

Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. 

King's advice is grounded in the vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 - and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. 

 

Get It On Amazon 

 

How To Make A Living As A Writer by James Scott Bell 

It's the best time on Earth to be a writer 

More writers are making money today than at any other time in history. For centuries few have been able to support themselves from the quill or the keyboard alone.  

Not anymore. With the rise of ebooks and indie publishing there are now more opportunities than ever for writers to generate substantial income from their work. And there is still a traditional publishing industry that needs new talent to keep growing.  

In How to Make a Living as a Writer, you'll learn the secrets of writing for profit and increasing your chances of making a living wage from your work. Here are some of the subjects covered: 

- The 7 Secrets of Writing Success 
- The 8 Essentials of Your Writing Business 
- How to Reach Your Goals 
- Keys to a Winning System 
- How to Stay Relentless 
- Unlocking Your Creativity 
- How to Write More, Faster 
- Comparing Traditional and Self-Publishing  
- How to Go Traditional 
- How to Go Indie 
- How to Form Multiple Streams of Writing Income 
- How to Write a Novel in a Month 
- How to Choose Non-Fiction Subjects 
- How to Keep a Positive Mental Attitude 
- Resources for Further Study 

And much more, all to help you write what you love and earn what you’re worth.  

James Scott Bell has made a living as a writer for nearly two decades, and shares with you everything he knows about the best practices for turning your writing dream into a reality. 

Get It On Amazon 

 

Show Don’t Tell by Sandra Gerth  

Show, don’t tell is probably the single most important piece of advice given to writers. But many writers struggle to understand this powerful principle or have difficulty applying it to their own work. Even experienced authors sometimes don’t grasp the finer nuances of showing and telling. 

In this book, Sandra Gerth draws on her experience as an editor and a best-selling author to show you how to show and tell you when to tell. 

Each chapter includes concrete examples and exercises that will hone your writing skills. 

Whether you’re a novice writer working on your first story or an established author who has already learned the basics of showing and telling, this book will help you to: 
- Grasp the difference between showing and telling. 
- Understand why showing is such a powerful tool. 
- Spot telling in your own manuscript. 
- Fix bland passages and turn them into compelling scenes. 
- Keep from telling what you have already shown. 
- Avoid the three danger areas of telling. 
- Describe your characters and your setting in interesting ways. 
- Put powerful emotions into your writing. 
- Incorporate backstory into your novel without resorting to telling. 
- Recognize telling in dialogue. 
- Avoid overshowing and swamping your readers with too many details. 
- Learn when telling is actually a good thing. 
- Immerse your readers into your story and keep them captivated from beginning to end. 

Get It On Amazon 

You can find more on Harper Bliss And Her Mrs on TheLesbianTalkShow.com 

 
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Sustainable Writing Practices - Harper Bliss And Her Mrs

October 31, 2017

Sustainable Writing Practices

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

In this episode, Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss what Harper has learned about writing a sustainable amount without getting demotivated. 

 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo  

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon

 

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What You Need To Know About Series Novels

October 24, 2017

What You Need To Know About Series Novels

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

In this episode, Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss what Harper has learned about writing a sustainable amount without getting demotivated. 

 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo  

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon

 

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We’re Back And Our Lives Have Changed - Harper Bliss And Her Mrs

October 17, 2017

We’re Back For Season 3 And Our Lives Have Changed - Harper Bliss And Her Mrs

In this episode, Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss some of the changes that have happened since they were last on the podcast. They also talk about what they will be talking about in future episodes. 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog. 

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo 

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

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NaNoWriMo Tips For New Participants - The Write Stuff

October 10, 2017

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena and Tamara chat discuss NaNoWriMo tips for new participants. 

What is NaNoWriMo? 

NaNoWriMo stands for national novel writing month. It was started as an intuitive to help writers for from zero to 50,000 words in the course of a single month. This project has been so successful that it is now a global initiative with people from countries all over the world participating.  

 

Tips to help you get the most from NaNoWriMo and help you win: 

  • Join NaNoWriMo now 
  • Plan your novel 
  • Write every day 
  • Get your first week started by writing more than the required amount to give yourself breathing room 
  • Join your region 
  • Make sure you keep track of your progress 
  • Go to the events 
  • Don’t edit as you write because you don’t want a sad balloon  

 

Links 

Sign Up To NaNoWriMo here 

 

Get a predone book cover here 

 

Free Stock photos 

 

Our favourtie writing books 

 

5000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox 

The fastest way to succeed as an author is to write more books. How do you do that with a day job, family, school, or all your other time commitments? The secret is efficiency. 5,000 Words Per Hour will help you maximize your writing time by building effective habits that both measure and increase your writing speed. 

Create an effective writing habit. Track and improve your WPH. Stop the endless editing and tinkering so you can finish your draft. Use voice dictation software to dramatically increase words per hour. It's time to shift your writing into high gear. 

Get it on Amazon (works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Write To Market by Chris Fox 

Many authors write then market. Successful authors write to market. 

Have you written a book that just isn't selling? Would you like to write a book that readers eagerly devour? 

Many authors write,then market. Successful authors write to market. They start by figuring out how to give readers what they want, and that process begins before writing word one of your novel. 

This book will teach you to analyze your favorite genre to discover what readers are buying, to mine reviews for reader expectations, and to nail the tropes your readers subconsciously crave. 

Don't leave the success of your novel up to chance. Deliver the kind of book that will have your fans hounding you for the next one. 

 

Get it on Amazon (works for US, UK and CA) 

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The Write Stuff: 10 Awesome Software Apps For Writers

October 3, 2017

10 Awesome Software Apps For Writers 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat to marketing guru, Tamara about 10 awesome software apps for writers. 

They are

1 Scrivener

2 Grammarly

3 Google Ngram

4 Evernote 

5 Dropbox

6 Google Earth and Maps

7 Google Docs 

8 Dragon Software

9 Ancestry.com

10 5000 Words Per Hour 

 

About Tamara 

Tamara is a marketing professional who works at a South African software firm. 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector.  

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

You can find Sheena on 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Her website 

 

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The Write Stuff: 15 Ways Authors Should Use Video

September 26, 2017

15 Ways Authors Should Use Video 

Tamara joins Sheena on this episode of The Write Stuff and they chat about 15 ways that authors should be using videos to engage more with their audience. 

 

The Video Types Include 

1 Author Q and A 

2 Sneak Peak Videos 

3 Revealing Your New Title 

4 Cover Reveals 

5 New Characters 

6 Announcing A Book For Release 

7 Books Being Released Into The World 

8 Giveaways and Competitions 

9 An Interview 

10 Tutorials 

11 Live Q And A 

12 Story Inspiration 

13 Vloging/Behind The Scenes Updates 

14 Writing Tips 

15 Review Books 

 

Places You Can Use Video 

  • YouTube and YouTube Live 
  • Facebook and Facebook Live 
  • Periscope 
  • Instagram Live 

 

The Awesome People Who We Talked About 

Clare Lydon’s Podcast

Clare Lydon’s Video A Day In The Life Of A Writer

RG Emanuelle 

Dirt Roads Books

Heather Rose Jones

 

About Tamara 

Tamara is a marketing guru. She works as a marketing manager for a software firm in South Africa. 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

You can find Sheena on 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Her website 

 

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The Write Stuff: Creating Captivating Characters With Heather Rose Jones

September 19, 2017

Heather Rose Jones On Writing Great Characters 

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena talks to Heather Rose Jones about her process for creating characters and hwo she nails the octopus to the wall.

Find out: 

  • What questions to ask about your character 
  • The three layers of story 
  • Why writing a character is like getting to know a friend 

 

About Heather Rose Jones 

Heather Rose Jones writes fantasy, historic fantasy, and historical fiction, including the Alpennia series with swordswomen and magic in an alternate Regency setting. She blogs about research into lesbian-like motifs in history and literature at the Lesbian Historic Motif Project which provides inspiration for her fiction. She has a PhD in linguistics, studying metaphor theory and the semantics of Medieval Welsh prepositions, and works as an industrial failure investigator in biotech. 

You can find Heather Rose Jones on 

Amazon 

Her Weekly Podcast 

Her Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

 

 

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The Write Stuff: The Vanity Publisher Scam

August 29, 2017

The Vanity Publishing Scam 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat about the difference between vanity publishers, traditional publishers and self publishing.  

Find out:

Why we don’t recommend vanity publishers

Why most of them are considered a scam

Why you would use a traditional publisher

When you would want to self publish

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector.  

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts.

 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook

Twitter

Her website 

 

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The Write Stuff: 10 Tips To Creating Your Author Brand

August 22, 2017

10 Tips To Creating Your Author Brand 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat about Author Brands. Last week we discussed what an author brand is and why authors need one. This week we give you 10 tips to help you create your own author brand

10 Tips Are:

1 What do you write? 

2 Who will be t adding it? 

3 How are you different form competitors? 

4 What's your style guide? 

5 Logo 

6 Headshot 

7 Website 

8 Contact Page 

9 Tag line/ elevator pitch 

10 Media kit, bio, headshot, press release, book synopsis, contact info 

 

 

About Tamara 

Tamara has a post graduate degree in Marketing and has been working in the field for over ten years. In this episode she lends us her expertise as we discuss how authors can create a strong brand for themselves. 

You can find Tamara on The Lesbian Talk Show website 

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector.  

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook 

Twitter

 

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The Write Stuff: Why Do You Need An Author Brand?

August 15, 2017

Why Do Authors Need A Brand? 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat about Author Brands, what it is and why it is important. 

Find out: 

What is a brand? 

Why is it important? 

What is brand unity and how do you get it?

 

Look out for 10 Tips To Creating An Author Brand Next Week 

 

About Tamara 

Tamara has a post graduate degree in Marketing and has been working in the field for over ten years. In this episode she lends us her expertise as we discuss how authors can create a strong brand for themselves. 

You can find Tamara on The Lesbian Talk Show website

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook 

Twitter

 

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The Write Stuff: The Great Guide To Tweeting For Authors

August 8, 2017

The Great Guide To Tweeting For Authors 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena and Tamara chat about Tweeting for authors. This is a follow up episode to The Twitter Bio episode. 

 

Find out:

  • What kind of tweets you should be considering 
  • What are hashtags and why you need them 
  • What hashtags to consider using 
  • Why you want to retweet people 
  • How frequently you should tweet 
  • How to use a pinned tweet and why 

 

About Tamara

Tamara is a marketing guru and has helped Sheena build both of her websites and her social media presence. 

You can find Tamara’s profile here

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook 

Twitter 

 

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The Write Stuff: Creating A Great Author Profile On Twitter

August 1, 2017

Creating A Good Author Profile On Twitter 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff marketing guru, Tamara, and digital content specialist, Sheena, chat about creating a good profile as an author. 

Find out: 

  • Why it’s important to be on Twitter 
  • What you need to think about in terms of photos 
  • What your text your include 
  • How to use a pinned Tweet 
  • What tool to use for photo editing 

 

About Tamara 

With a post graduate degree in marketing and over 12 years experience in the marketing arena, Tamara is well versed with both online and offline marketing. 

You can find Tamara online 

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

 

You can find Sheena on 

Facebook 

Twitter  

Online 

 

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The Write Stuff: Kiki Archer On Taking Her Lesbian Fiction Mainstream

July 25, 2017

Kiki Archer On Taking Her Lesbian Fiction Mainstream 

by Sheena and Kiki Archer 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat to author, Kiki Archer about how she has taken her lesbian fiction (Lesfic) into the mainstream charts. 

 

Find out: 

  • How she ended up with a huge straight following 
  • What the reaction has been from straight readers 
  • Where she recommends you advertise 

 

About Kiki Archer 

Kiki Archer's latest novel not only got the lesbian fiction number one spots in the UK, USA and Australia, it also got to number 32 in the UK mainstream contemporary romance chart. 

Archer is also proud of the fact that Jane Green once sent her a public message. Archer says,  “When Too Late... I Love You was sitting side by side to her in the mainstream charts saying: Welcome to the gang.” 

You can find Kiki Archer on 

Twitter

Facebook 

YouTube

Her website

 

Find her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a need for great content for listeners and readers.

The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts.

 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook 

Twitter 

YouTube

The Lesbian Talk Show website 

 

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Curves Welcome: Why Every Writer Needs A Blog

July 18, 2017

Why Every Writer Needs a Blog 

Novelist and Motivational Blogger Suzie Carr shares her insights on blogging with everything from why you need one, to what it should include, and the benefits you’ll gain. 

A Note to Listeners: 

Have a question about blogging? Please email me at suzie@curveswelcome.com to let me know.  

More info 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: All About Audiobooks

July 4, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

All About Audiobooks 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss audiobooks. 

Find out:

  • How to make your own audiobook 
  • What is ACX 
  • Split royalties vs paying the narrator outright 
  • Who Harper uses for her audiobooks 
  • The pros of using an audiobook publisher 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog. 

 

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo 

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: How To Make My NaNoWriMo Novel Work

June 27, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

How To Make My NaNoWriMo Novel Work 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss what the minimum length should be for a lesbian romance novel and how to turn a first draft NaNoWriMo novel into a finsihed product 

 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog. 

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo  

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: Should I Write Trump Into My Book?

June 20, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

Should I Write Trump Into My Book? 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) answer the listener question - Should I write Donald Trump into my book? 

Find out: 

  • Their thoughts on incorporating politics into your novels 
  • What could happen 

 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog. 

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo. 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: Is It Worth Submitting My Story To An Anthology?

June 13, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

Is It Worth Submitting My Story To An Anthology? 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) discuss the pros and cons to anthology submissions. 

Find out: 

  • What Harper feels pissed about 
  • Why she first submitted a story to an anthology 
  • What Harper thought was painful but good 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.  

Sign Up for the My LesFic newsletter and get weekly bargains on lesbian novels. This is a fantastic service brought to you by The Bliss Duo 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: How To Sell Your Books

June 6, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

How To Sell Your Books - Bliss Interview Highlights 

In this episode Sheena takes over from Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) to bring you highlights from her 2016 Interview with Harper Bliss.  

There are a few key points that can help you sell more books. Enjoy.

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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