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DIY MFA Radio Episode 109: Build Buzz Around Your Book – Interview with M.J. Rose

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This episode begins our collaboration with DIY MFA Radio, a podcast for readers and writers. In this episode, Gabriela Pereira talks with bestselling author M.J. Rose about how to build buzz around your book. Rose shares her insights about book promotion and the best time to bring in an expert to market your book. She also speaks to the etiquette involved with approaching other authors on social media, and reveals the best thing writers can do to market their own books. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/109.  

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Live Interview with Alan C. Fox and People Tools for Love and Relationships

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Relationship expert Alan C. Fox has inspired thousands of readers with the invaluable advice and engaging stories in his two bestselling books People Tools and People Tools for Business.  Now he is back with the ultimate guide to a better life: People Tools for Love and Relationships: The Journey from Me to Us. Alan is a master at building relationships. In People Tools for Love and Relationships he reveals time-proven techniques that you can use to enhance your connection with your partner, your family, your friends and everyone who is important to you. Each chapter of the book illustrates a different “People Tool” using insightful stories and amusing anecdotes from Alan’s life. From learning how to talk about money with your…

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More Gab-Worthy Giveaways to Start Your Year Off Right

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This Week’s Giveaways are full of insightful books packed with good advice, sure to spice up (or keep you warm) during these chilly winter months. Enter to win, and take home one of these great reads! A God in Ruins: A Novel by Kate Atkinson A GOD IN RUINS tells the dramatic story of the 20th Century through Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy–would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather-as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have. An ingenious and moving exploration of one ordinary man’s path through extraordinary times, A GOD IN RUINS proves once…

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14 Tips to Help You Ace College

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Heading back to college (or worse, heading to college for the first time) is always something of a shock. It’s like heaping helpings of all the fun of school combined with the responsibility of adulthood—a combination that can overwhelm even those of us who spent many years trying to make going to college our profession (Get another degree? Don’t mind if I do!). So for those of you about to head back to school (or those of you who know someone who is), we’ve assembled some of the best college tips, hacks and words of wisdom we can find. Stick to these, and you drastically decrease your chances of veering off into the academic nosedive. Our first tips come from…

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Screw you, Spoilers! The 100’s Shawna Benson on Dodging Bullets

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You know what sucks? Spoilers! In the ever-growing digital age it’s hard to get away from them. They’re on your phone, they’re on your computer, they’re even blurted out by co-workers in the cubicle next to you. So What’s a Spoiler? Shawna Benson, staff writer on the CW’s post-apocalyptic series The 100 says that “a spoiler is an information leak about a story in any medium that appears before the large mass of humanity is able to actually read or watch said media.” For example, last season on The 100 the (extremely passionate) fandom went ballistic after a clip featuring an unexpected lip lock between Clarke [Eliza Taylor] and Lexa [Alycia Debnam-Carey] was “leaked,” but according to an article E!…

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Mad Men: Substance AND style. LOTS of style

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Mad Men is returning with its final episodes on April 5th, and there’s never been a better time to look back on the influence the show has had on popular culture over the past eight years. It’s rare for anything to garner as much buzz as Mad Men continually has, and it’s even rarer for a television show to actually influence our modern style and design. But there’s no denying that Mad Men has helped create a return to the retro-styling of the 1950s and ‘60s. When the show first aired, everyone was talking about the goings-on at Sterling Cooper, but we were also talking about the style: the red-lipped women in tight ‘50s dresses and circle skirts, the men…

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