Ides of Information – Ask the Assistant – How to Find and Vet Assistants

- by Lina Gardiner

Let’s jump straight into the next stage of finding your new assistant! PREP WORK Before tackling these steps, you should have your: Financial budget List of tasks to outsource General idea of how much time per month you expect to outsource These items were covered in my November post, Is it Time to Hire Help? […]

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Ides of Information: Ask the Assistant

- by Lina Gardiner

Ask the Assistant: Is it Time to Hire Help? So you’re ready to hire someone? That’s great! Sara Blakely, the inventor of Spanx, says one of her biggest lessons learned is “that you have to be willing to hire your weaknesses.” We all have weaknesses and even if you’re good at most things, not having […]

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Welcome JoVon Sotak, Montlake Romance Editor

- by Lina Gardiner

Welcome to our Industry Blog, JoVon.  We look forward to reading the answers to our questions. Out of curiosity, what do you do for relaxation? Baking: stress baking, affection baking—even baking for forgiveness. Baking’s combination of science and creative rhythm puts me at ease. The cruel irony is that I live grain-, egg-, and dairy-free, […]

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Mark Coker Interview – Part 2

- by Lina Gardiner

Welcome back to our interview with Mark Coker. -Which genres are selling best at Smashwords in 2014? For Smashwords authors, genre fiction is #1, with romance dominating up to 70% of our bestsellers over the last 12 months. Our other bestsellers are rounded out in no particular order by YA fantasy, sci-fi, epic fantasy, mysteries, […]

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