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Each week we’ll take five, maybe ten, of YOUR writerly questions and set about answering them for you. When this post appears, get your questions in QUICKLY via the “comments” section below.

Simple enough, right?


Well, maybe.

See, a lot of you don’t know what you don’t know, and some of you know things others don’t; so the idea is for you – and I mean YOU – to just ASK the questions you have and let’s get the ball rolling. I’ll opine; maybe some others will chime in with their thoughts, and hopefully YOU will get several good solutions to choose from.

Or something like that.

  • Wanna know how to create amazing dialogue?

  • Wanna know why you need to build an author platform?

  • Wanna know how to write characters that are 3-dimensional and unforgettable?

  • Wanna know how to get more Twitter followers?

And it doesn’t have to be directly writing related. Sometimes you need to get in the writing mood by NOT doing writer stuff. Maybe you wanna know about doing author events, but maybe you wanna know about public speaking, or… I don’t know; the London train system. (I had some trouble there, if you’ll recall.)

Or why so much of Europe requires you to pay to pee…


I don’t want to suggest ideas TO you, I wanna know what’s on YOUR mind.

What are YOU struggling with?

So ask.

Ask me anything.

We have lots of smart people here; if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does. Or I’ll make something up.

Go ahead, you know you want to.


Post your questions in the comment section below. I’ll answer the first 3, maybe more – so don’t goof off. Post your question NOW!


danDan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious romantic comedy “Poggibonsi: an Italian misadventure.” 

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

9 thoughts on “Ask Dan ANYTHING!

  1. I’m tabling my first con that gets approximately 30k visitors over 3 days, though I suspect this year will be much higher attendance due to celebs. That said, how many books should I take? I was thinking around 30. I don’t want to over order because then I’m stuck with physical copies I can’t do much with until I book more signings (my office is organized chaos and I don’t like clutter, so there’s no way I’d wanna keep an extra, say 20 copies, for example).

    1. 30 is a good number for this reason: if you sell out, you’ll be happy, if you don’t sell out, hopefully you will sell enough to where you’re not taking very many home, that will give you a reduced per book shipping cost on the ones you do end up with, and then you can offer signed copies on your website that you can mail to people (via media mail).

      Ordering in smaller amounts, you pay a much higher shipping cost per book, and that can really take a bite out of profits.

      That said, you are cordially invited to do a guest blog post about the event, you can send us updates while you’re there and how it went for you as far as who the celebs are and what kind of attendance you saw. Would love to hear all about it!

  2. So, I have always been a writer. Not for public viewing if that makes sense. I write simply for my own pleasure and I enjoy doing it. I have never had any formal training. No training at all for that matter. I would like to start putting my writing out there but don’t want it to be total chaos. Do you have any articles or pieces of info for someone that is just starting a blog? What advice do you give to someone?

    1. Sure! Tons of it!

      If I was starting a blog today I would say what I said a few years ago when I did start. Write about whatever interests you.

      Follow blogs that interest you and comment on them.

      As you follow other blogs, many of them will follow you back. Over a very short period of time you can be following 100 blogs – because they don’t all post every day and over the course of a month you can certainly read one or two blogs every single day. Three blogs a day for 30 days is 90 blogs, you know? So 100 isn’t too many.

      And then you’ll find about 30 or 40 follow you back.

      From there, different things interest you on different days, the same as different things interest me on different days. Right now we’re talking about our anthology and our contest winners but I have a new book coming out and my daughter just started 2nd grade. All kinds of things get talked about.

      I did a post called “my blog sucks and I’m kinda clueless” that will probably help you in a little bit greater detail. And come back anytime and ask your questions. When your blog is running well, let me know so I can come check it out and maybe re-blog some of your posts or you could do a guest blog post here.

      You’re gonna find that people who blog are a very welcoming community, as is the writing community in general.

      But you made one important step very early on. You found my blog. That’s practically a guarantee of success.

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