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Takeaways from the 2017 20 Books Vegas Conference

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The indie author community is strong and thriving! Do you have what it takes to make a living with your writing? Find out my takeaways from the 2017 20 Books Vegas Conference. In early November, my husband and I flew to Las Vegas to attend the first annual conference of the 20Booksto50K Facebook group. The first official [...]

How to Manage Comparisonitis

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As we journey down the path of becoming successful authorpreneurs, we often get caught up in comparing ourselves to others who seem to be ahead of us. Known as “comparisonitis,” it’s easy to let feelings of inferiority get in the way of moving forward.  I like to imagine an actual little devil on my shoulder whispering [...]

7 Unusual Writing Prompts

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of HTSABO  Scrambling for a writing idea or just looking to shake things up? Try the following unusual writing prompts the next time you need creative inspiration. 1. Reinvent History https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Saschaporsche Can you twist history? If your character lived in ancient Rome, she would have changed the way they______? Or reinvent [...]

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Quit Writing

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Writing is tough enough on a good day. When you have a bad day, negative thoughts can spiral out of control. You may be tempted to give up, but do not quit writing! Faced with challenges, it seems like nothing goes your way. Rising expenses, a never-ending to-do list, a rude coworker, not enough time. The [...]

How to Conquer the Ups and Downs of Writing

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Do writers go through cyclical patterns when it comes to productivity? I found myself asking this question recently because I was going through a period where I wasn’t writing. In the past, my morning routine was to write at least 1,000 words, but it wasn’t happening due to a busy work schedule and other distractions. Like [...]

How to Make Publishing Your Writing Less Scary

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You’ve just written your manuscript. You poured your heart and brain into your work. The only problem is, you’re terrified to hit the publish button. Don’t worry. It’s not just you. It’s you and me and just about every artist who goes through self-doubt and angst. Performer/author, Amanda Palmer calls it the “Fraud Police.” It’s the [...]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

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What makes some entrepreneurs stand out from the crowd? Is it the quality of their ideas, brand, great marketing, or something else? I attended the 2017 Mindshare Summit—a gathering of top health and wellness entrepreneurs hosted by New York Times bestselling author, JJ Virgin. The summit brings together entrepreneurs to learn, share, and collaborate. Virgin’s mantra [...]

10 Surprising Misperceptions about Writers

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How do people react when you tell them you’re a writer? Do they seem surprised and ask a lot of questions? Or do they shrug it off? Many people are not aware of what being a writer entails, much less being an independent (indie) author. Some might think you’re playing around, that this is a hobby [...]

5 Writing Ideas Inspired by Game of Thrones

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Watching the Game of Thrones television series or reading the books by George R.R. Martin is an experience. With its highs and lows, no wonder so many newcomers have fallen in love with the fantasy world of dragons, knights, and kick-ass warrior queens. Martin has transported us into a world filled with interesting (and numerous) characters, [...]

The Surprising Truth About Prosperous Authors

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One of the biggest misconceptions I hear about becoming an author is that you must struggle, that there’s no money in writing. The surprising truth is that there are plenty of prosperous authors who are killing it right now, selling tons of books, and doing what they love. When my parents heard that I wanted to [...]