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 [...]

5 Essential Free Tools For Authors

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Write more books. You’ve probably heard this advice, yet for those of us who are not full-time authors, it’s tough to find the time to write more. Our focus should be on ideas and how to turn them into stories quickly and efficiently. But, we struggle with learning new tools and mastering social media. So, how [...]

Find Time to Write: 3 Ideas for Creating Space for Writing

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How does one become a productive writer? With our busy lives, how do we find time to write?  To answer that question, what are you willing to give up? How much do you want to write your book? If your dream is to become a full-time author—how badly do you want that life? #1 - Define [...]

5 Ideas for Faster Editing

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You did it! You wrote your first draft. It’s finally done. Time to kick back with your feet up? Not quite. Editing your book can be one of the more challenging parts of the publishing process. It’s important to always hire an editor, but before you send off your manuscript, do you self-edit first? What is [...]

Time Management: Where Your Time is Going and How to Get It Back

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"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it." - Lucille Ball You are careful about time management. You’ve cut 90% of distractions. You don’t check your email until later in the day after you’ve spent time getting important work done. You batch tasks and avoid multitasking. You’re following all the time management rules, [...]

8 Ninja Book Launch Tactics When You’re On a Budget

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Let’s face it, launching a book is expensive. Marketing costs for NYT bestselling launch campaigns can run upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. When you’re an indie author who is self-publishing, marketing your book is perpetual. You can't afford to overspend on one book when you have more coming. Consider using these low-cost ninja book [...]

How to Approach Indie Bookstore Owners to Market Your Books

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Have you considered working with an independent bookstore to market your books? Many indie authors rely solely on online distribution channels such as Amazon and Kobo. But for those of us who dream of seeing our books on store shelves, indie bookstores are an excellent avenue. I attended Book Expo 2017 and heard from a panel of [...]

10 Surprising Takeaways from Book Expo 2017

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Book Expo (formerly Book Expo America or BEA) is an annual publishing industry trade show that’s been going on for 70 years. The expo is primarily geared toward traditional publishing although in recent years, they've opened up a smaller exhibition area for indie authors. 2017 marked the first year that the show was run by ReedPop—the company [...]