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Thoughts on being an author and the craft of writing.

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Never Run Out of Writing Ideas

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We all have days when we struggle to write. We feel blocked or the words don’t flow. Those days are tough, and it’s important to power through and try to write anyway. Here’s how to rescue a bad day. Other days it may feel like we’ve run out of ideas. You know you could write, but [...]

Six Surprising Ways to Boost Your Creative Energy

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Want to boost your creative energy? Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Do you consider yourself a creative person? As a writer and creative entrepreneur, I’m always seeking ways to boost my creative energy. Here are 6 unexpected ways I’ve found to amp up my energy and keep my creative energy going throughout the [...]

5 Reasons Why Writers Should Feel Good About the Future

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Writers should feel good about the future. It’s hard to keep a positive outlook when the media feeds us fear and negativity. Good news doesn’t sell, but there’s a lot to be excited about especially when it comes to technology innovations. Here are 5 reasons you should feel good about the future. 1. Today’s children are [...]