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Thoughts on being an author and the craft of writing.

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 [...]

Increase Word Count with This Simple, Free Tracking Tool

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I often hear from writers who are struggling to find time to write. Many of us lead busy lives with families, day jobs, and everything else life throws our way. How do we make writing a consistent habit? There is a way to increase word count using a simple, free tool which you can download by [...]

Create Space in Your Life to Become a More Productive Writer in 3 Steps

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How does one become a more productive writer? Often, I found myself banging my head against the wall as I struggled to find time for writing. Or when I faced a blank sheet of paper and felt creatively drained. Recently I've increased my word count significantly. I discovered how to create space in my own life to write [...]

How to Survive NanoWriMo. Learn How to Stay Sane

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  November 1 came around. You started NanoWriMo like a champ. This time, your outline was ready. You wrote every day and the words flowed forth onto your screen until...you lost your sanity. Perfectly normal when trying to write at least 1,667 words per day for an entire month!  You are not alone! You can survive NaNoWriMo and [...]

Climb Out of the Writer Cave

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Dear writer, writing is tough. You know it's not easy, you work hard, and yet still struggle. We must not give up. Keep fighting your way out of the cave!

Track Your Social Media Presence

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Marketing a book is one of the toughest and most time-consuming parts of being an indie author. When book launch time comes, you'll find yourself posting to various social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). And it doesn't stop on your launch day. You must maintain a presence in the early stages of your book [...]