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10 Steps to Nail Your Story

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Today’s guest post is by best-selling author DiAnn Mills:

I’m all about ways to ensure stories delight our readers. That’s why we writers write. The process of shuffling through blogs, how-to books, and conference workshops for the most effective way to create reader appeal is an ongoing process.

Someone is always trying to hammer a new method into our brains.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen writers get so caught up with all the dos and don’ts that their creativity becomes paralyzed. They become stuck and spend their time constantly revising their stories without making them better. Some writers spend years perfecting a manuscript and never submitting. Instead of overthinking story, the writer could have written more books to improve her craft while entertaining readers. Continue Reading…

A 12-Month Strategic Plan for Marketing Your Book before Release

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Today’s guest post is by James Rose:

Marketing does not come naturally to me. It has been a struggle to get my mind wrapped around the many facets of marketing a self-published book. I made many mistakes and wasted a fair amount of money.

But I learned the actual marketing process is not too complicated. The difficult part has been the scope of tasks and the organizational requirements.

I did a lot of research and found the information to be spread out in bite-sized chunks as is often the case on the Internet. I have always learned more efficiently from a complete guide all in one place. Just give me the knowledge I need, and let me break it down in a way that makes sense to me.

My other educational hindrance has been my tendency to add fluff. Fluff is great for literature but not for learning, in my opinion. In fact it is not unusual for me to condense a three-hundred-page book to thirty pages of notes. After all that work I’d find myself asking why that book wasn’t thirty pages to begin with. Continue Reading…

9 Ways to Turn your Pen into a Money-Making Weapon

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Today’s guest post is by Alice Calch:

You’re stuck. Maybe you’ve been stuck for a few month; maybe you’ve been stuck for a years. You’ve been writing that best-selling novel all this time, but it’s really only a hobby now. Life happened, and you had to make a living.

So you took a job to keep your stomach from growling and your dog from growling at you. You gave in and “settled.” Oh, the novel comes out every once in a while and you gaze at it; you write another half chapter, and life calls again. You have “settled.”

Here’s the problem. You’ve never really thought of yourself as a writer. You haven’t called yourself a writer. You’re just a person with an “okay” job who writes as an occasional hobby. You haven’t considered all the possibilities that the pen actually offers.

If you really want to be able to call yourself a writer, then make the paradigm shift right now. And here are nine ways to do it! Continue Reading…

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