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10 Things You Ought to Learn before You Self-Publish Your Book

Today’s post is by author Karen Pashley:

Going indie is a fantastic adventure. So much to learn! So much to do! If there is one thing I could advise wanna-be indie authors, it’s this: resolve to learn all you can well in advance of actually publishing your book.

What, you say, is there to learn? All I need to do is write my book, design a nice cover, and upload the whole thing to Createspace, right?

Oh, ye of little indie knowledge.

There’s a bit more to it than that, as I found out with my first indie project—an edgy women’s inspirational novel.

To break it down, let’s begin with a list. Because search engines love lists. This is a tidbit you’ll pick up during your SEO education. (That’s search engine optimization—also known as tip #5 on my list). Continue Reading…

The Need for Persistence in Your Writing Journey

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from past posts on Live Write Thrive that tie in with our exploration on scene structure.

From Persistence Often Leads to Publication:

What are your real hopes and dreams for your writing career? How vital are they to your sense of self-worth? If all your happiness is contingent on becoming a huge success in commercial terms, then you know you’re in for disappointment.

You may reach that goal one day, but what are you feeling in the meantime? What does your day-to-day attitude look like? Continue Reading…

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

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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