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5 Practical Goals for Writers to Avoid Overwhelm

Sometimes the writing journey feels overwhelming. There aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish the mind-boggling amount of things we writers feel must get done in order to grow not just as writers but in order to establish our place in the publishing world.

Years ago, all an author had to do was write a book and send it off to a publisher (one handwritten copy at a time!), and if her manuscript was accepted, the publisher did all the work of publishing and promoting.

Now, authors have to be writer, marketer, publicist—and sometimes publisher—in order to make strides to become known and to have their books sold and distributed.

And still, after long hours each week applying ourselves to so many career-promoting tasks, we may feel frustrated and unsure whether we’ve accomplished anything at all.

And our books? Well, sometimes we don’t even have time to write, it seems. Continue Reading…

Are You Serious about Becoming a Successful Self-Published Author?

If you’ve thought about self-publishing, or you are already deep in the mire, you know how daunting it is.

Publishing your own book means you have to be a publisher. You have to know all the pertinent aspects of successfully publishing a book. You can waste a lot of time and get frustrated if you don’t know how to navigate the waters.

That’s why I’ve teamed up with THE industry expert in self-publishing: Carla King. Carla teaches self-publishing boot camps all over, and she’s going to be teaching one this fall at our Tahoe retreat! There are still some spaces left.

Self-Publishing Boot Camp

Self-Publishing Boot Camp was developed to provide you with everything you need to publish your book professionally and confidently.

You’ll learn how to create a foundation for success with market research that shows you where your book belongs in the publishing ecosystem. How to use beta readers to make sure your story actually has an audience, how to set up a publishing business, prepare your manuscript professionally, distribute, market, and sell your books. Continue Reading…

The 5 Different Monsters Hiding in Writers’ Closets

Today’s guest post is by Kleia Paluca.

All writers, both beginning and published ones, have something to fear. That’s because writing can be a personal ordeal, and everyone has their monsters.

As Hemingway said: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

For many of us writers, there’s nothing as terrifying as baring our soul through our writing. We’re offering it up for others to pick apart and criticize. It’s this kind of lambasting that we writers would do anything to avoid.

You would think that we’d be done with monsters by now. After all, we’re not exactly nine years old anymore. But as logical and experienced as we believe ourselves to be, we’re still plagued by monsters of a different kind that freeze us in our tracks and prevent us from living life to the fullest.

These monsters are our fears, and we writers have at least one or two of them hiding in our closet. Continue Reading…

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