Writing During Tense Times

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This is a tense week.  People on all sides of the political debate in the US, and even people in other countries, are holding their breath, waiting for something terrible to happen. So how can you still write or work on your business?  Most of us cannot take a week off from our responsibilities Here’s …

3 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Readers

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I want to thank you for being part of my family!  I was thinking about gratitude and how grateful I am that you read my articles, publish your books with me, coach with me, or come to my retreats.  You trust me with your ideas and words….and I am deeply honored …

A Book Launch to Watch…and Learn From

There’s a book launching today that is taking the internet world by storm.  It’s one of the best book launches I’ve seen in a long time.  There are many key points you can learn from this launch and apply to your book marketing. A couple of caveats:  I am not an affiliate of this book, …

Future Trends in Digital Publishing

Angela Collins is a design student from Australia who did extensive research on what we can expend in digital publishing in the future.  She kindly allowed me to publish her findings here: Where is the future of digital publication heading and how does it affect the role of the graphic designer? Furthermore, what are the …

Curing the Author Inferiority Complex

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Have you been plagued by AIC- Author Inferiority Complex?  AIC rears its ugly head when you least expect it: The hour you finally set aside for writing Right before a media interview Smack in the middle of chapter 12 The day before your book is set to launch Every author, even the ones with multiple …

New Amazon Options and Rules

Once again, Amazon.com is shaping the book market with innovation.  They have just released two new enhancements that you must know about, both as a reader and an author.  Both will make book marketing better so I’m a big fan. Free samples-  Just like at your favorite ice cream store, Amazon now offers you the ability …

5 Ways to Write Faster and Better This Fall

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It’s fall and everyone is thinking about all the writing that did not get done during the summer.  LOL Here are five tips you can use to write your book as quickly as possible. 1.     Slow down and get organized.  If you are in a hurry to finish your book, you can easily become overwhelmed …

The Trucker and the Artist

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I know several professional trucker drivers.  I am in awe of the way they can maneuver those huge trucks into tiny spaces, back them up, and drive safely mile after mile. I was thinking about them the other day when I was procrastinating on a writing project.  I wasn’t feeling too inspired and wondered if …

Who is the Villain of Your Book?

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Every book needs a hero and a villain, even non-fiction ones. A while back I wrote a blog post about finding the hero of your book. If you missed that article, you can review it here There is a flip-side to that conversation. It’s also important to identify the villain of your book. I don’t …