Weekly Round-Up: Get Things Started

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Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place.

wr_iconBegin the Countdown…

…to NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month begins November 1st—less than two weeks away! If you’re considering participating this year, check out How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing.

Give your novel a kickstart: Read Launching Into Scenes with Action, an…

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You Need To Be Your Own Writing Teacher

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By BookBaby author Dawn Field

There’s plenty of advice out there on how to become a great writer, and you need to be your own writing teacher if you want to unlock your potential and create your best work.

Go online, search for books and articles on the subject of creative writing, and you’ll find there is a bottomless well of advice. Much of the information you’ll come across directly contradicts other pieces of writing advice you’ll read, even when it’s from celebrated authors. Debates rage on many fronts and everyone seems to think different things constitute “the best advice.”

There are three reasons for this.

First, every writer is unique and works in his or her own way. What worked for Hemingway might not have worked for C…

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5 Simple Amazon Sales Tips for Indie Authors

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Indie authors can’t really take a break when it comes to book marketing, but you know what, that doesn’t mean every strategy has to be labor intensive and sometimes simple changes can really help spike your Amazon sales.

Simple changes that can help spike your Amazon sales? Think it can’t be done? Think again….
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Subtitles are Amazon Sales Tools

Super descriptive subtitles are opening doors for indie authors in ways we’ve never seen before.

It’s like being able to put your elevator pitch right there at the top of the page.

Non-fiction books tend to do this by default, but too many fiction authors forget how persuasive a powerful subtitle can be.

Plus you’re saving the reader time – if you write in a specific …

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Calling All Aspiring and Experienced Authors

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By BookBaby author BookBaby

BookBaby is making history with the Independent Authors Conference, 100% devoted to self-publishing. It’s another first for Philadelphia.
Calling all aspiring authors!

Everybody says, “You know, I could write a book.” And that’s true. But what do you do next? Where do you go? How do you get it published?

In the video below, Steven Spatz, President of BookBaby, speaks directly to aspiring authors – those of you who have never written or published a book before – about BookBaby’s Independent Author Conference, coming to Philadelphia’s Sonesta Hotel on November 3-5.

Millions of authors are choosing to self-publish and you can join their ranks! If you’ve never produced a book before and you don&#…

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Writing Tips: 5 Self-Editing Essentials to Give Your Manuscript a Solid Foundation

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When I finish my first draft, the first thing I do (after a gin and tonic!) is to print it out and put it in a folder ready for my first self-edit. 

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I go through the book line by line and work on structure, as well as character, plot and setting. After that is sorted, I will look at word choice and dialogue. Essentially, self-editing is a huge part of the writing process. 

In today’s article, Keirsten Clark gives some tips for self-editing essentials.

Every story needs a solid foundation, from there you can build upwards, tweak, pivot and rearrange. Without a s…

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Launching Into Scenes with Action

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All great novels and stories start out with a mere idea. Maybe it’s a large idea that spans centuries and crosses continents, like Patrick Rothfuss’s first book in The Kingkiller Chronicles series, The Name of the Wind; or maybe it’s magic realism manifest into stories, like Aimee Bender’s books. No matter how grand or ordinary, strange or beguiling your idea, you must take it through an alchemical process that transforms it into a story. How do you do that? This is the function of the scene; it is your story maker. Inside each scene, the vivid details, information, and action breathe life into your flat idea and round it out into something in which a reader participates.

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Finding Your Ideal Audience: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Finding Your Ideal Audience: A Step-by-Step Guide [Book Marketing Series Part 1: Attract] | YourWriterPlatform.comReaders of this site already know the biggest secret in publishing: writing your book is only the start.

It’s an amazing start—you’ve done something most people only dream about!—and it’s essential to creating a career as a writer, but it really is only the beginning.

Once you’ve written the book, you need to find readers for it. And as tough as the writing p…

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Locally Grown Book Marketing for Indie Authors

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Book marketing to national media has becomes increasingly competitive. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in how effectively indie authors have been able to leverage their communities and local media.

Don’t get caught up in Amazon ranking and social media schedules.

As an indie author, part of your focus should be local.  Build your brand. Reach new readers. Nurture relationships with super fans that will support you for the long haul.

Establish yourself as a must-follow local indie author if you live in a vibrant, civic-minded part of the country.  Incorporate this into your long-term book marketing plan.

Focus on local instead of national attention and you may find more interest in you and your…
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When to write a press release

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Last week, B.D., an author, asked me for help writing a press release. Her book had been nominated for a statewide book award.

Not long before that, when author N.T.’s book was nominated for a citywide award, she asked if she should send out a press release.

In both cases, I discouraged them from sending announcements to the press. “Save it for when you win,” I advised.

My advice might have confused them. After all, I often recommend writing and sending a press release when you have news to announce. Many others with experience in this area provide the same advice.

What are the &…

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5-Minute Memoir: Feeling the Words You Write

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. 

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BY JAMES C. MAGRUDER

It’s 10 o’clock on Tuesday morning. Most people are hard at work trying to earn a living. I’m interviewing Katie, mother of three, who’s doing her best just to keep living. Katie is dying of ovarian cancer. She’s 27. She has three months left. Three months to agonize over what life might be like if her health care provider had approved appropriate chemotherapy treatment in a timely fashion. Katie’s go…

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