A good walk may be the best writing exercise there is

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By BookBaby author Scott McCormick

Writing is not the best occupation for your health. For most of us, writing involves a lot of sitting, which is why a good walk may be the best writing exercise there is.

I was struggling writing an article for a blog (not this one, but one for Disc Makers, BookBaby’s sister company) about Brian Wilson’s album Smile, when I decided to take my advice from this article and go for a walk. I was literally around the corner from my house when I became inspired, and all was right with the world. During that same walk, I also figured out how to best approach this article, and even had ideas for two future articles.

Not bad for a 30-minute stroll.

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Why a Newsletter is One of the Most Important Book Marketing Tools You Have

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When Facebook changed its algorithm back in December of 2017, it was the change that could be heard around the world. People and businesses noticed their ads were getting fewer views and their pages even less. And while some of this will bounce back over time, it’s these kinds of changes that make a strong argument for not putting all of your book marketing efforts behind social media. Because ignoring your own real estate could cost you, dearly, especially since we all want to sell more books.

How a newsletter can help you sell more books

A newsletter is a fantastic way to communicate one-on-one with your reader. And, if used correctly, it can be a great indie book marketing tool to sell more books. But you’ve got to keep it relevant to them.

The newsletter is about t…

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6 Lessons Learned from a Year of 101 Rejections

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By Natalie D-Napoleon

Earlier this year I came across an article by Kim Liao in which she explained “Why You Should Aim For 100 Rejections A Year.” As soon as I finished reading the piece I went to the folder in my email marked “Writing Submissions 2017” and for the first time in my life, I began to count my rejections rather than counting my acceptances. I had effortlessly amassed 53 rejections. I punched my fist in the air and whooped out loud. It was June and I was already halfway to 100 rejections for the year.

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How To Write Diverse Characters With Alex Anders

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The Guardian UK recently reported that diversity is a trend in publishing for 2018, so today, I have an interview with Alex Anders on how to write diverse characters without cultural appropriation or stereotyping, as well as boundaries around language and an interesting discussion on gender fluidity.

how to write diverse charactersIn the introduction, I mention the launch of Publica, which uses the blockchain for publishing – definitely an early entry into what may eventually be a bigger part of the industry. But I’ll be waiting for the Alliance of Independent Authors Blockchain for Boo…

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Weekly Round-Up: Successes and Transformations

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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.

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, read Quotes on Writing: 19 Classic and Contemporary Lessons from Black American Writers.

If you’re writing about characters with backgrounds that differ from your own, you may be considering hiring a sensitivity reader. Check out The Problem with Sensitivity Rea…

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5 Creative Ways to Highlight Your Book Reviews and Sell More Books

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If you want to sell more books in this uber-competitive market you’ll want to start putting more focus on personal recommendations.

Book reviews are essentially that, real readers recommending your book to other real readers who are interested in your topic or genre.

Sounds simple, but we all know it’s not that easy. But that’s where smart book marketing strategies come in.

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Below are a few ways to maximize on your current book reviews to ensure they’re working to help sell more books, and yes, they may SEEM obvious but the reality is we all get busy.

So while you may scan this and think, “I know these things,” are y…

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Beloved Settings: Considerations for Fictionalizing a Favorite Place

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Port Aransas, Tex. | Image from Getty by Leanna Morgan / EyeEm

For the last twenty years, Port Aransas, Tex., has served as my weekend retreat. When life gets hectic, my family leaves the hill country for the Gulf coast. I know where to find the best coffee, the freshest shrimp and chicken tortilla soup so flavorful that it has its own fan club.

Over the years, I began to imagine an alternate universe to Port Aransas. Stories surfaced in my mind like dolphins dancing between the ferry boats in the nearby ship channel. I took my beloved family-friendly beach r…

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New Themes for Textbooks & More for Pressbooks EDU Enterprise Networks

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NOTE: This post is specific to Pressbooks EDU enterprise networks. If you are interested in Pressbooks.com changes, you can find those in this post.  Happy New Year! Here’s a sneak preview of some improvements coming to Pressbooks soon. New Themes, Webbook, Home Page & Catalog Page Later this month, we’ll be introducing two new themes specifically designed for textbooks: Jacobs & McLuhan.

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7 Ways To Stay Positive As A Writer

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Writing is fantastic for creative expression, helping others, or even building a business, but there are always days when we can feel like it’s too much, when we get discouraged, when we need a boost to continue along the author journey. 

7 ways to stay positive as a writerIn today’s article, Sara Crawford outlines some ways to stay positive as a writer. 

For us writers, there’s nothing that brings as much joy as creating stories and sharing them with the world.

There’s also nothing that brings us as much pain.

So what do you do on those days when you feel like curling up i…

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Amazon’s CreateSpace Announces It Will Stop Offering Author Services This Year

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By BookBaby author Steven Spatz

Working directly with self-published authors IS the core strength of BookBaby. We level the playing field with a robust suite of author services.

Sometimes being bigger is not always better for the customer. We just learned that our friends at Amazon’s CreateSpace are getting out of the author services business. That means writers need to go elsewhere for vital author services, including editing, cover design, and book formatting.

The statement from Amazon, as reported by South Carolina’s The Post and Courier:

“After a thorough review of our service offerings, we’ve made the decision to discontinue CreateSpace’s paid professional editing, design and marketing services. We will work close…

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