Comparisonitis Or “Everyone Else Is Better Than Me”

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“The amateur continuously rates himself in relation to others, becoming self-inflated if his fortunes rise, and desperately anxious if his star should fall. The amateur craves third-party validation.” Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro

OUCH.

That hurts because I know I get comparisonitis sometimes. It’s hard not to when you hear about the latest seven-figure book deal or read about an indie author hitting the bestseller lists or selling their film rights.

Even if you’re writing your first book as part of a local group or a college course, there will always be people you compare yourself to and you may find yourself wanting.

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Book Marketing 101: How to Get Free Book Reviews

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For many authors, getting book reviews often feels like an uphill climb. And now that Amazon is pulling contact points off of their list of top reviewers, the climb is getting even steeper. We know that when it comes to book marketing, there’s nothing better than a bunch of book bloggers saying great things about your book. So book bloggers, who do this just for the love of the book or topic, are a fantastic resource.

Bloggers offer a massive benefit to authors and readers alike. They’re often voracious readers and often because of their reach, they offer a great return on your book marketing investment. In many cases, they not only reach their own core audience, but they also often have a strong social media presence. (Check out our tips for smarter social media book marketi…

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Leveling Up as a Writer with Peer Critique

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One of my favorite things about writing is that it’s a craft as well as an art. As writers, we can continue improving our basic skill set. In the days of modern publishing, it’s one of the few aspects of our career that we can control. Setting aside time to write. Putting in the effort. Trying new things.

However, having spent around 10 years in this writing game, I can tell you that not all practice makes perfect. A writer who works in isolation will not improve significantly over time. Leveling up requires stepping outside of your comfort zone. Today, I’m going to discuss how to do that via peer critique of your work.

I…

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Trust, Visibility, Mobile Storytelling And Blockchain For Books: Lessons Learned From London Book Fair 2018

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Today I have a solo show on what I learned at London Book Fair (LBF), including the challenges that authors are facing, and what they are doing about it. Plus, my thoughts on Blockchain for Books and monetizing mobile reading apps. 

In the intro, I mention the additional report on LBF that noted a drop in debut deals for fiction and an increase in non-fiction deals, also reported by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman in The Hot Sheet this week. Plus, I give an update on my editing for How to Write Non-Fiction, available for pre-order now.

In futurist news, Google unveils Talk to Books, which us…

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13 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sign That Book Contract or Take That Freelance Writing Job

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In a competitive industry, it’s easy to feel like publishers hold all the power. But the truth is they need good content—and writers have a right to not be fleeced. Here are some situations when the best option just might be to walk away from that book contract or that freelance writing job.

When I was first starting out as a fledgling fiction …

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Staying Alive: How to Thrive in the Publishing Industry

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[Earn the recognition you deserve. Enter the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition.]

Staying alive, staying slive, ah, ha, ha, staying alive. Here, Jenny Milchman explains how to not just survive, but thrive in the publishing industry.

There are two main trajectories for success in this biz. It usually bugs me when people claim that there are two kinds of X or Y, because we live in a world where there are a bajillion varieties of everything, and for any list of strategies I compile, someone could probably add another. But when it comes to writing, I always return to two paths that describe some of the biggest success stories in the industry.

The Phenom vs. the Slow Build

One is what I call the “phenom” book. Most of you have prob…

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What to Do When You’re a Memoirist and Memory Fails

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By Natalie Singer

The memories that glimmer strongest in my mind, that pop up repeatedly as though they have an agency of their own, act like cosmic bulges―moments that wink like the star-studded center of a spiral galaxy, like Roland Barthes’s photographic punctum. These bulges frustrate me as a clumsy human with a hard-to-control yo-yo brain but seduce me as a writer. I want to capture them because I know they’re where the stories are.

Autobiographical and emotional memories are powerful and can be very generative for us as writers. Virginia Woolf called the feeling of returning to a memory of early childhood, in which she experienced the sound and wind and light of a moment in her nursery, “the purest ecstasy I can conceive.” Even in the case of a negative…

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Panic For Fun And Profit: Submission Deadlines And My Book Series

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By BookBaby author Scott McCormick

Maybe you don’t need panic-induced adrenaline to write, but I do. That’s why my agent’s submission deadlines were the best thing for my book series.

My agent called. “Scott, good news. Your publisher wants two more Mr. Pants books.” To say that I was surprised would be an understatement. After all, my first book, Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time, hadn’t even been published yet. “The only thing is,” he continued, “they need a finished manuscript in two weeks.”

It had taken me three months to write book two, and I hadn’t even started from scratch. I had started from a few short stories I had left over from writing book one. But here I was, with just two weeks to write a book, and I didn’t have any (good) Mr. Pants s…

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How To Use Video Marketing Like A Hollywood Director

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I’ve had a YouTube channel since 2008, but recently I’ve been paying a lot more attention to it – mainly because I’ve noticed that my own consumption preferences are changing.

Use Video Marketing Like A Hollywood DirectorI’m Gen X and I’ve been a hardcore reader for most of my life, but now the Millennials are the largest living generation and younger people watch even more. I want my words to get out into the world, I want to reach people regardless of format. So I am doing more video.

In today’s article, Diana Wink gives some tips on how you can use video marketing.  

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Joanna Penn to Keynote The 2018 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference

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By BookBaby author BookBaby

BookBaby 2018 Independent Authors Conference
November 2-4
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
1 Dock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The best and brightest minds in self-publishing are coming to the 2018 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference this fall, and one of the most acclaimed experts in independent book publishing — Joanna Penn — is wrapping up the conference with the closing keynote address.

Reserve your spot today at the very early bird ticket price of $149.

If you an aspiring author looking to meet and interact with fellow writers, an experienced author looking to take your career to the next level, or someone who wants to learn the keys to nurturing a successful career as an independent au…

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