Perseverance, success, and authors

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Louis Pasteur wasn’t referring to a book he wrote when he said, “Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity,” but he might as well have been.

Sometimes, it’s nothing more than perseverance that separates successful authors from those who fail — no matter how you define fail.

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Want To Win NaNoWriMo This Year? 7 Tips On Writing And Productivity

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Ready to take your writing seriously? Getting ready for NaNoWriMo and need some writing and productivity tips? 

nanowrimo writing tipsI had a demanding day job when I did NaNoWriMo in 2009, but I was committed to the writing, so I got up every weekday at 5 am before work to get my words in.

Those words became the kernel of Stone of Fire, my first novel, and that month of writing changed my life. Now I have 15 novels and if I can do it, you can too!

If you need some help with writing or productivity, you can get 13 awesome books as part of the Storybundle NaNoWriMo special available for a limited time.

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Profs Create New Open Textbook: Ancient Greek for Everyone

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The new open textbook from Wilfred E. Major and Michael Laughy, “Ancient Greek for Everyone,” is built on Pressbooks and will teach the foundations of classical Greek. Michael Laughy is an assistant professor of Classics at Washington and Lee University. Among other classes, he teaches first-year Greek. Laughy said most Greek textbooks are daunting because they try to cover everything. Unlike some…

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Book Marketing Strategy: How to Discount Yourself into Higher Revenue

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When it comes to a general understanding of book marketing and sales, most authors don’t associate “discounts” or “free” with generating more revenue.

If done correctly, discounts and freebies can definitely help boost sales.  Support this with other effective book marketing strategies and it will feed your machine.

Up your book marketing game. Learn how you can discount yourself into higher revenue….
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Understanding Price Changes and Amazon

In general, price changes, even small ones, will help to boost your book on Amazon.

Why? Because any kind of change in price triggers the internal algorithm and spikes the book’s sales rank with each purchase.

Even if it’s just a few sales, it keeps the book active in their …

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Making Magic With Twitter Hashtags

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By BookBaby author Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Judging from questions I get in my inbox, many people don’t understand Twitter hashtags. Maybe they are just plain annoyed by them, but they can be useful in your book marketing.

Yes, Twitter hashtags do get over used, but used judiciously, they can help expand the exposure of whatever it is you want others to know about.

What many people don’t understand is that Twitter hastags can become part of a normal – or at least understandable – sentence so they don’t intrude or dominate. Use them something like this: #Authors will find my vetted list of accessible #contests at http://howtodoitfrugally.com/contests.htm.

So both #authors and #contests get read as what they are: words, not interrupters. And certainly not as …

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Secrets Of A Seven Figure Non-Fiction Indie Author With Joseph Alexander

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The path to successful self-publishing can come in many forms. Joseph Alexander went from teaching guitar in person to writing 40+ books on learning how to play the guitar, scaling his business and reaching a global market, primarily through print books. In today’s show, he shares his secrets.

guitar non fictionIn the intro, I mention Amazon KDP’s launch of X-Ray for Authors and Google’s AI-powered translation in the Pixel phone.

Lots of writing news! Now available for pre-order – The Healthy Writer: Reduce your Pain, Improve your Health, and Build a Writing Career for the Long Term now PLUS/ Map of Shadows,…

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Weekly Round-Up: Writing With Friends

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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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For many, writing is more than a career or a hobby: It’s a life-changer. Read How Writing Saved My Life for more.

Writing doesn’t have to be about one individual hiding away from the world. If you’re of the mindset that “two heads are better than one,” find a friend and check out…

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Challenge Creation Showcase: Laurie Weiss – Challenge Name: Secrets of Reducing Unnecessary Worry

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Laurie Weiss Author of: Letting It Go: Relieve Anxiety and Toxic Stress in Just a Few Minutes Using Only Words (Rapid Relief with Logosynthesis®) Name of Laurie’s Challenge Program: Secrets of Reducing Unnecessary Worry: A 7-Day Challenge Web address for your course registration page: www.LaurieWeiss.com/7daychallenge Who is your ideal audience? If you are a worrier […]…

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5 Reasons Goodreads Giveaways are a Key Book Marketing Strategy for an Indie Author

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Many indie authors turn their noses up at incorporating giveaways and discounts into their book marketing because it seems counter intuitive to making money.

But the numbers of readers interested in Goodreads giveaways are staggering.

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The most entered giveaway at the time I’m writing this currently has nearly 20K people vying for just 4 copies of the book!

And if that isn’t enough to sway you, consider this: every time a person enters a Goodreads giveaway it adds that book to their “To Be Read” shelf, which adds it …

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Writing Tips: 9 Steps For Effectively Revising Your Novel

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I’m currently in the editing phase of my dark fantasy novel, Map of Shadows, and it’s complicated to rework big picture stuff like story structure and character arcs, alongside the weeds of word choice and grammar.

editingBut it’s this polishing work that helps turn our piles of words into books that others might want to read. In today’s article, Amira Makansi goes through a suggested editing process.  

Many writers are proud and thrilled when they get to type out the words THE END after finishing a manuscript. And well we should be!

Completing the first draft of a book is an enormous accomplishment, and many would-b…

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