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Book Cover Design Ideas: 7 Proven Tips for Creating Yours

By C.S. Lakin

No doubt you’ve heard the old adage: “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” This is so true—a singular image can inspire activism and outrage, trigger tears of pain or compassion, or make us laugh uproariously. Iconic images linger long in the collective memory of a society—and can even change us profoundly. As a self-publishing author, […]

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Creating a Publishing Timeline

Creating a Publishing Timeline for Your Next Release

By Becca Puglisi

Guest post by Becca Puglisi Publishing your own book is a lot like juggling—and not those harmless little balls either. It’s more like juggling a couple of balls, a chainsaw, a set of Ginsu knives, and a litter of kittens. There are so many things to remember, and they’re all vital to getting your book […]

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How to Succeed as a Writer

How to Succeed as a Writer: 3 Essential Steps

By Ginny Yttrup

Guest post by Ginny L. Yttrup I sat at my desk, heart pounding, as I opened the email from a best selling author I’d long admired.           “I have looked you up on Amazon and see how successful you are…” I read the line once. Twice. An author who’d achieved the pinnacle of success when […]

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7 Steps to Building a Writer Platform from the Ground Up

By DiAnn Mills

Guest post by DiAnn Mills Writers who build a platform from the ground up lay the foundation for a vibrant career. The process begins with the decision to view writing as more than an interest or hobby but as a serious pursuit.  Dedicated writers accept the challenge of learning the craft, which is a lifelong […]

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How to Write an Author Bio (with Examples)

How to Write an Author Bio: A Proven Guide with Examples

By C.S. Lakin

One of the important marketing tools a writer needs is an author bio. This descriptive bit of writing informs readers, in few words, who you are, what you write, and what makes you unique. It’s the marquee announcing your author presence in the world of publishing. Think about your author bio as your “elevator pitch” […]

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8 Proven Steps to a Successful Book Launch

By C.S. Lakin

If you thought writing “The End” meant you were done with your book, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s only the beginning. You might spend months, even years, building a beautiful fishing boat, but if you leave it docked once you’ve finished, how will you catch any fish? The fish are out at sea, […]

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23 Top Writing Podcasts That Help You Improve Your Craft

By C.S. Lakin

Writers have so many online resources these days to help them hone their writing skills, but there are never enough hours in the day to take advantage of them. And when it comes to podcasts, you would need a thousand lifetimes to listen to all the great content that will help you on your writing […]

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How to Become a Writer: Going From Hobby to Career

By C.S. Lakin

How do you become a writer? After thirty years of writing and publishing dozens of books, and sharing more than one million words of instruction via blogging, here’s my easy answer: Practice. Practice writing. It’s really that simple. If you wanted to be a gardener, would you just sit at your kitchen table flipping pages […]

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Book marketing plan

4 Proven Steps to Creating a Rock-Solid Book Marketing Plan

By C.S. Lakin

I know. You cringed when you clicked on this post. I hear you saying it. You hate marketing. Even if you’ve never done it. However, you can’t expect to see any success with your books if you fail to market them. You know you have to do it. Kinda like having to go to the […]

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How to Write Fiction: 9 Steps From a Bestselling Novelist

By Jerry Jenkins

Guest Post by Jerry Jenkins That you’ve landed here tells me you have a story—a message you want to share with the world. You just need to know how to begin. Writing fiction isn’t about rules or techniques or someone else’s ideas. It’s about your story well told. Writing a novel can be overwhelming. I’ve […]

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