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Writing and Self Publishing Report (Q2 2017)

I wanted to share what I’m doing on my writing and self-publishing journey, so I thought of publishing my quarterly reports. So, without further ado here is my Q2 writing and self-publishing report for 2017. I really hope you find something interesting here… Overview Very little was achieved this quarter. The reason is that I … Continue reading “Writing and Self Publishing Report (Q2 2017)”

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Writing and Self Publishing Report (Q1 2017)

Here I share what I’m doing on my writing and self-publishing journey. Without further ado here is my Q1 report for 2017. I hope you find something of value in this report.

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Free Short Story: Africa Wild

Ray Travers sat back at the large oak desk, and gazed around his plush office. He was tired. Ray’s gaze stopped at a painting on the wall.

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A Day in the Life of a Writer

This is a day in the life of an independent writer – a typical Saturday, actually. I thought I’d share what a typical Saturday looks like, and I hope you find some value in my ramblings.

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Writing Prompts to Help Get You Started

Writing prompts can be just the thing needed to get the creative juices going. Here are six prompts, plus another three “different” prompts that could be just the thing you need…

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How to get a book published: Here are the 6 proven ways

Written your book, and now you want to know how to get a book published. Here are the 6 proven ways to publish your book, plus a bonus option. See what suits your budget and time circumstances.

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Self Publishing FAQs

These are many of the most common self publishing FAQS that I’ve received over the past number of years. If there’s a question you have that’s not answered here, let me know in the comments. Q: What should I self publish, hard copy or ebook? A: Ebooks (especially Kindle ebooks) are still very popular. The … Continue reading “Self Publishing FAQs”

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Awesome Quotes about Writing

If you’re anything like me, you find encouragement, inspiration, and even humor in reading quotes by authors, both great and not so well known. I’ve collected quotes about writing for many years; I have a book with writers’ quotes. I hope you find something in this collection that inspires, encourages, or entertains you. Enjoy! “The … Continue reading “Awesome Quotes about Writing”

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Never Give Up! [BOOK EXCERPT]

Whatever your goal is, you need to be clear on what it is you want. Then you put the process in place to work towards that goal, through persistence, determination, and focus.

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How to Write a Book

If you’re asking yourself the question, “How do I write a book?”, this article is going to give you the fundamentals to writing a book. This article follows on from How to Start Writing a Book. If you haven’t read it yet, it may be a good idea to first read that article and then come back here.

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How to Format Your Book in Word [BOOK EXCERPT]

NOTE: The following is an extract from my latest book, How to Format Your Book in Word. This is ideal for the DIY self-publisher who wants to format their book in Word, for Kindle, Smashwords, or CreateSpace. Foreword More and more, authors are seeking a DIY route when publishing their book. And while this is … Continue reading “How to Format Your Book in Word [BOOK EXCERPT]”

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What are your biggest challenges with writing & self-publishing? [SURVEY]

I have only ONE goal with this blog (and site) and that is to offer valuable material. This must be material that you find useful and that can help you reach your writing and self-publishing goals. In order to do this I would like to ask you if you don’t mind spending just a few … Continue reading “What are your biggest challenges with writing & self-publishing? [SURVEY]”

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How to Format Your Book in Word NOW AVAILABLE!

After about 3 years of writing and testing, How to Format Your Book in Word went live today! If you’ve been delaying self-publishing your own book because of uncertainty with formatting it, here’s your chance. Everything you need to format your Kindle, Smashwords, or CreateSpace (hard copy) book is in my book. Maybe you’ve tried … Continue reading “How to Format Your Book in Word NOW AVAILABLE!”

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2016 in Review

Looking back on 2016, although I did achieve more than in recent years, I’m not satisfied with what I accomplished, considering what I achieved prior to 2013. The main reason for this is that I wasn’t able to really get started at the beginning of the year, plus delays that occurred. How to Format Your … Continue reading “2016 in Review”

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Chip Kidd – Book Designer [VIDEO]

This is Chip Kidd’s talk at TED, and you’ll see what a creative individual this guy is. He has 30-something years experience, and at the time of the TED talk he had been in book design for something like 25 years. It shows in the standard of work he creates. “The book designer gives form … Continue reading “Chip Kidd – Book Designer [VIDEO]”

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Is it Possible to Publish a Book For Free?

Short answer: Yes and No. Duh, that’s not an answer. I agree, so… In this article we’ll look at where you can self publish your book, and what goes into self publishing. Then we’ll see if you can really publish a book for free. If you decide to go the route of traditional publishing, there … Continue reading “Is it Possible to Publish a Book For Free?”

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How To Start Writing A Book

I know what it’s like – you have this awesome idea, you’re uber excited, but how to start writing a book makes you hit out in a cold sweat…. Maybe you’re nervous. Maybe you’re afraid. Or any other number of reasons.   So, if you’re having any of the feelings I mentioned above, feel assured … Continue reading “How To Start Writing A Book”

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10 Awesome Quotes About Books

Book quotes can offer us inspiration and encouragement.

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The Writing & Self-Publishing Process [SLIDESHARE]

When we think of writing and self-publishing a book, we can feel overwhelmed. But if we look at it as a process – step-by-step – then it’s really not that much of a monster. By focusing on each small step, it’s really not an impossible task to write and self-publish a book. The slideshow below … Continue reading “The Writing & Self-Publishing Process [SLIDESHARE]”

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This is Why Self Published Books Get Such a Bad Rap

As part of my research, and on-going study of the self-publishing industry, I regularly buy books (both traditionally and self-published) on the self-publishing industry.

Not too long ago I had the misfortune of receiving 3 self-published books that made me want to hang my head in shame.

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Self Publish A Book: The Snap-Shot Guide

So you want to self publish a book… millions of writers take the plunge into self publishing every year and while most people will not skyrocket to literary fame, success stories like E.L. James and her wildly successful 50 Shades of Grey and the crazy-popular Elf on the Shelf empire prove that it can be done and it can be done right.

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