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Why Having Your Author Image Is Important for Your Book

Why Having Your Author Image Is Important for Your Book

You know the saying don’t judge a book by its cover? Oh but we do! We all do! And is this right? It doesn’t matter but it is important, especially when it comes to your book. Every book needs an image of the author — an author headshot. By having the right author headshot will not only enhance your book message but will add extra value to your brand. In other words, your author image is your business card before they even read your book.READ MORE

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Writing A Basic Book Outline

Outlining your book is an integral part of successfully understanding the pieces that you want to create and how they’re all going to fit together. If you’ve never written a book before, or if you’re looking to make your next writing endeavor smoother than the last, understanding a basic book outline is a great place to start.

Understand Your Topic

Before you go any further, you need to understand your topic. First of all, how detailed are you planning to be? If you’re writing a book that is going to require 200,000 words to get your point across, you may want to consider breaking it down or simplifying your message. Get a basic idea of what you want to share, express or say before you really begin your outline.

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9 Must-Have Book Marketing Strategies

If you’re going the route of self-publishing then you are probably pretty excited to launch your book and get it into as many hands as possible! The challenge is that most authors are NOT marketers!

 

We’ve compiled a brief checklist of 9 Must-Have Book Marketing Strategies to consider before launching your book.

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The New Writing Tool: Scrivener

As a writer, you may have realized at some point that your writing software is not cutting it. It might have limited functions or maybe you’re not a fan of the user interface. Whatever the reason that’s stopping you from fully loving your current software, Scrivener might just be the software to solve all your problems.  Developed by Literature and Latte, Scrivener is a word-processing program that was created specifically for aspiring writers. With a long list of functions for writers to organize their thoughts and at a price of $57 CAD, Scrivener might be the future for writing software.

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5 Concrete Ways to Curate Your About Page

 

As a writing coach and mentor to entrepreneurs and creatives, I’ve learned that most people would rather be stuck in a snowstorm than write content for their website—especially if it’s about themselves. “I’m a really bad writer,” or “I really hate writing about myself,” are just two of the things I hear small business owners routinely say. Yet, in most cases I’ve found that these statements are rarely the truth.

In other words, the person who says they’re a “really bad writer” is typically a decent writer, yet perhaps she was told as a child that she wasn’t any good, or maybe she had a language teacher in school who embarrassed her when he asked her to read a poem she’d written in front of the class.

And, what about the entrepreneur who doesn’t like writing about himself or herself?

I think that part of the reason is because it forces entrepreneurs and business owners to take a good, long look at their motivations for starting their business in the first place. No easy task!

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How to Stay Motivated As a Writer Over The Holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s often a difficult time for authors as they struggle to stay motivated in the face of extra commitments and busy weekends. December can be overwhelming at the best of times, and as a writer it becomes all too easy to put our creative work on the back burner in favour of seasonal festivities. If you’re already finding yourself struggling to keep your motivation up, here are some ideas to help you stay on track over the Christmas season.

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