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35+ Self-Publishing Terms Every Aspiring Author Should Know

I knew self-publishing was going to be tough, but there was one thing I never expected: all the jargon, acronyms, and technical terms. If you’re jumping head-first into self-publishing like I did, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But remember—self-publishing is a journey. You will learn by doing, not just learning to do. Count[...]

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7 Self-Publishing Platforms That Will Make You a Published Author

You want to become a published author. Maybe you’re on this journey because you have a story to share and you want to share it with someone who needs to hear it. Maybe you want to publish your book for free without agents, contracts, or publishers. Or, maybe you even want to sell your book[...]

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Ebook vs. Print: What Every Self-Published Author Needs to Consider

As an aspiring author, there’s a good reason to still publish a print book. But there’s also a good reason to consider skipping print and go digital. If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you’re caught in the middle—unsure which is right for you and your readers. It’s my goal to help. Why you should[...]

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What Is KDP: A Beginner’s Guide to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

If you’re new to self-publishing, you’re starting at a great time. Most aspiring authors like you are choosing to self-publish over any other way. And the self-publishing platforms, tools, and resources keep getting better. So many people are self-publishing that CreateSpace merged with KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) to keep up with the demand. This is[...]

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How I Finally Decided My Book Was Worth Publishing

There’s something special about being on the open road. My husband and I often take a long drive as an opportunity to talk about the complexities things of life. And it’s almost like the car’s forward motion keeps the conversation flowing for eternity. It’s in these times that we often share the depths of our[...]

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How I Found Healing from Miscarriage While Writing My First Book

I’m the kind of person who tends to wear emotions on my shoulder. Expressing myself has never been difficult. And while this may be one of my most significant flaws, it’s also one of my biggest strengths, particularly in my writing. I will never forget the day that, as a young girl, my teacher looked[...]

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Why I Almost Quit Writing & Never Published My First Book

When I was 7 years old my single-mother passed away. My two sisters and I were devastated and it flipped our entire world upside down. Our loving grandparents took us in and began helping us grieve. I was a mess. Nightmares plagued me. Her pictures haunted me. And each day was a depressing reminder of[...]

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5 Popular Questions Most People Ask Before Joining BookWorthy

“Nobody wants to buy your course.” Those are the exact words I recently read from another online course creator. The phrase hit me like a ton of bricks. I read on. “Nobody wakes up and says ‘You know, I think I’m gonna buy an online course today.’ What people really want are the outcomes and[...]

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How to Make an Honest Living as a Writer with S.D. Smith

You’ve probably heard it said, “it’s impossible to make a living as a writer.” Or, “your poetry book won’t pay the bills.” Unfortunately, too many parents, teachers, and mentors encourage the young, aspiring authors around them to go to college and “get a real job” instead of pursuing their dream. That’s why millions of talented[...]

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This Is What It Feels Like to Become a Published Author

My grandmother was a terrific woman. She was the matriarch of the family. The mother of 10 children and the grandmother of 21. And as one of her grandchildren, she felt so close to me. But in her last years, she battled the ugliness of cancer for five months until she passed. As a 15-year[...]

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