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5 Big Lies That Stopped Me from Publishing My First Book

The evening sun beamed through the living room window, highlighting the edges of everything in its path. I was only 12 years old, but the beauty overwhelmed me. I took a piece of paper and pen, and poured my heart out, struggling to capture what I was feeling. Enthralled by the art of rhyme, I[...]

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How to Turn Your Blog into a Book with David Sanford

What if you’ve already written your book and just don’t know it yet? David Sanford says that just might be the case. David has been writing books and coaching authors for years, and he’s seen a trend. Often, an aspiring author will feel overwhelmed by the prospect of writing tens of thousands of words. But[...]

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How to Face the Blank Page with Confidence with Drew Bird

Few things are as intimidating as staring at a blank page. But if you’re going to self-publish, Drew Bird says you have to learn to face it with confidence. The good news: it’s not as hard as you might think. Drew’s been there before. When he decided to self-publish his book The Leader’s Guide to[...]

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3 Lessons I Learned While Becoming a Self-Published Author

Somewhere along the way, I lost the spark. My stories collected dust and my writing got rusty. Without even realizing it, I’d given up on my dream. It wasn’t always this way. When I was in eighth grade, my friends and I would sit in a sheltered nook in the school courtyard, exchanging the stories[...]

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Why Authenticity Is the Best Way to Win Readers

Children’s author S.D. Smith had all but ruled out self-publishing. “I love that it’s possible and that the doors are open to finding an audience without permission from gatekeepers,” he said. But doing it by himself was daunting. It was only when he found an ally that Smith reconsidered. “It was partnering with Andrew Mackay[...]

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How to Write a Book That Will Impress Readers with Honoree Corder

Honoree Corder has written and published so many books she’s lost count. “More than 30” is the closest she can come to an exact number. Thirteen years since she published her first book, Honoree is still cranking them out. And when she’s not writing, she’s coaching other writers and professionals on how they can transform[...]

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Lara Casey on How to Conquer Your Fears & Share Your Story

Anything worth doing is scary, and few things are as intimidating as sharing your story with the world for the first time. Lara Casey has been there, and she has a message: no matter how overwhelming it feels right now, taking that first step is worth it. In the latest episode of The BookWorthy Show,[...]

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How to Write a Powerful Story That Will Inspire Your Readers

They say Mozart could write an entire concerto, error-free, in one sitting. He listened to the music in his head, and wrote it down. What he imagined is what he wrote. And what he wrote is some of the most celebrated music in the history of humanity. Many of us approach writing and storytelling that[...]

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How to Make 2018 the Year You Finally Publish Your Book

My friend Shannon had written hundreds of blog posts, so it caught me off guard when she begged me, “You have to help me write a book.” She was so serious I couldn’t help laughing. “I’m sorry, Shannon, but did you hear what you just said?” She wondered if she had said something wrong. “You[...]

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Self-Published Authors: How to Get a Free LCCN

I knew self-publishing was going to be tough, but there was one thing I never expected: all the acronyms. One of those was “LCCN.” When I first encountered it, I had no idea it stands for Library of Congress Control Number.  And I didn’t yet know why those four little letters mattered for the success[...]

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