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4 Good Reasons to Not Get a Publishing Deal

Before I ever wrote the first word of my book, I faced a crippling fear. I knew nothing about publishing. I was completely intimidated. It all seemed too complicated even to bother starting. I believed a lie: To be a published author, I needed a publisher. I needed an agent. I needed a fat contract[...]

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How to Self-Publish a Book That People Will Want to Read

You have a story inside you that has the power to make a difference in everyone who reads it—from your best friend to your editor, and eventually your readers worldwide. But you will never have the impact you’re meant to have if you never publish your book. That’s why, in this article, I’m going to[...]

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Why Writing a Bestseller Is Overrated with David Hazard

How do you measure the success of a book? How many copies sold? How much money it made? As authors, it’s tempting to reach for these obvious metrics. But can the number of copies sold really quantify the life-changing power of your book? Author and writing coach David Hazard says that too often, we get[...]

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How to Write Beautiful Sentences That Will Move Your Readers

By the time the young preacher took the podium, the crowd had swelled to over 250,000. Some had sought relief from the 90-degree heat by cooling their feet in the water of the large reflecting pool. But when Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered the first words of what would become his most iconic speech, the[...]

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How to Make Time to Write Your Book with Elizabeth Craig

Can you be a parent of toddlers and still manage to write and self-publish your book? Can you balance family commitments with your dream of becoming a published author? Elizabeth Craig says you can—and you can start by writing a page a day and reading the books you love. In this episode of the BookWorthy[...]

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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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