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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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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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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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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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How to Get a Free ISBN for Your Self-Published Book

Go over to your bookshelf and pull down a book—any book. Check the back cover. See that random string of numbers right beneath the bar code? That’s called the ISBN: International Standard Book Number. And you need one if you’re going to self-publish your book. Getting an ISBN is essential if you want readers to[...]

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5 Free Book Cover Makers for Non-Designers

You need to make a book cover that captivates. But you’re not a designer—you’re an author. Well, you’ve come to the right place; in this article, you’ll get our professional recommendation on the top free book cover makers out there. In the past, book publishing was centered around the bookstore. A customer could pick up[...]

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20 Self-Publishing Tools That Will Make You Feel Like a Pro

So, you’re an author. Either that or you’re an aspiring one. And while being an author does involve a lot of writing, it’s also so much more than that. You have to be your own editor, constantly be productive, and be a task management ninja. If you just had the right self-publishing tools, your life[...]

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7 Book Design Templates Guaranteed to Make Any Book Beautiful

Just a few weeks ago, Adam reached out to me on Instagram. He and his wife are marriage bloggers, and he got stuck trying to figure out how to design the ebook he and his wife wrote to help grow their email list. For Adam, writing the ebook was easy, but turning his idea into[...]

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10 Amazing Book Design Examples To Spark Your Creativity

The difference between publishing a profitable book that people will read and an expensive book that people will ignore depends on the design. If your book design is bad, people won’t trust what you have to say, no matter the amount of blood, sweat, and tears you poured into the thing. If your book design[...]

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