What Writers Learned at Indie Author Day

On Indie Author Day, nearly 300 libraries across North America simulcast a panel of publishing experts who answered questions from authors about writing and self-publishing. The panel was moderated by Jon Fine, former director of author and publisher relations at Amazon, and included Robin Cutler, director of IngramSpark; Jim Blanton, library director at the Louisville

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How to Prepare for #NanoWriMo

#NaNoWriMo is back! Are you ready to join a worldwide tribe of creatives and write a novel this November? If so, here’s how to prepare. The first step is to commit: You are going to do this! Now, it’s all about logistics. How will you fit consistent dedication to writing into your already crazed daily routine?

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Say Goodbye to Writer’s Block and Hello to Writer’s Flow

By Akshay Sachdeva You know that feeling when you’ve got deadlines to meet, and you just can’t get your brain to produce awesome content? Ever been overwhelmed with a major writing project, feeling completely burnt out with no motivation to write? It’s called writer’s block! This post is dedicated to helping you get ‘unstuck’ by

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5 Nonfiction Books You Can Write Today

Inspiration can be elusive. You sit down to write but you can’t focus. The muse called in sick, but your inner critic’s hard at work. It’s time to write something you can finish. In our experience, it’s much easier to write about facts than fiction. That’s where nonfiction books come in. Facts are stranger than

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Writing Tips and Tools to Make You More Productive

My 8 Essential Hacks to Being a Focused, Healthy Writing Machine By Travis John Most writers agree that anything can take priority to their writing, even dreadful chores. And that great prose is nothing short of a miracle every time it rises to the surface. In the spirit of staying focused, healthy and cranking out

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How I Write, by Catrine McGregor

Periodically, we ask Pressbooks authors to share writing tips and inspiration. This week’s insights come from Catrine McGregor, a film and TV industry veteran and author of Acting Across America. By Catrine McGregor In 1999, I wrote a book called Acting Across America. I am a film maker and screenwriter, so I have written most of my

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4 Types of EBooks Journalists Should Be Publishing

Media organizations and their journalists are in an ideal position to be repurposing their content into new media formats, including publishing an ebook, which can offer new revenue streams. Here are four types of content that make sense for journalistic ebook publishing. Ebook Idea 1: Explanatory and Investigative Journalism Newsweek Europe recently launched its Newsweek Insights books series in which its journalists produce

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5 Self Publishing Websites Full of Expert Advice on Writing, How to Self Publish and Ebook Marketing

Writing a book is hard enough. Add in ebook publishing and ebook marketing, and the indie author’s path holds plenty of challenges. That’s why it’s critical to get advice from the experts who are already successfully self publishing. Here, we round up some of the best self publishing websites from indie authors who’ve made it to where you’re going–self-publishing victory! Self-Pub Boot Camp.com

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How to Blog a Business-Boosting Book Using Pressbooks

By Nina Amir You have likely heard it said that a book provides the best business card you can hand out. This statement is not an empty claim. Authoring a book makes you an authority on your topic as well as an expert in your field. When it comes to business, this can give you

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