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Learn how to do common tasks in Pressbooks, and how to use Pressbooks as a tool to advance your publishing efforts.

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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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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Leveraging Inspiration: 10 Simple Practices to Keep Your Creative Output Flowing

By Michael Greer Are you under pressure to produce some sort of creative output? Are you feeling “dried up” or empty? Do you find yourself staring into space and mumbling “I got nothin’!!” ?? Do you wonder how some people seem to be consistently productive while you keep having these “dry spells?” In this article

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10 Things to Know When You Self Publish

Want to self publish? Here are 10 things you might not know. 1. If you’re self publishing ebooks, you’ll generally want to submit a MOBI (for Kindle self publishing) or EPUB file (everyone else) to the bookstores. While you can submit other types of files such as Word docs, they’ll be auto-converted, and the results aren’t

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How to Self Publish Your Book: 5 Critical Choices

Naturally, here at Pressbooks, we get a lot of questions from writers on how to self publish your book. Implicit in these is the assumption there’s only one linear way to do it–something that can be encapsulated into a quick, comprehensive one-sentence response. The reality is there are multiple routes to self-publishing, and many choices you’ll need to make along

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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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5 Book Marketing Goals and How to Approach Them

Some authors send out a press release about their book because they’ve been told that’s standard procedure; others run search ads just because they’re all the newest rage. Your reasons for publishing are unique, so the process of marketing your book strategically needs to start with why. As in, why are you publishing this book?

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How to Self Publish on Amazon and Other Bookstores, Plus Help With Pressbooks

Publish Faster, Easier With these helpful self publishing tips We’ve seen the page counts growing on the Pressbooks platform, and we’re impressed! You are some dedicated writers. Keep it up! If you’re wondering what to do after you’re done writing, these links will help. The Easiest Ways to Self Publish Your Book  When you use Pressbooks

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Infographic: 10-Step Kindle Self Publishing Guide

Publishing your ebook directly to the Kindle store can save you money in the long-term because you won’t sacrifice a your royalties to intermediaries. We’ve created a 10-step Kindle self publishing guide to how to publish an ebook on Amazon. Use this guide to publish on Kindle yourself, and keep all the profits you deserve. Want to download

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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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