If you are reading this, you probably already know that writing is a vehicle for sharing your unique voice, inspiring others and establishing yourself as an expert in your field. But did you know that it can also provide a passive income stream? One way to generate residual monthly income is by creating a series of eBooks. While there are many online platforms on which you can publish eBooks, the focus of this article will be on Amazon’s publishing platform, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).Read More
Writing and publishing eBooks for Kindle and other online retailers is not only a great way to get your writing published, it can also prove to be highly beneficial for your business, especially if you write a non-fiction book that highlights your area of expertise.
Here are three reasons why you need an eBook for your business:Read More
I just love the month of June. Not only is it my birthday month, but it's also the kickoff of summer, one of my favorite seasons.
But summer can prove to be busy, especially for us writers. In my experience, it’s when we tend to put our writing on the back burner and focus on family, travel, and all the fun activities that come along with it.Read More
If you love to write, or perhaps you desire to become a writer, chances are you may have trouble coming up with fresh ideas from time to time.
Below I’ve added 5 Tips for Finding Inspiration to Write that are sure to kickstart your imagination and get the creative juices flowing!Read More
At one point or another, most writers will experience a form of “writer’s block.” Sometimes this is caused by fear, not knowing where to start, how to end, or the inability to stay focused due to outside circumstances.
Here are a few tips for overcoming writer’s block:
1. De-clutter your workspace. When your workspace is cluttered, your may find it hard to stay focused. Often our physical surroundings will affect us mentally. When our workspace is cluttered, our thoughts tend to follow. Keeping your space tidy and organized will allow your energy to flow more freely.Read More
Do you dream of having your writing published? Perhaps you desire to add this accomplishment to your bio, or maybe it’s a lifelong goal you strive to achieve?
The good news is, there are many ways to get published without having to write a full book. In fact, starting out with a smaller project is a nice way to get your feet wet in the world of publishing, while building your confidence for a larger project down the road.Read More
Whether you’re penning a novel or working on a smaller project such as an article for a blog, there are many online tools that can assist you, and best of all, many of them are free!
Here are a few of my favorite “must haves” from my writing toolbox:
Trello – Before you begin any writing project, it’s a good idea to start with a brainstorming session and a bit of outlining for organization. Trello makes it fun to do just that! Set up your free account with Trello and begin by creating a new board for your latest project. You can create lists, cards, checklists, assign tags and even invite others to collaborate on your board! This is a fun way to mind map and stay organized all at the same time.Read More
Do you often feel you have an important message to share with the world? Is there a calling inside you to tell your story in an attempt to encourage others? Perhaps you’ve overcome hardships or adversity in your life and you feel, by writing on these personal experiences, you can help others do the same?
As an author coach, this is precisely the type of person I tend to attract into my circle. Notice I didn’t say writer, I said person. The reason for that is because in my experience, those who are called to share their message do not necessarily consider themselves writers. In fact, it’s this very belief that they are not trained writers that holds many back from sharing their message in the first place.Read More
As a publisher and author coach, one of the things I teach my clients and students is how to complete a book in a condensed time frame, and I suggest this method for two reasons:
1. The obvious reason: so they can have their book published and out in the world to start building their empire!
2. More importantly: by setting a goal for a condensed time frame, they’ll create momentum and realize their goals much faster.
I’ll explain. Let’s say I set out to write my book over the course of a year. Chances are I would have worked on my book on the weekends, or when I felt “inspired,” and before long I probably would have become lackadaisical about writing my book, and one year would have turned into two, and so on….Read More
Last week I published a blog post about Increasing Writing Speed and Unlocking Creativity. In that article I encouraged you to write freely for a minimum of one hour each day without stopping to second guess word choices, grammar or punctuation; however, these things are extremely important during the revision and self-editing phase, which is the next step once you've completed the first draft of your work.Read More
While coaching writers and aspiring authors, a common challenge I hear is that of time management. It’s necessary to develop a daily writing habit in order to write a book or complete a writing project, but life often has a way of presenting obstacles. Before long, we resolve that we just don’t have enough time to write, so we put off the project until later...when the timing is right, but when will that be? Truth be known, the timing may never be just right to write your book. If your goal is to write and publish a book, you'll have to get creative with your schedule and create the time to write. Period.Read More
Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve been “in the zone” during a writing session, only to go back later to read your writing and find the words are almost unrecognizable to you? Ever wonder why that is? Well, it’s likely you tapped into the flow of creativity!
The goal is to get into that creative flow during each writing session and to do that we must resist the urge to self-edit as we write. Now, I’m not saying that we don’t need to be conscious of word choices, punctuation, and grammar. We certainly do, but there is a time and a place for self-editing, and it’s not during our dedicated writing time. That’s what the revision process is for, and that comes later.
When we allow ourselves to write freely and resist the urge to go back and make changes and edit as we write, we unlock our greatest potential, allowing our creative mind to express itself freely.
Ready to give it a try?Read More
Readers often decide if they will continue with a book or abandon it within the first few pages, so your opening chapter needs to engage or hook the reader from the start.