Writing

What you need to know before printing your own book

There’s something about holding a book in your hands that just feels so special. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of childhood, when we would spend hours flipping through the pages of our favourite stories. Or maybe it’s because books represent knowledge and learning, and signify the crossing of a new barrier in our lives. Whatever the …

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5 affordable tools every self-published author should use to be successful

Self-publishing has become a popular option for writers who want to take control of their careers and get their work out into the world. But self-publishing can be a bit of a minefield, and it’s easy to spend money on unnecessary things or not invest enough in areas that could help you succeed.Here are 5 …

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Writing an outline: The roadmap to your non-fiction book

Without thinking extensively or sweating much, write out your first pass of a list of things you will cover to support your big idea: how you will approach the idea, what will your reader need to know to see the problem, what will they need to know to answer the problem. A healthy list will probably …

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What is an author’s platform?

An author’s platform can be challenging to define because they come in many different shapes and sizes. But platforms often contain four elements: ▪ Visibility. This answers questions like: Who knows you? Who is aware of your work? Where does your work regularly appear? How many people see it? What communities are you a part …

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Why self-publishing sucks

I have been working in publishing for decades. One of the unfailing truths I hear from writers is that self-publishing companies suck. Long ago, I promised not to perpetuate the problems created by most self-publishing companies. One of the biggest problems is the packaging of self-publishing services. Many places put together packages that cost thousands …

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