Posted on Nov 28th, 2013 | 11 comments
Guest Blogger: Bryan Cohen (@bryancohenbooks)
Self-motivation is crucial for authors, regardless of which publishing path you choose. Writing a book is difficult enough, but when you add on editing and marketing, it can feel impossible. And I’m crazy enough to have self-published 32 times. How did I do it? I learned a few ways to trick myself into doing work when my brain wants nothing but mindless entertainment.
Tricks for Writing
My inner critic hates it when I write. This voice in my head enjoys pointing out all the faults in my work and howls with laughter when I close up shop early for the day. My most prolific writing periods came after I silenced the inner critic.
I accomplished this in two distinct ways. The first method was writing so early in...
Posted on Nov 3rd, 2013 | 32 comments
Last month I wrote a post about building a long-term writing career (Are You in this for the Long Haul?). In my list of
things writers can do to develop a long-haul career, I said:
Pay attention to where your passion intersects with the market.
I want to expand on that because it’s so crucial. Most writers start out writing what interests them (obviously) which is the way it should be. But things change once you transition from writing for fun to writing for fun & profit. The profit part requires you think about what you can sell.
I often hear writers debating whether it’s best to write what you love, or try to write to the market. I think this is a false dichotomy. You need both.
As a writer, you’re probably interested in a variety of topics and genres. So if you...
Posted on Oct 29th, 2013 | 5 comments
Last year at this time, I introduced RescueTime, an online productivity tool that helps people make the most of their time while on the computer. Once again this year, RescueTime is teaming up with writers participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and offering a free month-long membership in RescueTime, complete with their premium productivity tools.
See my post today at Books & Such for how to get signed up with RescueTime and NaNoWriMo for November.
tracks your online activity and generates reports to help you manage your time and increase productivity
lets you block out distracting websites for pre-set periods of writing time
sends reminders and alerts to help you stay on track
You do NOT have to be participating in NaNoWriMo to get this deal...
Posted on Oct 1st, 2013 | 1 comment
I’m blogging at Books & Such today. Here’s a preview:
When you’re a debut author trying to break in to traditional publishing, one of the most important things to remember is this:
Minimize the obstacles.
You already know it’s not going to be easy to break in, so you want to avoid making it even more difficult on yourself. This is why agents give so much advice on their blogs. Not every piece of advice applies across the board to every author, but we’re trying to help you have the best chance of attracting an agent and publisher.
Assuming you’ve written a terrific book…
What are some possible obstacles to finding an agent and publisher?
Read the post at Books & Such to find out. Click Here.
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Posted on Aug 30th, 2013 | 49 comments
Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us, all we ask is that you let us… serve it your way.
If you were born much later than, say, 1970, then you may have missed that tasty morsel of a Burger King commercial. But for the rest of us, it lives on in our memories, no matter how desperately we try to excise it. Oh well, today it serves as a delicious metaphor for writers.
I’m sure you’ve read countless books and blog posts on methods of writing your book. Perhaps you’ve been advised to write a sh***y first draft, a la the incomparable Anne Lamott. Alternatively, you may have heard the advice, edit as you go, so that your revisions are not so overwhelming.
Hmm. Which method to choose?
And what about the...