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How to Make Money Writing Books

Back in college I took a class on the great works of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Never had two more romantic figures entered my view. Starving artists just trying to find a clean, well-lighted place to write. Parisian nights and Barcelona days. Champagne and cigarettes;...

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The Truth about “Bestsellers”

A big part of my job as an editor and a book publishing educator is to explain how book marketing works. There’s one point that really gets me fired up. That’s the question of what the term “bestseller” means. Stick with me—I’m about to get controversial. There is a...

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Key Insider Tips about Traditional Publishing

Most of the aspiring authors I talk to want very much to be published by a traditional publisher right now. You may understand the feeling. (I certainly do!) And, there’s often a lot these hardworking, big-dreaming authors don’t yet know about how the biz works. Today...

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[VIDEO] How to Overcome “Death by Editing”

“A complete first draft.” The phrase itself brings a burst of warmth to the aspiring author’s heart. A first draft is your ticket to the whole game. Without a first draft you can’t have a second draft, and without a second draft you can’t have a final draft, and...

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Do I Need a Ghostwriter or a Book Doctor?

By now, I suspect you know that I suggest for everyone who is writing a book to get professional help. Editing help, that is. But I am writing this article for those of you who know--or at least suspect--that you need a lot of that help. Maybe you’re incredibly busy...

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[VIDEO] How to Make Videos to Promote Your Book

Launching a book will teach you a lot about yourself. About your capacity for great things, your ability to persevere, and your willingness to try new things. One of the new things I tried while launching The Book You Were Born to Write was starting a YouTube channel....

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The #1 Key to Writing a Book That Sells

There are a thousand different reasons to write a book: You might be writing it for your heart—because you just have to. You might be writing it for your art—creative expression in action. You might be writing it for your clients—so you can hand them all your wisdom...

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How to Know if You’ve Got a “Big” Book Idea

When I used to sit at editorial meetings, presenting possible books to the team, I always wanted to be able to say one thing. “This author has a big idea.” A big idea, in this environment, was gold. It’s one of the things agents and editors are always looking for,...

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Do You Need a Book Doctor Or a Content Editor?

If you’ve been following my work for any amount of time, you probably understand that the question of whether you need an editor is a non-starter: You do! I do! We all do! But the question of what type of editor you need requires more thought. When it comes to taking...

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