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A Simple Thought Exercise to Motivate you to Write Again

Motivation to write
Have some writing you want to get done? Spend a couple minutes reading through this easy, 5 step exercise to motivate you to write and finally tackle your writing project head on.

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Best Practices for Indie Publishing Part 2: Distribution

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In the first part of this two-part series, we took a look at some of the ‘basic mechanics’ of indie publishing, in terms of best practices. In this post, we’ll look at the end game for publishers—the best practices for getting your book in front of readers.

Distribution

Once you have your manuscript edited, laid out nicely, and accompanied by an amazing cover with a brilliant book description, it’s time to face the world.

Distribution can be tricky for indie authors, if only because there are so many options available. And there are questions:

  • Should I go wide (target distribution to multiple retailers) or stay exclusive (stick with a single retailer)?
  • Should I use an aggregate distributor to reach multiple eBook retailers, or should I go direct to each vendor?

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Best Practices for Indie Publishing Part 1

publishing your manuscript

It’s hard enough to keep yourself on track to write and complete a book (though it’s a lot easier thanks to TheRightMargin). Once you have the manuscript finished, the question becomes “What do I do with it?” or “Is publishing my work the next step?”. In this two part guest-post, we’ll answer that and give you some best practice methods for launching your indie author career on the right foot.

Where do you start?

There are a lot of directions you can roam once your manuscript is complete, and one of the most popular is indie publishing. Going indie offers some advantages over traditional publishing in terms of keeping the rights to your work, and even making higher royalties per sale. But along with those perks comes the overhead of publishing—all the steps that would typically be handled by a publisher are now your responsibility.

That may sound a bit scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s look at a few best practices for indie publishing and see exactly what you may be in for.

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Improve your writing via a retrospective

Have you ever caught yourself thinking you could be a better writer? Having a healthy amount of humility in one’s own work is of course, normal. Doing a simple retrospective, or ‘retro’ for short, on your writing projects can help you save time, money and ultimately a lot of self-doubt through your writing career.

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Build your Novel Synopsis Before you Write with Netflix and Wikipedia

plot synopsis

If you’re planning on participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you need to have a good plan of attack before the waves of word count start crashing on your computer’s shore come November 1st.

Tackling your novel’s summary and plot synopsis up front during your planning phase helps direct your character’s journey, keeping you focused on building depth and creating scenes that move your story.  

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