10 podcasts every aspiring author must listen to

The dictionary definition of a podcast is: A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.
The term Podcast is actually a portmanteau of iPod and Broadcast. Podcasting started as mostly an independent way for individuals to get their message out there and build a community of people with similar interests.

These 10 podcasts for writers will introduce you to new books, teach you new techniques in writing, new marketing skills, and help you build a writing community.

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How to run a successful crowd funding campaign for your book ft. Tom Morkes

When it comes to raising funds and launching new products, crowdfunding is the new kid in town. But for every successful project there are even more failures. Ensuring your crowdfunding campaign meets its goal comes down to thoughtful planning and strong execution.Why are you running a crowdfunding campaign for your book? And don’t say ‘to raise funds.’ That may be your objective, but what are you going to achieve with those funds? And is that something backers are likely to care about? Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself, why should I back this? What’s in it for me? Your answer should include a real, authentic and realistic benefit, either physical or emotional. For example, geo’s ‘why’ was to bring responsible energy use into the home, but more than that, their goal is to make energy visible and more relevant.

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Top blogs of 2018 – that every aspiring author must follow

What you find helpful, inspiring or informative can be a very subjective business, but not knowing where to go when you’re confronted by a writing roadblock is a universally frustrating experience.. One great way to improve your writing is to learn from the best.

Here are five blogs that are not only good examples of excellent blogging but will also help you hone your craft and sell more books.With that in mind, here are five must-read blogs and sites gathered from the cream of the Google search crop

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How to effectively use press releases to promote your book ft. Alan McComas

What is a press release?

Earlier when the news was only on the form of print media i.e newspapers, editors and writers had a certain specific amount of space they could fit a story.  However, with the internet, that is not true. We aren’t space constrained anymore. Writers and journalists are always looking for good story opportunities to post on their publication’s website – no matter the size or amount.  In many cases, any legitimate story is better than no story. Ergo, if one is able to overhaul information about the book into a legitimate format which captures a journalist’s attention, make it so they don’t have to put much work into your article to publish it, and it seems like it would be of interest to their audience. A book press release is a means by which you showcase your book to journalists and news organizations in an interesting manner.  Basically, you’re doing the work for the journalist or news publication by writing it for them. The best news is that most will actually accept the same news story that others have accepted, which is aptly known as mass syndication.

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10 FAQs Every First Time Author Must know

Did you know Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid? That’s not the image we have of Cleopatra, do we? – to us, she is associated with slaves building the Egyptian pyramids.

Misconceptions are dangerous things. We too can have wrong thoughts and ideas regarding being first-time authors and concerning getting published. God made us unique and creative after his image. The old adage, “Everyone has at least one good book in them” makes us new authors feel like we are insignificant – just one in six billion.

Our culture tends to define success in some very obvious ways. You are a success if your book becomes a bestseller or wins an award. However, perhaps a better definition of success is simply doing what you were made to do and using your gift with diligence to make a difference in the world through your writing.

Here are 10 FAQs that will help you tread the way:

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Should you hire a book coach and how do they help ft. Azul Terronez

Before we start contemplating on the topic let us first clear the air on what a book coach really is. In fact the job descriptions of a book coach, writing coach and editor are different yet analogous.

Let’s have a look, shall we?

Writing Coach

A writing coach will assist you in the actual writing of your book. These folks may have you write a certain number of words, chapters, etc. and then will review what you’ve written. Depending on what you’ve accomplished, they may tell you to move on or do a rewrite to make it right.

Writing coaches can be hired by authors for the entire book development project from initial idea to final manuscript draft. Or, if authors are having difficulty with various passages or some writing technique, they can hire a writing coach to help get clarity, build skill, and get encouragement.

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How can authors build their email list to market their book?

Meera Kothand is an email marketing strategist and Amazon bestselling Author.

She simplifies email marketing for you so that you can create a tribe that’s addicted to your zone of expertise. Her goal is to rid you of email phobia one post and email at a time. Her mission is to help you create a tribe of subscribers who send you emails that go: I’m so thankful I found you!

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How to prepare yourself mentally before starting a book ft. Ajit Nawalkha

“I don’t have the time.”
“I can’t motivate myself to write every day.”
“I’m not inspired to write anything today.”

Or how about:

“I’m great at starting a book … it’s the finishing that’s the problem.”
“How do I know finishing the book’s even worth it?”
“I keep getting new writing ideas I’m more excited to work on than the last one.”

I’m sure you’ve been there. Procrastinating on writing because emails have to be answered, or clients need your attention. Trying different writing disciplines (like writing in the morning/late at night, or for 30 minutes a day) and sticking to none of them.

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How to promote a book about self-help – Nail the category first!

As an indie writer with helpful tips and positive stories about life with its ups and downs, you naturally want to reach as many people as possible. Unfortunately, this simple wish can be hard to fulfill if you are competing with the “Rowlings” of the self-help category for the launch of your first book…or the second.

Understand that if a book does not make it to the front page of a best seller list in a given category, it will not likely be discovered by readers. It is like being on the fourth page of Google results. Nobody every goes to the fourth page…

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How can the habit of journaling help authors achieve their Goals

Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time

Of all the things that have been registered as extremely helpful in an author’s personal growth and goal achievement, the meticulous habit of writing serves as a firm footing on which the road to success is laid. Writing in a journal everyday holds all aspects of your career together. Many famous writers have kept journals or diaries- for many it is a creative necessity, for others a place of self exploration and for some an art form in itself. It not only renders you the time and head space to write but also forces you to contemplate and analyse what you’ve just read. There are days when an author may not show any tangible progress at all for days together and may fall into the vicious circle of despair and frustration. A journal comes as a savior on these days too to help them realise that as long as they reflect upon the areas of improvement and work upon the areas they are are struggling with, it’s still progress.

Speaking of the technicalities, let’s dive straight into the topic, shall we?

What is journaling?

A journal is a written record of your thoughts, experiences, and observations. You can write in your journal daily, or only when you feel the urge. Journaling, though is a thoroughfare of emotional exploration, a way to chanel difficult situations or personal shortcomings into healthy and creative outcomes. journaling is whatever you want it to be. Underneath, it’s the gateway to recording life, experiencing all manner of emotions and uncovering parts of yourself you never thought existed.

Here in this post we have tips and tricks of the perfecting this art from the master himself:- John Lee Dumas Read More