29
Jul

Less Stress: Focus On The NOW 

Less Stress: Focus On The NOW

Less Stress: Focus On The NOW

Want less stress, instantly? Here you go. Focus on NOW. Right now. Not tomorrow, or next month or year, or even ten minutes from now.

I’ve found this to be incredibly useful strategy whenever I feel stressed, and it’s a strategy I teach to my students. You may be thinking that it’s a “very zen” strategy. It’s not zen… To be truly zen, you wouldn’t be thinking at all, but I digress. :-)

It’s VERY…

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28
Jul

Writing For Magazines: Become An Idea Machine 

Writing For Magazines: Become An Idea Machine

Writing For Magazines: Top 10 Tips

Writing for magazinescan be a lot of fun, and lucrative too. Consider however that beyond money, being published in top tier magazines gives you prestige. When you have magazine writing credits, your stocks as a writer go up. Not only will businesses and sometimes other publications ask you to write for them, book acquisitions editors and literary agents may approach you too, if you’re covering…

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27
Jul

Gmail Tips and Tricks: More Email Addresses FAST 

Gmail Tips and Tricks: More Email Addresses FAST

Let’s look at some very clever Gmail tips and tricks. These are all new to me, and I’ve been using Gmail forever, so I hope they’re of use to you as well.

Gmail Tips and Tricks: More Email Addresses FAST

You’ve got to hand it to Google, because compared to other email services, Gmail is a wonder. I have many email addresses, and I forward everything to Gmail, because it weeds out the spam so well.

While forwarding usually works brilliantly,…

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27
Jul

Ebook Publishing: Author To Publisher 

Ebook Publishing: Author To Publisher

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Considering ebook publishing? It’s taking off. Keep in mind that if you’re a self publishing author, you’re a publisher too.

I’ve long been a fan of mystery novelist Julie Smith. Her books are engaging, and enjoyable reads. These days, Julie Smith is also an ebook publisher at booksBnimble.

According to this article, she invested $50,000 in her publishing business, which is growing steadily:

At…

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27
Jul

Full Time Writer: Develop A Great Writing Career 

Full Time Writer: Develop A Great Writing Career

Want to become a full time writer? It’s easier than its ever been. This week’s offerings will help you to develop a great writing career.

Full Time Writer: Develop A Great Writing Career

The two things you need to become a full time writer: writing and buyers.

Essentially, to become a full time writer you need two things:

  • Writing which sells;
  • Clients and/ or readers who buy enough of your writing so that you have a full time income.

Nothing…

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25
Jul

Writing Quotes: How to Avoid Writing Blocks 

Writing Quotes: How to Avoid Writing Blocks

Here’s one of my favorite writing quotes from poet and writing teacher William Stafford:

“I believe that the so-called ‘writing block’ is product of some kind of disproportion between your standards and your performance… One should lower his standards until there is no felt threshold to go over in writing. It’s easy to write.

“You shouldn’t have standards that inhibit you from writing… It really…

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25
Jul

Writing Success: How to Avoid It 

Writing Success: How to Avoid It

Writing Success: How to Avoid It

Writing success: every writer wants it, but some actively avoid it. I work with writers every day, and here’s how the avoidance scenario plays out. A writer tells me about a new project. He’s excited. I’m excited too. We discuss it, then the writer gets to work.

A couple of weeks, or a month later, I ask the writer about the project, and he’s “thinking” about it. Uh oh. We talk about the one big…

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24
Jul

Marketing for Writers: Get Hired Via Your Blog 

Marketing for Writers: Get Hired Via Your Blog

Marketing for Writers: Get Hired via Your Blog

Marketing for writers is a tricky topic, because most of us hate marketing with a passion. We’re writers, why oh why do we need to be marketers too? I feel your pain, but… Here’s why: in 2014, there are millions of writers around the globe. Writing has become competitive, because there are so many people who claim to be “writers.”

Putting it bluntly: if you don’t market, others are eating your…

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24
Jul

Writing Exercises: Try Them, They Work 

Writing Exercises: Try Them, They Work

Writing Exercises: Try Them, They Work

Writing exercises can be immensely useful, but few writers bother to do them until they hit a block. That’s a shame, because writing exercises can not only help you to improve your writing, they can make writing less stressful too.

A few months back, I published Writing Exercises: Tap the Other 99.99 Per Cent of Your Brain, and I’ve just updated it with another exercise:

I’ve found Gabriele…

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23
Jul

Content Marketing With Ebooks: Leads From Freebies 

Content Marketing With Ebooks: Leads From Freebies

Content Marketing With Ebooks: Leads From Freebies

A couple of years ago, you could blog, and get traffic. Then everyone caught on that blogs can give you an amazing return on the time and energy you invest. Today, almost four MILLION blog posts are published each day. Why not consider content marketing with ebooks, either in addition to your blog, or instead of regular blogging?

You’ll have less competition… for now, anyway. :-)

Content…

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