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Forbidden print: a brief history of banned books [infographic]

Censorship: it's like a publicist's dream! Nothing makes me want to read a book more than when someone says I can't read it. Check out this infographic featuring some now classic books that were...

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The opposite writing habits of famous authors [Infographic]

"Opposite Habits of Famous Writers" is an infographic from Bid4papers that shows us which celebrated writers loved coffee and which loved tea. Did they write in the early morning? Late at night? Check...

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Neil Gaiman’s advice on writing and inspiration

Read more The post Neil Gaiman’s advice on writing and inspiration appeared first on BookBaby Blog.

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Famous writers’ insults [infographic]

You can tell a lot about a writer from the way he or she insults a fellow writer. Here are some of the most famous insults hurled at one writer by another. Infographic from AussieWriter.com. Read more...

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10 perfectly normal struggles when writing a novel [infographic]

Do you agonize over your titles? Are your friends worried about you because you don’t emerge from your office for days? Are you constantly rewriting? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! Warren Adler, who...

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A historical tour of pen names [Infographic]

While your parents had something to say about what appears on your driver's license, you have a chance to craft the name that appears on your book cover. Take a look at this infographic from...

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Choosing The One Brilliant Idea For Your Business Book

One question I love being asked as a business book writing coach is: "I’ve got seven topics I could write about. Each is brilliant and would make the world a better place. How do I decide which is the...

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From blog to book – a sensible approach to completing a book

Every author, or soon to be author, who reads this blog knows one indisputable fact: completing a book is hard work. Blood, sweat and tears flow – and that’s just to get through chapter one. Or is...

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Three questions to help you crystallize and focus your message

When writing – be it a short story, an exposé, or marketing copy – there are three questions you should answer before you actually sit down to work. Follow this guide to help clarify and focus your...

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Confronting bad book reviews

Moby Dick was declared "dull, dreary, and ridiculous" and Orwell's 1984 "a failure." In literature, bad book reviews and effusive praise come with the territory. Just celebrate you are being noticed,...

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Overcome your inner critic

Best-selling thriller writer Ian Rankin writes a book a year. At a certain point, usually at the end of the first month, he is struck by "the fear." He becomes convinced that all the work he's done so...

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Why self publishing is a lot like growing bamboo

Imagine you’re a farmer planting seeds in fertile soil. You take tender loving care of these seedlings, constantly weeding, watering and fertilizing your starts. And then you wait for the first signs...

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Getting Reviews, Finding Readers, and Creative Marketing Tips From The...

My inbox has been filling up over the summer months, so it's high time for another edition of the BookBaby mailbag. From finding readers and getting reviews, to high-tech crafting and taking the...

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Day Jobs And The Independent Author – Famous Authors Had Them, Too!...

Independent authors suffer the indignity of working jobs that just don't nurture the artist within. Take heart – before they were famous, most every writer suffered the same sad fate of the "real...

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How To Write When You’re Not In The Mood – 7 Remedies For Writer’s Apathy

It can happen to anyone, even the best writers in the world. It's those times when you know you should be writing your book or your blog, but you just can't get yourself motivated. You just don’t feel...

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How to find inspiration

Whether you're wondering what happens next in your story, want to write your first novel, or are about to start on the next installment of your long-running series, there are always times when you’ll...

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Blogging A Book With Nina Amir: #BBChat Recap

We frequently hear our literary friends asking how to manage their writing time more effectively, and while blogs often come up in the conversation, the idea of using a blog to build and test material...

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Social Media For Authors

Over the years, we've posted numerous articles with tips and tricks to help authors navigate and optimize their promotional and professional exploits on different social media platforms. Here's a tour...

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10 Mistakes A New Author Makes (And How To Avoid Them)

In my years of coaching writers, I’ve seen manuscripts from many a new author. The manuscripts I receive normally come from nonprofessional writers who have experienced or learned something they feel...

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The First Word

Every journey starts with the first step. Every story starts with the first word. When I wrote my first book, I didn't have any kind of plan or blueprint to guide my journey to completing a book. This...

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