You Don’t Have to Publish a Book to Be a Writer

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Some people are in love with the idea of writing and visualize a life of leisure, sitting around typing out a few dozen book manuscripts and raking in the greenbacks (you can laugh now). Others have one story they feel the need to share, but they have no plans to pursue writing, and therefore, lack the drive to do what it takes to get published. However, many sincerely want to write but find writing a full-length book a daunting task. Or sadly, they finish their manuscript but are stonewalled by the thought of finding a publisher or self-publishing and then (gulp!) book marketing.

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5 Plotting Tips for Aspiring Christian Fiction Authors

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In my years of experience as a mystery author, writing coach, and education lead for the visual outlining software Plottr, I’ve found—like many others—that there are two main types of writers. There are writers who plot every aspect of their story, who are often called “story architects” or “story engineers”, and there are those who wing it the entire way, known as discovery writers or pantsers.

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5 Key Tips to Help You Get Book Reviews

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A few years ago, I was a top-notch consultant for a direct marketing company. I was earning every incentive they offered, including all-inclusive, all-expenses-paid vacations for my husband and me. So how did my consultant work help me in book marketing and getting reviews? Glad you asked! Read on, and I’ll share with you my top four tips for getting reviews that I learned from being a consultant.

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Three Keys to New Author Success

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When I retired in 2013, having practiced medicine for nearly forty years, I wasn’t ready to entirely leave medicine. So I searched for a new way to help people improve their health. The result was a self-help program called Serenity and Health that I introduced at my church in 2014. Three years later, I launched my website and blog of the same name. This year I published my first book, Pilgrimage: A Doctor’s Healing Journey, about these experiences and my life. In all of this, my message is that there are small steps we can take to help us find our path to better physical and emotional health and closeness to God. There are three keys to new author success that enabled me to translate this message into a self-help program, a blog and, finally, a book. These are passion, people, and technological enhancements.

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How to Create an Audiobook: What Authors Need to Know

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Two Words Publishing often find authors and publishers to have one of two positions on audiobooks: either they don’t know why it’s necessary or even desirable to have their book(s) in audio form, or they want to make every book in their catalog into an audiobook, no matter the length, genre, format, or cost. In this blog post, we would like to help authors in the first camp consider learning how to create an audiobook, and add it to their portfolio of Christian book titles, and those in the second camp to determine what type of book is a good fit for the audiobook format and when they can reasonably hope to be successful in it.

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