ASP 34: Expert Editing Advice from Team Writership

Quote of the Day:

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”

– Arthur Plotnik

Today’s guests are Alyssa Archer and Leslie Watts from Writership.org, whom Steve has met previously. Alyssa and Leslie will actually be working with Steve on the book that he is currently co-authoring with Hal Elrod. Leslie does developmental and structural editing, and also does some proofreading.

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10 Ways Bloggers Leave Money On The Table When They Don’t Self-Publish

Are you a blogger looking to generate extra income? If so, then pay close attention here… Bloggers who haven’t attempted to self-publish books related to their blog niche are leaving money on the table. Not just a few hundred dollars — but potentially thousands of dollars a month. Fortunately, writing a book is not that …

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ASP 30: Draft Hacks: No-Nonsense Tips for Your 2nd and 3rd Drafts

Quote of the Day:

“I hate first drafts, and it never gets easier. People always wonder what kind of superhero power they’d like to have. I wanted the ability for someone to just open up my brain and take out the entire first draft and lay it down in front of me so I can just focus on the second, third and fourth drafts.”

– Judy Blume

In Steve and Barrie’s experience, the second and third drafts require you to be more meticulous whereas the first draft is more of stream-of-consciousness writing exercise. Today, the two authors talk about how to best polish your manuscript once the first draft is on paper.

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ASP 29: How to Be a Successful Book Hooker

Quote of the day:

“To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.”

– George Kneller

In Steve’s interview with Derek Doepker, Derek touched upon creating book hooks, and how it has been critical to his success. Today, Steve talks about the subject in more detail.

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ASP 18: Project Management for Authors

Quote of the day:

“Nothing is less productive than doing what should not be done at all.”

– Peter Drucker

Before we dive into today’s topic, here’s a bit of housekeeping. We want to keep you updated on the future of our podcast. The first 15 to 20 episodes have been on self-pub topics with Barrie, Ron, and Steve. Once those are complete, we will begin to invite experts to share their thoughts and cool things that they have been doing!

Now, today we are talking about priorities. Too often, we spend so much time on the wrong things. Learning to manage projects and focus on the right things is the key to success. Here are a few questions we have received about focusing on the right projects, and our ideas to help you be more successful in maintaining good priorities.

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ASP 08: How to Overcome Fears, Doubts, and Burnout

Quote of the day

Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.

– Holley Gerth

Writing can be a scary thing! You are putting yourself out there, presenting your thoughts and ideas and making yourself vulnerable to critique and criticism. But they say that nothing good comes easy, so maybe that is why writing is so rewarding. In today’s podcast, we discuss fear, doubts, and burnout as they relate to writing.

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