43 Daily Journal Prompts That Will Make You A Better Writer

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No one decides to have writer’s block. No one wakes up in the morning and thinks, “I feel like having writer’s block today.”

On the contrary, getting stuck in a writing rut is something that everyone tries to avoid. What’s the best way?

Writing! Journaling, specifically.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “How can the cure be exactly what you want to do when your inability to do it is what’s ailing you?” It’s not. At least, not exactly. Let me explain.

Why Journaling Is Good For Writers

Your brain is a muscle. I’m sure you’re aware of that. The more you use it, the easier it is to use. The more you study for a test, the easier the test is to take. The more often you work puzzles, the easier they are to work.

When you exercise your brain, you see results.

You may have noticed how just the act of writing a chapter in your book will often spark ideas for the next chapter, or later chapters. Sometimes just creating an outline can generate ideas and cause you to start fleshing them out.

This is where journaling comes in—it’s a way to exercise your brain.

“Hold on,” you’re thinking. “What am I supposed to journal about?”

There will be some days when you write whatever comes to mind. But there will be other days when your brain will not cooperate. That’s known as writer’s block.

This is the perfect opportunity to use daily journaling prompts to unlock your creativity.

How To Use Journaling Prompts

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Why And How To Create A Facebook Group As A Self-Published Author

How to Create a Facebook Group

“Sure, I know the author of that book. We’re in a group together on Facebook.”

Be honest. How many of you would love to say that about your favorite author?

As a self-published author, chances are good there is someone out there (or a bunch of someones) who would love to say that about you, too.

You may be asking, “Who has time for that?” The answer is simple: self-publishing authors who are building a platform, increasing their following, and growing their income.

Creating a Facebook group is easy and only takes a moment of your time (we’ll get to that in a minute). Keeping it going—and growing—is the tricky part.

This is where you must invest a little time; it doesn’t have to be very much if you plan correctly.

Like any good marketing strategy, you’ll need to spend your time on social media wisely. Put a plan in place and stick to it so you don’t get sidetracked from your writing.

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Going Incognito: How to Choose A Pen Name

Incognito, How to Choose a Pen Name

Every time you publish a book, you’re putting your name out into the world.

People will look for you on Amazon and other bookselling sites, they’ll look on social media sites, and they’ll look for an author website.

Being a well-known writer and having your name instantly recognized might be the ideal for most self-published authors.

But, do you really want all that attention focused on your true identity?

What if you’re a member of the PTA at your child’s school, yet you want to write a bodice-ripper?

What if you are known for writing business books, but you want to write in an entirely different genre?

Or maybe your name is Ishcabbible Humperdink, and it just doesn’t seem to fit with the romance novels you want to write.

Using your own name in any of the above instances could cause problems, either for promoting the book you wish to write, your day job, or even the safety of you and your family.

What’s a writer to do? Choosing to write under a pen name (a.k.a. writing under a pseudonym, a.k.a. nom de plume) is an option writers use for many reasons.

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Learn The Proven Template For A Book Launch Press Release

Book Press Release

After months (possibly years) of writing, your book is finished.

You’ve spared no expense. You used the best writing software to write it.

You found and hired the perfect editor to polish your prose.

You teased your email list and social media followers with the title and asked for their help in picking an enticing sub-title.

Your cover designer teased your followers even more by asking them to vote for the most alluring design.

Now you have a publish date. You know exactly when it will be available to the public for purchase, and you want the world to know. But, how do you do that?

You write a book press release.

Think of a press release as the official announcement about your book that goes out to the media.

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A properly written press release will showcase your book in such a way that a journalist will read it and see that he or she doesn’t have to put in extra effort to make it interesting and compelling.

When you make it easy for a journalist, the odds are much higher your release (or an edited version of it) will get published.

What are the benefits of sending out a press release?

  • You gain online visibility as traffic is driven to your author website
  • You build your brand by gaining authority and credibility in your niche
  • You reach new customers as journalists use your press release for story ideas
  • SEO backlinks are created, which can help your site rankings
  • A well-written press release will be published in more than one newspaper or online media site. When multiple media outlets (newspapers, journals and blogs around the country—and even the world) publish your book press release, that’s called mass syndication.

You’ve seen press releases before, and you know they have a certain format and formula to them. However, you don’t want just any formula – you want a winning formula for your book press release.

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But you’ve never written a book press release before, let alone one with a winning formula.

Can you do it? Yes. Yes, you can. Here’s how…

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What Will It Cost You To Publish A Book?

How Much Does It Cost to Publish A Book

You’ll find many of the same questions posted in writing forums and Facebook groups.

“How much does it cost to publish a book?” is second only to the question of how to publish a book.

There are many things to consider when it comes to publishing a book.

Digital or print?

Self-edit or hire out?

Which company should you use to publish?

And the list goes on.

As with everything, the time you have available is a big factor. If you have time, you can research and learn all of the steps involved in publishing.

Some expenses are absolutely necessary for all self-published authors, but others are optional depending on your time, budget, and willingness to learn how to do things you may not have done before.

In this post, we will detail a variety of possible costs you can incur based on your own goals and budget.

How Much Does It Cost to Publish A Book?

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What Is A Book Editor’s Salary?

What Is A Book Editor's Salary?

Sally Smith (fictional character) is tired of working a 9-5 job that takes her away from her family five days a week.

Her current occupation requires a great deal of writing, so she decides to start a career working remotely as an editor.

With over a million ebooks sold each day, it’s apparent people still enjoy reading and writing—and all those authors need editors, right?

But, would Sally make enough money to replace her 9-5 income? What is a book editor’s salary, anyway?

To answer the question of salary, we need to first look at what exactly an editor does.

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The Secrets To Finding And Hiring A Cover Designer

The cover of your book is the first thing readers see when they browse brick-and-mortar or online bookstores.

Are the colors appealing? Does the cover convey the heart of the book? Is the title easy to read?

The fact that people will judge your book by its cover is exactly that: a fact. You need a cover designer who can sway people’s judgment toward the desire to purchase, not pass over.

Who should you hire?

Since you know exactly what your book is about, maybe you could create the cover yourself. Or, better yet, your cousin is currently looking for work – why not hire him?

While doing it yourself may save you money, if you have no experience with graphic design, you’ll be spending a lot of time researching and learning how to create covers—time you could spend working on your marketing, or writing your next book.

Research isn’t the only thing that will take up your time.

Much like the book-writing process itself, you’ll discover that every time you look at the cover there will be something you want to change. It will never be “just right” in your eyes since you know you can change it.

Hiring a relative may or may not save you money. If your cousin happens to be a book cover designer and understands what you’re looking for in a cover, go ahead and hire him.

But, make sure you have a contract and treat the arrangement exactly like any other business deal.

Make sure you get what you want, and make sure you pay for what you get. Don’t let any open-ended favors or expectations hang over your head and ruin family gatherings for the next few years.

Same goes for hiring friends: Hire them if they are professionals, not just because they are your friends.

Working with friends and family just for the sake of your relationship often causes problems. You think you’re doing them a favor by giving them something to do.

They think they’re doing you a favor and that you’ll love whatever they make for you because of your relationship with them.

You think they’ll know exactly what you want. They think you’ll understand if something comes up, and they can’t finish on time. Feelings can get hurt, and relationships can be damaged.

Where do you find a good book cover designer?

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