How to Outline a Nonfiction Book

how to outline a book

Do you dread taking time to write an outline for a book?Would you rather just put pen to paper and start to write and see where it takes you? Does it feel like a waste of time to begin with the “extra” work of writing an outline? It’s possible to write a nonfiction book by … Read more

The Perfect Writing Software And Apps For Your Writing Style

Writing Software

Ask any group of writers about their favorite writing program, and you’ll probably get a mix of answers — from Microsoft Word to Scrivener to Google Docs, with some lesser-known software thrown in. 

Some of us use more than one. We choose the tool of the moment based on the nature of the project we’re working on. 

Some prefer to stay out of the Cloud when they write. Others would rather stay in the Cloud because of the ability it gives them to bounce between devices as they write.

So, is there such a thing as “the best writing software” out there? And what are the best apps for writers in 2020?

It’s not so simple a question. But what you’ll learn in this post will clear the fog.

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Here’s what you need to consider when looking for the best book writing software:

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17 Steps to Earn Your First $1,000 with Self-Publishing

Self-publishing often can be a frustrating business. You hear about the success stories from some authors, but the books that you write seem to languish in obscurity.boo In fact, you might be spending more money on your books than you’re bringing in. Fortunately, there is a simple process you can follow to get the ball … Read more

13 Proven Tools for Discovering Bestselling Book Ideas

There are a number of excellent tools you can use to find that next book topic. In fact, I use a combination of over 13 tools to research the various topics in my book catalog.

It’s not easy to find the right topic for your next book.

Either your mind is full of half-formed ideas…

Or, you simply don’t know how to get started.

Fortunately, there are a number of excellent tools you can use to find that next book topic.  In fact, I use a combination of over 13 tools to research the various topics in my book catalog.

The best part?

If you go through the process just one time, then you’ll have a notebook full of ideas that will form the foundation of your author business. This means you never have to struggle with what you’ll write next.  All you need to do is open up your idea book and pick the topic that relates to your passion and personal experience.

In this blog post, I’ll go over 13 resources that I personally use to generate bestselling book ideas.  But first, I’d like to start with two key points.

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30 Surefire Ways To Bust Through Writer’s Block

Are you feeling stuck and uninspired in your work as an author?

Have you extinguished that spark of creativity that lights up your imagination and ability to write with ease?

Maybe you’ve lost track of where your writing was going, or you feel like the well of ideas has run dry.

Writer’s block affects all authors from time to time, but knowing this offers little comfort to those who are currently experiencing it. It’s a painful, frustrating place to be.

Author and blogger Jeff Goins has narrowed the causes of writer’s block down to these three common culprits:

Timing – your ideas aren’t quite well-formed enough to be memorialized in writing.

Fear – you feel way too vulnerable to put your work out into the world to be judged or criticized.

Perfectionism – you need everything to be perfect in your head before you start.

Science fiction author Charlie Jane Anders says that writer’s block is actually too broad a term for a number of different creative challenges. She breaks up the concept of writer’s block in these 10 problems:

  • Being unable to commit to a single idea.
  • Getting stuck on one part of the outline.
  • Getting stuck in the middle of the story or concept.
  • Hitting a dead end because you took a wrong turn a while back.
  • Feeling bored with characters who aren’t doing anything or material that seems dry.
  • Being paralyzed by future imagined negative reactions.
  • Not being able to think of the exact right word.
  • Thinking the story or idea was great in concept, but now seems all wrong in writing.
  • Getting stuck while slogging through revisions.

Having an awareness of what your block might be can enable you to judge how best to proceed.

Fortunately, authors have a variety of opinions for busting through writer’s block. Just remember that what works in one situation may not work in another. That’s why we at Authority.Pub encourage you to try out many different strategies to figure out what works for you.

Some are practical, some are more creative, and some are a little woo-woo. Whether or not you believe in muses and divine inspiration, don’t rule any out until you’ve tried them.

The most important part is that you do something. Don’t just sit there staring at an empty sheet of paper or a blank document on the screen. Once you get the momentum going, you will be on your way soon enough.

Here are 30 ideas on how to overcome writer’s block.

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71 Insanely Useful Book Marketing Ideas For Self-Publishers

Book Marketing

Boom!

Your book is finally written, and it’s freakin’ amazing (if you say so yourself).

You’ve sent it off to the editor for a spit and shine.

You’ve created a kick ass cover that looks, well, bestseller-worthy.

You’ve uploaded that sucker to Amazon, and you’re just waiting for the dollars to start rolling in and the readers to start punching in 5 stars and rave reviews.

But instead of that lovely sound of “cha ching,” all you hear is radio silence. Crickets. The vast void of nothingness.

“What the . . .?!! Why is no one buying? Did I upload this thing right?”

Could it be that maybe you forgot something — something kinda important? Something that’s a tad bit awkward and, um, uncomfortable?

Could you have neglected to market your book? Did you let anyone know you’ve published?

I know. You’re a writer, and writer’s write. They don’t hustle their wares like a used car salesman.

They don’t beg people to read their works of art or try to entice them with (yuck) markety marketing. How vulgar.

Ok, so you sent an email to your grandma and your book club. You told the lady at the check-out counter and maybe even mentioned it to your Facebook friends.

You did your part.

But did you really, I mean REALLY market the hell out of your book?

Please tell me you don’t expect Amazon to handle that for you. Please tell me you don’t think readers will just find you auto-magically.

Please, please tell me you didn’t spit over your shoulder, click your heals together, and wish upon a star that your book will sell itself.

I’m sorry to break this news, but we self-published authors have to get our hands and feet dirty in the messy business of promoting our own books.

No, it’s not glamourous. It’s not part of our craft. It might even be an anathema to your artistic soul.

However . . . it must be done. But only if you want people to buy your books. Otherwise, don’t worry about it. 🙂

For most writers, marketing isn’t a “natural” skill. (I don’t know if it’s natural for anyone.) In fact, most serious writers are loathe to draw attention to themselves or try to cajole someone into reading their books.

Fortunately, book marketing doesn’t have to be spammy or wheedling. If you view marketing as a service to your readers, maybe it won’t be so hard to learn the necessary skills.

If your book is good (and of course it is), and if your book offers something valuable to your reader (and of course it does), then you are simply informing your potential readers about something they will find worthy.  It’s all in the presentation, and that’s what we’re gonna talk about today.

Here’s the facts ma’am: you’re a self-published author, and ain’t nobody gonna market your book for you. It’s up to you and you alone (unless you hire a big, fancy marketing firm — but if you can afford that, then you don’t need to be reading this post).

So let’s review how you can market the sheer hell out of your amazing book and get those dollars rolling in — without selling your soul.

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How to Launch a #1 Best-Selling Book — The 5-Day Plan That Works

Book launches can be frustrating.

You dedicate a few weeks—even months—to writing the book. Then you spend a week or so promoting it. Finally, when the dust settles, you’re “rewarded” with a handful of daily sales.

But here’s the interesting thing…

Book launches aren’t that complicated
In fact, here at Authority.pub, we use a minimalist approach to launch our books. This is a strategy that adheres to the “80/20 rule” where we focus on the strategies that get results and ignore everything else.

With that in mind, in this post, I will detail the exact, day-by-day launch plan that generated 2,000 sales for our latest book in five days and was firmly positioned on the #1 spot in two top-level categories on Amazon.

But I have to warn you — it’s a strategy that requires long-term thinking and a dedication to building an actual business.

The good news? It’s also a strategy that can be easily repeated by any author who is dedicated to writing good books and building a loyal group of readers.

Let’s get to it!

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