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Flavorwire’s 10 Stunning Writing Studios

Flavorwire’s 10 Stunning Writing Studios

10 stunning writing studiosOnce again, Flavorwire has compiled a list for writers that will probably stir up some inspiration AND envy.

We’ve already gotten a glimpse of the world’s best bookstores and the world’s most beautiful libraries.

Now we get to see 10 stunning writing spaces — woodland cabins, backyard sheds, renovated barns, suspended studios, wetland retreats, and more. 

Check out these little sanctuaries of words at Flavorwire.

Where do YOU go to get your best writing done? 

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The most popular writing app right now is from the 19th Century

The most popular writing app right now is from the 19th Century

Well, the app itself obviously isn’t from the 19th century, but it’s meant to mimic a technology that first came to use in the late 1800′s: the typewriter, and it even has the look and sound (if not the feel) of those charming old devices.

It was created by Tom Hanks (yes, THAT Tom Hanks) and it’s called Hanx Writer. This typewriter-on-your-iPad is now #1 in the iTunes App Store thanks to a bunch of nostalgic writers, curious youngsters, and ironic techies.

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BookBaby partners with Writer’s Digest to launch Blue Ash Publishing

BookBaby partners with Writer’s Digest to launch Blue Ash Publishing

Blue Ash Publishing: self-publishing solutions for authorsNew self-publishing imprint launching this month

BookBaby is excited to announce that we’ve entered a partnership with Writer’s Digest to launch a new self-publishing division named Blue Ash Publishing.

“Blue Ash Publishing authors are truly getting the best of both worlds in self-publishing,” said BookBaby President Steven Spatz. “In addition to the education resources of Writer’s Digest, authors will get the advantages of worldwide eBook distribution through BookBaby’s sales network, plus inclusive access to a powerful suite of promotional tools through our BookPromo™  program, as well as have the opportunity to print physical copies of their books. It’s a perfect marriage between two leading companies in the self-publishing space, and authors will reap the benefits.”

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You’re not ready to promote your book until you’ve filled out your author questionnaire

You’re not ready to promote your book until you’ve filled out your author questionnaire

Author questionnaireThe terrific memoirist and poet Sandra Beasley, in addition to all her teaching, readings, and conference appearances, also somehow finds time to maintain a blog, offering incredibly useful advice for other writers.

In one recent post called 360 Degrees she talks about how important an author questionnaire can be for any writer who’s about to launch a book:

This week, I was working on my Author’s Questionnaire for W. W. Norton, in preparation for next summer’s publication of Count the Waves, my third poetry collection. These are onerous documents; what starts out as a 2-3 page list of questions can swell to a dozen pages, single-spaced. But they are incredibly helpful as a way of organizing one’s thoughts in preparing for publication. I know so many folks who–after jumping the hoops to editorial acceptance–are ambushed by the additional hoops it takes to sell the book. The Author’s Questionnaire is meant to help itemize your contacts, expand your market awareness, and rehearse answers to likely questions.

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Hang up the gloves and help!

Hang up the gloves and help!

Bookarma[This article was written by guest contributor Nancy L. Baumann of Bookarma.]

It’s a competitive world out there. Whether you’re seeking a job opportunity or trying to find a parking spot, life can be a battle zone!

I’m so glad authors don’t have to be that way. Our profession is unique. We’re not in competition with each other because people are always going to buy books! It’s not like readers will only buy one or two books a year, and they have to decide between yours and mine. Books are relatively inexpensive, and when readers find something that interests them, they’re going to snatch it up. When I share your books, it doesn’t threaten mine at all.

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Blogging tips for authors: how to generate new blog ideas

Blogging tips for authors: how to generate new blog ideas

10 Blog Ideas for Professional AuthorsI’ve heard from quite a few authors lately who just can’t think of anything interesting to write about on their blogs.

Sure, they know frequent blog updates are crucial for keeping their existing readers engaged, updating social media feeds, and  attracting new visitors to their websites. In short, they know that blogging is one of the best free tools for promoting their books.

But they also feel like most of their creative energy goes into those books, and there’s not much left over for weekly or, God forbid, daily posts. And forget about sticking strictly to a content-publishing schedule (which would, if they could muster it, create a sense of expectation and excitement in their readers).

If this sounds familiar, if you’re an author struggling to generate the kinds of blog posts that consistently interest your fans, I hope the three articles linked below will help you find the missing inspiration to blog, blog often, and build a bigger readership for your books:

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eBooks vs. printed books: why you shouldn’t have to choose sides

eBooks vs. printed books: why you shouldn’t have to choose sides

eBook vs. printed bookThe way some bloggers talk about the rapid changes in today’s publishing industry, you might think that authors were declaring allegiances and going to war: Digital vs. Paper, New vs. Old.

Print books, eBooks, free books, high-dollar limited editions! What’s an author to do?

Well, for one thing, forget the hype and sensational headlines. Realize that you don’t have to choose a side. In fact, you SHOULDN’T.

I recently wrote a guest post for Bookarma about why today’s successful self-published authors are taking advantage of the benefits of both the eBook and print book formats — and why you should be selling physical and digital copies of your book too.

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7 ways to promote your books with video

7 ways to promote your books with video

video promotion for authorsReading can be an immersive experience, but that also means it often takes us time to “get into” a good book. Once we’re there, we’re hooked. At quick glance, though, the first page of your novel looks exactly like everyone else’s: black type on white paper.

That’s why video can be so helpful in creating interest in your writing, in your career as an author, and in your creative process. Short videos feel more immediate — so they’re far more digestible and sharable than, say, a sample chapter from your novel. 

Here are a handful of ways to use video to promote your books and writing career:

1. Create a compelling book trailer.

2. Shoot an on-camera interview.

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eBook pricing strategies for authors

eBook pricing strategies for authors

eBook PricingOne of the most common questions we hear at BookBaby is some variation of “how much should I charge for my eBook? $9.99? $4.99? $2.99? Less?”

Like most good questions, this one doesn’t have one simple answer. In fact, we usually have to ask the author a few questions ourselves in order to get some context:

  • What is your goal with this book?
  • How much do you want to make from each sale?
  • What is the size of your existing readership?

eBook pricing, just like promotion and the writing of the book itself, doesn’t work the same for everyone.

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Proofreading software to save you time

Proofreading software to save you time

Book Editing[This guest post was written by Amy Cowen, a writer who learned a lot about online proofreading tools while editing her own articles. Today Amy is happy to share a few tips with you.]

Proofreading software saves you time in two ways. Firstly, it picks up on the easy mistakes. That is why most people run a spelling and grammar check as soon as they finish their work. The second time you use it, you do so to double check your changes near the end of the final draft. You check for places where you may have repeated yourself or cut a line short without realizing. Here are three proofreading programs and services that you can access online to save yourself a little time when proofreading.

Proofread By GrammarBase

This highly-rated tool helps you manually proofread your own work. It’s a web-based tool, which means there is no downloading and the computation is done on their server. It will work with most of the popular web browsers and you may either copy and paste the text onto the screen, or you can upload the file to Proofread and have it checked that way. (Depending on length, you may be required to upload the document).

Proofread will tell  you how many critical mistakes you have made. These are mistakes that could potentially make your work appear of lower quality. As you know, a simple grammatical mistake may change the point of what you are saying entirely. It will then give you suggestions for things you can change within the text. Like any spelling and grammar program, you do not have to accept any of the suggestions.

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