It can happen to anyone, even the best writers in the world. It's those times when you know you should be writing your book or your blog, but you just can't get yourself motivated. You just don’t feel like it. Cleaning the toilet or mowing the lawn seem like more attractive uses of your time. First thing: don't panic. Writer's apathy is completely normal. You’re not alone and you’re in very successful company. But you don’t want this to carry on forever, otherwise, nothing ever gets written, does it?
Independent authors suffer the indignity of working jobs that just don't nurture the artist within. Take heart – before they were famous, most every writer suffered the same sad fate of the "real job." Actually, as this infographic from Unplag.com indicates, some of these jobs bordered on the unreal.
My inbox has been filling up over the summer months, so it's high time for another edition of the BookBaby mailbag. From finding readers and getting reviews, to high-tech crafting and taking the plunge, our community spans the gamut, and there's lots to be learned!
Toby Neal and Holly Robinson are professional writers, i.e. authors who earn their primary income from writing. Toby is predominantly self-published and Holly mostly traditional, and both have multiple novels and various writing credits to their names. They’re also friends. Earlier this year, both Toby and Holly launched new novels, and in this interview, we find that their strategies and experiences had many similarities – and notable differences.
One helpful exercise you can engage in at the beginning of the writing process is to ask yourself specific questions to help discover the purpose behind your book. Answering these questions will help you uncover your intentions for yourself and your readers, and help define your niche book market.
Nina Amir, author of The Author Training Manual and How to Blog a Book: How to Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time, will be our guest for the August edition of #BBchat. Nina is a nonfiction editor, book proposal and blogging consultant, blog-to-book coach, and book and author coach with more than 33 years of experience in the publishing field.
A university professor recently asked, “Will print books still exist in ten years?” It was a provocative question, a question intended to spark discussion. When we stated emphatically, "Yes, of course they will!" he remained unconvinced. His undergraduate students prefer reading digitally, he attested, evidenced by the fact that they are constantly on their laptops and iPhones. He insisted that millennials' digital fluency is leading to a decline in print reading. His theory seems logical, but data doesn’t support it.