A brilliant book is easy to describe. That's good, because there are essential book descriptions that will factor into your chances for success.

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When asked if you're a writer, do you use excuse words to hold yourself down, or do you use positive language and build yourself up?

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For me, it’s way too intimidating to just start crafting a book with the first word of the first sentence, so I've learned how to release the valve to set my ideas and words free. Here are five ways I start writing a book to warm up, ease into it, and do some crucial background work so my story will truly come to life.

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Sometimes the solution to a problem requires you to stop and think. As an author, sometimes you need to step away from the keyboard to improve your writing and get your book finished.

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"When I was first trying to decide who I wanted to work with, I did quite a bit of research. I didn't want to have to figure out the cover art, and I sure didn't want to have to figure out the conversion, because I'm not a computer genius, I'm a story teller. I was so glad BookBaby was willing to work with me and really listen to my ideas."

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In our February BookBaby Twitter Chat, Lauren Lynne, certified teacher and author of the young adult series The Secret Watchers, shared her thoughts on how to engage kids with reading and the importance of writing in the classroom.

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There's nothing quite like escaping to your favorite book. In just a matter of pages you're transported to a new world, sympathizing with some characters, despising others. Yet sometimes, even when you have the best intentions, a book will sit on your table untouched because it's long, difficult, or otherwise intimidating.

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