Whether you're an old hand or a newbie who is serious about learning to write, the advice is the same: dig in and get that first book out of you.

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My self-publishing advice: learn as much as you can about the industry before you get started, have some clear goals, and a plan on how to achieve them.

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"You don't give up writing," says Warren Adler. "If you're a true artist, this is your artistry. Keep writing, keep reading, and stay curious. When in doubt, write on."

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There’s a powerful engine in your book, it’s just a bit hard to find. It’s in every word, it drives plot and characters and everything else.

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Like a hub at the center of a wheel with spokes, the center of your book is a necessary architectural arrangement. It makes the story go 'round.

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We've already got the Olympics, and even the Reading Olympics – at least they've got that in our school district here in the suburbs of Philadelphia – but this infographic puts global competition and reading in a new light.

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Charmisse M. Owens is a first-generation college graduate who self-published "Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started College" with BookBaby.

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