Building an author platform takes time, and you won’t get far if you wait for some magical moment. But you have the freedom to focus on the activities you like, so don’t make your life difficult by forcing something that’s not really you.

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Use an editing pass to produce a map of your reader's suspension of disbelief. Once you've created a universe in which your reader is immersed, you can focus on polishing your manuscript for publication.

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For everything you're told you have to do as an independent author publishing and promoting a book, I'd argue there are only two absolute, universal musts: you must get a professional edit and you must have your own author website.

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"I'm not a brand, I'm an author!" True, but the purpose of branding is the same whether you’re selling books or bran flakes: to let customers know what they’re going to get before they buy.

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Writing snippets are practical, creative exercises that let you work on specific elements of your writing and explore styles outside your comfort zone.

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Life is short. Life is busy. How can you possibly add writing that book you to your stacked schedule? It starts with a commitment. To finish writing a book, you need to get started.

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Editing software can improve your creative writing, and since you're alerted to corrections and suggestions, you can also expect to learn a lot and grow as a writer.

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