Software can inspire and empower its users. Scrivener did both for me and I’m excited to see what this software can do as I head to completion of my novel.

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Audiobooks are growing in popularity and market share, but independent authors should focus on the more foundational aspects of publishing and promotion that will bring a higher return on investment.

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A "hook" is a passage or bit of information that changes the stakes, pulls the reader along, and builds the trajectory of your narrative. Constructing a hook map can help ensure yours are serving your story.

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A self-edit should have you cutting what doesn't add to your written work. Strive for simple, effective construction of phrases to achieve a better final product.

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Interviewing a source can be an exciting part of your research, but the prospect of an hours-long transcription job can be a barrier to starting the writing process. Transcription software might be the answer you're looking for.

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You may think your manuscript is ready for publication, but are there holes in your story? A beta reader can help determine if there's still work to do.

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Being a writer, rather than someone who dreams of being a writer, is a challenge. Insecurity can be the twin of creativity — give yourself permission to just get started.

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