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Writing a Synopsis of Your eBook

A well-crafted summary of your book can serve many different purposes. Whether employed as a descriptor for potential agents and reviewers, or as a product description on an ebook site, writing a synopsis of your title is an essential aspect of generating interest. Typically the first exposure any reader will have to the work, nailing it is vitally important to the reception of your effort.

Here’s how to get it done properly.

Read Your Book

Yes—read your book. And right about now you’re saying, “This is ridiculous advice; I wrote it, I know exactly what’s in it.” And, well, you do. However, you know what’s in it from a writer’s perspective. To write a good synopsis, you need to get to know it from a reader’s perspective. Click Here to Read Article …

Your First Novel: 3 Big Actions to Make It Possible

Are you the type passionate about writing whether it’s everyday journaling, blogging, or fun? Maybe you have a word doc full of ideas or short stories.

There’s a voice saying… “You should write a book”. Friends and family have mentioned it, too.

You’ve teased the ideas. Maybe had written a chapter or two for the fun of it. Writing blogs and communities are your thing because you enjoy the feedback and prompts.

We’ve all got to start somewhere, right?

I’m guessing, because you’re reading this, you’re wanting to give the book writing thing a real go.

Great!

Everyone will approach it differently and have personal suggestions. Here are 3 big actions you can take to the process a little, less hectic and tedious.

From Short Stories to a Final Draft: 3 Actions to Make Writing a Book Happen

Kindle is a great platform to explore writing a novel. Its low barriers of entry let you explore creativity while delivering a tangible asset.

The learning process and experience is helpful, too.

Writing a Kindle ebook is about the same lengths as you would have in print. There are layers of planning, editing, and publication. It just happens you’re in control of the distribution – which is part of the allure of writing a book these days! Click Here to Read Article …

5 Secrets to Motivating Yourself

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What do you do when you’re feeling kind of blah and can’t seem to shake it?

Do you have ways to snap out of those moods and create a sense of drive and purpose?

If yes, keep doing what you’re doing (and leave a comment at the end of this post with your secrets).

If you’re like most of us, you may need a little extra help to get your mojo movin’ again.

Here are five ways to inspire yourself: Click Here to Read Article …

11 Tips for Better Brainstorming

What’s the first recommendation you get when you ask for advice on creative thinking?
Brainstorm!

This technique has received so much attention over the years that we’ve forgotten all about its foundational principles.

Not all online guides and resources have it figured out.

Brainstorming is much more than launching an app and noting your thoughts away.

Alex Faickney Osborn defined precise tenets when he developed the brainstorming technique (Applied Imagination, 1953). Although the main principles were set decades ago, they are still very effective. There is no point in diverging too much. Click Here to Read Article …

6 Tips to Be a Better Content Creator

Whether you’re a blogger, a podcaster or a vlogger, one of your main goals is to consistently produce new content — that’s why you’re called a content creator!

As a content creator myself, I’m always on the lookout for new tools and hacks that can help me be more productive and get things done.

In this post I discuss productivity hacks for content creators and tools that help you save up to a few hours each week.

I recently came across a system that has completely changed the way I approach my daily and weekly activities.

It’s also drastically increased my productivity and efficiency. Personally, I think the reason this one works so well, compared to others taught by “productivity gurus”, is that it has to do with the way we think. Click Here to Read Article …

What Successful Companies Do Differently

What is your big organizational initiative right now?

Perhaps, you’re focused on increasing sales, decreasing production costs or streamlining internal processes.

Maybe you’re in the strategic planning process or in budget hell.

Successful companies have processes in place to continuously monitor the performance of every function of the business.

Resources are allocated to examine the status of finance, production, logistics, service, partnerships and even consumer perceptions of the brand or company.

However, many overlook the organizational L-word: Learning. Be honest, when was the last time you pulled your best and brightest people into the conference room to examine the way your company learns? Click Here to Read Article …

How Anxiety Brings Out Our Best Writing

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This is not a guide to dealing with anxiety.

It’s not an article on why anxiety is evil.

I’m not going to tell you why we should feel good all the time.

This article is about the various anxieties I’ve felt as a freelance writer and how I’ve negotiated them.

It’s about how these anxieties often produce better material as a result.

There are three types of anxiety I most commonly have as a freelancer: Click Here to Read Article …

How to Think Outside the Box

“Get your head out of the clouds,” or something similar, is something many of us have heard at least once in our lives.

From a certain age we’re told and taught not to think outside of the box, and we soon find ourselves telling others the same.

This is incredibly limiting and prevents us from going all-out on what we can offer the world.

In this post, I talk about how a renowned start-up can teach us three simple, exciting and, ultimately, liberating lessons. Click Here to Read Article …