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How to choose what goes into your book

You’ve been in business for a few years now, and you have a whole slew of marketing content up your sleeve – brochures, flyers, blog posts, articles, interviews, case studies and more. Writing a book should be easy, right? You can just use your existing content to bulk up your word count.While using existing content […]

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NEVER apologise for what you write

Over the past year I’ve edited a few books which have touched on mindset, spirituality and the law of attraction as a part of the main framework of the book. And I’ve noticed that, whenever authors write about an area that might be deemed unusual or unconventional in their circle, they tend to apologise.The first […]

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3 things I wish I knew before self-publishing

Pat Fitzpatrick is an Irish writer who just self-published his first novel Keep Away From those Ferraris. A few months later, and what does he wish he new before self-publishing? (originally published at http://catherineryanhoward.com/2014/01/22/3-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-self-publishing-my-novel/)It’s over a month since I self-published my new thriller. Now that I have some distance from all the madness, it’s time to warn others what it […]

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Why you shouldn’t rely on spell check

Eye have a spelling chequer,It came with my Pea Sea.It plane lee marks four my revueMiss Steaks I can knot sea.​Eye strike the quays and type a whirredAnd weight four it two sayWeather eye am write oar wrongIt tells me straight a weigh.​Eye ran this poem threw it,Your shore real glad two no.Its vary polished […]

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3 ways to research your book

Following last week’s post, if you think your book could use a bit more research, here are some ideas to get you started.1. Interview expertsInterview some people who are experts in your book’s subject matter. Some of us get stumped on this one, because we think, “well I don’t know any experts,” but you might be surprised.An […]

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How much research does your book need?

One of the questions I often get asked by writers who are in the writing (or planning) process is how much research they need to do for their book.The amount of research you need depends on two things:1Your knowledge as an author, and2The subject of your book.1. Your knowledge as an authorThe more knowledge you have […]

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5 ways to keep your writing momentum up over Christmas

With Christmas coming up, it’s easy to lose your writing momentum as you lose yourself in the holiday festivities. Unfortunately, once you lose momentum, can be even harder to get back into the habit of writing than it was to get started.So, here are some tips to ensure you don’t lose momentum this holiday season: […]

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5 steps to plan your book (my fail-proof process)

Whenever people ask me how to write, and how to write quickly, I always give the same advice: “Create a thorough plan of your book, including chapter topics, the main points you’ll cover in each chapter, the examples you want to use, and even your quotes. The more thorough your plan, the less you’ll have to […]

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NaNoWriMo and how to survive it

Welcome to November, aka National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo)!From November 1-30, writers from around the world commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.Just think…in just 30 days you could be calling yourself a novelist.In 2019 there were 798,162 active novelists signed up and 367,913 novels completed.What’s your excuse?For those of you brave enough, […]

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