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7 Cliches to Avoid When Writing Romance Novels

romance novelsRomance novels are the most popular in self-publishing. There is an estimated $1.08 billion in romance sales per year. Self-published authors can make serious money writing romance novels. Romance readers are fiercely dedicated to their genre, but one thing is for sure: if you rely on romance cliches, you won’t get very far. Here are seven romance cliches to avoid when writing romance novels.
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5 Ways Writing a Novel is Harder Than You Think – And 5 Reasons Why You Should Do It Anyway

writing a novelSo you’ve decided you’re writing a novel. It’s an exciting time, brimming with possibility. Once you get to work, though, you may find that it’s harder than you thought it was going to be. Don’t let this deter you. Yes, it’s a hard job. But someone has to do it.
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Writing A Book 101: How to Create Character Development

writing a bookWriting a book comes with a multitude of learning opportunities. You may think you know all there is to writing a book—you just write whatever you want, obviously—but there are many tiny facets of novel, memoir, and poetry writing that you must pay close attention to. One of these is character development. Characters are integral to any kind of writing. A lot of books, in fact, focus more on character development than plot. The characters, in a sense, become the plot. Whether or not your book is plot-focused or character-driven, you’ll need to invest some time into making sure your characters are three dimensional, complex, and, creatures of change.

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How to Edit a Book: How Hiring a Freelance Editor Can Help Your Self-Published Book

how to edit a bookWe’ve done blogs on how to edit a book before. We firmly believe in the power of the self-published author. It requires the author to wear many hats – writer, editor, publisher, marketer, etc. However, we’re also never going to suggest passing up help, in any form. That’s why we recommend finding a freelance editor. Freelance editors know how to edit a book for publishing. They’ll be able to do so much more with your manuscript than you could on your own. There’s no shame in asking for help; really, a good book depends on it.
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What Happens After Self-Publishing a Book? 6 Ways to Build Author Credibility and Sell Your Book

self-publishing a bookSelf-publishing a book is an exciting adventure, one that doesn’t end with publication. The self-published author must remain an active participant (and, really, the only participant) in every aspect of book publishing. From writing the book to selling the book to maintaining an online author presence, the self-published author will never be bored! They will live and breathe for this book. A part of selling a self-published book is creating credibility as an author. Self-publishing a book is one thing; selling it and gaining fans is another.
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How to Market Children’s Books

Did you read Monday’s blog on children’s books? If not, catch up now.

children's booksYou’ll remember that earlier this week on the blog, we discussed how to write a children’s book. From the initial idea inception until the moment it lands in tiny, eager hands, children’s books are a promise to the next generation. They can teach lessons, inspire, and lead. Self-publishing a children’s book can be an incredible journey, and, like any self-published book, it doesn’t end with publication. You’ll be involved in every step of the way, and this includes the marketing of the book. Marketing self-published children’s books is an interesting task, different from the marketing of a regular book for one sole reason: the people buying the book are not the intended audience.

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How to Publish Children’s Books

children's books / writing a children's bookOne very popular genre of self-publishing is children’s books. Writing a children’s book is a noble feat: you’re passing along knowledge to the next generation. It may seem like just a simple little picture book, but these books are so immensely important to these kids. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that children who are read to frequently are more likely to:
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Why Self-Publishing and POD Publishers are Good for the Environment

POD publishers self-publishing Earth day is tomorrow, Saturday, April 22nd, and it has us thinking about how everything we do affects the environment – for better or for worse. There’s no doubt that each and every one of us can do our part to better the earth we live on. This is definitely true for writers. At DiggyPOD, the way we help is by cutting down on paper waste – by printing exactly the number of books you need. Self-publishing and POD publishers (print on demand) can help the environment by avoiding mass production.
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How Self-Published Authors Can Benefit From Having a Blog

author blogs creative writing blogsBlogging has been immensely popular online since the onset of the earliest form of social media. It is estimated that nearly seven million people post blogs onto websites. It is an incredibly useful tool for businesses, as well. 61% of U.S. consumers have purchased something based on a blog they read. Because 23% of total Internet usage time is dedicated to social networking sites and blogs, it’s incredibly smart to take advantage of this momentum, especially if you’re a self-published author. Author blogs or creative writing blogs are the perfect way to gain attention, keep it, and persuade those readers to buy your book.
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