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Exclusive Interview with Jeff Goins about Self-Publishing

Jeff’s the author of Goins Writer one of the most popular writing blogs online with over 200,000 monthly readers, the author of “Wrecked” and his latest book, “The Art of Work”. He’s also the founder and teacher of one of the fastest growing online courses for writers, Tribe Writers.

As successful and popular as Jeff Goins has become, he’s still a down-to-earth guy, whose number one goal is to help his readers, and especially his Tribe Writer students, achieve their writing dreams and more.


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The Secret to Getting Celebrities to Endorse YOUR Writing

So you’re a writer (or a painter, a singer, or an artist of any kind) and you want celebrities such as, Jerry B. Jenkins and Warren Adler, and perhaps you want to throw a mega blogger into the mix, like, say, Mr. Badass himself, Jeff Goins, all to endorse your work. So how do you do that?

Warren Adler

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17 Crucial Things Authors Forget to Do When Self-Publishing

This is a guest post by Shayla Eaton. Shayla is the president of Curiouser Editing and a connoisseur of the writing and editing process, having edited over two hundred books and countless articles, blogs, social media posts, and web copy. She is the author of The Curiouser Crusade and the Pre-Publishing Checklist.

Choosing to self-publish your book means you’re in control of the process. But like Ben Parker said to Spider-Man: “With great self-publishing comes great responsibility.” Or, you know, something like that.

Self Publishing

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Printable Quote Posters on Writing and Creativity

Another round of quotes on writing and creativity for you to enjoy. As always, feel free to print, re-post, and share on your favorite social networks. I’d love to know which ones are your favorites in the comments.

(Click on images for the high resolution versions.)

If writing is easy you're doing it wrong.

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How to Attract up to 1000 New Subscribers to Your Blog ASAP!

In a very real way, I’m embarrassed to post this, but in another way—it needs to be done!

I recently had One Single Post bring in over a t h o u s a n d new subscribers and it reached tens of thousands of readers. I was stunned, shocked, and, you guessed it, astonished (all of the usual superlatives)! But looking back it’s not as surprising as it might seem, so today I’m going to reveal how I did it and how you can do it, too.

You want to know the funny thing about creating such a post? You don’t have to be a great writer to create one and any blogger can do it.

Dare to Share

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What it Really Means to be a Writer (The Truth, No More BS!)

If you’re not willing to suffer through hours, days, weeks and yes, even months of not being able to write anything useable, then I’ve got some shocking news for you, writing isn’t for you.

What is your passion?

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21 Quotes to Reignite Your Passion for Writing!

I hope you enjoy the quotes. Feel free to share, print, and re-post. Click images for the high resolution versions.

Writers Are Cool


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How to Write a First Draft that Rocks! (Using the 4 D’s)

The Internet seems to be of two general thought schools on the subject of first drafts.

They go like this:

One: The first draft is your brain-barf, pure, unadulterated word puke, a memory dump, Michelangelo’s block of marble. The writer’s job in the first drafting process is to get as much of it down on paper as humanly possible; it’s for second drafts and beyond to chip away at the mess left behind.

Two: Word-spew is for amateurs. Efficient writers who want to write real books and make money to write more books will plot out their drafts, making Excel spreadsheets full of color-coded scene lists, arranged by character and codified by act. First drafts are the upwellings of all this hard pre-work, and are polished, precise, and require minimal rework before being shipped to your agent or CreateSpace, whichever you prefer.

Can I offer a third way? I’ve nicknamed it the “Four D’s” – four elements that help make a first draft, even an unpolished one, coherent and complete.


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Yes, No, or Maybe? How a Business Plan Can Help the Indecisive Writer

Note: This is a guest post by Becca Puglisi. Becca is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others. Her website, Writers Helping Writers, is a hub for all things description, offering tons of free resources to aid writers in their literary efforts. Her new online reference and brainstorming library, One Stop For Writers, will be available October 7th. ~

If I could pick one word to describe how my writing career has turned out, it would probably be unexpected. I started in 2004, composing YA fiction. That was all I ever wanted to write. But when an opportunity arose in 2008 to start a blog with my critique partner and writing soul sister Angela Ackerman, I took the chance. It was the right choice, even though a big chunk of my writing time had to then be devoted to nonfiction, since this would be the focus of our blog.

By 2011, our audience had exploded and they were clamoring for a published version of our content; in a very short period of time, I found myself a published nonfiction author. Four years and three books later, I’m not only a nonfiction author but also a speaker and writing coach­—a happy change, but a far cry from where I once envisioned myself as a writer.

Writer's Business Plan.

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3 Game-Changing Tips that Will Help You Beat Procrastination and Get Back to Writing Today

~This is a guest post by world renowned bestselling author, Jerry B. Jenkins. Jerry has written more than 185 books. He’s had 21 New York Times bestsellers, including the Left Behind series, and has sold more than 70 million copies. He now teaches his advanced writing techniques to aspiring authors at JerryJenkins.com. Read his 5 most crucial tips for anyone who wants to write a book.

Accept Procrastination as part of the Process

If you’re like me, you’ve had trouble getting your rear end in that chair and writing.

Or if you do get there, the last thing you’re doing is writing.

You don’t have to tell me. I’m a professional procrastinator. I know all the excuses.

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