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3 Unusual Keys to Using Ebooks to Make a Living

By Leo Babauta

We are living in the most exciting time in history to be a writer, to publish your ideas, to make a living helping others.

It’s incredible because:

  • It’s easier than ever before to publish your ideas.
  • Publishing a book can be done by anyone.
  • Good ideas rise to the top in this new idea marketplace.
  • There are no limits to how you publish ideas —

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How to Finish That Ebook You Started Six Months Ago

A guest post by Ali Luke of Aliventures

Admit it. Somewhere on your hard drive, there’s an abandoned document: ebook-in-progress.

You once had high hopes for it. You were going to launch it to the world, make lots of money, and bask in your new-found fame and fortune.

Except, it wasn’t quite that easy.

At some point, you put that ebook draft aside …

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7 Reasons Why Joining a Book Club Will Help Your Writing

There are many rules of good writing, but the best way to find them is to be a good reader.
Stephen Ambrose

We’ve all heard accomplished authors say that the best thing for writers to improve their craft is to read widely.

When deadlines loom and life gets hectic, reading can be one of the first things to fall off the radar. Especially reading for pleasure.

Recently,

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How A Few Measly Words Can Dramatically Improve Your Article Headlines

A guest post by Sean D’Souza of Psychotactics

Put couple of tablespoons of petrol in your car’s tank today. And see what happens to the car.

I’ll tell you what. It’ll probably take you a few inches further.

And you’ll say to yourself: “What the heck? What difference will a few inches make?”
Just as you’d say: “What the heck? What difference will a word or two make to enhance the power of a headline?”

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Have You Considered Speechwriting?

A guest post by David Meadvin of Inkwell Strategies

I’ve focused almost my entire career on speechwriting for senior government officials.  When I left the public sector to launch my own speechwriting firm last year, I almost immediately started receiving inquiries from journalists and freelance writers interested in learning more about speechwriting.  In this article, I’ll tell you about how I became a professional speechwriter and share some tips for dipping your toe into the profession.

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Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2010/2011- The Winners

When we called for nominations for the Top 10 Blogs for Writers  Contest, we got over 500 responses. This year’s fifth annual competition was intense. Great to see how passionate readers feel about their favorite writing blog!

We ended up with 20 finalists.

The finalists were closely examined by our panel of judges,with the greatest weight on the quality of their content.

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This New Research Helps You To Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

A guest post by Darko of FinderMind.com

Don’t just do it, just get started!
What a great name of a blog for this topic! Write to Done, implying ‘Write and get it done!’.

Procrastination is a topic commonly discussed in the writer’s community. Yet, when it comes to the evidence presented to back up specific claims on procrastination, it all comes down to opinions.

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Use Facebook and Twitter to Drive Crowds to Your Blog

A guest post by Donny Gamble

You have a nicely crafted blog or webpage, in which you put a lot of effort adding that nicely written content, but now you need people to read those posts. Traffic is of major importance, because depending on the number of visitors:

  • You’ll get a better general ranking
  • Your profits will increase – more visitors -> more potential customers
  • You will have higher revenue from the ads

There are several online web marketing tools,

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Why (and How) I Decided to Self-Publish ‘Focus’

By Leo Babauta

When I got a book deal with mainstream publisher at the end of 2007, it was a dream come true for me as a writer. But this year, writing my second book (called “focus“), I decided to forgo the traditional publisher and publish it myself.

Why self-publish? Aren’t I shooting myself in the foot?

There are lots of advantages to getting a big publishing deal,

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