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Week 15: Writing Your Book Blurb

After you've spent months churning out a novel, the thought of condensing it down into a few short paragraphs for the back of your book may feel a little bit daunting. But you can actually create a quick draft of your book blurb relatively early in the publishing process. There are just a few things you'll need.

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Weeks 9-15: Buckle Down and Finish that First Draft!

By the time you reach week nine of the self-publishing process, you'll already have quite a few things on your plate. So, if you've found yourself drowning in the administrative details of preparing to release your first novel, this is the point at which you really want to step back and make sure that you finish your first draft. After all, you'll want to have plenty of time for revision and editing before your publication date!

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Week 7: Explore Outlets for Feedback

When it comes to self and indie publishing -- especially if you're doing all the design work on your own -- it's important to find sources of unbiased feedback wherever you can. And it's never too early to started searching!

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Week 5: Writing, Roadblocks, and Where to Go from Here . . .

This is week 5 of the self-publishing process, and at this point, your only duty is to write. Write, write, and write some more. Of course, as COVID-19 has shown us, sometimes unfortunate things can happen while you're working on a project, and those things are often out of your control. So if you're running into some writing roadblocks, read on! #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

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Week 4: Productive Procrastination with Cover Art

It's week four of writing your novel, and if you're anything like me, you may be starting to lose steam. Maybe you can't figure out what happens next in your story, or maybe you just want to take a little break before you dive into Act II. And that's okay. Don't feel guilty! After all,… Continue reading Week 4: Productive Procrastination with Cover Art

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Week 1: Setting Deadlines

Welcome to week 1 of "How to Write and Publish Your First Novel"! Last week we talked a little bit about the importance of precursors, like deciding whether you're a hobbyist or a career writer, setting a tentative publication date for your goals, and creating your author website. Now, it's time to get planning!

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How to Write and Publish Your First Novel: Blog Series, Coming Soon!

Now that Pieces of Pink is officially out, it's safe to say that I've learned a lot about independent publishing in a very short amount of time. From LLCs to Photoshop and InDesign, there are so many road blocks that spring up along the way -- especially for your first novel -- and it can be really helpful to have a clear-cut guideline to get you moving in the right direction.

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Pieces of Pink: Pre-Orders Available!

On March 8th, my first novel officially hits the Amazon shelves. But today, you can pre-order your paperback or Kindle copy!

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Write, Rewrite, Repeat: How to Revise Your Story

When I was a freshman in college, I discovered Nanowrimo. Excited, I emailed my creative writing professor about mentioning it in class, thinking it might be a fun extracurricular activity for the other students. Although I didn't save her exact response, it went something like this: "Nanowrimo is silly, because there's no way a person can write anything but complete garbage if they only give themselves a month to do it." At the time, I felt ashamed and embarrassed for even suggesting something so foolish; but I've grown up a little since then, and now I know she was wrong. If you never write garbage, you never write at all.

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Pieces of Pink: A Q&A with Memes!

In less than two weeks, I'll be releasing my first novel, Pieces of Pink. As thrilled as I am to be putting my work out there, my friends and family have a lot of questions about my subject matter. So, I'd like to take some time to address those questions (along with a few lighthearted memes).