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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 6: Creating an LLC

For the next few weeks of your self-publishing journey, your primary task is to write. However, in the interest of helping you learn from my mistakes, if you're planning to create an LLC or small publishing company to help manage your books, now is the time to get that ball rolling!

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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 3: Find a Boost

If you've been following along with this little series, then over the past few weeks, you should have: set up your website, set your personal deadlines, reached out to potential beta readers for their engagement preferences, and lightly outlined your novel. Now, you just have to keep writing.

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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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An Ideal Writing Day

When it comes to writing, we all have an idea of what our ideal writing day would look like. Of course, it's rare that we actually get to enjoy such a perfect day -- most of the time, we just squeeze our writing in where we can -- but hey, we can dream!

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Get SMART: 5 Steps to Meet Your Writing Goals

Whether you're participating in the official NaNoWriMo or not, November is National Novel Writing Month, and for many people, that means setting a writing goal and sticking with it. Of course, by mid-November, more than a few people have fallen off the bandwagon, or maybe even missed the boat all together.

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Fire Sauce: The First Spark of Inspiration

On New Year's Eve 2015, I was on a year-long road trip with my cousin, and we were camping in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Georgia. After too many weeks of sleeping in my Honda Civic, we'd been excited about this opportunity to spread out; but it had been a freakishly cold winter in the South, and instead, we… Continue reading Fire Sauce: The First Spark of Inspiration