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Monthly Archives: July 2015

3 Ways To Conquer Your Fear Of Failure

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Failure isn’t holding you back: fear of failure is.

We’re conditioned to fear failure, as if lack of failure guarantees success. The reality is that lack of failure equals lack of risk-taking, which is required for meaningful success.

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Here are three actions you can take to shake off the doubt and fail like a pro.

1) Embrace your mistakes.

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck identified a certain way of thinking shared by people who embrace their mistakes in the pursuit of [...]

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8 Things You Need To Know Before Pitching Your Book

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Have you ever been on a horrible job interview? Most of us have.  We say to ourselves after if only we had been more prepared by knowing what questions would be asked, been less nervous or dressed more appropriately, we would have nailed it.

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When we pitch our book ideas, prep work is the key.

Here are some tips for making the perfect pitch.

1.  Complete your work.

It is important [...]

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4 Ways To Blow Up And Rebuild Your Novel

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

If you watch a lot of the renovation shows on cable television, you’ve seen homeowners sometimes choose to completely tear down a space and rebuilding Instead of spending money on costly repairs here and there.

The benefit of starting from scratch gives owners a chance to re-create an area adding what will work best for their families and eliminate elements that no longer work at all. 

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We [...]

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What’s the best first date you’ve ever had? What made it memorable?  Most likely it led to a second and third date. 

When Psychology Today polled people about the ideal first date they ranged from quiet talks at coffee shops to going to an amusement parks. Three common elements that came up were getting to know each other, sharing or discovering common interests and fun.

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Your social media posts should also provide [...]

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5 Quotes on Writing from Elmore Leonard

by Nikki Woods on Monday, July 27, 2015

Literary legend Elmore Leonard will be remembered through his wonderful stories for years and years to come. You may be more familiar with his work than you are him. Get Shorty is probably the most notorious.

Leonard is my go to writer when I get stumped on a scene, especially when it needs a little bit of edge.

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Here are five of the more memorable quotes from Elmore Leonard. May they [...]

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6 Tips to Self-Publishing on a Budget

by Nikki Woods on Friday, July 24, 2015

If you’re like me, you started writing books when you were a child and all you needed was imagination, a pen, notebook paper, two sheets of construction paper and a stapler.

Self- publishing today is much more sophisticated.  Here are some tips for going pro without going broke..

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Here are some tis to self publishing on a budget:

1.  Choose the right type of editing.

Think carefully about the type of editing [...]

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4 More Writing Myths and How To Deal With Them

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, July 23, 2015

Writing is work – and much harder work than non-writers realize.

The first task of a writer is therefore to learn how to work, and a good start is to see through the negative or confusing beliefs, or systems of thought, which I call “Writing Myths.” If you want to know why most people just dream about writing books one day, or don’t finish the books they start, these (in my view) are the reasons.

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10 Things Authors Should Be Doing on Twitter Right Now

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Casually making references to your book a time or two on Twitter is like whispering it to one or two people at a crowded stadium.

But making a real effort to use Twitter to market you can wonders.  

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If you’re an author, Tweeting regularly will increase your social media presence and introduce you, your books and your brand to an audience you might not ordinarily reach.  Here are some tips [...]

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9 Tips for Crafting a Memorable Book Description

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

“Is your name wifi because I’m really feeling a connection?” 

That is not a great pick up line but it might get your attention. 

The question is, would it make you smile or would it make you roll your eyes? The same goes for when crafting your book description. It is the first line that will determine whether your book is worth their time.  

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Here are tips for making your book [...]

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8 Better Ways to Brand Yourself As An Author

by Nikki Woods on Monday, July 20, 2015

When we were kids we could be a fairy princess one day, an astronaut another and a schoolteacher the next without much effort. 

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Now that we’re all grown up, it’s time to choose one profession and to build up our brand so that our audiences are clear about who we are. Here’s how to do it.

1.  Find out how you want to be known.

How do you want to known as a writer? [...]

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