Friday, December 16, 2016

9 Unique Gifts for Writers

If you're looking for gifts for friends or family that love to write.  Look no further.

Check out some really unique gifts below:

1. Asus Transformer Mini 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop

Asus Transformer Mini

This versatile device includes Windows 10, one-touch login and all day battery life. Great for those long plane or train journeys when you want to write notes and ideas for a manuscript.

2. Microsoft Ergonomic Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse

Microsoft Ergonomic Desktop Keyboard and Mouse

A keyboard that mimics the curved shape of the fingertips, helps maintain correct ergonomic hand and wrist position.

3. Wacom Bamboo Slate Smart Pad

Wacom Bamboo Slate Smart Pad
Digitize your notes with touch of a button.  Enhance, edit and store your notes on your IOS or Android device with Bluetooth.

4. Moleskine Ruled Reporter Notebook

Moleskine Reporter Notepad

Every writer needs a really good notebook to slip into a bag or jacket pocket.  For all of those interesting things you want to make note of..

5. Writeway Professional Edition

Writeway Professional Edition
Since its launch in 2003 has been helping all writers from basic hobbyists, aspiring authors to New York Times bestsellers.  From concept and characters right through to your completed manuscript.

6. 1 Page at a Time

1 Page at a Time
Step away from the internet, you'd be surprised at what you can achieve.  With 365 prompts you'll find no end of encouragement for your writing.

7. Writer's "Go Away I'm Writing" Heat Sensitive Coffee Mug

Heat Sensitive Coffee Mug
Start off the day in a quirky and playful way.  Enjoy your coffee in a heat reactive colour changing coffee mug.

8. Rocketbook Smart Notebook

Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
The world's first smart, microwave to erase and re-use notebook.  With the freedom of a traditional pen and paper notebook The Rocket Notebook will instantly blast your notes into the Cloud using your smartphone.  Re-use your notebook and erase your notes using your microwave.

9. Edgar Allen Poe Coffee Mug

Edgar Allan Poe Coffee Mug

Quotes and images from the great writer.

Read More About Writing: Quick Guide to Writing 2000 Words a DaySimple Guide to Grammar and Punctuation Part 1

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Pricing Your eBook: 5 Amazing Tips on How to Price Your eBook

These days its unheard of charging $60 or $70 for an eBook.

Even charging $25 for really good content could raise a few eye-browse.  Times are hard and money can be pretty tight so who's going to buy a $25 eBook?

Not many people I'm guessing.

eBooks Can be Too Cheap

Most people opt for the $0.99, pricing their own eBooks too cheaply.

On, for example, you can find eBooks ranging from $0.99 to $20 and more.

Often eBooks priced lower contain more value than eBooks priced at $10 and over.

In this age of technology eBooks cost nothing to write unlike a paperback book which requires a publishing house.

When you publish an eBook you have no printing costs, publishing fees, postage or packaging costs to worry about.

With a basic laptop or PC anyone can write an eBook.

So bearing all that in mind the list below will help to decide on how to price your eBook productively.

1. eBook Production Cost

If you've paid someone else to write, proofread or create an eBook cover design you need to factor that into your pricing.

If you've written and created your eBook from start to finish, without outsourcing, you'll not acquire any costs.  The price you choose to sell your eBook at would be all profit.

2. Quality and Length of Content

How long is your eBook?  If it is 20 pages or less it may be more sensible to price it more affordably may be up to $3 or $4.  If you've written over 70 pages it might be worth a bit more, so about $5 to $10.

Don't think that it lessens the quality and value your eBook provides if its only around 20 pages.

3.  Value and Uniqueness of Content

Does Your eBook Stand-Out From the Crowd?

If your eBook is solving a problem, this is seen as something valuable.  Particularly if it offers a unique perspective, your thoughts, knowledge and insight on a particular subject can add value.

4. Cost of Selling Your eBook

If you're selling your eBook independently through your own website via a platform such as Payhip or Selz the costs incurred are usually pretty small.

Using a third party ecommerce platform such as ejunkie, ClickBank etc your fees will be a bit more.  These fees need to be taken into consideration when pricing your eBook.

5. Your First eBook?

If this is your first eBook, or even the last eBook you wrote.  Was it received well? Did you make any money?

Trust is something that is built-up with your audience over time.  People need to know what you're about before they start buying.

I've priced my eBooks high and low, discovering that the $2.99 mark seems to suit my eBook price.

Quick Summary -
  • Recognise how much your eBook cost to create.
  • Recognise your eBooks value and uniqueness to your target audience.
  • Recognise how much content you've written for your eBook.
  • Recognise how much your eBook is going to cost to sell.
  • Recognise whether you've done your research well enough.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Become a Better Writer: Dealing with Criticism in 4 Steps

Writing is a process that is both intimate and solitary, receiving any feedback from other people can be extremely stressful at times.

It doesn't matter the size of the project undertaken, receiving any negative criticism can feel painful.

In the long good and bad feedback are a process all writer's need, but dealing with that criticism and becoming a better writer because of it is what I want to touch on today.

Best Place to Start is Changing Your Mindset

Don't look at negative reactions as a reflection on you, see it as an opportunity to be a better writer.

It's not easy giving back thoughtful criticism and being able articulate your thoughts in such a way as to help the writer.

Step 1: Collect Your Thoughts, When Words Sting

All natural responses are okay this includes anger, frustration and guilt.  Don't let any of those emotions guide your response.

Instead take a deep breath, collect your thoughts.  Have a walk, call family or friends, anything that can distract you in that moment.  Helping you to clear your head and give a measured response.

Step 2: Analyse Your Source

Don't take your feedback to heart because people are people at the end of the day.

The more time you spend writing the stronger your personal rudder will become, helping you to self-edit and navigate through comments good and bad.

Step 3: Identify What You're Being Told

After you've cooled down go back over your feedback and recognize what you're being told.

Are you being to clumsy with your topic? Is there a problem with your story, prose or characters?

At first glance it may look like everything is wrong, but when you start to identify the problem it may be one or two small things that need changing.

Step 4: Seek Clarification

Once you understand the feedback, send an email summarizing the changes required or talk it over on the phone.

Read More About Writing: How to Write Like a Writer Everyday, If You Feel Like it or Not, A Quick Guide to Improve Your Research Skills and Write Accurately

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Quick Guide to Writing 2000 Words a Day

I decided fairly recently that I really needed to set myself a new goal.  Something that would both encourage me and motivate me more.

That's when I came up with writing 2000 words a day, as a start and something  I could build on as times goes by.

I want to motivate anyone who reads my blog to put away all excuses and start writing more.  Even if its 500 words a day, that's a good start and something you can build up gradually.

You could use it to write your daily journal, your dreams, your plans or even that novel you've been wanting to write.

If you feel yourself opposing those words as you read them, welcome to the Writing Resistance Syndrome club!  You're probably thinking you have to take care of the kids: you have a job; you have the dinner to make: you need to check on your social media.

I don't have kids or any pets, but I do have responsibilities I need to take care of during the day.  Don't think that every day is productive for me, because it can be anything but.  It's easy to waste time when you have devices and the TV at your fingertips.

Inside you head you probably think you can write page after page, but you discover the reality is very different.

So how to you write more than 2000 words a day when every fiber of your being is telling you to resist?

Things you don't need to worry about:
  • You don't need to worry about distraction.
  • You don't need to rent a cabin in the woods.
  • You don't need to cut off the internet.  That's insane!
  • You don't need to bury your iPhone.
1. Writer's Block is a Myth

Everyone gets tired and finds writing difficult, it doesn't make it a block.  If your mind is blank in a particular topic try something else.  Don't worry if your writing is rubbish, write anyway.  Be more creative if you can't think of a single word, don't restrain yourself.  Read books, take a walk.  Never say its writer's block.  By giving this myth power you've destroyed your ability to write consistently.

2. Don't Stop the Writing Flow

When you start writing your inner writing voice comes out, it can seem a little faint sometimes but it's there.  When you're in full writing flow don't interrupt it.  Don't take a break until its finished its say. The more you write the more you'll hear it.  You can take your breaks, be distracted, but don't do it when the writing voice is in its flow.

3. Don't Go to Bed Until You've Written 2000 Words

This gives you a full day, but make sure you get 2000 words in!  If your favourite TV soap or drama series is on, make sure you write 2000 words.  Keep telling yourself you will get those 2000 words a day done, and don't take no for an answer.

Read More About Writing: Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Online ArticlesQuick Guide to Writing 2,000 Words a Day.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

10 Courses to Blog Your Way to Success

Blogging has changed immensely over the years and competition is stronger than ever. 

One of the best places to start learning is from more experienced bloggers who already have a wealth of experience and knowledge behind them.

You can spend months experimenting and learning yourself, but this can be both annoying and depressing and can take forever.

Fortunately their are plenty of bloggers willing to share their own experience and knowledge.  Check out the 10 professional blogging courses that could benefit your blogging journey and make you a successful blogger.

2016 Blog Blueprint: How to Turn Blogging into a Career

Daniel Boehm takes you through one of the most comprehensive blogging courses online.  A blogging courses that will hold you by the hand from a to z and lay it all out in front of you with no gimmicks, no expensive software and no stones left unturned. 
Blogging to Freedom: Create Your Independence with Blogging

Kraig Mathias built his independent online business from scratch (from $0 to over $60,000 in revenue).  This course is designed for the entrepreneur at heart who wants to build an online platform as the foundation for an eventual business venture that will bring them the freedom, options and independence they're looking for to create in their life.

7 Steps to Blogging Mastery

Jeff Bullas teaches you the core skills that you need to master blogging in a digital world.  You'll be shown how to achieve blogging success based on real life business lessons from years of blog sweat and tears.

This course will teach you how to build a platform that can take you to new heights of creativity, global engagement and business opportunity.

This course is geared for authors and newbies looking to engage readers interested in your business and you.  Discover how you can blog to your own schedule as a stress-free way to assist your career.

If you're feeling stifled in your 9 to 5 job and want to start exploring other opportunities.  This course is designed so that you don't have to spend hundreds of hours in the beginning because Stephen beak, course creator, teaches you the right way to things so you don't make the mistake that many people make when launching their blog.

Snehal Wagh teaches you the relationship between content production, traffic and income are the core drivers of a successful blog, if you take your blogging business seriously then you need to know your numbers, or at least a basic understanding.

You're bombarded by thousands of marketing messages on a daily basis, with all of this overexposure and an ever growing market it becomes noisier each day.

Dwayne K. Sutton shows you how to use a blog to break through the noise, connect emotionally with an eager audience, and build a world-class brand.

Want to start a blog...but don't know where to start?  This is a crash course for those who want to learn more about blogging before diving in or who aren't sure what to consider before starting a blog.

Laurie Wang a professional lifestyle blogger teaches you the various ways that you can turn your personal blog into a business.  You'll walk away with insights on how to sell products and services with your blog and how to create other streams of income from your passions.

Bestselling author Rebecca Livermore shows you how to beat writer's block forever and get more writing done in less time.
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Delectable List of Impressive & Creative Power Words for Headline Grabbing Blog Content

A blog without words is like a sandwich without butter. It doesn't matter if you're using emotional, strong or short powerful phrases they all hold meaning.  How you use them and what you use those words for can help you sell more and gain more readers.

I'm going to show below a list of the most powerful words you can use when you blog.

Let's consider something that's prestigious or exclusive:
  • Insider
  • Trending
  • Rare
  • Sneak peak
  • Undiscovered
  • Glamorous
  • Luxurious
  • Expensive
  • Secret
  • Elite
  • Ridiculous
  • Hilarious
  • Profound
  • Heartwarming
  • Amazing
If you're looking to excite your readers use these words:
  • Engaging
  • Riveting
  • Thrilling
  • Intriguing
  • Captivating
You want to write with some authority and power:
  • Guaranteed
  • Definitive
  • Comprehensive
  • Validation
  • Ironclad
  • Legitimate
  • All inclusive
  • Absolute
  • Surefire 
  • Documented
If you're writing about how someone should proceed in your blog, use these words:
  • Caution
  • Emergency
  • Recession
  • Provoke
  • Scared
  • Catastrophe
  • Shocking
  • Terrifying
You're writing about money:
  • Unlimited
  • Cheap
  • Profitable
  • Forever
  • Instant
  • Immediately
  • Promotion
  • Triple
  • Double
  • Now
Your blog post us talking about being out of control, try these words:
  • Agonizing
  • Painful
  • Deadly
  • Lunatic
  • Frenzy
  • Hateful
  • Treacherous
  • Uncontrollable
  • Insane
  • Vicious
You're writing about something that's memorable or cool:
  • Legendary
  • Exquisite
  • Explosive
  • Spell binding
  • Brilliant
  • Epic
  • Awesome
  • Triumph
  • Astonishing
  • Astounding
When we start out writing we never think of using interesting words to make our message connect with our audience.  Hopefully these words can help you connect better with your blog audience and keep your readers coming back for more.

Using exciting words means you have something interesting to give back to your audience.  Use words and phrases that really keep your audience glued to their seats.  Powerful words and phrases that pack a real punch while you convey your message.

Here are some more interesting words, cool and descriptive that you should use when you're writing:
  • Launching
  • Miraculous
  • Breakthrough
  • Valuable
  • Domination
  • Fantastic
  • Stunned
  • Tenacious
  • Sensational
  • Captivated
  • Mesmerised
  • Vigorous
  • Generous
  • Productive
  • Proven
  • Energised
  • Inspirational
  • Innovative
  • Accelerate
  • Enormous
  • Authentic
  • Effortless
  • Epidemic
  • Warning
  • Practical
  • Looming
Many blogger's overlook the power of words in their own blog's.  Using generic boring words can leave your readers bored and looking for something more interesting to read.  A simple word can invoke emotion in your reader, so using powerful words all of the time will keep your readers hooked.  Try it and find out how much it'll change your writing.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Publishing an eBook: Resources for Authors

When it comes to publishing an eBook, one thing you can always be sure of are the ever changing market and services, amongst other things, that can change on an almost yearly basis.  I've brought together all of the great resources I know to help you keep up with the changes in the industry.

Outstanding Book Guides

Getting Started

Marketing and Promotion

eBook Formatting Tools

Ebook Retailers and Distributors

If you want to sell your books independently read How to Sell Your eBook Directly with Payhip.

eBook Publishing Bloggers

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Beginner's Guide: Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing

Do you dream of writing blog posts that are irresistible to your readers?

Practice makes perfect, so they say.

That sounds great, but why does it take so long?

In the mean time I've got a quick list of fast tips that will help improve your writing immediately.  No need to practice, practice, practice.

Keep Your Sentences "Short and Sweet"

That's your sentence length not your writing.

An interesting thought, people read long sentences pretty fast.  That's not what you want your reader's to be doing.  Your readers need to be able to understand and absorb the message your putting over.

So keep it short, your page layout doesn't need to be full length, and use plenty of paragraph breaks.

Using between 45 - 100 characters for reader comfort.

Keep it to the Point

Make it readable, easy-to-read for your followers.  Avoid long, confusing and complex sentences.

Often the longer you write, the less you hold your readers' attention.

Say it simply in a few words.  Keep it short, lean and clear so you're not wasting words.

3 is the Magic Number

We humans can only store 7 bits of information at a time.  Anything around about that number or less is a good place to start.

Especially if you have 3 strategies, 3 steps or 3 bullet points.  So use 3 as often as you can.

In doing so you'll improve your readers' ability to remember what you've written and keep their interest.  This is because we put information into groups of three, in order to recall it more easily.

Pay Attention to Your Writing Tone

As a writer you assume that all your readers can pick up on your tone.

That's easier said than done.

You want them to see what the intent is in your writing.


Sweetheart, please.

Does this sound like I'm rolling my eyes and annoyed? Gently teasing? Being sarcastic?

You have no idea as a reader unless the words around that phrase cue you into my written tone.

Make it Easy

Forget long winded, chunky paragraphs.

Make your work easy to read.  The simpler it is the more people will understand and enjoy what you've written.

Reading from a tablet or computer screen can be tiring.  So keep it straight forward, simple and less of a strain.
  • Keep your sentences short and to the point
  • Add bullet points and subheadings to guide people
  • Make your font size clear and legible so that your reader has no need to strain their eyes
Keep on Topic

I do this myself sometimes and have to make sure I don't wander away from what my main point is.

By adding lot's of points readers get lost off and confused.

Try building an outline.  From there you can decide on three main points you want to get across.  Always make sure each point ties in with what you're writing about.

So there it is.  A quick guide to becoming a better writer.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

27 Places to Boost Your Blog Traffic

So you've created your website, you know that promoting your website is critical to your success.

If you're a newbie with no experience of blog promotion you're probably feeling a bit baffled as to where you should promote your blog.  Chill out and relax, website promotion is pretty simple and can be done without spending a single cent!

A little time and effort can help you to attract traffic to your blog. Check out the steps below to promote your website:

1.  Make Sure Search Engines Know Where You Are

If you're a regular internet user you'll probably already know that the majority of traffic for most websites comes from search engines.  Making search engines the first place to start promoting your blog.  To do this you submit your link directly to them .

The search engines that generate the most  traffic are:

I've also included a couple of extra places to add your website

2. Add Your Blog to Online Directories

Online directories provide most blogs with potential clients are customers.  It also helps to improve your site's SEO by linking back to your website.

3. Try Social Link Building

Millions of people use popular social sites to put forward their blogs and businesses to gain quality backlink, exposing your blog to a wider audience.

4. Photo Sharing Social Media Sites

Very much like social network sites, photo sharing sites allow you to display images that relate to your blog.  Anyone can use these sites to post images of their blog activities, news and everything in between.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

6 Amazing Self-Publishing Tips for Authors

Are you considering self-publishing an eBook?

Then ponder no more.

Forget about the statistics, self-publishing is growing at an astronomical rate.  Many unknown authors are reaching the dizzy heights of their counterparts who were originally under traditional publishing houses.  Before you jump the gun and self-publish right away.

Follow these 8 simple tips before you publish your eBook:

1. Recognise your audience.  Books that are self-published usually have a smaller audience.  Start taking notice of what your readers needs and interests are within your niche.  Look into what really makes a book popular.

2. A catchy title is key.  Having a short unique title will help you stand out from the crowd.

3. Know yourself.  It may sound a bit strange, it's also one of the ingredients of a successful self-publishing career.  Before you put pen to paper you need to look at yourself and be familiar with all of your strengths and weaknesses.  Decide what your chosen passion is and write about it.

4. You're an author/editor.  If you can afford to hire the skills of a professional editor that's great! If not, the task of correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation are in your hands.

5. Look for inspiration.  If you've already written your book you'll  know all about writer's block.  From today onwards discover what your inspiration is.  Once you have it, you'll be fine.  It could be a goal or even someone you look-up to that serves as your muse.

6. Think like a business person.  Sounds crazy I know.  Think of your book as a product.  You need to find out your options for advertising it.  You can start be using social media marketing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

3 Great Reasons to Not Get Discouraged as a Blogger

For the past few weeks I've been struggling to write consistently on my blog.

I love writing but sitting down to write blog posts regularly can seem like an immense task.  So put that alongside the fact that I currently do my blogging at night and it becomes pretty clear how tiring it can be.  Thinking of fresh ideas all of the time and trying to put them out on one particular day is really hard.

Since the day I started my blog its been not only a labour of love but a constant evolution process.  Which isn't helped by the fact I'm a bit of a perfectionist.

So if you're wondering why my blog looks like its had some pretty drastic changes, its because I'm usually not happy with the changes I've made.  If anyone has any suggestions about improvements I'd love to hear from you.

So don't be disheartened and frustrated, take a look at these surprising points to improve your blogging:

You can spend hours looking through your blog stats and not do any work.

Don't get me wrong analytics have a purpose, they can show you the keywords your readers are using the  most on your blog.  Analytics can also show you the age range your blog is reaching all around the world.  On the downside looking at your stats regularly can be pretty depressing.

This is the same for Feedburner subscriptions.  Does it really matter how many you have?  That's why writing is the most important part of your blog.

2. An Inclination Towards Creating Keeps You On Track

Why is blogging your chosen way of making money online?  I'm guessing because you love it so much.

Plenty of bloggers will telly you to promote, promote, promote, but that's all wrong, the secret lies in the time you spend creating and getting your posts published.

Marketing and promotion should always be secondary.  You need to be delivering regular posts for your readers.

If you want to add value to your readers lives make sure the content you put out is of the best standard, give them a reason to buy your products and trust you.

Distraction is everywhere, if its not on your mobile phone, Ipad or PC you can easily find on social media.  If you have numerous accounts like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, this can be a lot of extra work and time in order to grow each platform.  Try downsizing and make your time count.

Staying focused will help you deal with any unwanted comments from critics, that may come your way.

3. Automate Your Social Media

Having the time to create blog posts is crucial for any writer.

You can do this easily by scheduling your posts in advance on Buffer or Hootsuite without thinking to much about it.

I use social media, don't get me wrong, I just keep my distraction down to a minimum.  By automating my blog posts I can concentrate on the more important task of focusing on my writing.

Don't let anyone intimidate you or stop you writing.  Your voice is important and we value your opinion.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

A Quick Guide to Improve Your Researching Skills and Write Accurately

If you're writing an article it's pretty clear it requires some measure of research.  You don't necessarily need to be an expert on your chosen subject, but it is vital your information is correct.

Yes research is essential but don't let it use up all of your time.  Leave plenty of time to write your information down.  Be serious about your researching and enjoy the information your discovering.  Writing articles and books is all about learning new things and finding answers.

Attempting Any Topic

Write what you know? Not a simple mantra to live by and may even be a stumbling block to some writers.  As a writer you should go for a subject you're not always that familiar with.

Why would you work in this manner? If you're a freelance writer, it will help to build your repertoire.  If you're looking for writing jobs around the internet, editor's want flexible writers they can turn to for any kind of assignment.

If you have a deadline for your writing you're never going to learn every single detail. Try concentrating on the key points, get your facts straight, these steps will all help towards a good working knowledge of any subject you decide to tackle.

You should start to see your hours of research start paying off, when your writing starts to have authority and depth.

You may be caught unawares when you realise you've become quite an expert in your chosen subject.

Here's how to get up-do-date on any subject:

DO A RELEVANT INTERNET SEARCH. Analyse every website and blog you can find.

READ, READ, READ.Visit your local library and read any books related to the subject along with magazines and journals that are also relevant.

TRY MULTIMEDIA SOURCES. Such as documentaries and CD-ROMs, they're a quick way to build a foundation and soak up the facts.

IF IN DOUBT, ASK AN EXPERT. If you're unsure try asking an expert.  Its one of the quickest ways to get information.

LET IT REST. You can nail any discrepancies in your story if you leave yourself time to let it breathe.

You won't become a certified expert with the above steps, they will, however, be a huge help with the most unfamiliar topics.  Never underestimate yourself.  With a bit of leg work you can take on any subject.

Fall Back to the Source

An idea can start when you've read or seen something interesting.  May be even a conversation.  Try backtracking and find out who you talked to originally.  People have some really interesting ideas and really interesting information, making them a great source to use.

Contact Other Writers

There is a whole wealth of information at your fingertips if you have experience working alongside other writers.  Use the internet, newsgroups and email lists, these are all great options.

Coordinating Information

If you're like me and like to write everything down, then you realize how important it is to organize your information if you need to reference it again.  A filing system of some kind is a good start, or may you like keeping notes on your PC.

Below are three quick tips to get you started sorting:

1. Order Your Past Work.  Start an index of your previous blog posts or articles, so they can be reused, or accessed for information.  This way you'll have them at hand when you need them.

2. Pay Frequent Visits to Your Old Files.  There is nothing wrong with having an accessible archive of information, or library full of internet bookmarks.  Just make sure you check through it every few months so you can remember which files or bookmarks you've saved for future reference.

3. Single Out Useful Data.  If you have a huge archive of paper files or computer files, you need to start culling them and deciding which information is the most important to keep.  Try organising on a regular basis and get rid of the information you don't use.

Having a useful workable system that works as an easy reference for information is definitely worth its weight in gold.

Researching your topics is meant to be enjoyable and not a chore. So set some time to one side and use it to sort out your information.  Make sure you don't get too caught up in the process and put off your writing.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

How to Sell Your eBook Directly with Payhip

Thinking about self-publishing an eBook?  Not sure where to sell Your eBook?

Then this blog post may be the answer your looking for.

I've been selling my eBooks on Amazon since last year, had some sales, but got tired of being the bottom of the pile.

I started researching other avenues to sell my eBook.  Coming across websites such as:
Disadvantages of Selling Your eBook on Amazon

Don't get me wrong Amazon are great at what they do, and you do have a huge audience at your fingertips.  Which can make it easier for your book to be purchased.  Below are some of the downsides that made me change to Payhip:
  • The customers aren't really your's, you don't get to know who buys your books, so you can't market to them directly, unless you ask them to opt-in to your email list or interact with you on social media.
  • Competition is huge.  You're a small fish in a big ocean of competitors, wanting their own piece of the pie.  Without your own platform you'll go unnoticed.
  • Amazon pretty dictates how much you can sell your eBook for.  On average the price of a Kindle eBook is for $2.99 with 70% royalty.  Ebooks sold below $2.99 only bring in 35% of the sale price.
Advantages of Selling through Payhip
  • Payhip is a free platform to sell your eBooks or downloads through. 
  • You pay 5% per transaction + standard PayPal fee for every download sold.   
  • You're paid after each sale goes through instead of waiting 60-90 days to get paid from Amazon.
  • The option to offer your customers a discount in return for sharing your eBook sales link.  Giving your customer the incentive to promote your book.
  • The 'pay as you like' option lets you set a minimum price ($0 upwards) allowing your customers to pay what they want for your eBook.
  • You can offer discount codes starting at 25% off.
  • You can choose your own currency, giving you the opportunity to target a particular market more easily.
  • Payhip helps you to sell directly to your customers giving you more control.  You can decide the price and format of your books, more flexibility to offer promotions to suit your own sales strategy.
  • Give your readers the opportunity to make some money by selling your eBooks through the Payhip Affiliate scheme.  This way you can gain more customers and your readers can also make money to.
How to Upload Products on Payhip Dashboard

Click "+ add new product".

Add new product

Click "Edit" to Edit your download.

Edit product
"Click to upload product image"

Upload product image

Select a category i.e. eBook and subcategory Education etc.


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

15 Ingenious Gifts for Writers

Do you have friends or family that are writers, but you're not sure what to buy them on their birthdays or anniversary?

I'm going to list some really great gifts that will fulfil most writer's wants and passions when it comes to writing, see list below:

1. The Classic Moleskin Notebook

For most writer's its become something of a cliche, strangely enough when asked most would love to receive a Moleskin Classic Notebook.

A reliable sturdy notebook available in plenty of sizes and colours, helping your favourite writer look professional while out and about.

2. A Book About Writing

Writers love books, both reading and writing them.  Giving a writer a book about writing is a given.  See the five books below any writer would proudly display on their bookshelf:
3. A Night in a Hotel

Having a change of scenery can make a huge difference especially if you need to clear your head.  Surprise the writer in your life with a night in a hotel.

Try last minute deals with Expedia, and Kayak for booking or researching your options.

4. The Bluetooth Keyboard

For any writer on the go a keyboard like the Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard is a perfect accomplice for writing on a smartphone or tablet.

For the writer that likes to switch between devices its a great gift at under $40.

5. The Typewriter

Sounds so old fashioned in 2016, but many people envision a typical writer sitting at a desk using a typewriter to write books or articles on (all thanks to Murder She Wrote).

The Brother is still one of the best selling typewriters around, or you could go for the more classic Royal Epoch Portable Manual Typewriter.

Both Typewriters are a snip at under $200 and might be the tool to defy your favourite writers distractions.

6. An Astute Coffee Mug

You can keep your number one writer stay amused and caffeinated with a clever coffee mug.

My favourites are:

Does your best-loved writer have a particular style? And love jewellery.

Why not get them a necklace inspired by the works of Jane Austen or William Shakespeare.

8. The Noise Cancelling Earphones

Some writers thrive on a bit of background music while they write.

Why not give the writer in your life noise cancelling earphones like this option from Bose, helping to boost their productivity.

9. The Planner

The Tools4Wisdom Planner will help your writer get organised and stay inspired.

The Tools4Wisdom Planner has been created for emphasising the planning and daily schedule required for any writer with a busy life.

Focusing on yearly and monthly goals this planner is both an organisational tool and part life coach on paper.

10. The Writer's Toolbox

The Writer's Toolbox contains exercises, creative games to inspire the writing side of the brain.

Jamie Cat Callan created this product and receives endless reviews about how his kit has helped so many writers develop new plot ideas.

11. The Waterproof Notepad (Aqua Notes)

Many writers get their best ideas at the most inopportune times, like the shower.

This ingenious 40-sheet waterproof mountable pad, allows writers to jot these ideas down while their singing in the shower.

12. The Writer Emergency Pack

This deck of cards will help any writer with their writer's block woes.

13. The Writer's Block

Why not give your favourite writer a Writer's Block as a little distraction.

This clever block also serves as a puzzle that turns into a writing pad once you solve it.

14. The Edgar Allen Poe air freshener

You can freshen up your car with some "Poe Pourri".

The Edgar Allen Poe air freshener is perfect for any literary nerd.  (According to reviews, it smells pretty good to).

15. The High-Tech Pen

This LED pen is perfect for writing late at night in the dark.  Or why not try a Spy Pen that records audio and video.  This Livescribe Smartpen is a great little investment at $120, and will save notes and audio recordings directly to your computer.

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Selling Your eBook: 5 Alternatives to Amazon Kindle Publishing

After you've written and edited your eBook  you'll discover huge satisfaction from publishing and selling it.

Congratulations!  If you've already done this, I understand the effort and time it takes to do those things and how time consuming it can be, trying to write and produce something worth reading.

So look no further if you're ready to sell your eBook and start gleaning the rewards of your labour and pay these sites a visit:


Blurb is a really great platform to both create and sell your eBooks on.

Blurb allows you to sell your eBooks on both Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple iBook Store.  It also has some pretty cool software to create and style your eBook before selling to the public.

You can sell all kinds of photograph books and magazines as well as publishing and printing paperback books.


I've never sold any of my eBooks with but I do know that they've been around since 2006 and have a good reputation, so I would definitely check them out.

You can register for free but you do need to pay small account activation fee of £9.90.


A popular place to sell your digital products, it features some useful built-in tools and features along with a dashboard to manage your communication, orders and sales.

The downside with is that you have to manually deliver your eBook after you've sold it.  You also have to log in fairly regularly to keep your profile open, to prevent deactivation of any products or services your might be selling.

The other drawback of selling eBooks is the $1 taken from each sale.  This leaves you with $4 on a $5 sale.

On the upside is a huge platform with a massive audience and plenty of scope for making profit on your eBooks.


I've used in the past to give away free downloads.  Selz is a complete ecommerce solution for bloggers and website owners.

You can sell 5 items for free, but you're required to pay processing and transactions fees, 2.9% + 30 ¢.  If you want to sell more eBooks they have different pricing structures to accommodate what you need.


Payhip is my chosen platform to sell my eBooks from.  You don't need to pay any monthly or set-up fees.  Only a 5% commission per sale + PayPal standard fee.

I'll be going into greater detail about setting up your own bookstore in future blog posts, and let you know how I manage with

Don't just take my word for it, go and try them for yourself.  Every writer has different requirements so its worth experimenting and finding out for yourself what really works.

If you can think of any websites of experience you want to share, let me know in the comments below.

Happy Blogging!