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Special Feature: The Runner’s High | Runner's World

The author, shown above in Moscow in 1984, was often inebriated as a teen. / Photograph courtesy of Caleb Daniloff; above photo collage by Runner’s World/Getty Images<p>I first got drunk at 12 years old.<p>Young perhaps, but it was Soviet Moscow, where my dad was stationed as an American journalist in …

Follow the 10% Rule When Creating Systems for Your Work

Planning is important, but sometimes we get so caught up in organizing a plan to reach our goals and get stuff done that we procrastinate reaching …

Productivity

How to Get Google to Index Your Blog Content Quickly

If you’ve been reading up on site promotion tips and techniques, you’ll know there are many ways to improve the traffic you’re getting to your site. …

Google Analytics

Book marketing tips for self-published authors

By BookBaby author BlueInk ReviewPublishing veteran Carl Lennertz discusses the difference between between book marketing and publicity and where …

Writing

The Truth About Self Publishing

<i>These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answers by Rochelle Weinstein, published author of multiple contemporary fiction novels, on Quora.</b><p>Q: Why did you choose to self-publish your books …

28 Resources, Tools and Tips for Self-Publishing Your Next Book

The self-publishing industry has boomed over the past few years, and a recent report from Smashwords even suggests that the self-published book …

Writing

5 Tips for Success as a Self-Published Author

We are so excited to have <b>Susan Kaye Quinn</b> here today, and the topic is very appropriate. Why do you ask? Because Susan is a great success as an …

Writing

Free Book Promotions: Are They Worth It?

The continuing controversy among self-published authors is whether you should sign up for Kindle Direct Publishing’s Kindle Select Program and use …

The Perfect Amount of Time to Work Each Day

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. Let go of this relic and try a new, more productive approach.<p>The eight-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution in an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor that workers were forced to endure on …

10 Critical Questions You Must Answer if You Want to Write a Book

Don't skip any of these questions if you want your book to be extremely successful.<p>After my book was released, I was surprised by how many people asked me for advice on how to write and publish a book. Like all authors I learned a lot along the way. Here are 10 critical questions you must answer …

How To Publish a Book - A Step-by-Step Guide

Back in 2004, when I tried to publish my own book (my first book), the process was a nightmare. I spent months sending my manuscript to literary …

Writing

Get More Done by Pretending You’re Going on Vacation

Remember: done is better than perfect.<p>Have you ever noticed that you’re super-productive right before you go away for a week or two? The thought of a …

Quick Start Guide for Beginners: Your First Month

On Day 1 of your 30-Day Quick Start Guide, you completed your first run. During your first week, you slowly increased your run time/distance. Now …

Cycling

Infographic: The Costs of Self-Publishing Your Book

<i>The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts …

Writing

Why Aren't There More Black Women in Fiction?

Author Tia Williams on her new novel and why she thinks black women are so underrepresented in novels.<p>Growing up, I read like crazy. My book lust was so overwhelming that I actually wanted to be the protagonists. And since I never saw myself reflected in these heroines, I'd picture myself as the …

Why Quitting Writing Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

My Good Earth tea has one of those inspirational yet condescending quotes written on its side:<p><i>Every man dies. Not every man really lives.</i><p><i>--William Wallace</i><p>I suppose you could say it spoke to me, but I think it was more like a slap in the face from the guilt I had lurking inside.<p>See, a few years ago …

A Dozen Reasons Sanders Voters Are Justifiably Angry at the Media Right Now

If you think that supporters of Bernie Sanders are first and foremost angry about matters of policy -- for instance, the way our broken campaign finance laws, market regulations, and trade policies are destroying the hopes and ambitions of most of America -- you're absolutely right.<p>But that's the …

Why You Should Write (Even If It Feels Like Nobody Is Listening)

<b>1. You owe it to yourself</b> to live a life that is driven by self-exploration rather than self-doubt.<p><b>2. As Joan Didion once said, "Writing is the only way I can make sense of what I think."</b> It's cathartic. It's healthy. It's fun.<p><b>3. When you were a kid, did you do your favorite hobbies for validation</b> …

Artist Creates Stunning Wildlife Drawings to Raise Awareness for the Creatures He Loves

Self-taught artist Richard Symonds has spent the past few decades fine-tuning his technique so he can realistically portray the wildlife he adores. The artist often paints and draws these animals in an effort to raise funds to help support them, and has worked with notable companies such as BBC, …

Wildlife

8 Sleep Habits Of The Most Successful Entrepreneurs In The World

The daily schedule of people plays a significant role in determining their success. Their sleep habits are are an important part of that schedule and …

50 Things Under 50 Bucks To Promote Your Book, Part 2

“50 Things Under 50 Bucks” is the perfect “how-to book promotion” list for executing a solid promotion strategy on a limited marketing budget. In …

17 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Do What You Love

The older we get, the more we tend to become "realistic". After 20, 30, 40 or more years being told by society what you can and can’t do, what you …

Motivation

119 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales

Whether you’re an author, a marketer at a publishing house, a publicist, or anyone else looking to sell books, there’s a wide array of book marketing …

10 Ways to Maximize Your Workday

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Successful entrepreneurs maximize their time to make each day as productive as possible. To maximize your potential success you must learn to make the most of every hour of every day. The hours in a day are limited. Every minute not …

Here's Why the 8-Hour Workday Doesn't Work

Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new …

11 Secrets on How to Market and Sell Your Book

<i>With thousands of books available to readers, how do new authors market and sell their books?</i><p>The Miami International Book Fair brought me to the magic city for the weekend as it did thousands of other authors, publishers, book agents, fitness models, race car enthusiasts and readers alike. Being …

Writing

Interview With Linda Stirling on the Self-Publishing Advantage

My friend Linda Stirling is the CEO of The Publishing Authority and an awesome writer too. This article is the result of a recent conversation I had with her on the self-publishing advantage.<p>If you are an author or you are someone aspiring to be an author, you will benefit from Linda's wisdom.<p>Here …

Lee & Low Survey On Diversity in Publishing Finds It's Overwhelmingly Straight, White, And Female

In the writer Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s beautiful profile of Toni Morrison, published in the <i>New York Times Magazine</i> last year, Junot Díaz remembered …

These Illustrations Are Here To Inspire You Through A Creative Block

Are you in a creative slump?<p>Going through a dry spell can be incredibly frustrating -- but don't hit your head against the keyboard just yet. Sometimes all it takes is a more positive attitude to shift your perspective and spark some new inspiration (not to mention, adopting an upbeat mindset also …

5 Steps to Writing a Killer Elevator Pitch for Your Book

You may think that elevator pitches are only for high-tech startups, job hunters, or Hollywood screenwriters, but being able to succinctly summarize …