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A relationship therapist breaks down the 5 most common problems couples have in bed

Sometimes, getting into a serious relationship means that sex becomes less, well, sexy. Both people are busy and there's no time to do it. One person would rather have a glass of wine and watch "This Is Us." It's gotten boring.<p>These aren't reasons to be ashamed — you're hardly alone in your plight …

Tony Robbins Says This 4-Letter Word Is the Greatest Obstacle in Pursuing Your Dreams | Inc.com

Ah, the power of dreams. They give meaning to life. They give hope to people. They are the element inside us which makes us aim for something bigger, something more substantial -- something to live for.<p>So imagine the kind of happiness and fulfillment we can bring in to our lives by actualizing …

Motivation

7 simple steps to create a professional author Facebook page

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 465<p>Facebook is the best advertising around, allowing peers to share and recommend your writing with minimum input from …

Writing

Selling your books with Facebook ads

Facebook ads are a great way to get your book noticed by a large number of your ideal readers, quickly and with relative ease. But they’re also a …

How to start and sustain an email newsletter

It’s never too early to start collecting email addresses of readers who are interested in hearing more from you on a regular basis. Email subscribers …

Marketing

Even in this age of mass literacy, we need writing lessons more than ever

Writing is not the passport to riches promised to would-be journalists of the past, and nor is it an exact science. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be learned<p>Thanks to this newspaper’s belief in self-improvement and its need in these hard times to earn a bob or two, a reader can sign up to a …

Literature

Will Indie Authors Benefit From Amazon’s New Buy Button Policy?

When publishers collectively noticed a couple weeks back that Amazon was now giving its coveted buy button to whichever third-party seller offered …

Writing

When tweeters attack: why do readers send authors their bad reviews?

Social media have made it easy to let novelists know directly when their work has disappointed – but why do so many people want to do so?<p>If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. It’s a simple enough rule that most of us learned as young children. So why is it that some readers …

Social Media

How the Owner of the Greatest Mystery Bookstore Pulled the Genre Out of the Muck

“This is literature. It’s not just puzzles, it’s not just telling a nice story.”<p>The mystery genre is in a boom. Eight of the top 10 fiction books on …

7 things a self-publishing fiction author needs to know about the book market

The book market as we know it today is the result of hundreds of years of development. In business-speak, it is a great example of a massive but …

The luck factor in book sales

Are bestselling authors just lucky? Some, you could argue, are in the right place at the right time. Just look at <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>, for example: a …

Building an author website [Megapost]

Your author website, combined with your content and where you send your traffic, is pivotal to the success of your book marketing efforts. We unpack …

10 Remedies For The Horrible Things Writers Tell Themselves

Writing is hard enough without bashing ourselves over the head about it. This is what I tell my students (and myself) when the going gets tough:<p><b>Stop</b> …

Creative Writing

Amazon made a small change to the way it sells books. Publishers are terrified.

Very recently, Amazon made a small, barely noticeable tweak to the way it sells books. And that little tweak has publishers very, very worried.<p>The change has to do with what Amazon calls the “Buy Box.” That’s the little box on the right-hand side of Amazon product pages that lets you buy stuff …

Amazon Charts, Amazon’s new bestseller list, ranks titles by ‘most read’ and more

Amazon has long relied on customers providing feedback and other ranking data as part of the process of encouraging more sales on its platform, and now the e-commerce giant is adding a new twist on this to spur more buying in its books business.<p>Today, Amazon announced Amazon Charts, a new kind of …

7 ways to get over your writer's block, according to published authors

Whether it's a novel, poem, essay, or even an email or letter, sometimes the words just won't come.<p>To help you get over writer's block, we've gone through some answers from published authors and writers to the question "What are some tips to get rid of writer's block?" on Quora.<p>Here are 7 of their …

Best Selling Book Descriptions: A Visual Analysis | Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onMay 11, 2017 in Book Production & Distribution<p>I’ve been dog-paddling through Amazon’s sea of data quite a bit lately, and book descriptions have …

When Inspiration Leaves you, Use These Secrets to Get Back in the Flow | Inc.com

What's the single biggest impediment to creating great business content? Most people will say "writer's block." But they're wrong. Forget the image of the tortured artist throwing pages of wadded up type in the trash. Professional writers will tell you there is no such thing as a literal "block." …

Creative Writing

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Literature

From The Da Vinci Code to Fifty Shades: the books no one wants any more

A branch of Oxfam in Swansea has received a copy a week of The Da Vinci Code since its staff can remember. Lately, manager Phil Broadhurst has make a tower with the books, at the foot of which he has posted a note, now widely shared online. “You could give us another Da Vinci Code ... but we would …

Books

“Write What You Know” is Not Good Writing Advice

You’ve heard it before: Write what you know. I wonder what you think of that, because, frankly, I don’t think much. I’ve been known to pooh-pooh it …

Beta Readers: Who Are They And What Do They Do?

When it comes to writing a book, you may often hear the author searching for and requesting beta readers. This happens during or after the editing …

Writing

5 reasons why you need a print version of your book

When the Kindle was launched in 2007, print as a medium for distributing books was put under severe pressure. In the intervening years, sales of …

5 online writing communities for fiction authors

Writing a novel has traditionally been a lonely pursuit. No matter how crowded your head may be with characters, getting those words down on paper …

The 3 different kinds of book editing explained

Line editing, copyediting, substantive editing, developmental editing, stylistic editing, structural editing… that one simple word encompasses so …

Writing community spotlight: Q&A with Alex Cabal from Scribophile

We’re all about community support! Writing can be a lonely process, and having a circle of fellow authors you can turn to for advice and guidance …

Writing

Setting up a system to track your marketing efforts

There is an old management maxim that says: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. In terms of self-publishing, measuring how your marketing …

Marketing

How to use social media effectively as an author

Apart from your email list, social media is by far the most effective tool for your book marketing efforts. It allows you to not only connect with …