Rita Butler

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What They Don’t Tell You About Self-Publishing

Releasing your book is only half the battle<p>Since releasing my book in December, the most common questions I’ve been getting asked aren’t about the …

Writing

How to write stronger sentences with fewer adverbs

Use adverbs sparingly. At their best, they spice up a verb or adjective. At their worst, they express a meaning already contained in the sentence:<p>The …

Writing Fiction: A Book is a Movie - Shots and Scenes

Writing Fiction: A Book is a Movie – Shots and Scenes<p>We’ve all been brought up with movies. And movies have evolved entertainment. Between them and …

Writing

10 Black Authors Everyone Should Read | PBS

They are poets, playwrights, novelists and scholars, and together they helped capture the voice of a nation. They have fearlessly explored racism, …

4 Money-Making Habits That Propelled Sara Blakely, Mark Cuban and Tony Robbins to Phenomenal Success

Success is proportionate to your focus on solving people's problems.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The global elites play a different game. Wealth is not created by wishing, manifesting and burning sage. Concrete plans, committed desire and wondrous …

Motivation

50 Pieces Of Advice For Aspiring Authors

One of the questions I'm asked on a daily basis is some form of, "I want to become an author. Can you help?" There are certainly better people to ask than me. But after writing hundreds of articles and nine books in 15 years -- both traditionally published and self-published, both non-fiction and …

19 Writing Tips To Help You Become The Next J.K. Rowling

We asked writers what helps them stay motivated.<p>1. No cute coffee shop with notebook for me. It's all about <b>snuggling up in bed with the laptop, a cup of tea and SoundCloud drip-feeding me music</b> with the perfect ambience for the mood of the story.<p>And when I need to get out of my bubble, I go to …

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it. He writes, "I can't lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers."<p>Don't want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King's …

7 Tips For Self-Publishing Your Novel And Getting It Into The Hands Of Readers

So. You've decided to give up your social life and do NaNoWriMo. Or you've spent every moment of your free time for the last ten years working on …

Books to Get You Writing

Is 2017 finally going to be the year when you start that novel, finish your memoir, or journal with more regularity? When I started writing …

7 Signs Your Book is “Professionally Published”

As the movement to self-publishing has grown, more authors are producing books that land on the bestseller lists, grab honors in book awards, and …

10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When They Write a Book

You have a story to tell. Tell it, profitably.<p>Books can make, break or elevate a brand. For an entrepreneur, a book is the ultimate business card and a creative way to expand your voice. Most of all, publishing a book is a powerful way to share your story and expertise in a way that can change …

Writing

8 Steps You Must Take to Write a Book

If you’re a writer, then there’s a strong chance you pay a lot of attention to getting your work published. And rightly so. It’s important for …

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 …

Writing

How Long Should My Book Be? Defining Short Stories, Novellas, and More

There’s more to writing fiction than just novels. Flash fiction, short stories, novellas, novelettes…the list goes on. But what’s what when it comes …

Richard Branson Reveals 3 Important Lessons Most Leaders Learn Too Late in Life

At Virgin Group, it's OK to encourage and even celebrate failure.<p>Sir Richard Branson has modeled an unconventional leadership approach that has attracted a cult-like following, as evidenced by some of his best-sellers -- <i>Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School</i> and, of course,</i> …

selfdevelopment

18 Hard Things to Do If You Want to Be a Successful Leader

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated about what they do.<p>Nobody ever said that being a leader would be easy. If you've taken more than a couple of steps down the path, you know that leadership comes with challenges and complications at every …

Leadership

How to End a Story

Endings are hard. Nobody likes to say goodbye, and saying goodbye in a story is especially hard. The pressure is on to get that last part <i>just right</i> …

Bangle Billionaire: How Alex And Ani Founder Carolyn Rafaelian Built An American Jewelry Empire

When Alex and Ani founder and CEO Carolyn Rafaelian walks into a room, you hear her before you see her. On the day she first meets Forbes, she clinks and jangles her way into her office under layers of bracelets, necklaces, cuffs and rings in both precious metals and coated brass, 12 of which she …

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Audiobooks will Gain in Popularity <br>The Pew Research Center recently reported an increase in audiobook listeners in 2016, with 14% of survey …

7 Top Book Marketing Tips from DBW 2017

Digital Book World held their annual conference on publishing and digital content strategies this week in New York City. For the first time, they …

Marketing

8 Easy Summer Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again

<b>1. Asian Kale Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing</b><p>Believe or not, this salad will have you eating your vegetables (and, most surprisingly, your kale) with pleasure and abandon. Bright, bold flavors and textures abound: earthy kale; cool and crunchy carrots, bell peppers and red cabbage; toasted …

Jean Reinhardt on the beauty of self-publishing

The Cork beautician self-published her first historical novella in 2013 and went full-time last year. She offers aspiring authors advice<p>Most Read

11 Top Tips for Making Money from Your Writing and Photography in 2017

By Lee FosterI’m very pleased to bring you an article today from my friend and colleague, Lee Foster. Lee is a publishing pioneer. He was the first …

The Answer Is to Write

If you’re afraid you can’t write, the answer is to write. Every sentence you construct adds weight to the balance pan. If you’re afraid of what other …

Making a living from writing, writing from making a living

For authors from Ken Kesey to Nathan Filer and Christie Watson, conventional working life has provided a vital resource – and not only in getting the rent paid<p>According to Mark Twain, experience is an author’s most valuable asset: “It’s the thing that puts the muscle, breath and warm blood into the …

Mark Twain

Why Everyone Has Time To Write

Many of the students I meet at writers' conferences complain that they don't have enough time to write. These men and women have full-time jobs, marriages, children, hobbies, parties to attend and favorite television shows to follow. How in an already full life are they expected find one or two …

The Mental Health Benefits of Writing, Backed by Science

When a paragraph a day keeps the stress away.<p><i>By Gregory Ciotti, marketer at Help Scout</i><p>When you attempt to envision a writer, I imagine many of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as they obsessively work on the next great American novel.<p>But …

Writing