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Career Planning for Writers

Branding and goal planning. Sample topics: deciding on your goals and priorities, branding issues, entrepreneurship, platform building and ownership, series vs. stand-alone stories, etc.

Writer Burnout: How Do You Deal?

Huge cloud of smoke behind car "burning out" with text: Is Burnout Clouding Your Writing Career?

As writers, we can burn out in so many different aspects of our lives that it’d be a surprise if we never burned out. And if we don’t deal with our burnout, the problems are likely to get worse, so we might need to make changes.

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May 31, 2018

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Why We All Need a Writing Community

Toy figures holding hands with text: How the Writing Community Helps Our Career

All of us start on the writing path from different places, but somewhere along our path, we realized an online writing community existed. The #cockygate issue reiterated for me just how important that community is for our career.

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May 10, 2018

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Branding: The Right Way vs. the Wrong Way

Painting of an R in a circle with text: Authors, Trademarks, & Ethics

A crazy story erupted on social media with the hashtag #cockygate involving authors, Amazon KDP, and trademark law. One author is attempting to prevent others from using a word in their book titles, as she mistakenly thinks our book titles are our brands.

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May 8, 2018

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Reader Connections, Fake Personas, and Catfishing

Yellow figurine on pile of fake coins with text: When Does "Fake" Become "Fraud"?

Many authors try to create a sense of friendship and connection to their readers. But some “authors” aren’t authors at all—they’re marketing people using ghostwriters and fake personas to trick readers into forming those connections.

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April 17, 2018

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