Writing Habits–Just Write it! Series

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The Dream to Write–the Dream to Publish

Resolutions can easily be broken–habits are for a lifetime! So, why not make writing a habit? Easier said than done, right? As a publishing coach, I speak with people often with a dream to write a book. Their dream has been hanging on for a long time in most cases. Many take courses, or hire me as a private write coach to get that dream moving. But how can you get your dream to write in motion? Obviously, you must start writing, and continue write. How can you make writing a habit?

This work is my joy. There is nothing like the exhilaration of being published for the first time. But it was not always that way for me. When working with first time authors, I have the honor and privilege of experiencing that joy and exhilaration with them. If you would like to try out my book coaching services, I offer a complimentary book coaching session, and click below to learn more about that.

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For many this accomplishment is a long journey, but well worth the effort. On this journey, a writer becomes an author … a published author, and friends, family, and peers see them in a whole new light. The new published author sees themselves in a whole new light as well.

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Real Benefits of Being Published

Being able to write and communicate a heart-felt message is an accomplishment and a completion of a journey. Some people are sharing fiction, or non-fiction, but communicating a passion in whatever form makes the writer a better person.  Sharing deep secrets, truths, skills, or lessons to people who need to hear them, makes a writer or a person whole, complete, fulfilled. This has a way of making a person a brighter, more enthusiastic, fulfilled, and self-confident person.

The practical and financial benefits of being a published author include buidling your business and personal brand, increasing your self and net worth, and increasing your bottom line in terms of commanding speaking fees, consulting fees, and being able to give workshops and seminars, as well as raising the price on your products and services. This is easy to do once you become a pubished author and expert in your field.

Three Tips How to Make Writing a Habit

3 tips on blackboard how to make writing a habit by deborah S. Nelson Dream to Publish. Teaches how to write and publish a book with Indie PublishingIf you want to write a book, screen play, an article, or a script, you will need to start making writing a habit. Once writing is a habit the book or script write itself. I write all the time, now. People think I am super disciplined, but that is not true. I just love to write, and when I get an inspired idea, nothing can keep me away. If I am writing 10 to 12 hours a day, from the outside, it looks like I am disciplined; but I am just super inspired.

Here are three tips for making writing a habit:

  1. PRACTICAL METHOD: Start a journal, diary, blog, or dream notebook. Write 100 words a day. This will take about 5 minutes. Some people have amazing dreams, and keeping a dream notebook is a great way to make writing a habit. You wake up with instant writing material!
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  2. INSPIRATIONAL APPROACH: Write a list of all the book, story, or article ideas that you have ever had! This might take a few days or weeks, but once you try this technique, you’ll quickly move into actually writing these pieces.
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  3. PURE DISCIPLINE: This one might work for you: Set aside a quiet, regular time and place to sit and write for half an hour each day. This is too disciplined for me, but one of my writer friends who is a best-selling author with a regular full-time job, wrote 14 books in a period of 10 years by writing for half an hour before going to work each morning.

Whatever method you try to make writing a habit, decide today to “Just Write it,” and start your journey today for becoming a passionate and joyful published author.


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Self-Publishing Honeymoon Over-Censorship!

Rejection by Censorship in Self Publishing

Rejection by Censorship in Self-Publishing

Self-Publishing Honeymoon Over!

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher Publishing SOLO & VRTG

Apparently the self-publishing honeymoon is over! At Publishing SOLO, I make it my concern to report the good, the bad, and the ugly of the self publishing industry. I want our readers and authors-in -the-making thoroughly educated when they decide to self-publish. Today I am reporting the ugly side of self publishing…censorship.

The beauty of self-publishing is the ability to skip the manuscript submission process with the resulting rejection letters. This allows for the ability to publish works  quickly without the nit-picky screening of major publishing houses. Many publishing houses have turned down best-selling books time and time again; which makes one wonder if they know how to select a good book. (See Top 10 Most Rejected Bestselling Authors).

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Digital Book World day before yesterday, published a comprehensive article by  on the subject of censorship in self-publishing. See what Richard has to say about the ugly dark side of self publishing:

It all seemed so sweet; anybody can get their book published on Kobo or Amazon without having to endure a zillion rejections from picky publishers, and what’s more they can pocket the lion’s share of the sale. What could be more liberating? But like everything on the net, there is always a dark side. As Amazon and Barnes & Noble scramble to remove titles listed by the technology news site The Kernel, the books and magazine retailer W H Smiths in the UK has shut down their entire website to block access and their notice states they will not be displaying any self-published books when it returns until they can be entirely satisfied with the content. So what are the implications of this sudden turn of events and why has it suddenly arisen?

This is a tough moment for online retailers of content because by removing books from sale they clearly admit that this content is unsuitable or breaks laws. Unlike the agency model pioneered by Apple and shot down by the US Justice department, the sales contract lies between the consumer and the seller and therefore there is a real prospect that retailers have liability, but this is for a lawyer to argue.

Questions will be asked again about what controls existed to prevent these books getting into their catalogue. Designing sites with a freedom to publish comes with a responsibility to design in as many safeguards as possible. However, it is simply not practicable for every self-published text to be read before publication without massively slowing down growth and adding to cost. Events suggest that the balance has gone awry and moreover it may not be so simple to fix.

Age verification is very difficult to police and particularly on large aggregator sites such as Amazon or Kobo with millions of books available in all genres. These identified poisonous writings can turn up in search results made by children and are not secured behind a gated area as they have not been identified by the systems as harmful. This is site architecture and safeguards and not a simple patch, and so it seems that W H Smith saw the only responsible option was to shut down.

No sane person wants to act as a censor to free speech so are we now expecting Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and others to become censors and judge what is acceptable? These are international sites that cross cultural, legal and religious borders where sensitivities are all different. Of course publishers conducted this work before books reached the retailers, but there is no one to do this with self-publishers, and we now see the result. (See More)

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