Why are you publishing? The purpose of self-publishing goals

Why are you publishing?

The purpose of self-publishing goals Create clear goals that are tangible Did you have dreams early on in your writing career of making the bestseller list? To make it as a self-publishing rock star? Why is it so important to have goals for self-publishing? You are focusing your energy onto work that will really make the difference. Don’t work in a scatter-shot ‘winging it’ approach, even if you’re naturally inclined to do so. If you know your goal, you know where to aim. You won’t waste your time wondering if something is going to work because you know the reasons why it… Read More

New name, same people! Hello 2017!

You may have noticed something different this year. That’s right, we’ve got a new name! The Scarlett Rugers Book Design Agency has now transformed into The Book Design House.  We’ve got a new name but our expectations of ourselves and our service hasn’t changed, and neither has the boss (me!). So why the change? After working in business successfully since 2011 I have learned a lot about what it takes to run a good business. Not just a business but a good one. A lot of that lies around community and support. While I am exceptionally proud to have had… Read More

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My 5 pieces of advice to get through trauma: For self-published authors and business owners

My first blog post in months. Things have changed dramatically for me this year, due to some very traumatic experiences that happened to me at the end of last year, and the beginning of this year. Events that changed the course of my life and changed me as a person. This year the Agency had a really rough start. One of the worst 6-8 months I’ve experienced since this business came to life back in 2008. I’ve experienced mental illness to the point of paralysis, and being unable to work. And this week I have lost a dearest and darling… Read More

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My Writing Routine – Anthony St. Clair

Welcome to the forth article in our My Writing Routine series. Each week, we bring you the writing routine of a different author, delving deep into their processes, tips, thoughts, and techniques for getting their words onto the page. Today we peer into the writing routine of author Anthony St. Clair. 1. Can you give us a bit of a background about yourself as a writer?  Two events growing up told me that words and expression would be the core around which I would build my life, values, and career. In middle school I was part of a creative writing program, and while working… Read More

Katie Newingham – My Writing Routine

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  Welcome to the second of our My Writing Routine articles. Each week, we bring you the writing routine of a different author, delving deep into their processes, tips, thoughts, and techniques for getting their words onto the page. Today we peer into the writing routine of author Katie Newingham. 1. Can you give us a bit of a background about yourself as a writer? Raised in a household of boys, I often received messages that my emotions were wrong. I was too sensitive, cried too much, and needed to get over it (my mom’s leaving). I seemed to feel and sense more… Read More

Tim Yearneau – My Writing Routine

Welcome to the second of our My Writing Routine articles. Each week, we bring you the writing routine of a different author, delving deep into their processes, tips, thoughts, and techniques for getting their words onto the page. Today we peer into the writing routine of author Tim Yearneau Can you give us a bit of a background about yourself as a writer? The truth is I never set out to be a writer. To make a short story long, I got a Masters degree in communications at the University of St. Thomas way back in the late 90s. At that time I… Read More

Toni Gallagher – My Writing Routine

Welcome to the first in our weekly series of My Writing Routine articles. Each week, we’ll be bringing you the writing routine of a different author, delving deep into their processes, tips, thoughts, and techniques for getting their words onto the page. First up is storyteller and author Toni Gallagher (follow on Twitter) Can you give us a bit of a background about yourself as a writer? I’ve written all kinds of things since I was a kid, and majored in journalism at Northwestern University. I’ve been working in reality TV (which is not writing exactly, but storytelling) for over 20 years. Recently I’ve entered… Read More

Lesser Known Pieces Of Editing Advice From 14 Publishing Pros

In the spirit of helping you write the best book possible, we’ve gathered a list of lesser-known editing tips from 14 experienced editors and authors. Between them, these ladies and gents have been through the editing wringer hundreds of times, and house worlds of wisdom we should heed. Beth: BZHercules.com, a low-cost editing and consulting service In short, don’t do it [editing your own work]! It is a huge mistake that can cost an author time and money, as well as cause some embarrassment. Whether the writer is seeking to publish traditionally or to self-publish, there are certain guidelines, rules of grammar, and formatting… Read More

16 New Year’s Resolutions For Writers

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When we look back on a year of writing, we can be filled with a feeling of guilt for not having done as much as we set out to do. Or we can be overcome with pride and gratitude for everything we’ve managed to accomplish. But with each new year comes a fresh press of the reset button, enabling us to turn to those things we’ve not yet tackled. Here are 16 new year resolutions for writers to help you choose yours. Please leave a comment letting me know which you’re taking on, and how you’re going to tackle them.… Read More

NaNoWriMo- Dealing With The Aftermath

Congratulations! You survived the month! With the immediate NaNoWriMo challenge out of the way for many the question remaining is what now? This blog is going to give you some options on what to do with your hard written efforts and getting back to a regular writing routine. The Proof Read and Preliminary Edit With any luck you now have a draft of a novel, even if it’s just a shadow of one. This is great! You can’t edit a blank page, and one of the great things about NaNoWriMo is that it provides you with a building block to… Read More