Author Mindset: 4 Practices For Overcoming Self-Doubt – Written By Joanna Penn

Joanna Penn writes about self-doubt in writers. I think this is, for many of us, a very important article. Thank you, Joanna, for all your efforts.


Every writer grapples with self-doubt, but how we deal with those thoughts and feelings can make the difference between a completed book and an unfulfilled dream. Psychotherapist Philip Kenney shares the practices that he and his clients use to enable them to keep writing.

The great novelist and short story writer, Flannery O’Connor once said,

“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.”

Why is the great Flannery O’Connor losing her hair? And why do so many authors go through periods of despair or consider abandoning their vocation? Because writing is tough. It subjects perfectly capable people to bouts of insecurity, self-doubt and enough encounters with demoralizing rejections to last a dozen lifetimes.

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Book Marketing: How To Get Your Book Into Libraries – The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn published a great guest post on her ‘The Creative Penn’ blog. Thanks so much for sharing this, Joanna.


 

It’s possible for indie authors to go beyond thinking of selling our books just at online retailers.

Libraries are another potential channel for book sales and another stream of income!

Eric Simmons shares how he’s gotten his books into some of the largest libraries in the US.

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Look After Yourself: Self Care For Writers – Written By Ellen Bard On The Creative Penn

Creatives can suffer from burn-out just as easily as those in any other line of work. Psychologist and author Ellen Bard shares her ideas about what self-care is, why it matters for writers, and how to deal with the obstacles we often face when we think about taking care of ourselves.

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How often are you your ‘best self’?

How often are you relaxed, buzzing with creativity, in flow, words of brilliance pouring out of you?

How often are you enthusiastic, energized, and ready to take on the world?

The world moves at a much faster pace than the environment for which humans evolved, and the amount of information and stimuli in our day-to-day keeps on increasing.

In order to juggle the kind of life most indie writers have to – where being creative needs to be balanced with marketing, social media, family, friends, hobbies and perhaps even a full-time or part-time job – we need to invest in regular self-care.

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Book Marketing: 5 Ways To Stand Out As An Author On Social Media – Written By Eevi Jones

There’s an excellent blog post on ‘The Creative Penn’, written by Eevi Jones, about how to stand out as an author on Social Media. Thank you, Eevi!


It can be overwhelming for authors to manage all that’s involved in marketing our books.

In this article, Eevi Jones shares five easy ways to make the most of your social media branding so that those accounts are doing some of the work for you.

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