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The Do’s and Don’ts of Asking for a Book Review

Whether you’re published traditionally or independently, from the moment your work is publicly available, someone can review it. Reviewing is an integral part of publishing. And so is asking for a review.

If your work is available for sale online, having reviews can really make a difference in your sales. Think of it from the reader’s perspective: A book with hundreds of reviews is more likely to attract your attention than one with three or four reviews.

As a result, most authors—whose name isn’t Stephen King and who lack an army of marketers—try to find readers who would be kind enough to review their book. However, asking for a review isn’t a simple process; you can’t just ask for it the way you ask someone if they like chocolate (who wouldn’t, but I digress).

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Writing and Creating in a Time of Uncertainty

It is a difficult time to be a human in the world right now.

Not insurmountable, but there are challenges. Aside from a sweeping global pandemic virus that currently has no cure, there is the social distancing and isolation, abrupt changes to schedules and lifestyles, fear for health and financial futures, worry about family and friends … the list goes on and on and could really be an entire piece in and of itself.

But you know the circumstances of your current existence, and probably don’t need me rehashing them for your mind to start spinning on.

Instead, we’re going to talk a bit about the reality of writing and creating in times of uncertainty and chaos, why it is important, how entirely impossible it can seem, and how you can overcome that.

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5 Useful Habits You Need as a Professional Writer

Now that your business has grown and more money is coming in, there’s one thing that may be giving you a headache as a professional writer:

How to cope with a workload that’s growing and expanding on a daily basis at an alarming rate.

Not only do you have to respond to emails, pay bills, maintain your website, manage your social media accounts, resolve technical issues, keep your books, and manage your taxes, you also need to write regularly.

Gone are the days of having lots of time for your family and friends because you now work very long hours every day, including weekends. To make matters worse, you also sleep a lot less and are mentally and physically tired most of the time.

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Fast Content Creation: Top 5 Secrets of the World’s Most Prolific Writers

Look into the profiles of most prolific writers and you’ll see staggering figures: 

Stephen King has published more than 63 novels since his debut best-seller Carrie

Isaac Asimov, one of the “Big Three” sci-fi writers, wrote more than 500 books over his 53-year career. 

Anthony Trollope churned out 47 novels and dozens of short stories despite writing for only three hours per day. 

Charles Bukowski produced some 5,000 poems, novels, and short stories during his 38 years of writing.

How did these writers manage to create content so quickly? Do they possess supernatural powers to pop out content at lightning speed? 

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