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The Quarantined Writer: Tips for New Writers in Troubling Times

We live in extremely uncertain times. 

From stores closing and factories shutting down, to entire countries being quarantined, it’s safe to say COVID-19 is hitting the world pretty hard, with no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Many people have lost their jobs as a result and have begun looking for alternate sources of income, such as becoming a full-time writer. However, many of these aspiring writers have no idea who, what, when, where, why, or how to even begin!

For some, this has been their dream job for years, and only now do they have the time available to get started. For others, writing seems like the logical next step, since all you need to start is a good Wi-Fi connection and a creative mind.

Whichever category you fall under, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Here are five tips to get you started in your new writing career.

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How To Use Amazon as Your Author Portfolio

Amazon has more than 3.4 million books on its virtual shelves with new books being added every five minutes. With that kind of clout in the publishing world, it’s the perfect place to establish an author portfolio. 

Your author portfolio is a central location that showcases all the books you have published and which are available to purchase on Amazon, as well as books to which you have contributed in some fashion.

Whether you are a traditionally published book author, an independently published book author, or a not-yet-published book author, you can turn Amazon into your author portfolio and use it to sell more books and more of your writing in general. If you do it right, you might end up on the famous authors list

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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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