5 Reasons to Write Poetry

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poetry, #poetry, #NaPoMo, national poetry month, #poetrymonth, poets, poetic, writing, journaling, sonnets, shakespearePoetry is thoughts that breathe and words that burn. – Thomas Gray

Did you know April is National Poetry Month?

There seem to be two kinds of people when it comes to poetry: those that love poetry and understand it, and those that don’t like it and can’t understand a lick of it.

For those that don’t like it and/or can’t understand it, it may seem like a frivolous and overly prose-y way to express something better said plainly. Or as Jess in Gilmore Girls said, “I can’t get into poetry. It’s kind of like, geez, just say it already, we’re dying here.”

But for those that understand and find beauty in poetry, it can be a wonderful outlet for emotion or thoughts, a catalyst to inspire other creative areas, and it can even be a great form of therapy for some.

For me, poetry was an outlet for the raging hormones of my teenage years: first loves—and the subsequent first broken heart(s), the ups and downs of friendships, the curious and callow way I viewed my world. Poetry was an abstract way to journal through my emotions, and often, it was cathartic being able to safely express the sorrow or rage or euphoria.

As Irene Lantham said, poetry allows us to explore emotional terrain in a safe manner. Says Lantham:

Poetry is compressed emotion. The whole point is to create an emotional experience for yourself…Poetry is the place for the most sustaining and destructive emotions. Your job is to be passionate. This passion is the vehicle that will take you toward your own emotional truths.

While I admit that I have lost a bit of my poetic inclination over the years, I do believe poetry is still very much essential as a craft.

Here are 5 reasons you should write poetry:

  1. There are no “writing” rules for poetry as there are for other writing forms. With poetry, you have much more freedom to express yourself and your art in a way that is congruent to your deepest need. You don’t need to worry about linear storylines or run-on sentences or “show, don’t tell”—you simply write what is in your heart and mind…whatever the form, whatever the length.
  2. Poetry is a form of therapy. You give yourself permission to express your story in a way that acts as an outlet, a comfort zone, a healing space. Poetry is a conversation with your deepest self, a monologue that can be both incredibly personal and amazingly exoteric.
  3. It can act as a catalyst to inspire other creative areas. Whether you write, paint, sculpt, teach, dance, or just live, poetry can inspire creativity in all areas of your life. It can open your mind and your heart to see and feel things outside the boundaries of normal social limitations.
  4. Poetry fosters understanding and compassion. As an abstract art form, poetry causes us to think differently about our expression of ideas, thoughts, and feelings. It encourages us to think deeper about our communication and how we interact and engage through the language we use.
  5. Poetry forces us to be brave and confident and invites discovery—of self, of life, of others. As Jane Hirshfield said, “Writing takes down all protections, to see what steps forward. Poetry is a trick of language-legerdemain, in which the writer is both magician and audience. You reach your hand into the hat and surprise yourself with rabbit or memory, with odd verb or slant rhyme or the flashing scarf of an image.”

Whether you understand poetry or not, it is a valuable and rewarding art that is too often underappreciated. And the most beautiful part about poetry is that you don’t even have to like it or understand it—the simple act of witnessing a poem come to life is what gives poetry its validation.

 

3 Writing Resource Books You Should Own

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wild mind, stephen king, natalie goldberg, bird by bird, anne lamott, writing resource books, writing resources, writing books, authors, inspiration, writing muse, writing exercises, writing promptsI am a writing resource junkie. I love any and all books about the craft of writing, publishing, editing, style—you name it, I buy it. I buy them almost as often as I buy notebooks and pens (I know I’m not the only one that does this, only to never write in them. Right? RIGHT?)

I consider myself to be a perpetual student when it comes to writing. I don’t think anyone, even the bestselling authors with hundreds of books under their belt, knows everything there is to know about writing.

Some books I like more than others. My three most favorite writing resource books of all time are (in no particular order):

Stephen King’s On Writing is one of my favorite writing resource books, and I know I’m not the only one. It is written mostly in memoir-style, but it is one of the most brilliant writing resource books there is. King, whose own simple writing style has continued to sell millions of books, touches on all the aspects of writing that tend to plague us writers from time to time (or constantly, if that’s the case).

One of my favorite passages is:

Good writing is often about letting go of fear and affectation. Affectation itself, beginning with the need to define some sorts of writing as “good” and other sorts as “bad,” is fearful behavior. Good writing is also about making good choices when it comes to picking the tools you plan to work with.”

Beautifully said!

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is one of the most well-known writing resource books out there. It’s not just a great writing resource book, however. It is also “instructions on life.” Told in a similar memoir-style as King’s On Writing, Lamott regales the reader with stories about growing up and relates them to writing in a way that is both inspirational and instructional.

One of my favorite passages is:

One of the things that happens when you give yourself permission to start writing is that you start thinking like a writer. You start seeing everything as material. Sometimes you’ll sit down or go walking and your thoughts will be on one aspect of your work, or one idea you have for a small scene, or a general portrait of one of the characters you are working with, or you’ll just be completely blocked and hopeless and wondering why you shouldn’t just go into the kitchen and have a nice warm gin straight out of the cat dish. And then, unbidden, seemingly out of nowhere, a thought or image arrives. Some will float into your head like goldfish, lovely, bright orange, and weightless, and you follow them like a child looking at an aquarium that was thought to be without fish. Others will step out of the shadows like Boo Radley and make you catch your breath or take a step backward. They’re often so rich, these unbidden thoughts, and so clear that they feel indelible. But I say write them all down anyway.

Natalie Goldberg’s Wild Mind is still my absolute favorite writing resource book. Given to me in my senior year by a beloved English teacher (the kind they make movies about), this book has become what I call my writing bible. I have come back to it over and over again throughout the years.

One of the wonderful things about this book is that it teaches us to keep our hands moving. It’s the number one rule of writing practice. Through “Try This” exercises and prompts in the book, Goldberg inspires writers to write—and live—by letting wild mind take over, instead of sitting safely in monkey mind.

Goldberg describes the concept of monkey mind and wild mind. Monkey mind is the conscious mind, the inner editor we always listen to, that stops us, that limits us in our expansive thinking. Wild mind is the unconscious. Wild mind is everything, everywhere. Wild mind is the fiery, passionate muse that lurks underneath monkey mind. And Goldberg believes if we can live in wild mind, we can find our true creativity.

One of my favorite passages is:

At the back of every word we write is  no word. Only because no word exists is there space enough to write some word. So when we write about our feelings and perceptions, it is writing practice when we also touch the place where there are no feelings, no perceptions, there is no you, no person doing any writing. In other words you disappear, you become one with your words, not separate, and when you put your pen down, the you who was writing is gone. This is why I do not call my notebooks journals. They are simply blank pages I fill.

These books are always on my desk. They have been dog-eared, highlighted, filled with sticky notes and napkins or envelopes as bookmarks—they have been used, lovingly, over and over to the point they are barely held together anymore. That is the mark of a good writing resource book—or a good book, in general.

What are some of your favorite writing resource books? (No really, please, tell me, I need more!)

Celebrate National Reading Month

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reading month, reading, readers, books, book, i love to read, best books to read, read classics, the fault in our stars, john green, winter girls, ernest hemingwayDid you know March is National Reading Month? Of course, if you’re like me, every month is a “reading month!”

National Reading (Group) Month was established in 2007 by the Women’s National Book Association, which aims to “increase public awareness of the joy and value of shared reading, provide opportunities for individuals to join an existing reading group or start a new one, [and] to encourage libraries, bookstores, and organizations to host special reading group events.”

As writers, it’s practically a prerequisite that we love to read. You could even say it’s part of the job. And as the great Stephen King once said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” That last part is subject to muse availability, of course.

One of the best ways to celebrate National Reading Month is to read, re-read, and share the books you love.

I tend to read a mix of different genres and writing styles, but the books that resonate with me the most are ones with lush language, unforgettable characters, vivid imagery, and a story that changes me somehow by the time I’m done reading.

Because I couldn’t pick just ten, the list below are my top eleven favorite (fiction) books of all time (in no particular order). I could spend hours and days reading and re-reading these books.

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson – Gorgeous prose about an all-consuming affair between the narrator (who remains genderless) and a married woman.

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn – A stunning novel about the life of the Binewskis, a family of carnies born and bred with the purpose of being beautiful freaks.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – The compelling but tragic YA novel of a young love that blossoms between two cancer-stricken teens.

Asta in the Wings by Jan Elizabeth Watson – A dark but touching read told from the viewpoint of seven-year-old Asta, who has been kept hidden from society, along with her little brother, by a now-missing mother. (Similar to Room by Emma Donoghue)

Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson – One of the most beautifully poetic fiction novels about the close but dark and deadly bond between two friends who compete to be the thinnest.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – A very dark, thrilling read about a marriage gone wrong and the two key players who play each other well…too well.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – Dinah, from the Book of Genesis, tells the story of her growth into womanhood—in more depth than the Bible gives—from her point of view.

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – A wonderful, funny, and heartbreaking read about Dolores, an overweight heroine, who goes on a wild ride of self-discovery and renewal as she blossoms from a girl to young woman.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – A beautiful novel about the various things carried by some very memorable US soldiers in Vietnam.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult  – A hauntingly heartbreaking novel about two families torn apart by a suicide pact.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – A simple but stark read about a Cuban fisherman and the lesson he learns as he chases a giant marlin out to sea.

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? If not, feel free to celebrate National Reading Month by sharing some of your favorite books of all time in the comments below.

Happy National Grammar Day!

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grammar, grammar girl, national grammar day, your you're, they're there their, grammar rules, elements of style, english, editorsHappy National Grammar Day! Yes, March 4 is a day dedicated to good grammar. National Grammar Day was established by the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG), Martha Brockenbrough, in 2008.

To honor Ms. Brockenbrough and National Grammar Day, here are some delicious little tips that can help to keep your grammar—and your writing—error-free. These tips are also great for self-editing your own work before publication.

  • Their, There, They’re – Many grammar gurus claim this as their pet peeve (myself included). There are a lot of people, even the best of writers, who make this mistake because they’re not careful. A simple trick I taught myself was to take off the “t”—heir is a person (their is people), here is a place (there is a place—usually), and apostrophes almost always denote a missing letter(s), so they’re is just short for they are.
  • Your, You’re – The same with your and you’re. You’re means you are. Anything else is your. When in doubt, read aloud. If you are doesn’t make sense, it should be your.
  • It’s, Its – Again, the apostrophe here denotes a missing letter or letters. In this case, it’s means it is (or occasionally, it has) Its without an apostrophe is a pronoun, the same as his or hers. It is just a non-gender pronoun.
  • Apostrophes – Now that we’ve established that apostrophes usually imply a contraction, it’s time to look at the other reason we have apostrophes—to show possession. There is no other use for an apostrophe, its job is to show possession or a contraction.
  • Comma splices – This is another pet peeve of some editors (like me!) and grammar gurus. Comma splices are really just two sentences joined incorrectly by a comma instead of a period. (Ex: Kemari doesn’t like comma splices, they’re incorrect.) Both statements are independent clauses (meaning they can stand alone). You can insert the word and, a semicolon, or a period. In some cases, you can use an em dash, but beware using too many em dashes together.
  • Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve – Texting and Tweeting (and IMing) has caused us to shorten our words, mostly for the sake of brevity. So sometimes shoulda, woulda, or coulda saves a few characters. And that’s okay—when you’re texting or Tweeting. But in your writing, you should never use shoulda, woulda, or coulda, unless it’s in the dialogue of one of your characters. And never, ever use should of, would of, or could of. Even in textual conversations, should/would/could of is incorrect.
  • Affect, Effect – This one is a bit easier to remember. In most cases, effect is a noun and affect is a verb. The simple way I’ve always remembered? Affect is part of affection, and a is for amore, which I equate with to love. To love is a verb. Effect is usually the result of cause (cause and effect) and cause ends with e, and effect starts with e, so I know that effect here is something that has happened because of something else.
  • Try to, Try and – This one is trickier, because there seem to be no clear cut rules that try and is wrong, it is just informal. However, try to is preferred by most grammarians, editors, English teachers, and any lover of the English language. According to the grammar goddess herself, Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty, when you use try and, you separate the act of trying with the thing you’re trying to do (I want to try and dance = I want to try, then I want to dance. Whereas I want to try to dance means you want to try to dance. See the difference?)
  • You and I, You and me – I have a friend who constantly corrects anyone who says you and me. “It’s you and I,” she always corrects. But that’s not always the case. There are instances where you and me (or when using a person’s name, Bob, Barbara, etc., and me) is correct. The easiest way to remember which to use is if the phrase is the subject or the object in the sentence. You and I are best friends. Tell her to send you and me the invitations. Easy peasy!

There are a plethora of great grammar and style tips online. Check out Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips, Grammarly, and Grammar Monster for other tips to help improve your writing.

Happy National Grammar Day!

Writing as Meditation

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writing meditation yoga natalie goldberg writer's life jane brunette flamingseed.com insight meditating writer's notebook self publishingWhatever your reason is for writing, whether it’s as a creative outlet, a desire to be published, therapeutic release, your job (or if you’re like me, it’s because YOU HAVE TO, it’s your breath, a necessity that is hardwired into your soul), chances are it is also probably a way for you to escape from your daily life: the mundane, monotonous sludge of everyday life that can drag you down. Maybe you write poetry or short stories, or maybe you keep a journal. Whatever your medium, whatever your genre, that writing takes you to another place and creates an energy that purges the bad and brings in the good. That is, in fact, what makes writing the perfect form of meditation and why you should try to do it every day, even if only for a few minutes.

As Jane Brunette, writer and meditation teacher at FlamingSeed.com, has said, “As little as 10 minutes of writing practice a day can reap great benefits.”

Whether you do journal writing or choose to tell stories as part of your writing practice, the act of putting words to paper is itself a sort of prayer. As writers, we’re gifted these words and charged with the work of giving form to our stories. In doing this, we are able to reach inside ourselves and gain a level of awareness and insight we might not otherwise achieve.

One of my favorite ways to use writing as meditation is to do 10-15 minutes of freewriting. I have always found that I get some of the best, most raw material when I am freewriting. Years ago, an exceptional English teacher gave me a copy of Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Mind: Living the Writer’s Life (it remains my writing bible to this day!). In it, Natalie talks about the rules of writing practice. They are:

  1. Keep your hand moving. Don’t stop writing, no matter what.
  2. Lose control. Don’t be afraid to be crazy in your writing. Don’t hold back. Let yourself go.
  3. Be specific. Not the green sweater, but the chartreuse sweater with the aquamarine seams.
  4. Don’t think. If you’re thinking, you aren’t FREEwriting.
  5. Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc. You should never worry about this stuff during the writing process. Save this for editing and publishing.
  6. You are free to write the worst junk in America (or the world, the solar system, the galaxy!). Seriously, rough drafts are called “rough” for a reason.
  7. Go for the jugular. This goes back to #2. Don’t be afraid. If something scary comes up, go for it. That’s where the adrenaline is. And most often, we find out exactly who we are in those kinds of situations.

You don’t need to be a yoga master or an expert on meditation to do these writing exercises. You don’t even need to meditate in the traditional sense.

“Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do, curbing your restlessness as you cultivate awareness of your overall experience. Writers will particularly find this practice beneficial, as the resulting freewrites will be rich with ideas and images to seed further work,” says Jane.

I recommend doing this in the morning, when your mind is still in a state of freshness, uncluttered with responsibilities, duties, worries, etc. Find a quiet place, center yourself with some deep, conscious breaths, and write for 10-15 minutes without stopping (whether you’re using pen and paper or your laptop). Just keep writing. If you get stuck, just keep writing nonsense until something comes back into your mind. You might be surprised what you come up with.

The Not-So-Secret Secret of Writing Success

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kbuuk self-publishing success writers secret authors indieWhen I first began to write with the goal of becoming a published author, I found myself constantly wondering what secret everyone else knew that I did not. Surely, there was some magical formula, some secret ritual, something, anything that these successful authors were doing to have the almighty light of publication crowning their glorious little heads. I couldn’t get it out of my mind that there was something I hadn’t yet discovered, that I hadn’t yet touched upon to make me wildly successful. In my obsession to figure out the secret, I lost a bit of my own passion, focused so much on seeking out the glory of publication.

As Jill Jepson, author of Writing as a Sacred Path, says, “Storytellers are the custodians of human history, the recorders of the human experience, the voice of the human soul.” Jepson believes writers are vessels for these stories, charged with the work of giving form to our stories and passing them on to others.

John Green, successful YA author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” would agree. In a recent Brainpicking’s article, Maria Popova sang the praises of John Green’s always timely and inspirational advice to aspiring writers. Green, who posts vlogs to his brother Hank with messages that focus on everything from his love of the internet to the writing process to telling NaNoWriMos it’s okay to suck, says that the only advice he can give about writing is:

Don’t make stuff because you want to make money [or] because you want to get famous—make gifts for people…your responsibility is not to the people you’re making the gift for, but to the gift itself.

When I suffered a rather long barren period of creativity (or lack thereof), I began to realize that the secret I was so desperate to find out was no secret at all. It was simply doing what you love and loving what you do. That is ultimately what makes a writer, or any artist, successful. Not how many books have been published, or how many Facebook fans an author’s page has.

In the words of William Faulkner, as recounted by John Green, a writer’s success is ‘a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.’

In this quick-to-publish digital world we live in, with so many successful self-publishing stories, it’s easy for writers to lose sight of the passion for their writing. But passion is where the art springs from. That is your success secret. Come to your craft with dedication and excitement. It will shine brilliantly out of your writing. And the rest will follow.

New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 or Your Creative Manifesto

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New Year's Resolution 2014 - Your Creative Manifesto writers writing goalsLast year, we told you all the new year’s resolutions we hoped you DIDN’T make in 2013, including:

  • Write less
  • Start implementing the word “awkward” wherever possible in writing, especially in locations in which it is incorrectly used to replace “distasteful.”
  • Insert useless exclamation points into writing
  • Get more inspiration from Lifetime movies

And we’re so glad you followed our advice!

This year, it’s time to focus on what you should be doing. With the arrival of a new year comes a blank canvas, ready to be painted with the vibrant details of our journey–past, present, and future.

It is a metaphorical rebirth: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically for some. For writers, it can also represent a creative rebirth, a cleansing of the writer’s soul. It is so easy for creative beings to feel dejected, sluggish, uninspired. Especially when the year is coming to a close, and all of our hopes and dreams and goals are weighed and measured against our actual accomplishments.

Now is the perfect time to tie balloons around last year’s unfulfilled desires and goals, to bury any unrealized resolutions, to sweep those pesky bad habits and bothersome nuances out the door. Let us not carry any of 2013ʹs dead weight into the new year. Let us instead forge ahead into 2014, inspired, confident, and open to the path we’ll walk.

Several years ago, I decided to forego the antiquated act of making New Year’s resolutions (which usually went unrealized), instead writing a personal creative manifesto (or manifesta, if you will): an organic declaration of my creative
principles, my values, and my intentions for the coming year.

Here’s a glimpse at my Creative Manifesto for the year:

  • I am a writer. I may be more than that, but I am never less than that. I will remind myself everyday that I am a writer until there is no room for doubt.
  • I will keep moving forward, never backward. I will create and never un-create. I will write and never unwrite.
  • I will love my stories as if they are living beings. I will care for them, respect them, and nourish them. I will nurture them and give them a safe place to grow.
  • I will create from a place of truth, from the raw, real self without walls, self-imposed or otherwise.
  • I will open myself to beauty, to light, to love. I will create from this place–with no barriers between myself and the open world.
  • My creative self is malleable and holds no shape. It cannot be put into a box or pigeon-holed into any of life’s genres.
  • My craft is a gift I have been given. I recognize that I am only a vessel for the language I ask for every time I sit down to write. My words are a prayer, a meditation, a chant, and that whatever the words, whatever the meaning, whatever the genre, my writing is a gift.
  • Everyday is a blank canvas, a clean sheet, a new day, and I will treat everyday as a gift.

Why not write your own Creative Manifesto (or Manifesta) for the year to come. We’d love to read them!

Step Up Your Vine, Instagram, and SnapChat Game

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Kbuuk - Vine Instagram SnapChatA while back, we saw a YouTube video from Gary Vaynerchuk, one of our favorite social media masterminds. In this video, he talks about the ever-changing social landscape. If you’re writing and marketing YA literature, you will find this is an interesting and forward-thinking insight into the focus on visual mobile experiences.

As Harry Potter and The Hunger Games have taught us, YA fiction spans across all ages, from young to old, but most YA fiction is written with teens in mind. And if you’re marketing to teens, you can forget Twitter and Facebook.  Right now, all teen eyes are on Vine, Instragram, and SnapChat.

As you know, the most effective marketing happens when you get in front of the eyeballs of your target market, because you get them talking about you and spreading your message virally, as we marketers like to say.

You may be wondering: What do these platforms do, and where do I start? Good questions.

Here are brief descriptions of each platform to get you started:

Instagram is a camera app that allows users to take photos and apply a filter to them that gives them a unique and instant artistic photo finish. Similar to Twitter, Instagram users have a feed and can use the @ callout to tag other users and the hashtag functionality to give a searchable topic to the photo. Instagram can be connected to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare so that users can automatically share across multiple active networks.

Instagram has also recently added a video functionality to compete with Vine, but each has its own value propositions.

Vine is a Twitter service that allows users to create six second looping videos. The most successful Vine videos are usually ones with a humorous twist as exhibited in this compilation of the best Vines of 2013 so far.

SnapChat is a picture-sending platform that is used to send pictures and messages that are deleted from the receiver’s phone within a specified amount of time by the sender. The company touts itself as a way for users to “enjoy the lightness of being!” through being able to send messages that self-destruct in 5…4…3… Well, you get the point.

Now that you know what these platforms do, the question is, can you use these social media platforms to capture the attention of YA Readers?

The answer? Yes, you can, if you’re willing to step up your game and do a little hard work. We’ve come up with a few ideas to start with, so get creative and build on them:

  • Set up a feed from a character’s perspective and only post pictures from his or her point of view.
  • Set up an account where you post insights into your daily writing routine or people, places, and things that inspire your writing and how you.
  • Make videos of yourself and/or friends quoting your favorite scenes of dialog from your works in a dramatized way.
  • Interview other writers, or even your own characters.
  • Answer fan/reader questions.

Consider how engaged and interested your readers would be if they got a funny or inspirational interaction from you through Vine, Instagram, or SnapChat.

As Gary Vaynerchuk pointed out, using Vine, Instagram, and SnapChat can be rewarding ways to get in front of your intended YA audience. So step up your game and go out and get visual!

Selling Ebooks: 5 Proven Tips & Kbuuk & You

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Earlier this week we shared Digital Book World’s “How to Sell Ebooks: 5 Proven Tips” on our social channels and told you we would show you how to accomplish those 5 tips with the Kbuuk system. So here it is authors. Ready, go forth and sell!

Tip #1 – Give it away for free

There are two ways of accomplishing this within the Kbuuk system: 1) you could gift the book, and 2) you can set your price point to zero and then change it at your discretion.

In order to gift a book you simply have to go to your PubHub account and click the ‘Book Sales’ option on the top navigation bar. From inside the Book Sales page click the small gift box icon on the left, and then from there you can enter in your friends’ and prospective readers’ email addresses and they will be sent an email letting them know they can claim their copy of your work.

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The second way to give books away for free is to set your price point to zero during step 4 of the publishing process, and promote the heck out of your book’s link through advertising and your social channels, until you are ready to up the price. The only caveat to this is if your work is distributed to third party retail channels you have to be careful of their pricing terms and conditions, but that’s the good thing about Kbuuk, full control.

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Tip #2 – The price is right.

We’ve got a pretty in-depth piece about pricing you may want to check out. Pricing is an art form whereby you must price your work in a way that connotes value, but that gets as close as you can to the maximum consumer willingness to pay, or else you’re just leaving money on the table. $0.99 says something very different from $2.99 and even from $4.99, but there are strategies in pricing, and luckily you can test your price points easily by using analytic features in the Kbuuk PubHub.

Again, please note the third party pricing policy caveat.

Tip #3 – Partner with e-book blogs

Well, we do have our own blog, and we’re open to any authors who have ideas or suggestions, or who just want to have a conversation with us. Additionally, we also have strategic partners who can be found in the Self-Publishing app store who also have blogs, and with wide reach and following, who I’m sure would also be more than happy to collaborate if you gave them a good reason. Additionally, the list provided in the article is a great jumping off point, but we encourage people to also seek blogs whose content relates to the plot, characters, and themes of a work.

Tip #4 – Pursue paid reviews.

This is a great one, and we even gave away a free Kirkus Indie review during our birthday promotion. We’d be happy to do it again because we know how much quality reviews mean to authors and readers.

Tip # 5 – Subsidize your writing costs with a sponsor

We completely agree and have been know to donate and support authors on Kickstarter and IndieGogo.

If you like what you see here, join Kbuuk or tell your friends, and if you’re looking for more fun features on the Kbuuk platform, check out our article on 10 Fun Things Indie Authors Can Do On Kbuuk.

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