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Thinking of Self-Publishing a Book? You’ll Want to Watch This Live Webinar Tonight!

Do you dream of writing a book but have no idea where to start? Have you already written your first draft but need help with editing? Is your manuscript finished but you can’t seem to find an agent or publisher who will help you get it to print? Have you published a book yourself but are struggling to make it a bestseller? Or are you just curious about how to navigate the world of self-publishing?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then drop everything and tune in tonight at 9 pm EST / 6 pm PST to Chandler Bolt’s live Self-Publishing School webinar: How To Go From Blank Page to Published Author In 90 Days!

self-publishing school webinar

What is Self-Publishing School?

Who is this Chandler Bolt, you ask? He’s the creator of Self-Publishing School, an online course that guides you through the entire process of self-publishing a book, from coming up with an idea to achieving bestseller status on Amazon! The course is designed to streamline the self-publishing process into a 90-day program, but you can complete it as quickly or slowly as you want; an SPS membership is a one-time purchase that gives you lifetime access to the course!

In tonight’s workshop, Chandler will talk about:

  • the 3-step system to write, publish, and launch a bestselling book in 90 days;
  • the dream-killing myths about becoming an author that are holding you back from success;
  • how to find a book idea in under an hour;
  • how to leverage your book to grow your authority, income, and business;
  • case studies of successful Self-Publishing School students; and
  • how he made $4,000/month from his first book.

And don’t be alarmed, fiction writers: while much of it seems to be geared toward nonfiction, this course is for all types of authors. Self-Publishing School does have resources specific to fiction authors, so be sure to take advantage of them if you choose to enroll!

You’ll learn much more about Chandler and Self-Publishing School by watching the webinar tonight. I’m sure it will be worth your time; it was certainly worth mine!

My Experience with Self-Publishing School (So Far)

So it’s time I let you all in on a secret: I’m finally on my way to self-publishing my first novel! I’ve been longing to write my debut novel for ages, but being the worst procrastinator ever, I never really got past the planning stage. After signing up for Self-Publishing School a few months ago, I wrote a 100,000-word fantasy novel in less than two months! I’m now in the editing phase (which may take even longer, but I’m more excited than ever), and I have a myriad of resources at my disposal for the upcoming stages of publishing and launching the book.

Aside from a lifetime-access 90-day guide, the course offers one-on-one coaching, outsourcer listings for editors and book cover designers, weekly live Q&A hangouts, and a friendly community of fellow students who all support each other through the self-publishing journey. Honestly, the community is my favorite part; writing a book can be such a lonely and confusing process, so it’s good to connect with other authors who know the struggles of self-publishing and help each other launch their books successfully!

Based on my experience so far, I’d highly recommend Self-Publishing School to any writer who’s been dreaming of writing a book for years but hasn’t yet made the leap. Don’t worry, though, there’s no need to commit yet. Just check out the live webinar tonight and then see if SPS is a good fit for you. Only you can decide if you’re ready to invest in your book and your future!

The webinar starts tonight, August 9th, at 9 pm EST / 6 pm PST! Be sure to reserve your spot now! Don’t miss it!

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links for Self-Publishing School. All opinions expressed here are my own. The webinar is free, but I will get a commission if you choose to enroll in SPS. Thanks for supporting my blog!

Word of the Week: Gumption

Word: gumption

Pronunciation: GƏMP-sh(ə)n

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness

Source: Oxford Dictionaries

Jasper: What exactly has got into you?

Iris: I don’t know. But I think what I’ve got is something slightly resembling… gumption!

The Holiday (2006)

Anyone who identifies as a fan of romantic comedies must be familiar with The Holiday, a film that’s been hailed by many as a Christmas favorite since it came out just over a decade ago. In the above scene, Iris has just managed to fall out of love with her ex-boyfriend Jasper after he flies from England to Los Angeles to see her. When she finds out he’s still engaged (and probably has no intention of leaving his fiancé), she finally sees him for the dirtbag he is and gleefully kicks him out of the house. This last line she utters before slamming the door in his face is nothing short of epic; to finally take her heart and her life back from a man who doesn’t deserve them is a true act of “gumption”!

“Gumption” is an informal term for spirited or shrewd resourcefulness and initiative. The word arose in the early 18th century and is originally Scottish, meaning “common sense” or “drive”. The origin of this noun is uncertain, but it may stem from the Middle English noun gome “attention” and the Old Norse noun gaumr “heed”.

While its official definition references initiative and resourcefulness, more common synonyms for “gumption” include “nerve”, “wit”, and “imagination”. Note that it’s typically a colloquial word, so it works best in informal contexts such as dialogue, as does its equally informal adjective form “gumptious”. If you write characters full of spirit and determination, “gumption” may be just the word you need to add a touch of spunk to your stories!

What are your thoughts on this word? Any suggestions for future “Word of the Week” featured words?

What If? Writing Prompts: Mystery / Suspense V

Here’s a funny coincidence: I was recently looking through my archives of “What If?” Writing Prompts when I noticed that the last time I shared a set of mystery and suspense prompts was exactly a year ago tomorrow! So while I’m catching up on my blogging, I decided it would be fun to share a new batch of prompts in this genre, one year apart. See what mysterious stories you can create from these ideas, and feel free to add more of your own! Have fun!

What if… you discovered that your best friend was actually a spy for a hostile foreign power?

What if… you found strange messages in your private journals and notebooks that you don’t remember writing?

What if… you found alive and well a celebrity that the whole world thought was dead?

What if… an object in your house kept changing position even though you never touched it?

What if… a close friend or relative thought to have committed suicide left you a message in their will asking you to track down their killer?

Good luck writing some more mysterious and suspenseful stories!

If you have any “What If?” writing prompt suggestions (for any theme), please feel free to share them in the comments below. Ideas I like may be featured in future “What If?” posts, with full credit and a link to your blog (if you have one)! Also, if you’ve written a piece based on an idea you’ve found here, be sure to link back to the respective “What If?” post. I would love to see what you’ve done with the prompt! Thank you!

Word of the Week: Shibboleth

Word: shibboleth

Pronunciation: SHI-bə-ləth

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important

Source: Oxford Dictionaries

Here’s another new word I learned from reading political articles. When defining the beliefs and principles of certain political parties, it’s easy to form stereotypes about how these groups think and behave. The problem is that once these stereotypes become common enough, we start using them to distinguish one group from the other, which can lead to some bitter and downright hostile arguments down the road. The lesson: it’s important to remember that we’re all human beings; our “shibboleths” shouldn’t define who we are!

A “shibboleth” is a belief, principle, or custom that distinguishes certain groups or classes of people, typically one that’s outdated or no longer important. The word arose in the mid 17th century and comes from the Hebrew noun šibbōleṯ, meaning “ear of corn”. The current sense of the word derives from a biblical account in which it was used as a test of nationality for its difficult pronunciation.

Though its modern use has nothing to do with its original definition, there’s an interesting story behind the word “shibboleth”: according to an account in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible, after the Gileadites defeated the Ephraimites in battle, the former used this word to identify fleeing survivors among the latter, whose dialect resulted in the mispronunciation “sibboleth”. Today, the word is used to define repeatedly cited yet incorrect sayings or customs that distinguish in-groups from out-groups. If your characters are divided by antiquated beliefs and principles, you can easily use their “shibboleths” to color your story!

What are your thoughts on this word? Any suggestions for future “Word of the Week” featured words?

About J.C. Wolfe

J.C. Wolfe is a fiction writer, biologist, and aspiring novelist of science fantasy and romance. A natural-born American and graduate in Marine Ecology from a university in Brazil, J.C. now writes for a living in California while spending free time blogging and penning stories and poetry.

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