The Healthy Writer

Books for Writers

Book 8
Curl Up Press via PublishDrive
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Do you suffer from physical pain relating to your writing life?

Are you struggling with back pain, weight gain related to sedentary working, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, neck pain, eye strain, stress, loneliness, digestive issues, or Repetitive Strain Injury?

These are the most common issues reported by writers and if you struggle with any of them, you are not alone. 

Writing is not a physically healthy job, but if you want a long-term writing career, then you need to look after your body.

I've been through my own pain journey over the last six years. I used to get crippling migraines that sent me to a dark room, and back pain so bad that I couldn't sleep, as well as stress levels so high that I wasn't able to breathe normally.

Now, my back pain, migraines and RSI have almost gone completely, and I manage my writing life in a far healthier way than ever before. I share my personal journey and insights with you in this book.

My co-author is Dr Euan Lawson, who shares his insights into how we can reduce pain, improve health and build a writing career for the long term.

The book covers:

Introduction and survey results from 1200 writers

7 Reasons why writing is great for your health

Part 1: The Unhealthy Writer 

Stress, anxiety, burnout

Back, neck and shoulder pain

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

A personal journey to a pain-free back

Writing with chronic pain

Sedentary life and inactivity

Sleep problems/ insomnia

Eye strain, headaches, and migraine

A personal story of headaches and migraine

Loneliness and isolation

Weight gain or weight loss

Joanna's Letter to Sugar

Digestive issues and IBS

A personal journey through IBS with FODMAP

Mood and mental health

Riding the Waves: Writing with depression

Alcohol - the good, the bad, and the ugly

Coffee and caffeine

Supplements, substances, and nootropics

Part 2: The Healthy Writer 

Improve your workspace

Sort out your sleep

Sort out your diet

From fat to fit

Sort out your back

Lessons learned about writing from yoga

How to use dictation for a healthier writing life

The active writer mindset

Strategies for the sofa-bound

The active writer: Three golden rules 

The running writer: Three rookie mistakes

Lessons learned about writing from walking a double ultra-marathon

Find a community

Build wellbeing with mindfulness

Develop healthy habits for the long-term

Conclusion: It's your turn. Choose life!

It's time to be a healthy writer!

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Health & Fitness / Healthy Living
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Do you want to write a non-fiction book but don't know where to start? Or perhaps you worry that you're not ‘the expert' or have enough authority in your niche to write a book on it?

Are you ready to help other people and change your own life with your words?

The first non-fiction book I wrote changed my life. Sure, it helped other people, but mostly it altered the course of my life – so much so that 10 years later, I make a living with my writing.

I've written seven other non-fiction books and co-written two more and built a multi-six-figure income around my non-fiction eco-system. In this book, I'll share everything I've learned along the way and save you time, effort and frustration on your author journey. The book includes:

PART 1. Before You Write: Mindset

Why write a non-fiction book?

Can I write a book if I'm not the expert?

Originality. Or, there are so many other books on this topic

Who are you? Personal stories and the writer's voice

The day a non-fiction book changed my life

Fear and self-doubt

PART 2. Before You Write: Business

Types of non-fiction books

Business models for non-fiction books

Who is your book for? Identify your target market

Decide on the topic for your book

Decide on your book title

Your author name and pseudonyms

How long does your book have to be?

How long will it take to write the book?

Your perspective on time

Writing a book proposal

PART 3. Writing and Editing

Gather and organize existing material

Research, interviews, surveys, and social listening

Structure and organize the book

How to write the first draft

How to dictate your book

Turn your blog/podcasts/videos/talks into a book

Speed and quality

Focus and shiny object syndrome

Writer's block

Co-writing a non-fiction book

How to turn a boring book into an engaging read

Elements of fiction in non-fiction

Truth and perfectionism

Legal issues: Using real people, quotes, lyrics, images, and citing sources

Self-editing a book

How to find and work with professional editors

PART 4. Publishing and Product Creation

Your publishing options

The different formats for your book

Non-fiction book covers

Book formatting for non-fiction

Pricing your book

Your book sales description

Categories and keywords

Turn your non-fiction book into a multimedia course

Updating your books over time

PART 5. Marketing Non-Fiction

Two models of marketing and the importance of mindset

Book-centered marketing

Paid advertising for non-fiction books

Author-centered marketing. The power of a personal brand

Build your author website

Build an email list

Integrate email marketing with your book

Content marketing for non-fiction books

My non-fiction marketing journey

Conclusion and your next steps.

It's time to (finally) write your non-fiction book. Download a sample or buy now and start writing.

Do you want to successfully self-publish in ebook, print or audiobook formats?

There are thousands of new books being published every day, but many self-published books quickly sink to the bottom of the pile.

Many authors are frustrated because there are so many options for self-publishing, and they don't know which one to choose or what will be best for their book.

Others spend thousands of dollars to publish and end up broken-hearted with the result. 

But it doesn't have to be this way. 

I've spent the last ten years self-publishing bestselling fiction and non-fiction books and in 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author-entrepreneur. I've made lots of mistakes along the way, but through the process of self-publishing 27 books, I've learned the most effective way to publish and market your books. In this book, I'll share everything with you.

The book includes: 

- What you need to know before you self-publish 

- Why self-publishing an ebook is a good idea

- How to format an ebook 

- Exclusivity and going direct

- How to self-publish an ebook 

- Why self-publish a print book 

- Print-on-demand will change your life

- What you need to know before you print 

- How to self-publish a print book

- What to do if you want help with the publishing process

- How to self-publish an audiobook

- After self-publishing 

- How much does it cost to self-publish? 

- How do you get paid when you self-publish? 

- Book marketing principles 

- How to market fiction 

- How to market non-fiction 

Plus, links to more useful resources. 

If you're ready to successfully self-publish, then download a sample or buy now.

Updated: April 2019 with a new chapter on how to self-publish an audiobook

Do you want to sell more books and reach more readers?

Do you want to discover how to build an author career for the long-term as well as spike your book sales right now?

If you don’t know much about marketing, don’t worry. We all start with nothing.

I’m Joanna Penn and back in 2008, I had no book sales, no audience, no website, no social media, no podcast, no email list. No nothing.

Now I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers and non-fiction. My books have sold over 500,000 copies in 83 countries, and I’m an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international speaker, making a multi-six-figure income with my writing.

Learning how to market my books and my personal brand changed my life. Yes, you need to write an awesome book, but you also need to know how to get it in front of the right readers.

How to Market a Book is for authors who want to sell more books, but it's also for those writers who want to think like an entrepreneur and build a long-term income. It's for traditionally published authors who want to take control of their future, and for self-published authors who want to jump-start a career.

There are short-term tactics for those who want to boost immediate sales, but the focus of the book is more about instilling values and marketing principles that will help your long-term career as a writer.

It's also about going beyond just the book, because these methods can take you from being an author into making money from other products, professional speaking, and creating opportunities that you can't even imagine yet.

In this completely updated Third Edition, you’ll discover:

Part 1: Marketing Principles

Book marketing myths, how discoverability works, and the polarities of marketing that will determine what you choose to implement

Part 2: Your Book Fundamentals

Prerequisites for success, how to optimise your book for online sales, categories and keywords, exclusivity, pricing and use of free, box-sets and bundling, and writing series

Part 3: No Platform Needed. Short-term Marketing

How to get customer reviews and find book bloggers, paid advertising with email blasts, paid advertising with Facebook, Amazon Ads and ad stacking, algorithm hacking, big data, and production speed

Part 4: Your Author Platform. Long-term Marketing

Building an author brand, author website, list-building and email marketing, content marketing, blogging, audio and podcasting, video and book trailers, social networking, professional speaking, marketing audiobooks, PR and publicity, TV, radio and traditional media

Part 5: Launching Your Book

Why launching is different for indie authors, soft launch, launch spikes, post-launch, how to relaunch backlist books. Includes an example book marketing strategy and launch plan checklist.

Other books for authors by Joanna Penn. Available in ebook, print and audiobook.

How to Make a Living with your Writing

How to Write Non-Fiction: Turn your Knowledge into Words

Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur

The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey

The Healthy Writer

Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives and Other Introverts

Co-writing a Book: Collaboration and Co-Creation for Writers

Successful Self-Publishing

Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!

Joanna’s website for authors, The Creative Penn, has been voted one of the Top 100 websites for writers by Writers Digest several years running, and The Creative Penn podcast is one of the top podcasts for writers and indie authors.

Would you like to make a living with your writing?

This book will show you how.

I spent 13 years working as a cubicle slave in the corporate world. I was miserable in my job and my creativity was stunted by the crushing daily grind.

Then I started writing books and blogging, using my words to create products and attract readers. In September 2011, I left my corporate job to become a full-time author and creative entrepreneur and since then I've grown my business year on year, all based on my writing. More importantly, I'm finally living the happy life I always wanted.

I'm not a Kindle or blogging millionaire and this is not a get rich quick scheme. But I will share with you how I make a multi-six-figure income from writing books, blogging and marketing in an ethical manner.

We're living in the best time ever to make a living with your writing! Read on to learn more.

The book includes the following Table of Contents:

Overview of how I make a living and income split

First principles

Tips on writing and productivity

Tips on mindset


Part 1: How to make money from books

It's not just one book

Your publishing options: Traditional publishing

Changes in the publishing industry

Your publishing options: Becoming an indie author

How to self-publish an ebook

How to self-publish a print book

How to self-publish an audiobook


Part 2: How to make money online in other ways

A business powered by content marketing

Product sales

Affiliate income

Consulting or coaching

Professional speaking

Advertising and sponsorship

Freelance writing

Tips for content marketing


The transition and your next steps

Plus/ Companion Workbook so you can answer the questions in the book for yourself.

If you'd like to make a living with your writing, click to sample or buy now.

Being a writer is not just about typing.

It’s also about surviving the roller-coaster of the creative journey.

Self-doubt, fear of failure, the need for validation, perfectionism, writer’s block, comparisonitis, overwhelm, and much more. When you’re going through these things, it can feel like you’re alone. But actually, they are part of the creative process, and every author goes through them too.

This book collects the mindset issues that writers experience, that I have been through myself over the last ten years and that perhaps you will experience at different times on the creative journey.

Each small chapter tackles a possible issue and then offers an antidote, so that you can dip in and out over time. It includes excerpts from my own personal journals as well as quotes from well-known writers. I hope it helps you on the road to becoming a successful author.

The book includes:

Part 1: Mindset Aspects of Creativity and Writing

Self-doubt and imposter syndrome
Need for validation
Fear of failure
Fear of rejection and criticism
Your inner critic
Fear of judgment
Perfectionism
Writer’s block and procrastination
“I’m not creative. I don’t have any ideas”
“My writing isn’t original”
“Why write? There are too many books in the world already”
“I don’t have the time or self-discipline to write”
“I’m not finding writing much fun. It’s hard work.”
“I keep starting things and not finishing them”
Dealing with friends, family and writer’s groups
“How do I find my voice?”
Comparisonitis or “Everyone is better than me”

Part 2: Mindset Aspects after Publishing

Anti-climax and creative dissatisfaction
What is your definition of success?
What happens when you tell people that you’re an author?
“I’m overwhelmed”
Dealing with fans, authenticity and drawing the line
Haters gonna hate
Ambition, fame and fortune
Giving up

Part 3: Tips for Success on the Author Journey

Know thyself
Understand and hone your creative process
Develop professional habits
Manage professional relationships
Take control of your writing career
Find your community
Keep learning
Schedule rest and take time off
Think long term. Create a body of work

Do you want to write a non-fiction book but don't know where to start? Or perhaps you worry that you're not ‘the expert' or have enough authority in your niche to write a book on it?

Are you ready to help other people and change your own life with your words?

The first non-fiction book I wrote changed my life. Sure, it helped other people, but mostly it altered the course of my life – so much so that 10 years later, I make a living with my writing.

I've written seven other non-fiction books and co-written two more and built a multi-six-figure income around my non-fiction eco-system. In this book, I'll share everything I've learned along the way and save you time, effort and frustration on your author journey. The book includes:

PART 1. Before You Write: Mindset

Why write a non-fiction book?

Can I write a book if I'm not the expert?

Originality. Or, there are so many other books on this topic

Who are you? Personal stories and the writer's voice

The day a non-fiction book changed my life

Fear and self-doubt

PART 2. Before You Write: Business

Types of non-fiction books

Business models for non-fiction books

Who is your book for? Identify your target market

Decide on the topic for your book

Decide on your book title

Your author name and pseudonyms

How long does your book have to be?

How long will it take to write the book?

Your perspective on time

Writing a book proposal

PART 3. Writing and Editing

Gather and organize existing material

Research, interviews, surveys, and social listening

Structure and organize the book

How to write the first draft

How to dictate your book

Turn your blog/podcasts/videos/talks into a book

Speed and quality

Focus and shiny object syndrome

Writer's block

Co-writing a non-fiction book

How to turn a boring book into an engaging read

Elements of fiction in non-fiction

Truth and perfectionism

Legal issues: Using real people, quotes, lyrics, images, and citing sources

Self-editing a book

How to find and work with professional editors

PART 4. Publishing and Product Creation

Your publishing options

The different formats for your book

Non-fiction book covers

Book formatting for non-fiction

Pricing your book

Your book sales description

Categories and keywords

Turn your non-fiction book into a multimedia course

Updating your books over time

PART 5. Marketing Non-Fiction

Two models of marketing and the importance of mindset

Book-centered marketing

Paid advertising for non-fiction books

Author-centered marketing. The power of a personal brand

Build your author website

Build an email list

Integrate email marketing with your book

Content marketing for non-fiction books

My non-fiction marketing journey

Conclusion and your next steps.

It's time to (finally) write your non-fiction book. Download a sample or buy now and start writing.

Do you want to successfully self-publish in ebook, print or audiobook formats?

There are thousands of new books being published every day, but many self-published books quickly sink to the bottom of the pile.

Many authors are frustrated because there are so many options for self-publishing, and they don't know which one to choose or what will be best for their book.

Others spend thousands of dollars to publish and end up broken-hearted with the result. 

But it doesn't have to be this way. 

I've spent the last ten years self-publishing bestselling fiction and non-fiction books and in 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author-entrepreneur. I've made lots of mistakes along the way, but through the process of self-publishing 27 books, I've learned the most effective way to publish and market your books. In this book, I'll share everything with you.

The book includes: 

- What you need to know before you self-publish 

- Why self-publishing an ebook is a good idea

- How to format an ebook 

- Exclusivity and going direct

- How to self-publish an ebook 

- Why self-publish a print book 

- Print-on-demand will change your life

- What you need to know before you print 

- How to self-publish a print book

- What to do if you want help with the publishing process

- How to self-publish an audiobook

- After self-publishing 

- How much does it cost to self-publish? 

- How do you get paid when you self-publish? 

- Book marketing principles 

- How to market fiction 

- How to market non-fiction 

Plus, links to more useful resources. 

If you're ready to successfully self-publish, then download a sample or buy now.

Updated: April 2019 with a new chapter on how to self-publish an audiobook

Are you tired of asking "What should I do with my life?”

Are you sick of your job?

Don't worry, I know how you feel! I used to start every working week saying "I hate my job" and spend every Friday night drinking too much to drown my misery.

I was a cubicle worker in large corporates, going to pointless meetings, writing endless documents no one would read, testing computer systems that would soon be obsolete. Every day, my soul and my creativity died a little.

Maybe you feel the same?

Well, life is too short to just exist on the edge of breakdown, and there is a better way of living. You need to discover what you love to do and then make that your job, your life's work.

This book will take you through understanding the way you feel now as well as how to improve your current situation immediately so you can create enough space to work on breaking out and doing what you truly love. It also contains the career change process I used to go from management consultant to full-time author-entrepreneur.

It's time to change your career and your life.

In this book, you will find: 

Part 1: I hate my job

1) Identifying the problem

2) The results of an unhappy workplace- stress, depression and weight gain

Part 2: How to improve your current situation

3) Develop yourself

4) Coping with stress at work

5) Being valued and appreciated

6) Escaping the trap

7) Making money and keeping hold of it

8) Being creative

9) Escape is sometimes necessary

Part 3: How to change your career

10) What do you really want to do?

11) Entrepreneurship or working for yourself

12) The Career Change Process

13) Setting and achieving your goals

14) Your Challenge. Your Future

Bonus Articles:

* Case Study Micro-Entrepreneur: How I run my business, The Creative Penn Limited

* Interview with Joanna Penn on how to change careers

* From affirmation to reality: the author’s story

* The Smart Person’s Guide to Quitting the Day Job

Life’s too short to continue feeling this way. It’s time to change your life. Packed with strategies, tips and personal stories that will help you find the work you love. If you want to change your life and your career, download a sample or buy now.

Do you want to sell more books and reach more readers?

Do you want to discover how to build an author career for the long-term as well as spike your book sales right now?

If you don’t know much about marketing, don’t worry. We all start with nothing.

I’m Joanna Penn and back in 2008, I had no book sales, no audience, no website, no social media, no podcast, no email list. No nothing.

Now I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers and non-fiction. My books have sold over 500,000 copies in 83 countries, and I’m an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international speaker, making a multi-six-figure income with my writing.

Learning how to market my books and my personal brand changed my life. Yes, you need to write an awesome book, but you also need to know how to get it in front of the right readers.

How to Market a Book is for authors who want to sell more books, but it's also for those writers who want to think like an entrepreneur and build a long-term income. It's for traditionally published authors who want to take control of their future, and for self-published authors who want to jump-start a career.

There are short-term tactics for those who want to boost immediate sales, but the focus of the book is more about instilling values and marketing principles that will help your long-term career as a writer.

It's also about going beyond just the book, because these methods can take you from being an author into making money from other products, professional speaking, and creating opportunities that you can't even imagine yet.

In this completely updated Third Edition, you’ll discover:

Part 1: Marketing Principles

Book marketing myths, how discoverability works, and the polarities of marketing that will determine what you choose to implement

Part 2: Your Book Fundamentals

Prerequisites for success, how to optimise your book for online sales, categories and keywords, exclusivity, pricing and use of free, box-sets and bundling, and writing series

Part 3: No Platform Needed. Short-term Marketing

How to get customer reviews and find book bloggers, paid advertising with email blasts, paid advertising with Facebook, Amazon Ads and ad stacking, algorithm hacking, big data, and production speed

Part 4: Your Author Platform. Long-term Marketing

Building an author brand, author website, list-building and email marketing, content marketing, blogging, audio and podcasting, video and book trailers, social networking, professional speaking, marketing audiobooks, PR and publicity, TV, radio and traditional media

Part 5: Launching Your Book

Why launching is different for indie authors, soft launch, launch spikes, post-launch, how to relaunch backlist books. Includes an example book marketing strategy and launch plan checklist.

Other books for authors by Joanna Penn. Available in ebook, print and audiobook.

How to Make a Living with your Writing

How to Write Non-Fiction: Turn your Knowledge into Words

Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur

The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey

The Healthy Writer

Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives and Other Introverts

Co-writing a Book: Collaboration and Co-Creation for Writers

Successful Self-Publishing

Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!

Joanna’s website for authors, The Creative Penn, has been voted one of the Top 100 websites for writers by Writers Digest several years running, and The Creative Penn podcast is one of the top podcasts for writers and indie authors.

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