Category: writing

28
May

Self Care for Authors: How to Prevent Writer Burnout

self care for authors - how to prevent writer burnout

We live in a culture where we’re considered productive if we work fourteen hours a day. Nobody bats an eye if we go to the office early and leave late or work through the weekends. We’re always on our phones. We never disconnect.

We’ve all read articles about successful people who get up at 4 AM, go to the gym, drink green smoothies, work ten hours, barely get any sleep, and then do it all over again. We set those kinds of goals for ourselves, and might even post about it on social media. If we don’t meet that completely unrealistic standard, we feel that we’re falling behind in our lives.

But where does that actually leave us?

Exhausted, depleted, unhappy, unfulfilled, and resentful – aka writer burnout.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we’ve been exploring ways that writers can stay mentally healthy, happy, and productive. Did you know that sleep and rest are just as important as work and productivity? If you take regular breaks, give yourself permission to rest, and ensure that you get enough sleep, you will actually accomplish more work in less time.

These tips will help you prevent writer burnout (or stop it in its tracks if you feel it about to hit you like a train):

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13
Dec

Top 3 Ways of Boosting Your Author Career Through Writing Conferences

Top 3 ways of boosting author career with writing conferences

You’ve probably heard that conferences are essential to your writing career development, but do you know why?

The PublishDrive team attended several conferences this fall where we either gave a talk or simply had the chance to mingle with writers. As the number of author-related conferences grows rapidly year by year, you may be wondering which ones are best for you. In this article, I summarize various types of author-related conferences and my personal takeaways.

To sum up, I’ve attended the following conferences: Digital Book World (Nashville), Romance Con (Richmond), National Writers Union Conference (New York), Las Vegas Book Festival (Las Vegas), 20booksto50k (Las Vegas), YALLfest (Charleston), and Miami Book Fair (Miami) – I’ve definitely compiled a list of thoughts!

Here are my top three recommendations for leveraging the power of conferences in the publishing industry:

  • Attend the conference that fits your publishing journey.
  • Learn from other writers and attendees and collaborate with them.
  • Prepare for conferences accordingly and have fun! 🙂

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05
Nov

How to Become a Ghostwriter: Perks and Benefits

Are you a writer if you are not writing your own book? And, are you an author if you are not the author of the book you wrote? The topic of ghostwriters is the hot potato of the literary world and ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. This article aims to clarify what ghostwriting is and isn’t, and give some advice on how to become a ghostwriter yourself.

What is ghostwriting?

A ghostwriter is somebody who’s hired to write a book, article or another piece of writing. While they are paid for their contribution, more often than not, they are not publicly acknowledged. The content is credited under somebody else’s name – if they are lucky enough, they might get listed as “assistant” or “researcher.”

Is ghostwriting plagiarism?

This is a difficult question; this great article on PlagiarismToday goes into it in depth. To summarize: it depends on the context and the readership’s expectations of authorship. For example, while it is widely accepted and known that celebrity books are not written by the stars themselves, college professors not crediting their students’ contributions accordingly are a different case entirely.

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