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Relentlessly Creative Books is a “Middle Path” publisher, working to connect authors and readers. If you´d like more information about how we work, write books@relentlesslycreative.com or visit us at http://relentlesslycreative.com
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Productivity Hacks: When I Need to Write, I Enter the Cave

Productivity Hacks: When I Need to Write, I Enter the Cave | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers share their secrets to being more productive. See all their #productivityhacks here.When I was a little boy I was a huge fan of the Batman
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Every writer must find what works for them to stay productive. For me it is a commitment to be at my desk working no later than 9:00 am every day. I'm often still at it 12 hours later, and it is frequently more than M-F. But I can take time off spontaneously sometimes, and do.

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Ten rules for writing fiction

Ten rules for writing fiction | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspire by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts (Every writer has their methods.

Via Inspire the Muse
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More sage and silly advice from writers. These had me giggling, but there’s wisdom here as well.

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Feature about the Economic & Racial Digital Divide by Relentlessly Creative Books Author Tom Huskerson

Feature about the Economic & Racial Digital Divide by Relentlessly Creative Books Author Tom Huskerson | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it

Economic, Racial Digital Divide Creates Larger Education Gap Nationwide - IVN.us

 

The cost of Internet connectivity and computers is the biggest problem. A recent report by the NTIA showed 26 percent of respondents do not have Internet at home because they can’t afford it and 13 percent say they do not have a computer.

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Techo-literacy is essential for the future of all children. Learn about some of the ways you can suggest to students and friends that help low-income families get connected.

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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Nickelodeon Writing Program | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, the Nickelodeon Writing Program is designed to attract, develop and staff writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences on Nickelodeon Network productions.
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Would you like to see your ideas for children's programming come to life? This opportunity could really open the doors for the right candidate.
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PD James's 10 tips for writing novels

PD James's 10 tips for writing novels | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Crime author PD James has published more than 20 novels and, at the age of 93, is still writing. She gives her top 10 tips for budding authors.
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One of the great things about a writing career is that you can do it as long as you want and you want to for a long time. PD James didn't even start until her 40s. At 93 she is full of wisdom to share with young writers in their 50s and 60s.
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Relentlessly Creative Books Signs 3-Book Deal with Author Tom Huskerson

Relentlessly Creative Books Signs 3-Book Deal with Author Tom Huskerson | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it

Publisher Relentlessly Creative Books is proud to announced the signing a 3-book deal for a series of non-fiction guides by author Tom Huskerson. Huskerson of Alexandria, VA, is a technical expert and researcher engaged in both cyber security and writing and has written a number of both fiction and non-fiction works. Monica Rix Paxson, publisher for Relentlessly Creative Books, an innovative “Middle Path” publishing house, says, “We’re thrilled that Mr. Huskerson is joining our roster and are excited about the new series we are developing around his titles.”

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Congratulations to Tom Huskerson and Relentlessly Creative Books!

 

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Hybrid Author Hugh Howey on Self vs. Traditional Publishing

Hybrid Author Hugh Howey on Self vs. Traditional Publishing | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Hybrid author Hugh Howey previews his CONTEC seminar at the Frankfurt Book Fair by offering his hard won views on self vs. traditional publishing.
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“Indie authors are maniacally focused on the reader, almost to the exclusion of anything else. Low prices, fun and interesting genres and styles, a direct relationship, frequent output, you name it. Indie authors are doing well because they know it’s all about the reader.”
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Connecting Reporters and News Sources - Help a Reporter Out

Connecting Reporters and News Sources - Help a Reporter Out | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
No such thing as free publicity? There is with HARO. Help A Reporter connects news sources with journalists looking for their expertise. Sign up today!
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If you are promoting a book, this is an invaluable publicity resource, and it’s free!

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50 Incredible Tattoos Inspired By Books

50 Incredible Tattoos Inspired By Books | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Couples break up, "YOLO" goes out of style, but the literature you love is forever.
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What book inspired you enough to consider a literary tattoo? (Ok, so you don´t want a tattoo. Just imagine you did for a minute.)
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Jerry Seinfeld's Productivity Secret

Jerry Seinfeld's Productivity Secret | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Editor: When software developer Brad Isaac told us he had productivity advice from Jerry Seinfeld, we couldn't turn down the chance to hear more. Read on for the whole story from Brad.
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Jerry Seinfeld´s “don’t break the chain” approach works! Writing as a daily practice will build momentum and take you to the finish line. Get the visual calendar, or consider signing up with HabitForge.com. The point is, no excuses. Write daily!

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Creative Inspiration: The Power of Books ~ Creative Market Blog

Creative Inspiration: The Power of Books ~ Creative Market Blog | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it

Cool. CreativeMarket.com, one of our favorite places for creative inspiration, is starting a book club.

 

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Authors, take note. I can't wait to see what they'll be offering.

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I am a photographer- write and love books.

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101 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Build the Writer Platform of Your Dreams

101 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Build the Writer Platform of Your Dreams | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
What does it really take to build a writer platform? Learn the most important aspect to building your writer platform, and 101 quick ways to get started.
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Building an author's platform is the essential non-writing work of an author. While a publisher may help with aspects—for example, Relentlessly Creative authors can build their email lists using the recommended Aweber—most of this article covers how the author must step-by-step build a structure for their relationship with readers.

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What It Really Means to Market Your Writing

What It Really Means to Market Your Writing | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Marketing isn’t a dirty word. Here’s how to make sure that your ideal audience has the chance to see your work.
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I´ve driven two of my own books into best-seller territory. It does take planning and effort, but it doesn´t have to make you miserable. Relentlessly Creative Books uses a long tail approach so you can enjoy the trip.

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RCB Author Tom Huskerson, Digital Security Expert

RCB Author Tom Huskerson, Digital Security Expert | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it

Relentlessly Creative Books author Tom Huskerson will be leading the charge for our new “How To” series A to Ez BooKs™ with three new titles due for publication later this month.

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We're all excited about the new A to eZ BooKs™ by author Tom Huskerson... coming soon.

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45 ways to avoid using the word very

45 ways to avoid using the word very | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
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Break the “very” habit. If you must, use “find” until you've purged every damn “vee word” from your writing. Others agree:

—Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain
—'Very' is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen. ~Florence King
—So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays. ~N.H. Kleinbaum

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How To Lead A Creative Life

How To Lead A Creative Life | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Our complete guide to making your inner genius your greatest on-the-job asset.
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This chart may or may not help, but for those of us who live a creative life will certainly recognize the process.

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Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."

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Here Anne Lamott says, “Kill the editor,” in less aggressive and more poetic terms.
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Ricky Gervais Tells A Story About How He Learned To Write

Ricky Gervais Tells A Story About How He Learned To Write | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
In this first installment of Creation Stories Ricky Gervais shares a doozy about an early indelible writing lesson.
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“It´s your job to make an audience as excited and fascinated about a subject as you are.”

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What “Show, Don’t Tell” Really Means

What “Show, Don’t Tell” Really Means | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
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Thank you E.L. Doctorow for making this oh so clear.

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The Publishing Process in GIF Form

The Publishing Process in GIF Form | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Check out this blog post by Nathan Bransford, the author of JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW
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Oh, the agony and the ecstasy of the publishing process! Of course the biggest challenge for an author is managing one’s self. This is why I tell authors that writing a book is a process of personal growth. Are you up for it?

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The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
WRITE EVERY DAY
Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Th...
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Indeed, writing is a muscle. Use it daily to get powerful results.

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Home of the Book Genome Project

Home of the Book Genome Project | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
BookLamp is a book analytic engine powered by the Book Genome Project. BookLamp's technology has applications in book discovery, reader advisory, and book suggestions similar to how Pandora.com analyzes music.
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If you want reading suggestions that aren't influenced by book selling considerations, this is like Pandora.com for books.

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The World's Highest-Earning Authors

The World's Highest-Earning Authors | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it

Britain's EL James, the writer of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series of erotic novels, has made it onto the Forbes list of the world's top-earning authors - landing in first place.

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While I can´t claim to be in the same earnings league as EL, I have made a living as a writer for many years and if you are strategic, you can too. It´s wonderful to do work that you love.

 

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9 Tips For Creating A Great Antagonist

9 Tips For Creating A Great Antagonist | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
1. Think of your antagonist as the potential outcome for your protagonist. We hear a lot about how antagonists should contrast with your protagonist, but few people recognize how many great antagon...
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Creating strong characters, especially antagonists, is one of the greatest challenges for both novelists and screenwriters.

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Pinterest Drives More Traffic to Publishers Than Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit Combined

Pinterest Drives More Traffic to Publishers Than Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit Combined | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
When it comes to referral traffic from social networks, there's Facebook and Pinterest, and then there's everyone else.
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For authors & publishers, Facebook is No. 1. Pinterest is No. 2. All the others lag behind.

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