Atticus Author Treats

Over time, we will be creating Bookish Author treats to share with you. They will all be free and we will keep them all here, on this page, so feel free to bookmark it and check back occassionally.

Wait, did someone say bookmark? How’s that for a treat!

Download some Author Bookmarks you can print on your own home printer!


Looking for a bookish card for a loved one who loves books?

Download a set of 10 printable cards, with a bonus page of sweet nothin’s that can be printed on sticker paper to add just the write message to your card.

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Looking for something bookish to dress up your walls during the season of love?

We’ve got 10 printable book-themed art pieces you can frame for your own private reading nook!

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Creative Resilience For Authors

Think of creative resilience like your secret superpower as an author. It’s that awesome ability to keep your creativity flowing and your spirits high, no matter what plot twists life throws at your writing journey. It’s about bouncing back stronger from those “Oh no, my character’s stuck in a dead-end!” moments and turning “I just can’t write today” into “Wow, where did all these cool ideas come from?”

To become truly resilient, creatively speaking, we all need to get very comfortable with change.

Imagine being the hero in your own writing adventure. When change comes knocking – whether it’s a new trend in self-publishing, a shift in your writing style, or even a big ol’ hurdle in your personal life – your creative resilience is what helps you open the door with a smile. Change isn’t always a terrifying monster under the bed, but could just be the thing leading you directly to your next bestseller.

Is resilience a skill?

Some personalities love change (like myself!) and others dread it like their worst nightmare. Where I may be spending too much time looking for new techniques to try out, others have their blinders on, repeating “but this is how it’s always been,” as a mantra.

Don’t get me wrong – some things are perfectly fine just the way they are and thrill seekers like myself need to curb their enthusiasm in a big way. But change shouldn’t be seen as all good or all bad, all the time.

For writers, not only are our characters going to be put through the wringer, but real life will challenge us just as much. Our villians tend to show up in the form of technology gremlins, inner sales demons, and marketing mayhem.

Resilience is the skill that enables us to adapt to new writing trends, overcome creative blocks, and persist through the ever-evolving landscape of self-publishing. Developing this skill may be stressful at atimes, but it has the power to transform your writing career arc from “regular author” to “hero self-publisher.”

There will be battles, but you can be victorious!

Authors Embracing Change

When your genre popular spikes or dwindles, when they-who-shall-not-be-named changes the rules for categorizing your books, when AI takes the world by storm, or when your favorite tech program updates, know that with each and every change you master, you are growing and becoming stronger as a career author.

And hopefully, you’ll have plenty of side-kicks to help you through the tricky times (Atticus is always here to support you!).

Find Consistency Through Chaos

The outside world is always going to bombard us with change, and we will have to adapt. There is no way around that and we really shouldn’t try to avoid it. There’s no growth without change, right?

Establishing consistency within the aspects you have total control over can help you maintain a feeling of stability and control.

For example, I’ve historically been a bit of a spontaneous writer – grabbing moments here and there, writing in bursts of inspiration. I was also frequently frustrated that my writing progress always felt very slllllloooooooow.

I decided to try something new (well, new for me): setting a specific time for writing each day. It was a struggle at first. Since escaping my “real job” I have a strong aversion to scheduled hours of operation. But here’s the thing – this change was all about creating consistency. It’s about making a commitment to put my butt in the chair and fingers on the keyboard, rain or shine, inspired or not. And guess what? It’s starting to work. I’m finding that this little change towards consistency is actually making my writing time more productive and, dare I say, even more enjoyable.

More importantly, since doing so, I’ve accomplished more in a few weeks than I usually do in a few months. This one initial change has ended up creating a consistency that has dramatically improved my output.

Scheduling time to right is admittedly not a wow-worthy concept, but I’ve found that quite often, the simplest things that we ignore for being too easy, can have the biggest impact.

Plotting Your Author Adventure Story

Embracing both change and consistency is like navigating through a sci-fi adventure. Every challenge is an antagonist, driving us toward our own hero moments. And every moment of consistency, every scheduled writing session, adds to our arsenal of weapons.

Along the way, don’t forget to celebrate each victory, learn from each setback, and keep your eyes on the prize – getting more books into the hands of readers who cannot wait to hear from you.

The Art of [Self-Publishing] War

Posted January 11, 2024. Some links or special promotions may no longer be available, depending on when you're reading this. Some of the links in this post are associated with an affiliate program, which means if you end up purchasing something, Atticus does get a small kickback, but it costs you nothing extra, and it all goes to keeping our team in coffee!

Ever feel like you’re going to battle when you approach certain self-publishing tasks? I have a few strategies to help you turn every challenge into a favorite part of your author experience.

The Many Hats of a Self-Published Author

There are some days that feel like the responsibilities of being a self-published author are never ending. The days of “write it and they will read” are long gone, if ever they did exist (doubtful). These days, if you’re in the author as a career business, you not only get to write the book, but also edit, format, publish, and market it.

That list can feel overwhelming to even the most masterful self-publishing authors at least sometimes. My trick is to find a way to make my not-favorite parts of self-publishing feel more like my favorite parts.

Transforming Self-Publishing Task Dread to Hyperfocused Fun

Like many creatives, I have ADHD. For me, this often means I over-analyze tasks that do not need to be over-analyzed (negeative) and, when I am excited or interested in something, I have the near supernatural ability to hyperfocus on it (positive).

For example, I love plotting, writing, graphic design, and research. Even though I have a background in formatting, sales, and marketing – those pieces of the puzzle are always the parts where I second-guess myself.

Yes, even the formatting! I spend a huge part of my days inside Atticus and I used to be a professional book formatter back in the pre-Atticus days. But when I’m working on my very own book babies, I always wonder if I’m doing enough. Or too much.

The Key to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

To combat this imposter syndrome, I turn to research – an aspect I can never really get tired of.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research into how the best selling books on the market are formatting their books. There are “best practices” of formatting – and Atticus makes it easy to get those basics just right.

But there are also trends and reader expectations based on popular books of the moment. What are they doing?

I’ve been invited to give a presentation at a Romance Author Indie Weekend event and I’ve gone on a deep dive into what the top Romance authors are doing these days. How? I check out the Samples available on Amazon for all the different category top sellers.

  • What pages are they including in their front matter?
  • How are they using images?
  • How are their chapters styled?
  • What are they doing differently between their eBook and Print version?
  • What else stands out about their unique books?

Finding answers to these questions and more is not just insprirational, but helps me decide what feels right for my own books.

Screenshots of the first page of a chapter from 4 best-selling Romance novels, as captured from Amazon's Sample feature. Books included: Too Late, Colleen Hoover, House of Earth and Blood Series by Sarah J. Maas, Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton, and Same Time Next Year by Tessa Bailey

Embracing Every Part of Self-Publishing

I’m certain that your favorite parts of the author business are varied and you may not love research like I do. But how can you creatively use the bits and pieces you love the most about being an author and apply it to the parts you dread?

Here’s another example, when I have to work on my sale or marketing, I do more research (hello, Publisher Rocket, how are you today?) but I also treat it like a creative writing exercise. If I can plot and write an entire book, why not a book description, some social media posts, and some A+ content?

That’s a topic for another day though…I’ve gone on long enough for one post!

Recommended Resources 2024

Being an author is more than just writing a book. It’s a unique process for each individual writer, but there are pieces that are harder, easier, more fun and less fun for everyone. Software, learning tools, and community can help from all angles. On this page you’ll find a list of resources that Atticus Authors have found helpful. Hopefully, something here will help you as well!

Please note: This page contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Writing Software and Tools

Tools that assist with the writing process directly, such as word processors and plotting software.

Plottr

Visual Plotting Software

Join 25,000+ writers who outline faster and organize smarter with the #1 rated visual book outlining and series bible software.

Plottr is a versatile tool for authors that simplifies the process of plotting novels and makes it fun! You can easily arrange scenes, plots, and character arcs within a plot structure of your own creation, or using one of their many templates.

Check out Plottr

One Stop for Writers

Writing Craft Library Subscription

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From the makers of The Emotion Thesaurus, One Stop for Writers provides groundbreaking tools to help you craft characters with true depth, invent fresh and captivating plots, and construct immersive worlds that your readers won’t want to leave.

Check out One Stop for Writers

The Novel Factory

Novel Writing Software

The Novel Factory is software designed for novelists at all stages of their writing journey. It’s designed to help you become a better, more productive writer by providing writing guides, clever tools and useful templates. If you like a structured approach to novel writing, from the initial idea to the final draft, including character development, plot structuring, and scene building, this might be the software for you!

Check out: The Novel Factory

Editing and Proofreading Tools

Services that offer professional editing, proofreading, and manuscript evaluations.

ProWritingAid

Grammar and Editing Tool

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ProWritingAid provides in-depth writing feedback, style and grammar tips, and editing tools to polish your work effectively. Compatible integrations with Atticus!

Check out ProWritingAid

Marketing and Publishing Platforms

Services and platforms to help with book marketing, distribution, and selling, including self-publishing platforms and keyword research tools.

Kindlepreneur

Self-Publishing Advice & Courses

Through Kindlepreneur you’ll learn everything you need to get your book in front of more readers, make more sales, and build your author career. Access free courses, tools, articles, videos, full guides, and more.

Check out Kindlepreneur

Publisher Rocket

Book Marketing Software

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Publisher Rocket is the world’s leading book marketing software that has helped over 70,000+ authors of all levels sell more books, and save loads of time doing it. It comes from Dave Chesson, the brains behind Kindlepreneur, so you know you’re in safe hands!

Check out Publisher Rocket

BookFunnel

Software Service for Authors

BookFunnel is the premier software service for authors. Whether it’s delivering your reader magnet or ARCs, finding great ways to promote and swap books with other authors, or doing direct sales and Kickstarter fulfillment, BookFunnel is the essential tool for your author business.

Check out BookFunnel

Writing Community and Networking

Opportunities to join virtual communities, conferences, and networking events designed for authors.

Writer’s Room

Critique Group & Writing Community

The Writers Room is the world’s fastest growing virtual community for writers who want to master the craft and make a living as a writer. Led by Maxwell Alexander Drake – Comic Con San Diego’s pre-eminent writing instructor – Join regular writing sessions, critique pods, develop circles, story intensives and more.

Writer’s Room

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Women in Publishing Summit

Virtual Conference

The largest virtual summit designed to support women in the publishing industry. Authors, editors, publishers, book marketers, etc come together to build community, network, learn together, and support each other.

Get your Ticket for the Women in Publishing Summit

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Alliance of Independent Authors

Membership

SelfPubCon, the Self-Publishing Advice Conference, runs in association with the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and runs once a year, featuring the cream of self-publishing authors and advisors. The access passes give six-month or lifetime access to an extensive conference archive featuring self-publishing advisors like Jane Friedman, Mark Dawson, Joanna Penn, Anna Featherstone, Karen Inglis, Russell Nohelty, Ricardo Fayet, Orna Ross and 100+ more.

Check out the Self Publishing Advice Conference

Courses and Learning Resources

Educational courses, workshops, and resources aimed at improving writing skills, learning about self-publishing, and other aspects of the craft.

Sacha Black

Writing Courses & Books

Do you want to improve your prose, characters or storytelling? Join rebel author, podcaster, and bestselling author Sacha Black for her writing classes, books and audiobooks.

Check out Sacha Black

Myth HQ

AI Storyteller Premium is a thorough training platform designed to help authors navigate the world of AI, finish a book, and publish it using AI tools, but without sacrificing the quality of the book itself.

Check out Myth HQ Storyhacker

Successful Writers: Tips, Insights, and the Decision Making Process

Posted January 11, 2024. Some links or special promotions may no longer be available, depending on when you're reading this. Some of the links in this post are associated with an affiliate program, which means if you end up purchasing something, Atticus does get a small kickback, but it costs you nothing extra, and it all goes to keeping our team in coffee!

Mid January is the perfect opportunity to reflect on ambitious New Years Resolutions and adjust your plans to reflect a few weeks of realistic practical application. Successful writers don’t just set goals, they adjust and readjust as necessary and keep working toward their dreams with relentless determination.

I recently asked Atticus Authors to share their 2024 goals and planning styles. The mix of responses was incredible!

I’m putting together a little resource which I’m excited to share soon, but I find it so validating and inspiring to hear from others on such a similar path to myself.

2024 Author Goals: Writing, Publishing, and Beyond

It probably won’t surprise you to hear most of the responses related to either writing or publishing more books. Many authors also wrote in with goals of either being more productive or becoming a better author in a business sense – whether that means more skilled at writing, sales, or marketing.

If you put them all together, the common thread is the desire to improve as an writer and become a more successful author. We all want to write–that is our dream. But the self-publishing revolution is quickly teaching us that honing the craft, understanding the market, and connecting with readers in meaningful ways is just as important as words on the page. The full spectrum of authorship requires a holistic approach to writing and publishing and that is what sets successful writers apart from the rest.

Traits of Successful Writers in 2024

What sets successful writers apart? It’s not just about talent or even how many books you can publish; it’s about a commitment to continuous learning, adapting to new publishing trends, and balancing creativity with business acumen.

One of the personality traits I have always attributed to my greatest success factor in life is my excitement for learning. I know that makes me sound like the nerdy kid who loved school but…I was that kid. I still am!

The cool thing about learning is that, as an adult, you can choose what you want to learn and, when you are passionate about a topic, it’s much more fun and easy to focus on.

Atticus does a lot of training and presentations on how to use Atticus, but as a company, we’re also devoted to sharing opportunities to help you grow as an author overall.

Opportunities for Growth: Choosing Wisely

Throughout the year, we’ll introduce various learning opportunities that have the potential to improve your success as an author, including webinars, summits, books, and more. Whenever we do, I encourage you to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Will this help me improve a skill that I need to grow my author business?
  2. Is this topic relevant to me/my business right now
  3. Do I have the resources (time, money, interest) to truly benefit from this learning opportunity

Not all opportunities are created equal and what is absolutely epic with perfect timing for one author may be the last thing another author needs.

What are you working on? What areas of your writing business might need a little extra TLC? Consider that before jumping into any opportunity and make your decisions carefully. If you take on too much, you’ll overwhelm yourself. If you spend too little time and effort learning to grow, you’ll plateau.

Now that you’re thinking critically, I have an opportunity for you to consider.

The 6th Annual Women In Publishing Summit

Women In Publishing Summit logo with tagline Empower. Encourage. Support.

This 4 day event has over 40 sessions covering everything from the craft of writing, to editing and publishing, to marketing and building your business. They have structured it to be relevant depending on where you are in your author career right now – from beginner to professional.

The target audience is women and the experts are women (myself included!), so that might help narrow down your decision making process.

As a speaker, I’ve been offered a coupon to share that will give you an additinal $25 off the ticket price and there’s currently early bird pricing running now until the 15th.

This is one of the events I am most looking forward to this year. Here is how you can check it out to see if it meets the criteria for you as well.

📅 Dates: March 6 -9, 2024

Early Bird Pricing Deadline: January 15, 2024

Coupon Code: WIPSPEAKER

🔗 Reserve Your Spot Now!

Black Friday Deals 2024

As the season of savings arrives, we’ve been working hard to bring you exclusive Black Friday deals that will enhance every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to marketing your published work. Dive into our carefully curated selection of author-focused specials and don’t miss out on these limited-time offers, specially negotiated for our dedicated Atticus.io community!

Please note: This page contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Now, let’s break down the deals:

Writing Software and Tools

Tools that assist with the writing process directly, such as word processors and plotting software.

Plottr – Visual Plotting Software

Join 25,000+ writers who outline faster and organize smarter with the #1 rated visual book outlining and series bible software.

  • Offer: save up to 35% off annual and lifetime plans!
  • Deal Dates: (Not specified)
  • Black Friday LinkPlottr

Fictionary – Story Editing Software

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Fictionary’s software offers structured narrative editing to help you shape and evaluate your story. Transform your manuscript with tools that let you visualize and analyze your narrative like never before.

  • Offer: 40% off StoryTeller Subscription, StoryTeller Premium subscription, or StoryCoach Editor Certification.
  • Deal Dates: Nov 15 – Nov 24
  • Black Friday LinkFictionary

The Novel Factory – Writing Software

The ultimate novel writing software includes character development tools, plot templates, target tracking and so much more.

  • Offer: 30% off a one-year license – use code BLACKFRIDAY2023
  • Deal Dates: Nov 15th to 24th
  • Black Friday LinkThe Novel Factory

One Stop for Writers – Subscription

Your ultimate storytelling companion. These groundbreaking tools will help you craft characters with true depth, invent fresh and captivating plots, and construct immersive worlds that your readers won’t want to leave.

  • Offer: Use the code BF2023 to unlock a 40% discount on our 6-month plan.
  • Deal Dates: Nov 13 – 27th
  • Black Friday LinkOne Stop for Writers

Novlr – Writing and Editing Software

Writer-owned creative writing workspace – distraction-free, writing streaks and goals keep you motivated, advanced analytics provide insights into your best writing times, and automatic cloud syncing keeps your work safe.

  • Offer: $50 off an annual subscription of Novlr Pro with the code BLACKFRIDAY23
  • Deal Dates: Until Dec 31
  • Black Friday LinkNovlr

Dabble – Writing Software

With its clean interface, this cloud-based platform ensures your work is always accessible, both online and offline. Key features like story notes and goal tracking help organize your ideas and track progress, while the platform’s automatic backup provides peace of mind.

  • Offer: 30 – 50% off subscriptions
  • Deal Dates: Nov 24 – 27
  • Black Friday LinkDabble
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MasterWriter – Creative Writing Software

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MasterWriter is the most powerful suite of writing tools ever assembled in one program. Why struggle to find the right word when you can have all the possibilities in an instant?

  • Offer: 40% Off a 1 or 2-Year License
  • Deal Dates: Nov. 15 – Dec. 1
  • Black Friday LinkMasterWriter

Editing and Proofreading Tools and Services

Services that offer professional editing, proofreading, and manuscript evaluations.

ProWritingAid – Writing Assistance Tool

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ProWritingAid provides in-depth writing feedback, style and grammar tips, and editing tools to polish your work effectively.

  • Offer: 50% off 1-year or lifetime subscription.
  • Deal Dates: Nov 13 – Nov 29
  • Black Friday LinkProWritingAid

FirstEditing – Editing Services

Experience the peace of mind that comes with having your manuscript meticulously reviewed by a seasoned editor from FirstEditing. Their tailored editing services pair you with a genre-specific expert who will not only refine your syntax but also offer structural insights, saving you the hassle of freelance editor hunting. 

  • Offer: 21% Off Any professional editing service including Certified Structural Editing, Book Coaching, and more.
  • Deal Dates: Nov 25 – Dec 5
  • Black Friday LinkFirst Editing

Courses and Learning Resources

Educational courses, workshops, and resources aimed at improving writing skills, learning about self-publishing, and other aspects of the craft.

Sacha Black – Writing Courses & Books

Do you want to improve your prose, characters or storytelling? Join rebel author, podcaster, and bestselling author Sacha Black for her writing classes, books and audiobooks.

  • Offer: 30% off – use code BLACKFRIDAY30
  • Deal Dates: Nov 20 – Dec 3
  • Black Friday LinkSacha Black

Myth HQ

AI Storyteller Premium is a thorough training platform designed to help authors navigate the world of AI, finish a book, and publish it using AI tools, but without sacrificing the quality of the book itself.

  • Offer: Get the membership for $27 a month (normally $47/month) and get the book, 10,000 Words an Hour, for free with your free trial.
  • Deal Dates: Nov 15 – 30
  • Black Friday Link: Myth HQ Storyhacker

Helping Writers Become Authors – Courses and more

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Elevate your writing game with this arsenal of resources including books, workbooks, courses, mediations for authors and more.

The Write Practice – Writing Classes

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In The Writer’s Starter pack, you’ll get seven of the best writing classes from The Write Practice, from outlining and structuring your book, to writing productivity, to getting published.

  • Offer: 7 Classes for $299 (normally $743)
  • Deal Dates: Nov 21 – 27
  • Black Friday Link: The Write Practice

Jenna Moreci – Shut Up and Write the Book

A step-by-step guide to crafting your novel from plan to print, written by award-winning author and YouTube sensation, Jenna Moreci.

  • Offer: 50% off ebook – price dropped to $2.99
  • Deal Dates: Nov 24 to Dec 1
  • Black Friday Link: Jenna Moreci

Marketing and Publishing Platforms

Services and platforms to help with book marketing, distribution, and selling, including self-publishing platforms and keyword research tools.

Publisher Rocket – Book Marketing Software

Publisher Rocket is the world’s leading book marketing software that has helped over 70,000+ authors of all levels sell more books, and save loads of time doing it. It comes from Dave Chesson, the brains behind Kindlepreneur, so you know you’re in safe hands!

  • Offer: Get the Kindlepreneur Keywords and Categories Course for Free with Publisher Rocket Book Marketing Software (Normally $50)
  • Deal Dates: Nov 21 – 29
  • Black Friday LinkPublisher Rocket

BookFunnel – Software Service for Authors

BookFunnel is the premier software service for authors. Whether it’s delivering your reader magnet or ARCs, finding great ways to promote and swap books with other authors, or doing direct sales and Kickstarter fulfillment, BookFunnel is the essential tool for your author business.

  • Offer: $50 off mid-list or higher yearly plan
  • Deal Dates: Until Nov 30
  • Black Friday LinkBookFunnel

PublishDrive – Self-publishing Platform

Self-publishing platform with a global reach. Easily self-publish ebooks online, audiobooks, and print books to thousands of stores worldwide. One click, publish everywhere for a flat fee.

  • Offer: Subscribe to our annual plan, and get 12 months of service for the price of 9.
  • Deal Dates: Until Dec 31
  • Black Friday LinkPublishDrive

Writing Community and Networking

Opportunities to join virtual communities, conferences, and networking events designed for authors.

Writer’s Room – Membership

The Writers Room is the world’s fastest growing virtual community for writers who want to master the craft and make a living as a writer. Led by Maxwell Alexander Drake – Comic Con San Diego’s pre-eminent writing instructor – Join regular writing sessions, critique pods, develop circles, story intensives and more.

  • Offer: 50% off for the 3 months
  • Deal Dates: Nov 21 – 28
  • Black Friday Link: Writer’s Room
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Scribophile – Premium Membership

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Scribophile is one of the web’s largest online writing communities and workshops. Writers of all skill levels join to make friends, finish their novels, help each other improve, take writing classes, and meet beta readers.

  • Offer: 30% off a Premium membership
  • Deal Dates: (Not specified)
  • Black Friday LinkScribophile

Alliance of Independent Authors – Membership Discount

SelfPubCon, the Self-Publishing Advice Conference, runs in association with the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and runs once a year, featuring the cream of self-publishing authors and advisors. The access passes give six-month or lifetime access to an extensive conference archive featuring self-publishing advisors like Jane Friedman, Mark Dawson, Joanna Penn, Anna Featherstone, Karen Inglis, Russell Nohelty, Ricardo Fayet, Orna Ross and 100+ more.

Women in Publishing Summit – Virtual Conference Ticket

The largest virtual summit designed to support women in the publishing industry. Authors, editors, publishers, book marketers, etc come together to build community, network, learn together, and support each other.

  • Offer: Save $125 ($25 off the early bird pricing of $147) Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY
  • Deal Dates: Until Nov 30
  • Black Friday LinkWomen in Publishing Summit
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Write|Publish|Sell – Book Marketing Workshops

Take your book marketing efforts up a notch! We’re celebrating 10 years in the business of supporting authors with a bundle of 4 of our most popular book marketing workshops for ONLY $10!

  • Offer: 50% off marketing workshops – Use Code BLACKFRIDAY
  • Deal Dates: Until Nov 30
  • Black Friday LinkWrite|Publish|Sell