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There are only so many tricks to help you sell more books. You can have a blurb that’s to die for, a cover that wins the monthly Book Designer award, and a website with a ridiculous email signup rate, but when you’ve reached the pinnacle of marketing prowess, the only way to improve your book sales is to write better books.

When you write fiction, improving your craft as you go is the equivalent of continuing education as a teacher or doctor. Writing more words over time will help you to improve, but finding specific ways to hone your craft will get you there faster.

When a voracious reader finds your well-written book, particularly as the first chapter in a multi-part series, that reader will latch onto your books for the rest of time. It’s up to you to make sure that your first book has engaging prose that keeps the pages turning.

Here are three writing changes you can apply immediately that will help your fiction to flourish.

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It’s easy to be distracted by the shiny, new thing. Every day, there are hundreds of posts about the latest social media tool or the software that provides the most seamless writing experience. Writers are often guilty of spending more time keeping up with those posts than they actually do in the writing chair.

New fangled gadgets fade in and out of our consciousness, but the best advice is timeless. Successful writers often say they turned their careers around when they came to a certain realization or when they read a particular blog post or book. This article is an attempt to distill those evergreen lessons in one place that you can refer back to over and over again.

Here are five things every author should be doing to realize his or her best potential career.

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Ninety percent of what you worry about will never happen. While your fears are meant to protect you on a primal level, they’re crippling for creative professionals like authors. To improve your chances of being a successful author, you need to shed most common concerns for writers.

Writer’s block is often a combination of bad habits and fear. In the coming months, Author Marketing Institute will try to help you get rid of the habits that have been holding you back. This article seeks to remove concerns that can likewise keep you staring at the blinking cursor.

Here are five things you should stop worrying about today if you want to become a successful author.

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