Motivational Apps to Start Your Day Right!

Every now and then we all need a boost of motivation. Whether you are getting it from your friends, coworkers, or an app it is always nice to hear! We have rounded up some apps to put you into the right space mentally. Take a look and maybe try them for yourself.

Think Up

Cost: Free

This is a positive affirmation app. Select the ones you like and record them in your own voice! Apparently, hearing affirmations in your own voice instead of hearing them from someone else makes it 10x more effective. 

iWish

Cost: Free

Do you like to create vision boards? Well if so this app is for you! Create a bucket list of all your dreams, goals, and plans. Then use the app to tackle those goals and keep track of them!

Sanity&Self

Cost: Free or $9.99/month with premium

With this app you will get a podcast, therapist, and bullet journal all in the palm of your hand. They offer over 900 audio sessions with the topic of your choosing. Use this app to set personal reminders and keep your goals on track!

Be Focused

Cost: Free

Breaking up your work into smaller tasks makes it easier to stay motivated. Which is why Be Focused helps you divide tasks into 25 minutes of work with a five minute break. If you are determined to kick procrastination to the curb check this app out!

Forest

Cost: Free

This is an app on your phone designed to keep you off your phone. I know how it sounds, but this app makes it fun! You plant a seed when you want to put down your phone, as time goes by a tree will form. However, if you pick your phone back up and leave the app your tree will die. You can unlock rewards and challenge your friends! It is a fun way to be motivated to have less screen time. 

I hope one of these apps will catch your eye to stay motivated and keep your stress at ease. Let us know if you have any other great apps that help you stay motivated when you need it the most!

Happy Working!

Book Inspired Vacations

Wherever you are in the world make sure you take the necessary time for yourself! Here on the east coast it is getting warmer each day, which means everyone will be planning their summer vacations! In order to stay on theme for this blog, we have come up with several must do vacations for all you book lovers out there, check them out!

Romeo and Juliet in Verona

Take a trip to Italy and explore what is arguably Shakespeare’s most famous work. Verona still has historic places that were standing during the story of the doomed lovers in the 16th century. Juliet’s balcony is the epitome of the locations and Verona remains a tourist destination for this reason.

Sherlock Holmes’ in London

Sherlock Holmes, along with his sidekick Watson, spent many stories in the streets of Victorian London looking for clues and suspects. Take a trip to England and walk through some of the same cobblestone streets and narrow lanes of Homes’ era. 221B Baker Street is now a museum, and you can also take a Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour to learn some more on the spot facts.

Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

Take a trip to where most of The Lord of the Rings was filmed. At more than 150 locations across New Zealand, there are many tour options to fit your needs. This dreamy destination could inspire anyone!

Outlander in Scotland

Get transported to your favorite Outlander location in Scotland on an Outlander tour! Walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire into Castle Leoch and on the cobbled streets of Cranesmuir. And let’s not forget about the standing stones!

Next time you’re planning your vacation maybe you can take your favorite book with you!

Happy Travels!

Publishing Trends of 2020

It is best to tackle the future with some indication of what is most likely to be on trend. While no one can truly predict the future here is some of the industry’s best interpretation of what 2020 will bring!

  1. Audiobooks will continue to gain popularity, and more indie authors will seek to have their work converted to this format.
  2. Running ads will be a requirement
    1. Getting your books in front of readers for free will be more difficult. Now is the time to get internet savvy and use paid advertising!
  3. The ebook market will grow even more in 2020.
    1. As more young readers enter the market ebooks will increase.
  4. Email lists will increase in value.
    1. Your emailing list is a valuable marketing tool. Remember readers who are giving you their email are opting in, they want you to email them!

These are just a few publishing trends that we might see in 2020, but there are definitely more! A big takeaway is the push toward alternatives to paperbacks, with the focus on audiobooks and ebooks, as well as upping the ante on marketing!

Have a great 2020!  

Your Dreams Can Improve Your Writing

Dreams can be a source of raw inspiration to authors. You just have to find a way to unlock it. Here are some tips on how to use your dreams to their full advantage: 

1.Keep a dream journal

By simply keeping a pad and paper next to your bed allows you to quickly jot down notes so you can remember in the morning. You don’t have to analyze the dream in the middle of the night, but write down the things that will spark your memory.

2. Take up daydreaming

Let your mind drift. Open your mind to other possibilities.

3. Go deeper into your dreams

Lucid dreaming is the ability to recognize that you are dreaming. Once you have the ability, you will be able to control your choices and behaviors in the dream world. Explore different outcomes and gain control over your dreams. 

Now, I understand some people may say ‘I don’t remember my dreams’ or ‘I don’t dream at all’.  My recommendation is to begin with day dreaming and see if you can take it further. There is a lot we are missing about dreams, and there are ways we can learn about the specific ones we are having- we must not forget that our minds are constantly working. As a writer you can use that to your advantage. Just don’t try too hard!

Happy Dreaming!

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Writing A Book Blurb In 4 Easy Steps — K.M. Allan

Great post by K.M Allan! We all know how important a book blurb is when it comes to sales. Use these tips and steps to make your next book blurb captivating!

Happy Writing!

Any writer who’s had to write a query or a synopsis for a submission knows how hard it can be. Trying to boil the essence of your carefully crafted story to a few paragraphs, or a page seems like the hardest thing ever. I’m here to tell you it’s not. And that’s because there’s a […]

Writing A Book Blurb In 4 Easy Steps — K.M. Allan

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