7 Deadly Sins of Networking

7 Deadly Sins of Networking
Last week, I discussed the value of building a network. This week, I’m going to talk about the things people do that destroy relationships and end up killing the network’s benefit for themselves and others. If you find yourself doing any of these, it’s time to reconsider and re-ignite your game. (more…)

Causes of Insecurity

Causes of Insecurity
Last week, we began a quest for confidence. It’s a quest that I began some months ago and I am passing on to you everything I’ve learned on the journey in the hopes that it will help you bypass the problems and get your work out there and into the world where it can do some good for others. That quest, though, begins with examining the causes of the insecurity. Insecurity is a sign you’re being held hostage by your past. (more…)

The Tornado by Kathy Downs

The Tornado
Congratulations to this week’s Flash Fiction Saturday challenge winner, Kathy Downs. Here is her piece, The Tornado:


Where is your mother? The bar said she left already, but they probably lie for her. It’s ugly out, ugly out. Can’t believe we still have power. (more…)

Flash Fiction Saturday: A Travelling Show

A Travelling ShowThank you to everyone who participated in our first Flash Fiction Saturday. Come back to 40DayWriter.com tomorrow to read the winning submission, The Tornado, by Kathy Downs.

This Week’s Flash Fiction Title: A Travelling Show

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Writer’s Showcase: A.J. Cattapan

The Truth about PublishersEach week on Thursdays, we’ll be featuring an author and their journey. I do this to help you get a realistic picture of what it will take for you to get your story from concept to publication and beyond, so you know what to expect and what the obstacles are that stand in your way so you can prepare for them.

Introducing A.J. Cattapan!

This week’s selection is Amy “A. J.” Cattapan. A.J. Cattapan is a bestselling author, speaker, and middle school English teacher (more…)

Personal Growth & Professional Development Matters for Writers

Personal Growth & Professional Development
After having interviewed more than a dozen people who have built multiple million dollar businesses, I can tell you without hesitation that personal growth and professional development matters. If you want to achieve the top of your game in any industry, and if you want to grow past the point where you are now, you need to invest in personal growth and professional development. It’s not a nicety. It’s a necessity. (more…)

The Value of a Network

The Value of Networking
There is a game called Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The game is simple. You are given random names of actors and must link those actors back to Kevin Bacon in as few steps as possible. Kevin Bacon himself is a 0. Anyone who acted in a film with Kevin Bacon is a one. Anyone who acted in a film with someone who has acted in a film with Kevin Bacon is a two. Anyone who is connected to a level 2 becomes a level 3. Anyone connected to them becomes a level 3. And so the game goes. (more…)

7 Things a Lack of Confidence Will Do To You

Lacking ConfidenceI’m going to let you in on a secret: I lack confidence. My lack of confidence has hurt my business, stopped my book sales from happening, and led to me not being present for you because I didn’t really think my presence mattered. My lack of confidence nearly destroyed my business and led to me being forced to move in with family.

Your Confidence Is Key to Your Success, Too

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Introducing Flash Fiction Saturdays

Introducing Flash FictionThere is nothing like a weekly challenge to help spice things up, so after giving things some consideration about how I can provide more value to the people who actually visit 40daywriter.com and, especially, to the members of my 40 Day Writers Facebook group , I have decided to introduce Flash Fiction Saturdays. (more…)

15 Things You Need to Know Before You Decide to Self-Publish

best-sellerI specialize in helping people self-publish. I’ve self-published more than a few of my own titles, and I’ve helped more than a half-dozen people self-publish theirs. It’s hard work, it’s a lot of work, and there are a lot of working parts that go into it. Tiny details that most people would neither think of nor look at. That’s why I’m writing this post. (more…)

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