Indie Pride Day 2016 | #IndieBooksBeSeen

indiebooksbeseen logoOn July 1st 2016, Indie Authors from around the world will be covering social media with pictures of us holding up our books with the hashtags #IndiePrideDay and #IndieBooksBeSeen.

Last year thousands participated, and our Indie Pride Day trended for three days on Twitter; generating over 25,000 tweets. This year, we believe we can do even better!

We are about to make history as the biggest online showcase of Indie Authors and titles ever, and we all hope that you’ll support us on our #IndiePrideDay.

Just like last year, some authors will also be offering book discounts and giveaways – so keep an eye out for the Indie Pride hashtags; you might just end up with a new book to add to your shelf. indie pride 2016

Tell every Indie Author that you know to mark their calendars for July 1st! If you are not an Indie Author (but support us), please post a picture of some indie books that you may have on your bookshelves – or you’ve added to your To-Read list!

Remember on July 1st, when you see the Instagram posts, Facebook statuses, Tweets and #hashtags – spread the love and show your support for the Indie Authors. Every single Like and Double Tap helps the cause!

#IndiePrideDay and #IndieBooksBeSeen are about proving we’re more than just a hashtag: we’re a revolution to the publishing industry, and to readers and authors around the world. Spread the bookworm love and support for #IndieBooksBeSeen on Friday July 1st 2016.

Keep an eye out on my social media and this website, as I am doing my own giveaway! Details will be released on July 1st 2016 for 24 hours. Good luck!

How To Be A Professional Writer

If you want advice on how to be a professional writer, and you’ve been on Google looking for tips: STOP!

Yes, there are ways to improve your productivity, or your technique, but you can’t learn how to become a professional writer/poet/blogger – it just happens. I didn’t sit down and say “Oh, today I’m going to start becoming a real author” – I just did it.

But, if you really want a list of things that will help you become a professional writer: stick around.

Be Prepared For A Lack Of Sleep: 

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Writers write when they have to, but more so when they are hit by random inspiration. So be prepared for an idea to slap you around the face at 3 am, and you’ll have to write it down!

You’ll have a lot of late nights because you’ve got home from school/work and needed to finish that chapter, so when you do get the chance to have a lie-in: take advantage of it!

Read – a lot:

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Obvious, right? Reading improves your writing. Makes sense. But more importantly, read a variety of materials. Not a fan of romantic poetry? Try humor poetry. Don’t like reading serious books all the time? Find something quick and fun to read. Branch out with your reading and you’ll soon find that you are exploring forms of writing that you never had before.

Do Your Research:

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There is nothing worse than reading a book and it being obvious that the author didn’t do enough research. If you are going to spend months of your life writing a book, at least make sure all of your facts check out!

Social Media:

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It’s the 21st century and there is no point avoiding the world of social media. If you use it properly, social media can gain you an all-new following of not only readers, but other writers too! I personally think that every author/poet/blogger, etc should have: Twitter, Facebook Page, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and WordPress.

Have A Routine:

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Routines are so important when writing – especially if you are writing a novel or you are a blogger.

Bloggers: post regularly – it’s such a shame when amazing bloggers don’t post at least once a week.

Authors/Poets: Get up in the morning, get dressed, make a cup of coffee and get writing!

A strong routine can guarantee you write at least once a day (which you should be doing anyway!) and will give you a chance to get into the zone instead of hurriedly jotting something down.

Carry A Journal:

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Journals/notebooks are so useful! I genuinely don’t know how I called myself a writer before I started writing every day. Journals are great for writing down ideas, rough drafts, planning, or just ranting to yourself about your really annoying neighbour. They give you somewhere to put all of those crazy thoughts and plans that don’t have a place anywhere else. And, it’s an excuse to buy more notebooks!

Be Dedicated:

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You need to be dedicated to your writing career if you want to be professional. Don’t half-ass it – you have to go all the way. Writing isn’t just about expressing an opinion/feelings anymore: it’s about gaining an audience of readers who need your words in their lives.

DAILY PROMPT: Express Yourself

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How do I express myself?

In all sorts of ways! I am a writer, a blogger, a Tweeter, a Facebooker and utmost: a human being capable of texting incredibly fast whilst talking at the same time.

I am no stranger to expressing myself. Most of the time it is through words, or speech. However, I am occasionally hit with the creative paint brush and I wreck a canvas for an hour. I love painting, but it’s not one of my best skills.

If you follow me on Instagram (MissieH123), then you will know I am somewhat of a photographer. I love taking photos, thinking about the zoom, the lighting, but most of all – you have captured that moment forever: creating memories.

And that is all I am ever trying to do – create memories.

 

How do you express yourself? Tell me @melissaholden94 on Twitter, or comment below!