The Writer's Cookbook

Writing, productivity, publishing.

Discover how ot market a book in these 9 simple, affordable steps.

How to Market a Book in 9 Simple and Affordable Ways

Self-publishing your novel is free. Everything that goes along with it—editing, proofreading, cover design, advertising—is not.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to market your book, though.

Here’s some tried and tested ways to market your book that won’t break the bank.

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Curious to know how to get started with Scrivener? This guide is for you.

How to Get Started with Scrivener

New to Scrivener?

Intimidated by its interface?

I hear you.

When I first started using Scrivener, it felt like this:


If it wasn’t for a free webinar by Joseph Michael (of Learn Scrivener Fast) and Joanna Penn, I may never have gotten to grips with it.

There are courses that help you navigate it and to make the most out of it, but not all of us can afford that. It’s an investment in your future, I know, but it’s very long term investment, and I have bills to pay in the meantime.

Plus I’m just the kind of person that likes to read a lot and figure things out on my own.

The more tutorials I can read, the happier I am. I think I’m in the minority in that I’d much rather read a tutorial than watch one.

If you’re one of those people too, then read on as we delve into how to get started with Scrivener…

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Discover how to be a more productive writer.

9 Changes You Need to Make to be a More Productive Writer

2018 has finally arrived, and with that comes New Year’s Resolutions.

I don’t make them any more as I never stuck to them, but millions of us still do.

For me, setting goals that I know I can achieve is more beneficial. The very fact that there’s a day dedicated to giving up on your New Year’s Resolutions halfway through January says it all.

That doesn’t mean you can’t make changes in 2018, though.

It’s only through changing our habits and breaking free of our moulds that we stop ourselves from stagnating.

You don’t have to wait for a new year to change your habits either. You can make changes at any time of the year, and you should.

We always feel compelled to reassess and reevaluate our lives when the new year rolls around, but we should do that on a much more regular basis. Doing so keeps us accountable as well as aware of our habits, both good and bad. That way, we can embrace the good habits and break out of the old ones.

So, do you want to make this your most productive year ever?



Here’s 9 tips to help you become a more productive writer.

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Nottingham Writers’ Studio Needs Your Help!

Five years ago, I was a scared little writer. I knew nothing of how to get started writing for a living, had nobody to guide me, and was terrified to leave the comfort of our apartment.

Now, I’ve self-published 3 books, blog once a week (plus guest posts), and have a day job as a content marketer.

None of that would’ve happened if it wasn’t for our local writing community.

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The Best of The Writer’s Cookbook 2017

It’s that time of year when we get all reflective and look back on our successes and failures of the year that’s just flown by.

We’ve published some great content this year on The Writer’s Cookbook, so I wanted to take a look back at some of it.

As a writer and marketer, it was encouraging to see that it was pretty even between evergreen and new content in the top posts for 2017. It shows that old content is still relevant, while new content resonates with readers, too.

In this list I’ve only included the top posts that were published in 2017, but if you’re wondering, the top post overall for 2017 was How to Write Anxiety (published in 2016).

So, without further ado, let’s look at the best posts from The Writer’s Cookbook in 2017.

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Discover how to create your author website in this handy guide.

How to Create a Writer Website or Blog

Like it or not, websites are an important part of life as a writer in the twenty-first century.

Your website is the first place readers who find you in an interview, on a guest blog post, or through your books, will go to find out more information about you and the other things you’ve written.

If you don’t have a website, you risk losing those potential readers and even future sales.

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Christmas Present Ideas for Writers

Like it or not, the holiday season is officially here.

I love giving and receiving presents, but the people around me are super difficult to buy for. People say they don’t want a present, but if they buy you something and you don’t buy them anything, things get awkward.

But what on earth do you buy a writer?

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Scrivener 3 Review

I’ve been a huge fan of Scrivener for a few years now, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Scrivener 3 when it came out.

I’d originally planned to do a video review, but things didn’t quite go according to plan. Rather than keep you waiting a little while longer, I decided to do a written review of Scrivener 3 instead.

Here we’ll explore some of the big differences between Scrivener 2 and Scrivener 3, and look at the new features of Scrivener 3, to help you decide if it’s for you.

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You can get over your anti-failure mindset. If you're ready to.

How to Defeat Your Fear of Failure

Nobody likes to fail. Failing is horrible. It’s a sign that you’re a failure and will never achieve anything worthwhile in life.

Or is it?

When we look at other people, we only see their successes. We don’t see their hundreds of unpublished manuscripts, or the rejection letters, or the failed marketing tactics. We see that they have something that we want, and we’ll never get it because we suck and they’re awesome.


Stop right there.

Go splash some cold water over your face then come back.

I’ll wait.

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Here's why the best readers make the best writers.

Why do the Best Readers Make the Best Writers?

So you want to write a book.

Or maybe you want to write some poetry, or even some copy.

You know what you need to do first?


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