Welcome to 2018! As we venture into the new year, it's good to pause, reflect, regroup and, as we suggested in our year-end post, reboot. We thought it appropriate to devote our January Reading List to indie nonfiction books that can help get the year off to a great start by offering guidance, support, and inspiration for your personal and writing journeys.
Personal Growth and Inspiration
100 Days of Solitude by Daphne Kapsali (The author's sojourn with herself, during the 100 days she spent away from her busy London life on a remote Greek island, resulted in this transformative collection of essays.)
Listen to the Whisper by Sandi Matts (Powerful, moving and entertaining are some of the ways readers describe this book about connecting to one's spirit for a life lived fully through the calm and the storms.)
Naked Determination by Gisela Hausmann (Follow the adventures of this intrepid traveler and discover how you too can wrestle your fears into submission so they don't get in your way.)
Fitness and Health
Sweet Grace by Teresa Shields Parker (For anyone who has struggled with weight or food addiction, this honest account of the author's successful battle with morbid obesity will inspire and move you to action.)
Tired Thyroid by Barbara S. Lougheed (When the author's doctors failed to properly diagnose and treat her thyroid condition, she sought answers of her own. Here she presents in layman's terms indispensible information to empower those who are, or know someone, coping with thyroid disease.)
101+ Secrets from Nutrition School by Lynne M. Dorner (Nutrition is the foundation of health, yet many medical practitioners overlook or know little about it. The author shares the insider information gained from her formal studies so you too can benefit.)
Navigating IndieWorld by Julie Gerber & Carole P. Roman (Prolific, best-selling author Carole and her marketing partner Julie know a thing or two about indie publishing. So you don't have to figure it all out for yourself, they've compiled their extensive knowledge to help newbie authors go from first draft to successfully selling their own self-published books.)
Self-Publishing Boot Camp (3rd Edition) by Carla King (Our own Tech Expert Carla King's popular self-publishing guide covers everything indie authors need to know, from trusted vendors to top software, from branding to blogging. We consider it a "must read" for anyone serious about their author biz.)
Publishing Unchained (Revised 2017) by Chuck Barrett (This best-selling mystery/thriller author's candid advice, based on his own considerable experience, is invaluable for authors looking to go the indie route, whether as self-publishers or with an indie publisher.)
The Writing Life
To complement the above how-to tomes, our January Reading List also includes some insights into the writing life from your fellow authors. Yes, writing can be a lonely path, but these titles will make you feel less alone, and even spur you onward.
The Writer's Process by Anne Janzer (The subtitle, "Getting Your Brain Into Gear", says it all in this research-based guide to maximizing your creativity and writing productivity from an award-winning author and writing coach.)
Perpetuating Trouble by Chris Orcutt (Being an indie writer is not for the faint of heart. If you thought it was only you that was finding it daunting, you'll appreciate this tenacious author's humorous, take-no-prisoners account of the agony and ecstasy.)
Confessions of a 3-Day Novelist by Laura Roberts (Even if you're not planning to bang out your novel in 72 hours, you'll definitely want to apply some of the tips and tricks the author shares to turbo-boost your own writing routine.)
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