Dip Happens—What Do We DO When Nothing Seems To Change?

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Often I blog about things I am going through. Sometimes just writing things down, sketching out a plan of action, recalibrating MY perspective helps a lot. Hey, if nothing else, I have a blog post 😀 .

Lately, I’ve been in what Seth Godin calls…The DIP. In fact, I am even talking about The Dip over on my Dojo Diva blog for those who want more (and also a better chance of winning my 20 Page Death Star Critique).

*dangles carrot*

What is THE DIP? The Dip is that span of suck before the breakthrough. The Dip is where character develops, where dreams grow, where WE grow. Bad news is this is also the place where most people give up.

I’d love to say I’ve never given up when faced with a particularly tenacious Dip, but I am a terrible liar. Dips are tough. Why are Dips so hard?

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Tips for Avoiding Burnout

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

I’m sure you’ve heard it said over and over again how important it is to get the next book out.  One of the most effective marketing techniques out there is to publish the next book.  Ideally, this will be a compelling story, but in order to create a compelling story, you need to be energized.  If you’re facing burnout, your work (and other areas of your life) will suffer.

A couple of quick indicators that you might be facing burnout are trouble sleeping, lack of energy/excitement, trouble focusing, headaches, increased illness (ex. you get a head cold easier),  irritability, and anxiety.  Having any of these once in a while isn’t cause for alarm.  But when you notice this is an ongoing thing, you’re probably facing burnout.

What are some causes of burnout?  Doing too much, lack of sales, lack of social support, doing work you’re not passionate about, and…

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Guest Post: A Tour Guide to Classic Arthurian Literature

This also works as a reading list.

Book Geeks Anonymous

Greetings, booklings! Today, I’m handing the reins over to Suzannah Rowntree, curator of the wonderful blog, Vintage Novels. Suzannah is the author of four books, the latest of which is Pendragon’s Heir, a historical fantasy based on the legends of King Arthur. If you, like me, are a newcomer to the Arthurian realm, Suzannah here will get you acquainted with some of the great works of Arthurian literature. Now without further ado . . . .

A Tour Guide to Classic Arthurian Literature

by Suzannah Rowntree

Hello, folks! Before we start the tour this morning, I had better introduce myself. I’m Suzannah Rowntree, inveterate medievalist, proprietor of the book review blog Vintage Novels, and proud author of a bouncing new book, Pendragon’s Heir, which made its debut to the thunderous applause of my immediate family and friends last Thursday. I wouldn’t exactly call myself an expert…

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