Nothing but the Words

40 Episodes

By: Candice L Davis, Your Author Coach

Discover everything you need to know to write your book--and make it good. Author Coach Candice L Davis shares her step-by-step processes to write a phenomenal book and get it out to the world by self-publishing or going the traditional publishing route.

Bring Your Reader into Your World
Last Wednesday at 1:00 AM

Telling a story is more than just writing down the facts. In this episode, we explore how you can put the reader in the place you were in when your story (or the story you're writing about) happened. Use these tips to make your story come alive and keep your reader turning the pages of your book.

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Too Tired to Write

Family, friends, job, business, social life! You have so much on your plate. And sometimes, you're just too tired to write. Unfortunately, those are also the times when you might really need to write to meet a deadline or finish your book on time. In this episode, I share specific strategies to get back to writing--even when you're too tired to write.

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Design Your Writing Space

Does it really make a difference where you write you book? It absolutely does. In this episode, we dive into how you can create a space that supports your writing--even when it feels like there's no extra space in your home. A well-designed writing space will help you write faster, better, and more consistently. Take these elements into account, and set yourself up for success with your book. For more writing tips, follow me on IG @candiceldavis.

Stop Chasing the Wrong Readers

It's completely normal to want to find as many readers as possible for you book. You're writing to reach people. But focusing on the wrong potential readers can actually cost you in the long run. In this episode, I explain why you should stop writing for people who'll never want to read your book and what to do instead.

Focus on Value

Only a small percentage of people who want to write a book ever actually make it happen. But there's no reason you can't be one of that group. If you're struggling to get started, get back to writing, or finally finish writing your book, this episode is for you. In this episode, I share how you can shift your focus and finally achieve your author goals.
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Promote This Book Before You Write Your Next Book

As you write your book, you're almost sure to have ideas for more books. Your creative juices are flowing, and you see book ideas everywhere. But hold on just a minute. Before you write your next book, let's take a look at what you're doing with your first book (or the one you're currently writing). In this episode, I share why you might not want to jump into the next book too quickly.

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Stealing Quotes from the Bible

If you've ever thought of quoting Scripture in your book, there are important guidelines you need to follow. Bible translations belong to their publishers, and you'll need to give credit where it's due. But with these few simple steps, you can easily quote chapter and verse without violating anyone's copyright.

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Pros and Cons of Collaborative Books

Taking part in a collaborative book can seem like the perfect compromise. You only have to write a few pages, and you get published in a book. But don't say yes to that opportunity too quickly. In this episode, I cover the pros and cons of participating in a collaborative book. It might be for you. Or it could be an opportunity you should pass by.

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Write the Book You're Called to Write

People can tell you what your book "should" be about. Clients can beg you to write a book about what they see as your specialty.  Logic might even dictate that you listen to what your existing audience, your friends, or your colleagues say. But sometimes, listening to what other people  think you should write about is the easy way out. In this episode, we explore when you should write the book you feel called to write--and why.

Story Mistakes You Should Never Make

Everyone loves a good story. But even the best stories can be ruined when you make one or more of these common writing  mistakes. In this episode, we dive into 3 ways authors ruin a good story and how you can avoid them all. 
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Secrets of the Best How-To Books

Writing a how-to book doesn't have to be difficult or boring. In this episode, I share 5 secrets from successful how-to books to help you make your book the best it can be. If you're sharing steps, processes, or strategies, don't miss these proven tips to write the best how-to book you possibly can.

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50. The Truth about Traditional Publishing

Self-publishing is the most accessible path for most new authors, but is it the best path for you? In this episode, I share 5 truths about traditional publishing to help you decide how to publish your book. Learn the basics of traditional publishing and why a big publisher isn't necessarily the best way to make the  most of your book.

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The Truth about Self-Publishing

The business of self-publishing is booming. But there's also lots of misinformation about what it takes to successfully self-publish a book and what it says about authors who choose this route. In this episode, you'll discover five important truths about self-publishing that every author should know. 

How to Hire a Ghostwriter

Sometimes, the best way to get the job done is to hire someone else to do it. In this episode, I share exactly what to look for in a ghostwriter if you decide to hire someone to write your book. I also explain the difference between co-writers and ghostwriters, how much it costs to hire a ghostwriter, and where you can find a ghostwriter.

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Your Next Chapter

In this interview with my coaching client Angela Raspass, author of "Your Next Chapter," you'll discover what it's really like to write and publish your first book. Angela shares how she got past writer's block, why she chose to work with an author coach, and how her book is setting her up for her own next chapter.

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Write Your Gift

If you're not sure you have the right book idea or you want to write a book but have no idea what to write about, turn to your gifts. You have a unique combination of gifts, given only to you. In this episode, you'll discover how to hone in on those gifts and choose one to write your book about. Don't keep it to yourself. Share your gift with the world in your book.

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How Long Does It Take to Write a Book?

You're excited to get your book out to the world. And you probably want to know how long it should take you to write it. In this episode, find out what factors influence how long it takes to write your book. Go into this process with your eyes wide open, and plan your book launch without unreasonable pressure or impossible deadlines. Write your book with your eyes wide open.

Something Isn't Working

If you've been wanting to write a book for some time but you haven't, something isn't working. If you've started your book but, for whatever reason, you haven't finished writing it, something isn't working. In this episode I break down how to recognize when things have gotten off track with your book and how to decide what to do about it.

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How to Talk about Your Book

No matter how much of your time and effort you pour into your book, talking about it can be difficult. You don't want to seem salesy or self-centered. You don't want to give away too much too soon. You don't want to get it wrong. But it's important to talk about your book before you write it, while you're writing it, and after it's written. In this episode, I give you 3 simple ways to talk about your book without getting tongue-tied or feeling like you're making the conversation all about you.

Write Like a Thought Leader

In this episode, discover how to write a book that will position you as a thought leader.  Being an expert on your topic is a great start, but becoming a thought leader requires something more.  Several of my clients have written books that separate them from the pack of experts in their fields, and you can too.  

Write Your Book Before It's Too Late

What if you never write the book you dream of writing? That would be a loss for you and for your readers, but it doesn't have to happen. You can write your book before it's too late. Get started now. In this episode, I share why today is the best day to write your book and how to begin on the road to becoming an author.

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Lessons from a Writer's Retreat

Even if you can't get away from it all to work on your book right now, you can apply these lessons from my writer's retreat.  In this episode, I share what I learned from my week alone, working on my book. These tips will help you get focused, write consistently, and go deeper with your book whether you're writing on the beach or in your bed. 

Writing in the Middle of Madness

Writing a book is easier said than done with so much going on in the world. Yet, many people are still getting it done. In this episode, I walk you through 6 of the most effective tools my author-coaching clients and I are using to write our books.

You can't necessarily alter the circumstances swirling around you right now, but you can change how you handle them. You can write your book regardless of how crazy things seem. Use these tools and finally get your book written. We're doing it, and so can you.

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Blog Your Book the Right Way

If you're a consistent blogger--or you want to be--that content can do double duty for you. You can monetize your blog posts and use them to take your authority in your niche to the next level by blogging your book. Find out how to do it the right way, so you end up with a cohesive book that reads as so much more than a collection of blog posts.

For more writing tips and inspiration, connect with me on Instagram @candiceldavis.

To the People Who Said You Couldn't Write

If you've ever questioned your ability to write a great book because of what someone else said, this episode is especially for you. Our brains want to protect us, so they take that kind of comment seriously. The C+ in English class, the nasty remark from a professor, or the well-meaning redirect of your creativity from your parents--all of it affects your confidence as a writer and your ability to become a successful author.

In this episode, I reveal why those comments have nothing to do with you and how you can get past...

How to Cut 30,000 Words from Your Book

Most new authors worry they won't have enough to say. But it doesn't matter if you're writing your first book or you're an experienced author. You can still end up with a manuscript that's too long for the genre you're writing in.

If your manuscript turns out to be too long, that's totally fixable. In this episode, I walk you, step by step, through the process to shorten your manuscript--even when it hurts--and make your book the best it can be.

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Dealing with Rejection

Rejection is a part of any creative process, and writing a book is no different. People will reject your book idea. They'll reject the possibility that you have what it takes to write a great book. And they'll reject your finished product, the book you've poured your heart into writing. How you deal with all this rejection will determine how successful you can be as an author. In this episode, I share how to best manage rejection and keep writing and publishing in spite of it.

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Is Your Book Too Long?

A lot of new authors struggle to come up with enough content for their books. But at the other end of the spectrum are the authors who write way too much content for their books. In this episode, I share the minimum and maximum length for the major book genres. Find out if your book is long enough--or if you might need to do some cutting.

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Write Your Flaws Too

Painting yourself as a perfect person in your book is never the way to go. No one wants to read about the expert who never faced an obstacle. You don't have to tell all your business, but you can share your ups and downs, your mistakes and flaws, your failures and how you bounced back. In this episode, discover two questions to ask yourself to decide whether or not to include something that might make you look "bad" in your book.

The Power of Author Coaching

Have you ever wished you had someone to call when you get stuck writing your book? What about someone who can help you figure out how to finally get started writing? A great author coach can provide that essential help, and so much more, so you can write your book faster and better. You don't need to do this alone. In this episode, I share the details of why you might just want to work with an author coach.

Write Better by Revising More

Crossing the finish line and finishing your manuscript is a huge accomplishment. But you're not done yet. Separate yourself from amateur authors by revising your way to a great book. In this episode, I tell you how to lower your standard for your first draft and raise your standard for your finished product with a simple process for revision.

Writing to No One

Do you ever worry your book might be boring? It might--if you make some of the common mistakes new authors make. But in this episode, I'll tell you how to avoid writing a boring book and write a book that will engage your readers instead. 

Get Feedback on Your Writing

How do you know if you book is any good? Listen in to discover how to get constructive feedback on your book before or after you finish writing your manuscript. This week, I'm sharing how you can get feedback from the right people, decide what feedback to keep and what to feedback to ignore, and make the most of it. Find out how to use constructive feedback to make your book the best it can be.

When the Words Won't Come

Have you ever sat down to write and found yourself completely stuck? If so, you're not alone. Every writer has those moments. But if you want to write at any given time, you can. There are some specific, proven tools you can use when you sit down with your fingers on the keyboard or your pen in your hand and can't seem to get the words to come. You can tame all those thoughts running through your head and get focused on your writing. In this episode, you'll discover how to get past the mental chaos or what might...

Self-Publishing Scams and Unfair Practices

Self-publishing and traditional publishing are completely different processes. When you self-publish, you're responsible for your book from your great idea to your published and marketed finished product. But a reputable publishing services company can help you with book design, interior layout, registering your book, and more. The problem: some self-publishing companies aren't so reputable. Find out how to spot scams and unfair practices in the publishing industry. Look for these red flags and avoid them.

6 Ways to Hit Your Writing Goals

Writing your book is a big goal, and the only way to get there is to hit lots of small goals along the way. Join me as I share six ways you can achieve your writing goals--day after day, week after week--until you finally become an author. It's completely possible for you and you don't have to do it alone.

How to End Your Book

Readers who stick with you through a whole book deserve a satisfying ending. It doesn't matter if you're writing a memoir, how-to book, personal development book, or some other genre. There are specific elements your readers want from your ending. And you can easily give your readers what they want when you know what it is.

Your book's ending should leave your readers satisfied--and wanting more from you. Fortunately, it doesn't take a lot more writing to wrap up your book well. Your conclusion is the last impression you'll leave with your readers. Make it...

Stolen Work and Your Book

In all likelihood, you would never intentionally plagiarize someone else's work. Most authors wouldn't rip off anyone else's work. But there are a few common mistakes new authors make that can lead to you unintentionally stealing someone else's work. It happens more often than you might think, but it doesn't have to happen to you.

Discover easy ways to make sure you avoid stealing someone else's words, concepts, or proprietary systems. Make sure your work is purely your own and other creators get the credit they deserve with these simple strategies.

Take a Stand with Your Book

Your book can position you as a thought leader, an expert, or both, but which one do you want to be? 

Writing a book is the best way to position yourself as a thought leader in your industry, your community, or your field. But that will require you to take a stand--and lose some people along the way. If you're willing to do that, you can create a greater impact, have more influence, and change the way your readers think, act, and feel.

Writing and Publishing Children's Books

Children's book author, Amanda Lynch, discusses why she chose self-publishing and the reasons why her books are selling well. Amanda has found a new way to pursue her purpose of serving children in marginalized communities with children's books that entertain, comfort, and teach children mindfulness strategies all at the same time.