When you force people to stay in, you have to give them something to do. Your book is something you can offer them

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Almost two weeks ago, Italy woke up in the middle of a lock-down caused by the spreading of Covid-19. Besides the understandable fear for my parents and family that live in the middle of the red zone, I noticed something I never witnessed on Facebook and social network: all writers — and artists in general — were united in doing something for people forced to stay home.

What can do a person forced to stay home? Binge-watch movies and tv shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime, cook pasta and pizza — yes, Italians do it a lot, trust me —…


When you publish a book, you discover it’s harder to sell to your closest friends than to a stranger

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The first time I published a novel, I counted on my fingers how many relatives and friends I could ask to buy my book when it would come out. Well, I thought that at least one hundred people would help me. I had tons of cousins, a bunch of friends in real life — and on Facebook — and I had a pretty good relationship with them. If I asked, I could convince them to ask just to one of their closest friends to buy my novel, and I was entirely in line with my plan.

It didn’t go as…


I woke up one day, I was thirty, and I realized my life sucked. I had to do something

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I know what you are thinking: a lot of people wake up every day feeling their life sucks, but they don’t write a post about it. Fair enough, but I turned my life upside down, and I regret nothing, so I thought I could share something I learned during the process.

Since I was a child, I was good with numbers. Math in elementary and middle school was easy for me, everyone spent a lot of compliments about my grades, but my first real love was books and literature. …


Writing a good novel is not enough. Being a self-published author means that you have to do everything a publisher does too

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You have an excellent idea for a novel; you have the skills to write a perfect book, and you are ready to put your heart out there. Okay, you have done the first step, what’s next?

Before contemplating whether to publish with a traditional publisher or self-publish, you have to consider one thing that is not so obvious: money.

Do you have the budget to self-publish?

I see a common misconception regarding self-publishing: many people think it’s free or very cheap. Let’s go deep inside the expenses you have to face if you decide to publish on your own.

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The things I regret about my relationship with my little brother

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I was five when I started to annoy my parents. I wanted a dog. We lived in the countryside, everyone around us had a dog. I wanted one. I wanted to be like my friends at school.

I got a little brother instead.

In the beginning, I couldn’t understand what they were showing me. “A little brother? What am I supposed to do with him? Can we eat him?” Yes, I asked my mom if we could eat my brother. He was not a puppy, he was stealing my mom’s attention, and he screamed — a lot. …


When my fiancé died, I couldn’t choose when to stop grieving him.

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I was 24 when I received the call nobody wants to hear: the man I was planning to spend the rest of my life with, was dead. That was the moment when I discovered the real meaning of “broken heart.” The pain that I felt in my chest that exact instant was so intense I thought I was going to pass out.

The good news was, I didn’t pass out, and the pain lasted a few seconds. The bad news was, I was furious with him.

I knew that was an odd, irrational feeling, but I was mad at him…

Erika Vanzin

Wife, proud auntie, immigrant, 10+ novels author, “be kind” advocate, plant lover but can kill any plant in less than one week.

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