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  • As a speaker, do I need a book? Does it really help me? Can I get more speaking gigs with a book? These questions are frequently asked and I'm here to help you understand why having a book benefits you!

  • No time to write a book? Too many balls in the air? You have something to say but not sure how to publish it, let alone figure out how to write it? Don’t add another ball. Let someone else run with it. You need a … Hands-Free Publishing™ solution!

  • Publishing a book is possible even if you don’t consider yourself a writer. In true Redbrush fashion, we’re here to make it easy for you. If there’s a book idea struggling to be realized, start by answering these questions:

  • As Redbrush celebrates its anniversary, we thought it best to start again at the beginning.

  • You’re a valued member of your company’s team. You have the respect of your peers. You’re seen as a leader by many. You bring in your share of new business. What’s missing?

  • Four exceptionally powerful words. I read them on a website that a colleague of mine had produced for an author’s book. The author had several “credentials”.

  • From time to time writers ask for hints about how to get started with their writing or storytelling. I tell them to consider finding a local Toastmasters chapter or see if there is a TEDx program in a nearby metro.

  • This is the fourth and final post in a short series about the benefits of publishing your own book.

  • This is the third in a short series of newsletter posts about the benefits of publishing your own book. We’ve reviewed the benefits of indie-publishing for speakers. We’ll be talking about benefits for the average Jane or Joe in the working world next time.
    In this exciting episode we’ll discuss the three primary benefits to non-writers when they compose and publish their own book.

  • This is the second in a short series of newsletter posts about the benefits of publishing your own book. We’ll review the benefits of indie-publishing for speakers, business people, non-writers, and the average Jane or Joe in the working world.

  • This is the first in a short series of newsletter posts about the benefits of publishing your own book. We’ll review the benefits of indie-publishing for speakers, business people, non-writers, and the average Jane or Joe in the working world.

  • Got a great idea for a book that you want to indie publish? Think you’re motivated enough to attract your targeted readers to it? You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

  • Ever wished you could toss one of these templates onto your book’s manuscript and immediately know a half-dozen critical mistakes about your book? Let’s give it a try!

  • The WOW! factor. Every contestant needs it. Not all will achieve it. What will elevate you above the competition?

  • People make mistakes. Sometimes they leap before they look. Sometimes they’re led to the edge and pushed. Just last week we were reminded by a very well-educated and successful syndicated columnist why the vanity press publishing model is wrong for so many people and why it didn’t work for him.

  • Writers write. Editors edit. Then, writers indie publish...and succeed. They know and live by these two, simple points: 1. Go big, or 2. Go home.

  • It’s never been easier to turn content into a book. Here are five steps to easily make your presentations and posts work even harder for you as a published book.

  • Whether publishing a book is one of your business objectives or bucket list items, cost can be a factor in realizing your goal of becoming an author.

  • Guest blogger and copywriter Josh Gregg writes on why he loves writing.

  • We sat down with one of our seasoned ghostwriters, Lisa Thompson, to pick her brain on all the ways having a writer can make writing a book painless. Here are four reasons you should consider letting a ghostwriter help write your book.

  • Our physical copies of The Compass have been printed. Check out what our chief navigator had to say about seeing his work in print.

  • Writing a business book will give you expert status, boost profits and show that you care about giving back.

  • Here's what you can expect when you work with Redbrush.

  • How long does it take to write a book? Check out how long it takes the pros.

  • This is the first full week of the New Year. The holidays and their crazy, middle-of-the-week arrivals have probably thrown the last several weeks into chaos. Redbrush is in its second year of operation. Time flies when you’re starting up! There have been several great lessons learned. Here are what we’ve found to be the primary concerns expressed by business authors during the last year.

  • I recently became aware of the Japanese art of Hikaru Dorodango. Translated as “shining ball of mud,” Hikaru Dorodango is a centuries-old craft done by Japanese children. A handful of mud or clay is formed and pressed into a sphere. As moisture condenses and is removed over time, the ball goes through several sessions of smoothing and polishing, finally culminating in a shiny, polished sphere. Will your published book glow as beautifully as it can?

  • Another November has come and gone, and with it the 2014 NaNoWriMo challenge to write your book in a month. Hopefully you met your goal and completed a first draft that you can re-visit, tear down, and build up again. Don’t let your enthusiasm fade. Here are three gifts you can give yourself in the next months to prepare your book for the publishing path most appropriate for it.

  • Redbrush was created a year ago this week with a couple important goals in mind. First, with our wholly author-driven indie-publishing model, we wanted to help authors reclaim the pride and prestige that publishing outside of the traditional model originally represented. Second, we wanted to help indie-publishing authors reach their identified goals and targeted audiences. By helping authors with the second goals, we’ll succeed with the first.

  • Are you one of the creative forces in your family? Uncle Vince is one of ours. A humorist, actor, and artist, he shares his latest creations each Thanksgiving. It’s become part of the tradition. Here are some tasty “starters” to get conversations going when you gather with friends and family.

  • Did you brave the cold to view the Leonid meteor showers this week? As our earth moved through this massive cloud of cosmic bits this week, a nightly show could be viewed with the naked eye. Maybe you were outside to see the dust and ice streak across the dark sky as fiery meteors. The Leonid meteor shower leaves indie-spirited writers with three important gems to remember.

  • As our team gets together and kicks around the issues of the day or week, we often come back to questions about the who’s, what’s, and why’s of creativity. Who creates? What are they creating? Why are they creating?
    Writers and authors like to talk about their books and why they write. A lot of people tell us they’re motivated by sharing important information to help others. Many writers say they like to entertain readers, maybe with a conjured story, intriguing characters, or a collection of shorter poems or pieces. Some authors share their experience so that an historic event or specific story isn’t lost or forgotten.

  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is upon us. By this time you’re either in the weeds or thinking about jumping into them. If you’re debating getting started, here are three really great reasons to write your novel in November—and one reason not to.

  • Redbrush recently led a self-publishing workshop at a local Barnes & Noble. Here are three excellent questions attendees were seeking answers to ...

  • Having recently returned from a late summer vacation in Europe, my mind’s a blur with the centuries-old architecture, artworks, and monuments that serve as inspirations and reminders to millions. It’s easy to regard many of these as perfect examples of careful planning, conscientious execution, and ongoing inspiration—exactly how we’d all like our writings to make their way into our readers’ hearts as important and meaningful. But Germany provided five lessons that stood out on this trip. Maybe they’ll speak to you as well.

  • One of the most important parts of a publishing process is to identify your targeted readers. Who are those members of the book reading public that would identify themselves as—what Stephen King calls—your “ideal readers”? Whether you think they are in your targeted group of readers isn’t as important or as relevant as whether or not they see themselves as part of your audience.

  • This is not a social media self-quiz about which member of the Rolling Stones you're most like. I seriously want you to think about what kind of boulder you are.

  • I know the benefits of mentoring. Much of what I’ve learned has been at the shirttails of great thinkers and great doers. I’m proud to have learned great lessons and to share this wisdom with others.

  • That’s the question that a lot of authors ask themselves. “Should I have my manuscript professionally edited before I publish it?”
    It seems pretty obvious to me, maybe because I’ve been breathing book publishing for over ten years now. But there are people who consider not having their manuscript professionally edited before they publish their book and launch it into the bookselling marketplace. Here are five reasons authors choose the “not to edit” path.

  • Having helped several thousand writers become published authors, I know firsthand how publishing one’s own book can affect a world of change.

  • Events in the news this week reminded me—and hopefully you—just how precious our time is in this life. One image of an actor portraying a teacher standing atop his desk inspired this post. May it encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, take a stand on a desk or soapbox, and publish your book to share with others. Here are five reasons why there’s never been a better time.

  • As our minds race from text to text and post to post, we’ve sped up our ability to scan and weakened our ability to slowly read for content. It doesn’t have to be this way. Writers read. Pick up a book.

  • One of the neatest projects I’ve ever had the privilege to help with has to be Michael Sieleman’s "A History of the World in a Single Sentence". I wouldn’t have thought it possible to sum up our planet’s existence in one sentence of only forty-eight words. But Michael Sieleman did just that.

  • You have the freedom to write and indie publish your own book. You probably have willing allies ready to help. You might be celebrating our country’s birthday with them next week. Share your ideas. Conjure your plans. Gain their support. Celebrate our creative freedoms.