Karen Banes

Freelance Writer. Indie Author. Blogger. Traveler. Book junkie. Potential world changer. Work in progress.

I'm a freelance writer, indie author and book addict. I post author interviews, guest posts and book reviews at my book blog A Well-Read Woman which can be found at my site KarenBanes.com

I've written ebooks about freelance writing, Twitter marketing, and free tools for bloggers. Feel free to check out my ever growing list of Kindle books at my Amazon author page.

While I can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest, I'm most active on Twitter. Connect with me there:  @KarenBanes

Free Writing Courses

Our recent guest about online courses for writers was pretty popular and I promised readers another post highlighting some more free online writing courses. I'm a big believer in lifelong learning as an essential part of building your writing career, but I'm starting to really question whether we all need to be spending a fortune on formal education in order to hone our writing skills....more

Motivational Tips For Writers

Most writers feel their motivation slipping away from time to time.  Next time it happens to you, feel free to pick any one (or more) of my personal top twenty motivational tips for writers, and see if you can’t wrestle your writing motivation back into line. Write about what you love The best motivation is intrinsic. Trick yourself (if you need to) by not even planning to write something for publication....more

Writers Conferences in 2012

If, like me, you’re a shy writer, attending a writers’ conference might fill you with dread, but there really is a lot of merit to pulling yourself out of your writer’s den, putting on something other than sweats or pajamas and attending your nearest writers’ conference  to network with agents, publishers and other writers....more

Skills To Complement Your Writing

All the best writers I know are lifelong learners, thirsty for knowledge and constantly updating their writing skills. They’re also constantly expanding and consolidating their skill sets: adding new skills that are related to, and complementary to, their writing. Here are a few skills that writers need in their daily tasks, and can often use to expand their business and find new freelance opportunities.Today I'm blogging about the skill set we need to develop to succeed as writers, including editing, marketing, self publishing, SEO and even photography....more

Proof Reading, and why it's important

Today at Change The World With Words I have a great guest post on proof reading by Greg Walker. Greg reminds us of the importance of proof reading - and makes us all feel better about ourselves by pointing our a few proof reading errors that are probably even worse than some of the ones we’ve made ourselves. Read the full post here. ...more

Giveaway: Making Money As A Freelance W.R.I.T.E.R

I'm hosting a giveaway! Hope it will be of interest to some folks here at BlogHer. I’m pleased to announce I have a great writing ebook to give away. First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to Shelley Hitz, the self publishing coach for providing both the giveaway copy and an extra copy for me to review. ...more

Self Publishing Ebook Giveaway

Today I’m offering all visitors to my blog a free ebook, Self Publishing Books 101, from the self publishing coach, Shelley Hitz. It really is free. No strings attached. No sign up required. This free PDF ebook is available for instant download today.Read the full post and download the ebook here. ...more
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How to Self Publish a Book in 8 Easy Steps

Today’s post over at my blog, Change The World With Words is a guest post by author and self-publisher, Shelley Hitz. I’ve been considering the possibility of re-purposing some of my blog content into book format, so I was really interested to hear what she has to say about turning your blog posts or articles into a self-published book. Hope you find her insight useful, and if you're a self-published author, I'd love to hear from you in the comments. Is it as easy as Shelley makes out?...more

The Benefits of Free Writing

For many years I wasn’t a big fan of free writing. It seemed a waste of time to me to devote even a short amount of time to ‘random’ writing when I could be planning and producing a specific, saleable piece of work. Then a writing tutor suggested “focused free writing”, using the techniques of free writing but writing around a vague idea or topic I wanted to develop....more

Inspirational Quotes For Writers

I collect inspirational quotes, especially quotes for writers. I get so much inspiration from them, sooner or later I have to pay it forward. Here are forty of my current favorites.   Read the full post here.   Karen Banes  (@writeandchange) blogs at ChangeTheWorldWithWords.com...more