Share your writing prompts, and let’s conquer writer’s block together!

Learn more about TimHas a certain writing prompt ever led to a waterfall of words for you? Or can you think of a good one that probably would?

Share it with us!

As we prepare for #NovelingMates, the bring-a-friend writing challenge starting in June, I’d like to give some inspiration to the writers who are already signed up by sending daily writing prompts.

Writer’s block can be a real downer. Perhaps you’ve stared at a blank page for far too long. You might even have some good ideas but aren’t sure how to put them into words.

That’s where writing prompts can break the ice, so to speak.

You might be surprised how quickly imagining a scenario in detail, or simply starting your first paragraph with certain words, gets that pen moving over the paper. Even if it’s not related to the novel you’re writing (or want to write), it often opens the floodgates.

Got one for us? Add your writing prompt in the comments below.

I’ll compile all the prompts and send them out—with credit to you—to everyone who signs up for #NovelingMates.

And if you’d like to write a chapter a week this summer, we’d love to see you there.

If writing is like exercise, this summer is going to be quite a workout

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Writing is like exercise: the more you do it, the stronger you get.

And writing, like exercise, makes you feel good, too. I’m not talking about endorphins—I’m talking about that feeling you get when you put your nose to the grindstone and achieve real results.

With that in mind, join us for this writing extravaganza where we’re preparing to write one chapter a week for 12 weeks…with a friend!

During the 2021 #NovelingMates Writing Challenge, you’ll pair up with a buddy to crank out your novels and offer each other feedback.

It starts June 1st and runs through August 24th, and it’s free. Work from anywhere, work at your own pace, and most importantly, work with the support of your “Noveling Mate.”

Become a published author this year, and work those writing muscles!

I’ll send you a writing prompt every day when you sign up early. Or read a little more about it in yesterday’s blog post.

…and start thinking about who you’d like your Noveling Mate to be!

Choose your “Noveling Mate” … and pledge to write a chapter every week this summer

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Here’s a brand-new (and totally free) writing challenge for you!

It runs for 12 weeks—from June 1st to August 24th—and your goal is to write one chapter a week.

I call it the 2021 #NovelingMates Writing Challenge.

The twist? You’ll tackle this challenge with a friend—that is, your “Noveling Mate.”

Your Noveling Mate can be anyone … a family member, friend, spouse, co-worker … anyone who wants to write a novel and brings a can-do attitude to the table.

Each of you is writing your own novel, but with the added benefit of having someone to bounce ideas off of, encourage you to finish the challenge, and give honest feedback on your work.

If you’ve ever wanted to write an outstanding novel, this is the way to do it.

#NovelingMates is a free challenge, and runs from June 1 – August 24, 2021.

In other words, 12 whole weeks of Noveling with your Mate!

Which means, of course, you’ll have at least 12 chapters under your belt by the end of the summer.

Just imagine the feeling of accomplishment this will bring. Becoming a published author is right around the corner!


It’s time to write your novel—and bond with your bestie.


Sign up today! As a reward for signing up early, I’ll send you a new writing prompt every day to get your creative juices flowing…so you can hit the ground running on Tuesday, June 1st.

Don’t know who to ask to be your Noveling Mate? You’re not alone. I’ll also send you an invite to our private Facebook discussion group where I’ll be holding regular match-ups to make sure everyone finds their perfect Noveling Mate.

Want to write a stellar novel this summer? Sign up today for the 2021 #NovelingMates Writing Challenge!

This fantasy novel has hit #1 on the ChapterBuzz Chart!

Learn more about TimCongratulations to author Mel Hankins, whose fantasy novel, Belonging to the Alpha, has soared to #1 on the ChapterBuzz Top 100 Chart this week!

Mel has made her novel available for you to read for free for a limited time, so stop by and get lost in the world she has created.

Cover of Belonging to the Alpha by Mel HankinsHere’s what Belonging to the Alpha is about:

Leah is a teenage girl who also happens to be a werewolf. Her Dad is a high-ranking Warrior in the most dominant Pack that Silvermoor City has ever seen, and she is destined to be the Luna of the Alpha there. She, however, bonds with an unworthy Omega. To complicate things, the Alpha chooses Leah. After being brutally attacked by her Omega boyfriend, Leah must decide which path to follow. Her wolf or her destiny?

Enjoy this page-turner and help Mel keep that #1 spot! Start reading now

Writers, wanna be discovered?

Learn more about TimIf you’ve written & self-published a book, but can’t seem to stand out on Amazon, now there’s an easier way!

I’m working on a project called the Discovery List, and it’s a spreadsheet of book titles—yours included, hopefully— that are self published. In other words, truly delightful books that we may not have heard of.

Maybe you don’t have a ton of dough to fork over for advertising. Maybe you aren’t the world’s most gifted salesperson (Who among us is? We’re writers, dang it!) Or maybe nothing that you’ve tried has moved the needle.

Here’s the way I see it: any self-published book that’s for sale on the virtual shelves of the internet is just another book waiting to be discovered by readers.

That’s what the Discovery List is for!

Say goodbye to being #1,830,475 on the bestsellers list, behind major releases from traditional publishers and a bunch of big-budget cookbooks. This is your moment!

To get your book onto the Discovery List, just go to this page and submit your “Discovery Press Kit”—which consists of your book + one review on a blog—and I’ll be sure to add it to the list.

You don’t need to have a review, but it will help your book stand out.

Once we have 100 books on the list (we’re ⅓ of the way there) and 5,000 blog followers (currently 4,700), I’ll make the list available for download and let readers dive in!

Add your book

Have you read “Free Country” by George Mahood?

Learn more about TimEven though I just started putting together the Discovery List, a spreadsheet that showcases outstanding self-published books, I keep finding hidden gems among the books that have been added so far.

Case in point: Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain, written by George Mahood, and discovered by Reg Spittle.

Cover for Free Country by George MahoodIn a recent blog post, Reg waxes enthusiastic about this humorous story. Here are some of his thoughts:

Wearing just underwear emblazoned with the British flag, George Mahood and his buddy left Land’s End in southwest England without a penny, determined to bicycle to the northern tip of Great Britain. They would rely on the generosity and good hearts of the people, from pub owners and accommodation hosts to the police.

If you have not read a book by George Mahood, you are in for a treat. His writing in Free Country is even more entertaining than his story’s premise and is powered by humor and down-to-earth human touches.

Read Free Country today! It’s available on Amazon.

Have you read this, or another great self-published book lately? What did you think? Add your own book review or Discovery Report, and your input will help us keep finding excellent reads!

A time-travel romance novel for the ages

Learn more about TimThanks to all authors and book reviewers who have contributed to our Discovery List so far!

Each week, I feature one of the best self-published books we have on the list so far, based on reviews.

Have you written (or discovered) a great self-published book? Add it to the Discovery List, and it might be the next book featured here.

This week, the best book on the list is…

Cover for Partners in Time by Stevie Turner

(Review: John Maberry of Views from Eagle Peak gives it 4 stars.)

Here’s a taste:

John Finbow, a successful writer, and his wife Kay move into Southcombe Rectory, a large Victorian house that has been empty since the 1960s. It had previously been owned by the Cuthbertson family who had lived there for generations. Their marriage is under strain, as John, 39 would like children before he gets too old, but Kay, 34, does not.

When John is working in his study soon after moving in, he is disturbed by the sight of a young woman who appears out of the blue on his sofa. Emily Cuthbertson, whose old bedroom is now John’s study, was 25 at the time of her death and the youngest of 8 offspring of the late Reverend Arthur Cuthbertson and his wife Delia. Emily had died in 1868 but is now unwilling to leave behind her old life on earth, due to having missed out on a family of her own whilst being a companion to her widowed mother. Emily is still desperate for a husband and children, and John is the answer to her dreams.

One hundred and thirty years separate them. Will Emily and John’s love survive time’s relentless march?

Discover it for yourself on Amazon!

Have you discovered a self-published book that deserves a spot on the Discovery List? Whether you wrote it, reviewed it, or just discovered it, you can add it here and help others make discoveries of their own.

Who’s your favorite self-published author?

Learn more about TimHey readers!

Have you discovered any talented self-published authors lately, or read any self-published books that really stand out in your mind?

Let us know by adding a Discovery Report!

I’ll add it to the Discovery List, a spreadsheet full of self-published books I’m putting together, for all to see and have a read themselves.

There are so many excellent self-published books out there, and I want to make sure readers can find them. It’s such a shame to find a good book buried under hundreds of thousands of others in Amazon search results—if you can find it at all—so this is my way of helping deserving books stand out.

Please add your Discovery Report so we can all make a discovery of our own!

Book reviews: who needs ’em, anyway? A quick answer

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Looking for your big break as an author? Try delving into the world of book reviews.

by Timothy Pike

You may already know that book reviews are important. But just how important are they? For self-published authors, I believe they’re crucial.

Since most “indie” authors don’t have access to large budgets, sales teams, and mainstream media outlets, we instead turn to the most powerful tool we have—the collective voice of book lovers and literary enthusiasts from all corners of the internet—to give our books the boost they deserve.

This is my latest project: putting together a list of self-published books that are totally worth the read. I call it the Discovery List, and I’m taking recommendations now and adding them to the list.

Want to add one to our list? You can do that here.

Also, give this blog a follow if you’re interested in discovering new books every week! Once we’ve got 5,000 followers (currently 4,700), and 100 books on the list, I’ll make the list available to download.

But what’s so great about a review, anyway? After all, who really cares what someone else thinks?

Consider these points:

1. A positive review says, I’ve read this book, and trust me, it’s good. This could easily sway a reader—someone who may have been on the fence before—into purchasing your book, and sudddenly…boom! You now have another reader in your orbit. This person will be more likely to buy another one of your books (maybe the next in the series?) and follow you on social media for news of your next release.

2. It creates buzz. One review may not make you an overnight sensation, but the more reviews you get, the more your name starts to sound familiar to readers—and they’ll start to associate you with quality writing. More reviews = more people talking about you = more sales = more reviews, and the cycle keeps going!

3. It’s free advertising. The more readers the reviewer has, the more people who hear about your book. This could be thousands at a time! The review also gets included in search results, so even long after it’s published, people will still be stumbling across it when they’re on “The Google” searching for their next read. The best advertising is word-of-mouth, and that’s exactly what a review is.

I’d like to get as many book reviewers and self-published authors as possible involved, so go ahead and add your book (or review) to the Discovery List today.

Let’s discover some new books together!


I’m Timothy Pike, founder of ChapterBuzz, and self-publishing coach specializing in helping you publish a beautiful book to the virtual shelves of Amazon—and even the real shelves of your local bookstore.

Where are all the book reviews hiding? I know they’re out there…

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I happen to know that there are tons of really good self-published books out there.

And book reviews, I believe, are the key to finding them.

(When I say reviews, by the way, I don’t mean the little blurbs that any old Amazon user can post as a “review,” I’m talking about people who liked your book enough to actually take the time to post an entire article on their blog or website about it.)

The thing is, there are thousands and thousands of book reviews out there—scattered across the internet on different people’s blogs and websites—but how the heck do we find them?

By asking the authors, that’s how. They know exactly where all their reviews are!

And I think it would be great to have all of this information in one place.

That’s why I’m compiling a list of self-published books (and reviews) into one big spreadsheet called the Discovery List. It’ll be your one-stop shop for the best self-published books out there—with the reviews to prove it.

Once we’ve got 5,000 followers of this blog (currently 4,700), and 100 books on the list (currently 25-ish), I’ll make the list available to download. It’ll be fun. Please give this blog a follow if you’re interested in discovering new books every week!

If you’re a self-published author, let’s put your book—and a positive review about it—front and center.

I call it your “Discovery Press Kit.” It sound fancy, but it’s actually pretty simple: it’s just the information about your book along with one positive review. As it happens, I’ve made it easy to add your Discovery Press Kit to the list.

The importance of book reviews cannot be overstated, as I’ll explain in my next blog post.

In the meantime, please feel free to add your self-published book to the list!