by Laura Northrup at the Consumerist
In the age of online shopping, are bookstores irrelevant? The new CEO of big-box bookstore chain Barnes & Noble doesn’t think so. If they were, why would Amazon be opening physical bookstores across the country, with a new one opening in New York City tomorrow? He sees this growth as proof that bookstores are still relevant.
Continue reading Barnes & Noble CEO Uses Amazon to Justify His Company’s Continued Existence
by Laura Peters
Every writer has a story to tell, and all they want to do is share that story with the world. There was a time when, if you wanted to tell your story, you’d have to send your manuscript off to several publishers and hope they would deem it worthy enough to print in their periodicals, or as a full-length novel. Thankfully, sharing stories has now become a lot faster thanks to the internet. Here are the best ways to get your story published.
Continue reading The Best Ways to Get Published
by Kate Colby
Back when I first discussed my goal of full-time authorship (and again when I reflected on my first full year as a published author), a few readers expressed interest in learning more about my plan to become a full-time author. In short, I’ve had to realize that, if I want writing to be my job, I have to think of it like a business. This mindset shift marked a huge evolution in my writing life, and I’ve done my best to outline my thinking process in the article that follows.
Continue reading Getting in the Money Mindset: A Basic Financial Plan for New Authors
by Matt Frick
“The Official Motion Picture Soundtrack.” How many of those do you own? I know I owned a few soundtracks on cassette tape when I was growing up. Some of these albums were a central part of the film for which they were recorded, like Purple Rain (which I wore out listening to) or [insert musical title here] (which I did not own…because I don’t like musicals).
But most soundtracks were recorded to provide an audible background intended to enhance the movie by putting the audience in the right mood or frame of mind at just the right time, so they would experience the film the way the director intended.
Continue reading How I Use “Soundtracks” To Help Me Write When I’m Not Writing
by Meg Dowell
“When I begin my work with a period of play … I tend to like the result.” – Monica Guzman, columnist (Hustle Economy, p. 93)
When you first started writing, you weren’t really writing. You were playing.
You don’t remember this well: you were a child then. But it happened.
Yes, technically, you were scribbling words on paper. (If for whatever reason you’re young enough to have started out writing on a computer without ever having to handwrite, I don’t want to hear it.) But really, you were more so playing a game. Writing was just a cooler way to play make-believe.
Continue reading Write Like You’re Seven Years Old Again
by Mary Kate Pagano
I’ve written before about where to find critique partners but I wanted to touch on something just as important…
… namely why you should be a good critique partner yourself.
A good critique partner is an incredible asset. And I don’t believe they’re made overnight. Learning how to give useful, good critique is a skill that you develop over time. And it’s an important one, as a writer.
Continue reading Writers: Why You Need to Learn How to Give a Good Critique
by Andrea Lundgren
As I writer, I’m always curious about how other writers write. And much of what I’ve read on this subject is daunting: write every day, write even when you don’t feel like it, write first thing in the morning when your energies are at their peak, etc. Hemingway was a great proponent of early morning writing, starting at six, and even Stephen King’s excellent thoughts in On Writing are a bit daunting:
“Like your bedroom, your writing room should be private, a place where you go to dream. Your schedule–in at about the same time every day, out when your thousand words are on paper or disk–exists in order to habituate yourself, to make yourself ready to dream just as you make yourself ready to sleep by going to bed at roughly the same time each night and following the same ritual as you go.”
Continue reading The Secret Schedules of Great Authors
by John Briggs
Does it really matter if you order a book online before its official release date? Before its “book birthday” as they say in publishing? Well, maybe not to the reader, who’s happy to get the book they want to read when they want to read it, but pre-orders can make a huge difference to a book’s success.
How does a pre-order change the odds compared to a regular order?
Continue reading The Importance of the Book Pre-Order to Authors