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… Read More Barnes & Noble CEO Uses Amazon to Justify His Company’s Continued Existence
Image source 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… Read More 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,… Read More 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)… Read More 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,… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More The Importance of the Book Pre-Order to Authors
By J. U. Scribe As I alluded to in an earlier post, 2014 is the year of YA books being adapted into the big screen such as the latest one to hit theaters, “The Fault in our Stars,” a tear-jerker romance by John Green. Specifically, I noticed dystopian YA novels being made into movies, such as Divergent… Read More Which Comes First: Book or Movie?
by Cátia Isabel Silva Have you ever asked yourself if you should write about something or if it is a bad idea? That’s probably one of the major unanswered questions of every writer. It’s complicated to decide on what you should write and how to go about it. If sometimes you have some sort… Read More What Am I Supposed to Write?