by Cátia Isabel Silva In the previous post, we talked about how important the first page is to the success of your book. A good first page is, without a doubt, the difference between someone actually buying and reading through your whole book or merely picking it from the shelf, opening it up… Read More Five Tips For Your First Page
Hi all! Announcing my newest short story: The Ark of Manhattan. Check out the summary: Nobody’s jealous of David’s life. He’s worked the same dead-end job for years, riding the same grimy subway to the same shoe box they call an apartment, just to listen to his girlfriend yell at… Read More New Release! The Ark of Manhattan: A Short Story
by ARHuelsenbeck All over our country (indeed, all over the world) writers, agents, editors, and publishers come together periodically to share information, encourage one another, make connections, and discover the next literary star. If you write (or if you dream of writing), conferences can be an important aspect of your professional development.
by Doug Lewars You most certainly can judge a book by its cover and most of us do it on a regular basis. We may not judge very well but we most assuredly do it. Think how often you’ve walked through a library or bookstore without any particular book in mind and selected… Read More How to Catch the Reader’s Eye With Titles
by Sara Wolf It is a frequent occurrence in the news to hear about authors cutting multi-million (or even billion) dollar book or movie deals. Famous examples of ridiculously successful authors, such as J.K. Rowling, E. L. James, and Stephen King, often lead people to think that becoming an author will undoubtedly lead… Read More The Average Earnings of Authors
by Ryan Lanz You’ve got your idea. Your characters are fleshed out. The setting is crystallized in your mind. You power up the laptop, and you place your fingers on the keys. Chapter one. There’s a magic in that. You can practically feel the readers forming an orderly line to purchase your book,… Read More Avoiding First Chapter Blunders
by Meg Dowell Stories are different from real life in a lot of ways. One major difference is that stories don’t move from one day to the next in chronological order. Stories cover significant events, which sometimes occur days, weeks, months, maybe even years apart. You might need to implement a time jump… Read More How To Add a Time Jump To Your Story
by Richard Risemberg I recently saw an ad for the Freewrite, a “distraction-free” portable word processor–that is, one with no Internet capability. I immediately recognized it as something inspired by the old Alphasmart Neo, but hipsterized a bit with an e-ink screen and a bit morte of a Dieter Rams styling. I knew… Read More Managing Distractions as a Writer
by Doug Lewars A member of a writers’ group to which I belong woke up one morning with a fully formed story in her head. She had to do a bit of background checking to make sure some elements of the setting were accurate but the basic plot was all there. I’ve… Read More The Value of Dreams For a Writer
by ARHuelsenbeck I’ve heard that publishers contemplating buying a new author’s work want to know how big his/her email list is; in other words, how many regular subscribers will get a personal notification from the author about the upcoming publication? Clearly, a regular newsletter going out to your readers is an effective marketing… Read More Why Do Authors Need a Newsletter?