by Stephanie O’Brien
This is an exciting week for me. My latest novel, Catgirl Roommate, is finally complete!
If you enjoy funny stories about cats (or humans with the ears, tail and mind of cats), and you want to laugh, roll your eyes, and say “I know, right? My cat does that too!”, I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy!
Creating this novel was an interesting challenge, with some big bumps along the road. Today, I want to share two success tips I got while writing Catgirl Roommate, as well as how to use those tips in your own life.
Continue reading Here are 2 Important Things I Learned While Writing This Book
By Andrea Lundgren
Every story has exposition–details of the character and world that you, as the author, need to pass on to the reader. You’ve spent hours fleshing out the world of your story and learning about your characters, and now you have to find some way of getting this information (or at least the essential part) from your head to the readers’. (This is especially true in science fiction and fantasy, where you need to tell how the world of the story differs from our world.)
So what’s an author to do?
Continue reading 4 Ways to Handle Backstory
by Morgan S. Hazelwood
Writing versus Editing Milestones
I find writing milestones to be more encouraging than editing ones. There’s a finite-ness to it.
It’s easy to know when you’ve achieved your word count targets when you’re writing a draft.
Continue reading Editing: The Path is a Spiral
by Sara Kopeczky
It is a well known fact that short stories should go out with a bang. In shorter fiction, where you have a limited set of character and a shorter time span in which the action takes place (unlike novel), every word should bring the readers one step closer to the big finale. Here are some tips and tricks to write a killer ending to your short story.
Continue reading Tips for Ending a Short Story
by Maja S. Todorovi
In January 8, 2017, we celebrated David Bowie’s 70th birthday and marked a year of his passing. Let us remember how great artist he was:
Ever since I was a little kid, as a great fan of gothic and mythological stories, my first recollection of David Bowie has to do with his role in the movie Hunger. Along with that came an interest in his music and artistic work, which later translated in true admiration.
Continue reading 4 Creativity Lessons We Can Learn from David Bowie’s Rich Artistic Career
by Steven Capps
Now that you’ve finished your book, it’s time to get ready for publication. Cover art, editing, and copy are just a few critical elements to getting you started. Since writing is something you do, you might want to knock out the back-cover copy (AKA blurb), but I implore you to read this short article in order to avoid making MASSIVE mistakes that will inhibit your book from selling to its full potential.
Continue reading 5 Fast Rules for B*tching Blurbs
by Kate M. Colby
Readers do judge books by their covers, and your cover is your #1 marketing tool. For new independent authors, acquiring a book cover is a thrilling, but daunting, task. Once your book has a cover, it looks like a “real” book. The cover is something tangible you can show your friends and family — I know for me, my book cover reveal was the moment when my loved ones realized I had actually written a novel.
Continue reading How to Get a Great Cover Design for Your Self-Published Book
by Liam Cross
If you’re anything like me (someone who loves the outdoors to begin with) then this won’t be an issue for you. Chances are you make time every now and then to get yourself out to some beautiful, serene spots to enjoy the tranquility of the outdoor world and all that comes with it.
You probably use this time as a means to clear your mind, a tool to relieve the stresses that develop due to everyday life and also as a way to remind yourself that you are a small spec on the window which is our colossal earth and that in turn, the earth is just a small spec on the window that is our universe.
Continue reading Writing Tips: Live a Lot, Write a Lot
by Michael Kozlowski from Good e-Reader
The European e-book market has been growing since 2007 when Amazon started selling the original Kindle. Over the course of the next ten years many companies have started to sell digital books, magazines and newspapers. Have you ever wondered what EU markets have the highest e-book penetration and how much the format is generating in revenue? Welcome to the state of the European e-book market.
Continue reading The State Of The European EBook Market
This website has hit 10,000 subscribers. This is pretty exciting stuff for me. I want to thank each and every one of you for subscribing and reading. I have heard from many of you who say that you visit on a regular basis to check out new articles. It is a motivation to produce ongoing material as often as possible.
I thought it might be fun to share some of the stats of this website. I’m a stats junkie, but if you aren’t, no worries. Since starting in the summer of 2014, this website has seen over 154,000 visitors and over 360,000 page views.
Continue reading 10,000 Subscribers! A Thank You Note