by Michael Cristiano
As I’m sure you know, dear readers (or Mom… Hi, Mom!), I’ve come to a couple realizations over the past year or so since the release of my first novel. The biggest revelation, the one where I decided to go back to writing for myself, I’ve written about extensively already, and you can read that post here…
Continue reading Dear Writer: STOP Releasing So Many Novels!
Hello everyone! I’m rolling out a new function on this website that I’m pretty excited about. I think it’s a great opportunity to get quality, yet discounted, services to the authors who really need it.
It’s a Half Price Gift Certificate campaign. I went to multiple authorly service providers and asked them to provide gift certificates for their services. I’m offering them here for sale at half price.
Among the services are:
- Book Editing
- Book and eBook cover design
- Book coaching
- Book critique
- Book advertising
- Manuscript formatting
- Online courses
If you are an author with a budget, this might be just what you need.
Continue reading Half Price Gift Certificate Event!
by Kyle Massa
Writing’s always fun when you have something to write. But when the well runs dry, you might find that you’ve got writer’s block.
But what is writer’s block? Is it even a real phenomenon? And if it is, what can we do about it?
Continue reading Don’t Get Stumped: 5 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
by Katie McCoach
Dictionary.com defines “cliffhanger” as:
1. A melodramatic adventure serial in which each installment ends in suspense in order to interest the reader or viewer in the next installment.
Continue reading The Allure of the Cliffhanger
by Teagan Berry
A little while ago I finished up the first draft of a manuscript. Since then, I’ve tried (and failed) multiple times to pick up another unfinished first draft of a project that’s been sitting around for the past few months. Needless to say, it hasn’t gone well.
I’ve maybe managed to hash out a few hundred words – and that’s probably being generous. The words just aren’t flowing like they were while I was working on the other manuscript. At first, I thought it was just because I wasn’t quite sure where to go with the new story from where I’ve left off. But it isn’t that, and it’s taken me until now to realize that lack of plot isn’t the problem I have. I have the post-project funk.
Continue reading Overcoming the Post-Project Funk
by Kate Colby
So writing is your creative calling, your life’s purpose, your ultimate joy. Congratulations! You’re part of (in my totally unbiased opinion) one of the best groups of people in the world. You know it, I know it — and yet, your friends and family don’t.
After all, what’s so special about being a writer? Literally billions of people on the planet write every day. It’s a basic life skill, one of the first we learn. And as a career? Psh! You might as well steal a cardboard box from behind your local grocery store and get comfy on the street.
Continue reading How to Be Taken Seriously as a Writer
by Allison Maruska
There are many rules that govern our writing and language use. Ever useful, sometimes changing, and occasionally bizarre.
There are some rules I just can’t seem to learn. My brain refuses to let them in, and I have to look them up every single damn time I need to use them. One of those is the lay/lie/laying/lying differences. Grammar Girl comes in handy with that one.
Continue reading Three Writing Rules That Are Kinda Dumb
by Stephanie O’Brien
You’ve just spent an entire novel bringing an amazing couple together.
They’re passionate, fun and fascinating to watch, and their chemistry has fans raving about how wonderful they are.
They’re so great that you’ve decided to write a sequel starring them… but there’s just one challenge.
You went and let them get married.
Continue reading How to Keep Married Fictional Couples Interesting Without Splitting Them Up
by The Japan Times
The use of audiobooks is increasing steadily in Japan, providing a boon to the publishing industry, which is facing declining sales of ordinary books.
Audiobooks already account for 10 percent of book sales in the United States and Europe. In the U.S., audiobooks, which started as cassette tapes to listen to while driving, currently form a market worth ¥160 billion.
Continue reading Aided by Apps, Audiobooks Market Grows in Japan