by Gary Smailes We live in a world dominated by best sellers. A new writer can be forgiven for thinking that the mega-success of writers such as Dan Brown, J. K. Rowling and Stephen King represent to norm. The reality is very different, with debut novelists struggling to even get reviews, never mind selling… Read More Who Else Wants To Know How Many Copies Novels Actually Sell?
by Andrea Lundgren As a book reviewer, I read a lot of first chapters and beginnings to judge whether I want to review a book. Instead of being moved by the cover or hype from other readers, I usually have only the blurb and the words themselves to guide me (I often haven’t even… Read More Crafting An Authentic Beginning
by smwright The querying process is one of the hardest steps for a writer to face — even more so than the daunting editing process. A finished manuscript, after all, is our baby, and it’s hard to kick your baby out into the cold, cruel world. And trust me, it can be a cruel… Read More Staying Uplifted While Querying
By Hannah Joslin First off, let me just say this: You can’t really be “saved” from anxiety. You can get better at dealing with it, you can have good days and bad, you can work on managing the unreasonable thoughts that creep into your head. But only you can truly help yourself when it… Read More How Writing Saved Me From Anxiety
by Lindsey Richardson Whether you’re working full time at an office or a full time parent, it gets even more complicated when you add writing into the mix. And whether this is your first novel or fourth novel, it’s likely to still be a daily struggle. But that doesn’t mean that it’s at all… Read More Writing With a Full Time Job
by Meg Dowell Writing is hard. You know this without having to convince yourself it’s true. You may love it – it may be your art; your love; your baby – but that doesn’t mean there are days it doesn’t take all you have left in you to drag yourself to your laptop and… Read More Why Writing is Hard
by Tonya R. Moore Brainstorming is generally the first step of the writing process. When planning a story, brainstorming helps to spark creativity and helps us to come up with new and original ideas or maybe even put news twists on old ideas. Here’s a list of 5 ways I generally go about brainstorming… Read More 5 Ways to Brainstorm Story Ideas