This blog is four today. I’m still amazed that it just started with a random “Hmm… Why don’t I make a blog?” idea all that time ago.
So, like I’ve done in 2014 (part one, part two), in 2015 and in 2016, I thought that I’d share some of the things that I’ve learnt from making a blog for this length of time, in case they’re useful to you too. Hopefully, I won’t repeat anything that I’ve already mentioned, but it might happen.
Continue reading Four Things I’ve Learnt From Running A Blog For Four Years
by Maja S. Todorovic
We all know that career as a definition and societal phenomena has undergone many changes and I do believe that today it has become very personal thing. A stay-at-home mom, having three kids and raising her family can be very satisfied with her life. Or someone who is working every day in an isolated lab, researching and developing new formulas can be very proud of their life. It all comes down to what we perceive that we are good at and what we consider success in life.
Continue reading Can Poetry Help You Land Your Dream Job? – Part 1
by Shelley Widhalm
Are blogs like legwarmers that are trendy and fashionable, popular in the ’80s and back in style again?
Or are they like the necessary boots and thick socks that are the staple of any wardrobe in a climate with seasons?
With more than 150 million blogs in existence, it seems like everyone should be blogging from writers to business owners to anyone who wants to get their writing to readers, customers and clients.
But are blogs here to stay, necessary for your marketing wardrobe?
Continue reading Why Blogging is Important for Writers
by Liam Cross
Showing Vs. telling is one of the most difficult things to get right as a fiction writer. So much so that even the best of the best struggle with this art-form, resulting in edit after edit to ensure that they have the perfect balance.
Continue reading The Art of Showing Vs. Telling
by Meg Dowell
If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering a new blog. Whether you’re already a blogger or you want to start for the first time, deciding whether or not you should begin comes with a lot of doubt and uncertainty.
You probably have a lot of questions. There’s one that I believe is more important than all the rest.
Before you start a blog, I want you to ask yourself this one question:
Are you doing this to benefit someone else?
Continue reading Before You Start a Blog, Ask Yourself One Question
by Lauren Sapala
For writers, there are two proven harmful effects of engaging in too much social media. (And let me say first that I’m guilty of overindulgence myself—it’s easy to start out with the intention of quickly checking Facebook and Twitter and then get sucked into a black hole and come out dazed and woozy on the other side.) But if you can keep these two harmful things in mind before you even go in, your chances of coming out unscathed are much better.
First, it’s a time suck. Every writer knows that. Social media is a hungry beast that wants to feed on your precious minutes. There are many ways to combat this, and many articles to be found on social media itself about how to combat the evils of time-sucking social media. That’s the easy one to overcome.
Continue reading Why We Compare Ourselves to Other Writers (and How We Can Stop)
by Helena Fairfax
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or read any of my books, you’ll know how important setting is to me in my writing. In this post about Richmond Park, for example, I wrote about how I tried to combine the setting for The Antique Love with the theme of the book, and how I used the setting to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of my characters.
So far I’ve been able to visit most of the locations I’ve used in my books. My settings range from Edinburgh to the south coast of France, and they are all within easy reach for me. But sometimes it’s just not possible to get to the place you want to write about. I used to agonise about this. I like to “see” exactly what it is my characters see.
Continue reading How to Research a Location You Haven’t Actually Been To
by Allison Maruska
Sometimes I hear gripes from critique partners or beta readers that one of my characters isn’t likable (I won’t say which characters because I don’t want to poison the well, in case any of you want to read my stuff). After making sure I haven’t created an unnecessary asshole, I ask myself this question – does the character have to be likable? Or just livable?
Continue reading Story Stuff: L is For Likable vs Livable
by Dr. Kent Gustavson
When it comes to writing, publishing, and marketing a book, there are many mistakes to be made (many more than 99). The #1 most important mistake NOT to make is over-investment. I’ll give a quick anecdote about that, and then give the whole list of my 99 favorite book mistakes.
One of my favorite stories about over-investment is of two (real) people. Let’s call them Dolores and Ben.
Dolores spent $57 writing, producing, and publishing her book. Sure, it was self-published, but it looked great, and was well edited by friends and family members. She currently gets tons of gigs because of the book, and is an Amazon.com bestseller.
Continue reading Ninety-Nine Ways to Fail in Writing, Publishing, and Marketing
by Mercy Pilkington at GoodEreader
With the end of a pretty rough year behind us and the first few weeks of 2017 under our belts, it’s a good time to take a deep breathe and take stock of the state of publishing. There’s perhaps no more comprehensive analysis of the current trends than the annual Smashwords Book Industry Predictions, written each year by founder and CEO Mark Coker.
Continue reading Does Publishing Have a Future Without Amazon?