Ah, don’t you love stereotypes? I don’t know about you, but I have found that, more often than not, when I tell someone new that I’m a writer, their first reaction goes something like, “You must be famous! A best-seller!” Oh if they only knew… But today I’m not actually thinking about the poverty […]
Title: Author’s Quick Guide to Editing Your Book Written By: Kristen Eckstein Genre: Editing helps/Non-fiction Recommended Ages: Any Introduction: When I started reading this book, I had just started one of my final edits for a novel and I picked up this one so I could hopefully find some tips. I’m glad I did, too.
An author blog can have many functions, but I would say for me it boils down to two: 1) a landing page for my writing endeavors so there’s something to see when a reader Googles me or my books 2) a way to build a tribe, a following, a fan base, a group of readers […]
How many of you reading this right now should be writing? If that drives you to stop reading and go write, then good (but make sure you come back when you are done please). Better would be to finish reading this and then go write. Distractions. They are the bane of the writer’s existence. There […]
Did you know that using the right or wrong font is one thing that can make or break your book cover? No kidding! I’ve been a professional book designer for the last 5 years, and I’d like to share with you the important font-choice guidelines I follow when designing a book cover. Before we get started, let […]
The person that you write your story in will have a big effect on your Point of View. First person is whether you tell the story as if it were happening to you – I pulled up my gun and yelled “This is a stick up!” The advantage of first person is the immediacy. The […]
Introduction: Structured story plots have been a problem for me in the past, but I never knew what to do about it, so I just kept plugging along. Then I came across this book and will not have that problem any more (as long as I follow the tips I read about).
There are words every author knows to avoid. Lists abound on the internet, software like prowritingaid.com will tell you how often you use them and even suggest how many you should cut. You will note, it does not say to cut them all. In many ways life would be easier if you could. This refers to […]
Did you know you can publish your blog to Kindle? Kindle Publishing for Blogs is in beta right now, and it’s currently a very simple tool. However, if it makes your posts more easily accessible to your readers by sending them straight to their Kindles, why not give it a try? It’s super easy to […]
Guest post by H. L. Burke. Originally published here. Authors have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. First off, I know that social media can be a overwhelming for a lot of authors, and I’ve seen several burn out in an attempt to have a presence across ALL the various social media platforms. My usual advice is […]