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How to Write a Book Proposal That Will Keep You Out of the Reject Pile

If you want to publish a book, the first thing you'll need to do is to put together a book proposal. Follow these 4 steps to craft one publishers will love.<p>When Steve Jobs wrote a book, it was to create a historical record. Howard Schultz had unique insights into management he wanted to share. …

Writing

How to Write a Book Like Stephen King

Ever wondered how to write a book like Stephen King? He’s called the King for a reason, and it’s not just his last name. Stephen King has written in …

How to Write a Novel

To write a novel you are going to need three things. A story, something to write with, and a whole lot of persistence.OK. Let’s go.Something to write …

500 Ways To Be A Better Writer

Overview<p>500 Ways To Be A Better Writer by Chuck Wendig<p>“If it weren't for Chuck Wendig's advice, I'd have fallen off the writing map long ago.” -- …

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

An introduction to the writer’s library.<p><i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at</i> …

Books

The Absolutely Amazing Theory of Almost Everything

The Standard Model. What dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings.<p>More than a quarter of the Nobel Prizes in physics …

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

<i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at least a fascinating dinner-party</i> …

Fiction Writing: Improve Your Story Skills by Cross-Genre Study

Fiction Writing: Improve Your Story Skills by Cross-Genre StudyHere’s a grid I found that might be useful:<b>Improving Your Writing Skills (from</b> …

Writing: The Not Too Secret, Secret Ingredient for Success

Where am I going with this?<p>The point I’m trying to make here is this: writing is a necessary process to being successful. Some people write fiction, …

How lagom — the Swedish concept of 'just right' — can help you live a balanced life

If there’s one word that defines our modern lives, it’s this: excess. We own too much stuff, too many things compete for our attention (Should I …

You CAN Write a Publishable First Novel: 10 Do's and Don'ts

<i>Not every first novel is a practice novel.</i><p><b>by Anne R. Allen</b><p>It’s a sad truth that most first novels never see print. Editors call them “practice …

How to Improve Your Grammar as a Writer

Grammar invokes passion. For some grammar sticklers, seeing a comma or apostrophe missing, or a sentence without subject-verb agreement, can make …

In the worst human traumas, psychologists found the roots of happiness

All around us are reminders of how important happiness is in people’s lives: in TED talks, in the practice of meditation, in the annual World …

The Difference Between Good and Bad Writers

You’re currently living in the best possible time in history to be a writer. You have no excuses.With an internet connection and a keyboard, the …

14 Literary Agents Seeking Science Fiction

Here are 14 agents currently seeking science fiction manuscripts. All are from reputable agencies.If you want to know more about a particular agent, …

How to Write a Scene: 3 Theater Techniques to Make Your Story Jump Off the Page

Today’s guest post is by Joslyn Chase. Joslyn is the author of <i>Nocturne In Ashes</i>, a thriller pitting concert pianist Riley Forte against a deadly …

A Meditation Exercise For People Who Simply Cannot 'Quiet' Their Minds

<i>In a warp-speed world, it can be difficult to entertain even the thought of slowing down for a meditation. The following mindfulness exercise,</i> …

Antioxidant found to wind back the clock on blood vessel function by up to 20 years

Much mystery surrounds the physiological processes by which humans age, but scientists are learning more all the time. With this knowledge come new …

How to make money mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies without knowing anything about it

You might think you need an extreme know-how of computers to do any kind of crypto mining, that it couldn't possibly be done by the average person.<p>Turns out, it's absurdly easy.<p>You just need computer parts that are powerful enough to make mining profitable, and a handy piece of software called …

Japanese researchers create tasty new banana with a thin edible peel

Researchers in Japan have developed a new banana with a peel thin enough to eat. According to Quartz, the researchers developed the Mongee Banana …

How To Sell More Books Internationally at a Low Cost

Authors tend to focus on Amazon’s US store to measure how well a book is doing, but Amazon US is only one slice of a very large pie in the ebook …

Amazon Ranking and Bestseller Lists - What's the Deal?

It's really hard to draw conclusions in the self-pub marketing game. After almost ten years of self-publishing on Amazon, I still don't know why some …

How to Sell Books: The Ultimate Guide to Author Joint Promotions - Your First 10,000 Readers

As I’ve mentioned a ba-zillion times before, what matters most in growing your author business so you can sell more books is two key …

Writing

Infographic: The Book Reviewer’s Hierarchy of Needs

[Enter your self-published book into the Self-Published Book Awards!]In his article “Critical Thinking” in the March/April 2018 issue of <i>Writer’s</i> …

7 Skills You Need to Practice to Become a Successful Writer in the Digital Age

It takes more than just writing something great to become successful.<p>When people see what I've built for myself as a writer, they think it's the result of my degree in creative writing.<p>It's not.<p>I tell everyone that my college education was great for two reasons: it taught me how (and what) to read, …

Creative Writing

5 punctuation traps to avoid at work

We grow up learning about spelling and punctuation in school, but mistakes still have the potential to creep up on us when we’re well into our …

How To Transform Your Life, Just By Breathing

Everything you need to know about breathwork<p>You’re probably pretty used to taking a deep breath whenever you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, so it should make intuitive sense that there's an entirepractice behind using the breath to calm our minds and ease anxiety, amongst a whole slew of …

This Simple 5-Minute Activity Will Help You Fall Asleep Faster, New Study Shows

You probably already do it, just not before bed.<p>If you toss and turn in bed each night, you're not alone. One-in-four of Americans struggles to get to sleep or stay asleep, according to pollsters, and the CDC claims an equally large percentage of us fail to get even six hours of sleep a night. No …

Sleep

36 Writing Tips to Help You Write Like the Pros

These 10 minutes will help you become a better writer forever<p>As a blogger, writing is no doubt an integral part of your life. Be it fiction, or …

Writing Fiction: A Sample Roadmap To Learn Your Craft

The road to real success in fiction runs through mastering your craft.<p>This was the first thing I discovered when I started to research …

Writing