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Good Follow-up Is Important In Publishing

Good communication is important in the publishing world. As an acquisitions editor, I spend a lot of time every day answering emails, returning phone …

How to Jumpstart Book Reviews for Self-Published Books

Book reviews can be incredibly influential for self-publishers. Good reviews take your work seriously, amplify your message by reaching thousands of …

Publishing

Guard Your Social Media Reputation

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMoJo68<br>We all love to blow off steam and when Friday rolls around, most of us are counting the seconds til closing hour. Then,</i> …

10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book

<i>Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.</i> <b><br>–Mark Twain</b>The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting it published. With more …

Writing

What's in a Name? by Becke Martin Davis

<i>What’s in a name? I’m probably the wrong person to tackle this subject. After all, I did name my first cat Anastasia Shana Elizabeth, only to realize</i> …

Writing

“I Yearn” Versus “She Yearned”: Wrestling with Tense and Point of View

Last year, as a way of giving myself a meaningful deadline and my writing broader exposure, I signed a contract to participate in a multi-author …

Writing

Plotting: The Messy Doorway to Story | Fiction Notes

I’m plotting a new trilogy of novels, and as usual, it’s hard. I keep thinking that someday I’ll figure out THE way to plot “correctly.”<p>So far, that …

Authors

Writing Movement and Action in Dialogue: 6 Tips

Great dialogue in fiction sweeps us up in the story. It does this by giving multiple points of interest: Characters’ distinct voices, coming together …

Writing

Writing Is Messy. That’s Just the Way It Is.

<b>Aspiring writers often ask me, “What the most important piece of writing wisdom you wish you knew when you were just starting out as a writer?” My</b> …

Authors

Ink Review: Organics Studio Nitrogen Royal Blue

I have been hoarding this review for ages because Organics Studio Nitrogen Royal Blue ($14 per 55ml bottle) is almost always out of stock. No matter …

Amazing

Use Beta Readers to Perfect Your Story and Cultivate Fans

Beta publishing and working with beta readers are fantastic ways to cultivate fans and market your book and you can start before it's even half …

Publishing

Don't Kill Book Sales with your Look Inside. 10 Ways to Avoid it.

Shares 31<p><i>Don’t kill book sales dead with a less than enticing “look inside” sample.</i><p><b>by Anne R. Allen</b><p>I never have as much time to read as I think I …

Writing

How to Feel Miserable as a Writer

This is going to be a short post.<p>There are entire lists out there on success for writers, on building an audience, and on writing well. All of those …

Happiness

7 tips to help writers stay productive, even when they’re sick

Brace yourself for some nasty illnesses.Australia, Hong Kong and other spots in the Southern Hemisphere have already faced one of their worst flu …

Productivity

12 Books That Will Make You a Better Writer and Storyteller

My favorite book is always the one I’m reading now. I get vested in the story, in the characters, in the voice of the writer.<p>The last few pages can …

Books

How to Start Writing a Book

I’m finally getting to work on writing my next book. It’s taken six months to feel ready, but I’m glad I didn’t jump right into it. Today, I want to …

Authors

Are You Serious About Writing?

Writers! Are you serious about writing? You’ll know for sure after you read this short excerpt from James N. Frey’s <b>How to Write a Damn Good Novel …

What Lies at the Heart of a Novel by Katia Lief aka Karen Ellis

Tweet <i>I’ve been a fan of Katia Lief‘s suspense books for several years, and I was excited to learn that her latest book is taking her into new</i> …

Authors

Point of view definitions and examples: Getting POV right

Point of view in fiction is an important element of storytelling. The viewpoint narrator’s personality or understanding of events shapes the angle …

Writing

First Lines

In the first month of a new year I thought it was fitting to write a post about first lines. First lines are important because they create an …

Literature

100 Best Writing Websites: 2018 Edition

The world offers a lot of ways to become a writer.<p>You can go to school for journalism or creative writing, get a Ph.D. and publish in journals, start …

Writing

eBooks: The backbone of self-publishing

<i>NOW AVAILABLE!</i><br>The post eBooks: The backbone of self-publishing appeared first on Fiction Notes.The digital revolution and the rise of self-publishing …

Publishing

15 Ways To Promote All Books

<b>The Fast Book Marketing Start To …

Review: Ideal Notebook from Mexico

Let’s take a look at an adorable little notebook I bought at a store called Kiosk in NYC. The store unfortunately no longer exists– it was kind of a …

Adorable

Pencil Review: Moleskine Drawing Pencils

<i>Review by Tina Koyama</i><p>Last year Moleskine released two sets of pencils as part of its Art Collection – watercolor pencils and graphite drawing …

Illustration

Reaching readers if you write in multiple genres – could crowdfunding be the answer? An interview

What do you write? Not so long ago, most authors had to choose a genre and stick to it. But many of us are far more versatile. Our minds and our …

Inspiration

Battle of the Book Business: Publishing Cold War is Ending - Kristen Lamb

Ah, the book business. So many shifts and changes since the day I set out to become a novelist…and ended up a social media expert, blogger, teacher …

Publishing

A look at the Faber-Castell Loom fountain pen.

If you are trying to resist the temptation to buy more fountain pens for a while, then drifting into Selfridges on London’s Oxford Street and heading …

Painting

Pilot Kakuno demonstrator

A gift from my best friend for Christmas! Whenever she goes to Japan I usually pester to make an Itoya visit for me. I didn’t this time — she went …

Design

The Best On My Desk Winners For 2017

Whether penned on the back of an envelope, a scrap of napkin or in a classic journal, a list is my favorite organizational tool. The end of the year …

Painting