JD Crighton

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How To Make An Audiobook - Everything You Need To Know To Create & Sell Audiobooks

Question: Which of the following book formats has the <b>highest</b> year over year growth in the last three years?<p>Audiobooks<br>• Paperback books<br>• eBooks<p>If chose A, …

How to Create Tension Like Andy Weir did in The Martian

If you haven’t read The Martian, it’s 369 pages of full-on tension. Mark Watney, the main character, faces one set-back after another as he’s …

Master these 7 grammar tips if you want to sound smarter

• Poor writing can make others think you aren’t intelligent.<br>• I’m the executive editor of a magazine and know firsthand how grammar can change the …

Language

The SECRET Method to Choosing Amazon Book Categories in KDP

The Amazon book categories you choose will have a direct effect on whether or not you become an Amazon Best Seller.<p>Choose the wrong one, and no …

Five keys for writing a book title that sells

A good title can’t make a bad book sell. But a bad title can make a good book not sell. If you’re writing a book, you want to nail the title.<p>I’ve …

Book Marketing 101: How to Hit #1 on Amazon's Bestseller List

Last updated on December 12, 2017<p>Today is my birthday and a gift for myself is letting you know about my good friend Charlie Hoehn’s new book, Play …

5 Ways to Make Your Editor Think You are Awesome

<i>By Lisa Lepki</i>As the Editor of ProWritingAid’s blog, I am constantly reading submissions from writers, and few things irk me more than common …

48+ Publishing Resources You Should Know About

We know authors and publishers are always on the lookout for useful publishing resources, whether it’s a valuable industry site, distributor, content …

Writing

A Look Back at 2017 Publishing Headlines: 5 Issues Raised for Authors

Photo credit: Clarissa Peterson via Visualhunt.com / CC BY-NC-SAAs one of the editors of the The Hot Sheet, produced in collaboration with journalist …

Writing

Using Back Matter to Sell More Books [Infographic]

An ebook’s back matter — the pages that follow the end of the narrative — is prime real estate for promoting other books. We surveyed <b>250 authors</b> to …

Marketing Your Self-Published Books - Tips From An Indie Author

Donna Fasano Shares Her Secrets to 4 Million Copies Sold<p>Updated April 24, 2017<p>Donna Fasano's books have sold upwards 4 million copies worldwide and …

10 Novels Agents Have Already Seen a Billion Times

A s a literary agent, I receive roughly 500 queries, or book pitches, a month. After 11 years of doing this job, I have seen <i>a lot</i> of book ideas. …

Writing

10 Rules for Book Editors

What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing<i>, edited by Peter Ginna, is a collection of essays by editors from many different</i> …

Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words

by Joe BuntingIf you’re reading this, then you want to be a better writer. However, becoming a better writer is elusive, isn’t it? It’s more art than …

10 Critical Mistakes Writers Make in Writing Contests

You work hard to write your best story—and if you’re honest, you’re pretty sure it’s amazing. You share it with other writers to get their feedback, …

Creative Writing

The Book Blurb-An Invitation Readers Simply Can't Turn Down - Kristen Lamb

If the cover is an invitation to the party in your book, then the blurb (the back cover description, the summary, whatever you want to call it) is …

Writing

e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2017

Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during August, 2017.This month we received:72 covers in the Fiction …

Books

10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World | Book People

<b>There are thousands of literature awards held throughout the world every year, with millions of hopefuls entering their works of</b> <b>literary fiction</b> <b>in</b> …

Books

INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Did Famous Novels Take to Write?

From William Faulkner to E.L. James this infographic has the answers<p>If you’ve ever wondered how long it took to craft some of history’s most famous …

3 Killer Lessons From Stephen King's Insanely Productive Writing Routine

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work."<p>Moviegoers flocked to the theaters this weekend to see Stephen King's <i>It</i>, giving it the third biggest box office opening of the year, according to Warner Bros.<p><i>It</i>, which follows a demonic clown who terrorizes children …

Do Daily Deal Services Work? One Author’s Experience with 19 Promo Sites

Please welcome Laura Heffernan, the author of America’s Next Reality Star and Sweet Reality, to WU today! A little about her:<i>Laura is living proof</i> …

Writing

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 62: Head-Hopping POV

You know you’ve moved beyond recreational storytelling to serious writing the moment you discover you’re hopelessly confused about POV. Other than …

The Truth Behind Popular Copyright Myths

Flickr Creative Commons: Dennis SkleyCopyright law can seem confusing, but authors need to know the basics—especially when (and whether) to register …

Writing

50 Inspiring Quotes About Writing from the World's Greatest Authors

Writing can be hard, but it doesn't have to be lonely. Learn from the masters of the craft.<p>It's never been a better time to be a writer --or aspire to become one.<p>Platforms like LinkedIn, Medium, and WordPress have placed millions of dollars of technology, and the power that once only belonged to …

Literary Magazines

We aim to publish a rich variety of short fiction and poetry, penned by both emerging and established writers. We tend to select work that reflects …

Professional romance novelists can write 3,000 words a day. Here’s how they do it

Writing is not a sexy business. It’s not a rare butterfly that floats down and gently kisses you on the nose with a brilliant idea that conjures a hurricane of cash. It’s frustrating, and it’s lonely, and for most people, it doesn’t pay.<p>But one genre consistently makes it work. Romance writers who …

Creative Writing

11 Very Short Stories You Must Read Immediately

This weekend, Lydia Davis—crowned master of the very short story, not to mention a preeminent translator of classic French literature—turns 70. Davis …

Are You Ready to Audiobook? 5 Essential Factors for Nonfiction Authors by Tina Dietz

More and more non-fiction authors are recognizing the incredible potential audiobooks offer their business. Eager entrepreneurs, however, may dive in …