Jennifer Garrett

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An Anthropologist's Obsession with Outlander

I have been on hiatus from blogging for some time, mainly due to two factors. First, I launched a public anthropology podcast, Anthropologist on the …

The terrible 'what if': how OCD makes every day a matter of life or death

OCD is often called the 'doubting disease' because deep down, the sufferer knows the thoughts are irrational.<p>The first time I thought someone contaminated my food was at the Paramus Park mall food court when I was 12. As the employee handed me an extra gooey Cinnabon nestled in crinkly tissue, I …

Mental Health

10 Top Book Marketing Takeaways from RWA 2018

At last week’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference 2018 — one of the biggest annual writing conferences in the US — many sessions and panels …

Marketing

Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions

By Patricia C. Wrede<p>The following list of questions is meant to aid authors of fantasy fiction who are seeking to create believable imaginary …

Recommended Promo Sites @ Nicholas Erik

This is a <b>curated list of promotional sites that I personally use to sell books</b> (I’ve booked ads in almost every genre other than cozies, romance, …

CONTESTS AND AWARDS

There are hundreds of literary contests and awards, online and off. Most are real; some are even prestigious. But many are either fake or pointless. …

Writing

Amazon Super URLs: They Might be Killing Your Reviews!

There’s a strategy that a lot of people are talking about. It sounds wonderful, and it makes a LOT of sense…but guess what…it’s not good!<p>Maybe you’ve …

SEO

Buying and Gifting eBooks for Others | Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Pitching Articles: 5 Tips for a Successful Freelance Writing Pitch

<b>If you want to make a living writing for your favorite publications, you need to perfect your freelance writing pitch. Here are a few things to keep</b> …

How to make people give a damn (about you + what you’re selling)

Despite all romantic ideals to the contrary, the crux of all creative work, art, copy, advertising, marketing, sales, or strategy comes down to a …

Get wrapped up in love with the Paynes, get lost in the magic of discovery with Alex, and have up to

Amazon lets you pick two categories when you upload a book. It's how readers find your book. Sometimes they are surfing the top 100 of this genre or …

The Psychology of Author Marketing

Today’s guest post is by Dave Chesson (@DaveChesson) of Kindlepreneur.Convincing book shoppers to buy your book is an art form, and not a task.It’s …

Writing

The Introvert’s Guide to Launching a Book

<b>Note from Jane:</b> Today’s guest post is by publisher and author L.L. Barkat (@llbarkat) of Tweetspeak Poetry.If you write a book, it’s natural to want …

Writing

Amazon's New Rules Against Book Stuffing Scams Aren't Satisfying Authors

On June 1, Amazon’s ebook publishing unit, Kindle Direct Publishing, quietly updated its content guidelines to clarify its ban on “book stuffing” and other scams. In the three weeks since introducing these guidelines, some leaders in the self-publishing community argue, Amazon hasn’t done enough to …

Writing Science Fiction: How to Approach Exposition in Sci-Fi Novels

Good writing is good writing, no matter which genre you work in. But there are some areas of special concern to writers of speculative fiction. In …

A 2001 Conversation with Sci-Fi and Fantasy Titan Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

<b>Ursula K. Le Guin passed away on January 22, 2018 at the age of 88. In May 2001, Writer’s Digest had the honor of speaking with Le Guin about her</b> …

Creative Writing

Bananas have died out once before–don’t let it happen again

You may not realize it, but every banana we eat is genetically identical. So if a fungus or disease strikes, it will spread quickly through the population. It’s happened once before–and is a sign of the dangers to our increasingly homogenized global food system.<p>You probably take bananas for …

Forestry

How Tolkien created Middle-earth

As a fantasy lover, I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t aware of JRR Tolkien. I read <i>The Hobbit</i> until it fell apart as a child, and have always strived, in my own contributions to the genre, to take even a shred of the care in my world-building that Tolkien did in his. “It is written in my …

Literature

Marketing Uncovered: How To Sell Books

Marketing is more complicated than ever, but the tools we have for reaching readers are fantastic these days, and the rewards for reaching the summit …

Marketing

The 22 best US national parks to escape the crowds, chosen by experts

It has the glacier-fed alpine lakes, the steep mountain peaks. What it does not have: crowds<p>'It’s the Tetons without the handrails', a local guide once told me<p>This poet’s hike is about magical transformations by the light of the moon, not distance<p>'Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,' …

National Parks

Reviewers Locked Out by Amazon’s Latest Glitch

For Authors<p>By: Hidden Gems on May 29, 2018<p>By: Hidden Gems on May 29, 2018<p>Last week, many Amazon customers were greeted with an ominous sounding …

Furious customers say they've been mysteriously locked out of their Amazon accounts — and they have no idea why

Hundreds of Amazon customers say that the company has closed their accounts with no explanation.<p>Last week, a wave of Amazon customers took to social media to complain that Amazon had mysteriously shut down their Prime accounts. With Amazon's increasing omnipresence in users' lives, that means …

Amazon Has Banned ARC Reviews, and Forgot to Tell Anyone

An Amazon bot, hunting for fake reviews (date unknown)Companies like Amazon often have two sets of policies. The first type are the official policies …

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> …

Cycling and the Art of One Clean Draft

<b>I Wrote Ten Short Stories in Four Days…</b>Right here, talking about the process every day. And not a soul made a comment about how long it was going to …

Why American Authors Don’t Need to Worry About GDPR

Chances are, you have received dozens of emails about GDPR over the last couple of weeks. You may have heard some authors freaking out about it, …

How to Write in Deep POV + get inside the mind of your character

53 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction

PixabayFlash fiction is shorter than the normal range of short stories, which are generally 3,000 words or more. The precise length remains somewhat …

12 Character Writing Tips for Fiction Writers

Character writing tips.Characters are the heart and soul of every story.Almost every great story is about people. Plot, setting, theme, and other …

Are ebooks dying or thriving? The answer is yes

It is a heartwarming story: In spite of the endless onslaught of digital content, American readers have collectively put down their screens and decided to embrace once more that beloved tactile rectangular prism that reminds us, with its weight at the bottom of our bags, of its immeasurable heft. …

Writing